A Fun Run for Cast Members Designed by Cast Members

Tyler McNulty

by , Communications Specialist, Walt Disney World Resort

Cast across Walt Disney World Resort couldn’t be more excited for the return of the Disney Be Well… Cast, Friends & Family 5K. This year’s in-person fun run is being held the morning of Walt’s birthday, Dec. 5, at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park exclusively for cast and their family and friends. While our Cast 5Ks have always been special to cast, this year is extra special because it includes touches of The World’s Most Magical Celebration to celebrate our cast being the heart of the magic!

Frankie Ortiz, an entertainment guest experience manager, is a huge supporter of Disney Be Well and has even participated in every Cast 5K since the inaugural event in 2014. Put simply, he loves that there are events specially designed for cast by cast.

“These events are a lot of fun and in a judgment-free zone,” Frankie shared. “It’s just a good time with great people coming together for fun and fitness.”

Frankie is also excited to add a new medal to his collection. And, while the design hasn’t been revealed quite yet, we can share that it will have some 50th flair for our cast members and their friends and family.

The Disney Be Well team that plans and organizes these events is eager to see cast run through Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park on the morning of Walt’s birthday. These events give cast the opportunity to experience the parks in an entirely new way, giving them the chance to meet other wellness enthusiasts and learn ways to enhance their own health.

“Where else can you run through Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park listening to the park come alive or watching the sunrise over Cinderella Castle while doing yoga?” asked Wellness Program & Communication Manager Lauren Klyczek said. “Disney has a way of bringing a little bit of magic into everything, including wellness.”

Lauren Klyczek

Another long-time Wellness team member and original developer of the Cast 5Ks, Wellness Manager Susan Mickelson shared that participating in a Cast 5K is worth a try if you haven’t run before because they are truly magical. “These events bring so much joy to those who participate and often unlock a passion they didn’t know they had.”

And, if running isn’t quite your speed, Disney Be Well hosts several events each year. The Wellness Team is constantly working to bring the latest and greatest health and well-being opportunities and resources to our cast members!