Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is held in February each year. This past year, I’m proud to say I ran the 5K, which takes participants around the world…through EPCOT! I’m not an athletic person, but this event was really fun and totally do-able, so if you’re feeling apprehensive: don’t be! It’s actually possible for the whole family to participate in this one. Since it was our first RunDisney race, we learned a lot! I know that I am better prepared to do it again, and I hope to work on my own time so that I can tackle a RunDisney 10k.
Before the Race
You will have to visit the run expo before to pick up your bib, shirt, and you can shop! It is very organized but may be time-consuming, so allow yourself extra time to do this the day before the race. We had a beer, waited in line to shop for exclusive merchandise, and we bought these princess tiara headbands. Since we weren’t sure what to wear during the race, we just opted for the free tees. Next time we want to dress up, but this worked just fine for our first run.
We made sure to get to sleep early since we had a 3:30 a.m. alarm. We stayed at the Coronado Springs Hotel, and it is one of my favorite resorts on Disney property. We walked the property the night before, got hydrated, had a beer or two, and made friends with other runners. There were so many and everyone was so friendly.
What We Brought to Our RunDisney Race
I wasn’t sure what to bring and how to carry it. I bought a small waist pouch (it was like a fanny pack but different, and I bought it during the RunDisney expo). I wore yoga capris with pockets (to hold my phone), and inside my waist pouch was lip balm, an extra hair tie, a phone cord, a charger, and I did bring a water bottle. It clipped onto my waist pouch. I am glad I brought water since we waited around for a long time before our corral began.
Throughout the run, you can expect to see Disney characters (particularly princesses) along the way. At the end, there’s a family reunion area with entertainment, and you’ll get complimentary transportation from the event host resorts. We also got a snack box and water/sports drinks to hydrate.
Participants receive a 5K finisher medal, a shirt, on-course and post-race refreshments, a personalized race bib, a virtual goody bag, and a finisher certificate. There are tons of commemorative items for sale, too, like pins, magnets, snow globes, and Mickey Mouse ear hats.
When you finish look for the beer! I missed it during the 5K but found it at the 10K. They had glitter beer from Playalinda Brewing!
Next year’s run will take place on February 21, 2020 with a start time of 5:30 a.m. It costs $87 and you can register via email sign-up. At the time of this post, registration already passed so you won’t be able to register online. You can book through a travel agency as they usually have bibs available. A quick Google search will help you!
Is it worth the cost? Participating gives runners something to train for, while not taking themselves too seriously (the dress-up factor). It’s impossible to not have fun, even though you might be pushing your body to the limit (though with the 5K, you won’t be so sore that you can’t enjoy one of the theme parks afterward). We went to Magic Kingdom afterward (we took the bus from the race to the Contemporary and walked).
RunDisney Disney Photopass Photos
Don’t forget to smile when you see the photographers! We were able to easily download our images the next day since I have a gold pass and it includes Photopass.
Have you participated in a RunDisney race? Kids can get in on the fun too. Whether you register them for the 5K or a RunDisney Kids race, the environment is family-friendly. Try the dashes for the little ones or the one mile fun run if you have a little one. The 5K does allow children, but the price is a little steep for a kid to run the race.