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Disney’s Princess Half Marathon News and Registration Info

Princess Info

It’s almost time to register for  Disney’s Princess Half Marathon again!!  I am constantly baffled at how fast time goes by!

Special Coast to Coast MedalYou are all probably aware at this point that the Disney Enchanted 10K has been added to the weekend and that there is a new Glass Slipper Challenge if you complete both the 10K and Princess Half Marathon.  There is also the new Coast to Coast Challenge pink medal when you complete the Princess Half Marathon and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in 2014.

But alas, there is NEW information about Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  Similar to the changes implemented for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January, the following enhancements will be in place to hopefully make the race experience better:

  • Lowering weekend capacity by 2,000 runners, mostly in the half marathon
  • Proof of time required from runners anticipating a finish time of 3:15 or less
  • More corrals allowing runners with similar abilities to be grouped together and therefore spreading out the field on the course
  • No corral changes based on proof of time will be made after December 1, 2013.

It was also confirmed by runDisney that the Fit for a Princess Expo will be going back to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in 2014!  This year it was held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, which just was too close for comfort!

Registration is now open for Annual Passholders and DVC Members….don’t forget your $10 off coupon code as a DVC Member!!   There are also a very limited spots available now for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon for those wanting to get the new pink Coast to Coast.  Official registration opens on June 11, 2013 at noon.  Here is the pricing info:

Disney Princess Half Marathon

  • $160 by August 13, 2013
  • $175 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
  • $190 on or after November 20, 2013

Disney Enchanted 10K

  • $95 by August 13, 2013
  • $110 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
  • $125 on or after November 20, 2013

Glass Slipper Challenge

  • $270 by August 13, 2013
  • $290 between August 14 and November 19, 2013
  • $310 on or after November 20, 2013

Cinderella Royal Family 5K

  • $60 per participant

runDisneyKids Races

  • $15 per Kids Dash participant
  • $30 per One Mile Run participant

Pasta in the Park Party Tickets

  • $52 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $28 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Children Under 3 are free

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast

  • $37.50 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $17.50 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Children Under 3 are free

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze – No Charge
  • Silver – $39 per package
  • Gold – $65 per package
  • Platinum – $115 per package

Race Retreat

  • $120 per participant

If you want to run Princess…don’t wait to register!  The races fill up fast and will now fill up faster because of the reduction in race capacity.  Head to the runDisney registration page next week to register!

You all know I love this race and I hope I can take the Glass Slipper Challenge in 2014!  Will you be there?

SJM Princess 2013

2013 Fit For A Princess Expo: Too Close For Comfort

Expo Banner

When I first heard that the Fit For A Princess Expo was going to be held at the Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center, I was actually looking forward to it.  I had never been to that resort and it was going to be a nice change from the usual ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS).  This was until I started reading about the transportation restrictions on driving to the resort and hearing reports of how crowded the expo was.  This smaller location was proving to be a bit challenging for an expo of this size.


Coronado Springs Convention Center Lobby

The expo took place in the Coronado Ballroom, which is a little over 60,000 square feet in size.  This area was split in half to accommodate both packet pick up for the half marathon and the 5k, and the exhibitors area for the expo.  To give you an idea of size, the Jostens Center at WWOS is almost 45,000 square feet and is used only for the vendors (well except for Tower of Terror Weekend).  Yep…this was packed in there.

Expo Map

Expo Floor Plan

Before even entering the ballroom, I headed to a few computers set up in the lobby to print my race waiver.  I print that waiver at home for every race and without fail forget it in my room…EVERY TIME!  I’m always so thankful that runDisney has these set up.  This took about a minute and we headed over to the ballroom entrance.

Waiver Printing Area

Waiver Printing Area

Coronado Ballroom Entrance

Coronado Ballroom Entrance

When Amanda and I walked in the doors, we were greeted by a giant line.  Everyone in line already had their race bibs so we could only assume that this was the line to pick up your race shirt and clear bag.  We went to the right to pick up our bibs where thankfully there was no line (the only one of the day!).

Half Marathon Check In

Half Marathon Check In

Getting my bib!

Getting my bib!

My Team RAD Bib!!  :)

My Team RAD Bib!! 🙂

The first thing I noticed was all of the empty space in this area.  I could’ve done numerous cartwheels in the space and not touched anyone…thankfully I didn’t because that wouldn’t have been attractive.  What was beginning to fill up the space was the giant line of people waiting to get into the expo area.  Are you detecting a pattern here?

Wide open space & 5K Check In

Wide open space & 5K Check In

So after a brief stop at Runner Relations, we got on that line and probably waited about 20 minutes to get into the tiny area where shirt and bag pick up were.

Winding Lines...

Winding Lines…

Slowly moving closer...

Slowly moving closer…

Oh look...the expo! Getting closer...

Oh look…the expo!
Getting closer…

After that craziness we thought, “Hey, you know what would be fun??  Getting on another line!!”  So that’s what we did to get into the official runDisney merchandise area.

Waiting on another line...this time for merch

Waiting on another line…this time for merch

This area is always crowded, but this was just ridiculous.  We waited another 15-20 minutes just to get in the area, but once inside you couldn’t move.  The checkout line was winding through the entire merchandise area so it was very difficult to get close to the actual merchandise!  I was able to grab the few items I really wanted (including this tank!) and quickly got on yet another line.

Please please please runDisney...have more tanks available at your events!!

Please please please runDisney…have more tanks available at your events!!

40 minutes later we were at the registers to check out and quickly realized why there was such a back up…about half of the registers were empty!  Sigh…

A register ghost town....

A register ghost town….

My patience was starting to wear thin at this point.  I had just spent well over an hour standing in line and still hadn’t see any of the vendors.  I mean, I know you are supposed to expect lines in Walt Disney World, but there wasn’t even an attraction at the end of this one!


We headed over to the New Balance area to check out the runDisney running shoe situation and find our name on the giant wall of participants.  To the delight of many of the princesses in attendance, New Balance came prepared with enough runDisney shoes this time!

NB Banner

NB Shoe

Apparently this giant wall of participants was at the Marathon Weekend Expo in January, but I must have been too sick to even notice.  I would’ve loved to see my name on the marathon wall!  But this was still pretty cool!  Sadly Amanda’s name was missing…total fail.

Hey...that's me!

Hey…that’s me!

We looked down the aisle of the expo and decided it would be best if we just left.  I have never seen it so crowded before! I actually felt bad for the vendors because I’m sure a ton of people left for that same reason.

Jam Packed!

Jam Packed!

Clearly, this was not the best place to hold an expo for a runDisney event, but unfortunately this was the only option that weekend.  There were numerous events going on at WWOS including the Braves spring training and an MLS Soccer showcase, so there just wasn’t space.  Knowing Disney and how they always improve on their events, I’m hoping that these issues will be remedied for next year.  If it had to be held here again, the easiest solution would be to have packet pickup in one of the other rooms and just the expo in this space.  That would relieve a TON of the congestion!

But hey, even with the craziness, I managed to walk away with some pretty awesome swag from the expo!


What did you think of the Fit For A Princess Expo?  How could it be improved?

2013 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Final Instructions

Princess 5th LogoFinal race instructions are now available for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon!  It’s only 11 days away princesses (and princes)!  I can’t believe this race is here again…it has been a whole year since my first half marathon!

The following are instructions for the Princess Half Marathon and include all of the information you will need about the race, transportation and other events around the weekend.

2013 Princess FI pg1

2013 Princess FI pg2

If you are looking for information on any of the other events happening during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, you can find them here:

This year, the Health & Fitness Expo is being held at an all new location…Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort.  I’m actually really excited about this change of venue for the Expo.  If you’ve ever been to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex for packet pick up, you’ll know that it is a serious trek to get around the facility.  I’ve never been to the Coronado Springs convention facility, but from maps I’ve seen it looks much more manageable.

Princess Expo Map

The Expo will take place on Friday, February 22nd from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday, February 23rd from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm.  All race participants  MUST attend the expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick-up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and goody bag.  The goody bag also doubles as the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration.  If you are unable to attend the expo, instructions are included on how to have someone pick-up your packet for you.

Because of the new location, it is very important to note the transportation restrictions for getting there.  There will be no parking and no Guest drop-off at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort during Expo hours. You will need to take the event transportation provided at all Walt Disney World Resorts to get to the Expo.  If you are not staying on property, you will have to park at Downtown Disney West Side and take the transportation provided from there.

Here is all of the information you will need for Race Day.

  • Host Resort Transportation  All Walt Disney World resorts, including Shades of Green and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, will have transportation available to bring participants to and from ALL events during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend
    • On race day, bus service will begin at 3:00 am and runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am to ensure they make it into their corrals by the 5:00 am cut-off time.
    • Shuttle service will be suspended between 5:00 am and 7:00 am because of road closures, but will recommence for spectators after 7:00 am.  Traffic into the Epcot parking lot will also be suspended at this time and all cars will be routed to the Magic Kingdom Parking lot where spectators can take the monorail to Epcot.
    • After the race, buses will be set by resort in the Family Reunion Area to take all participants back to their resorts until 10:30 am.
  • Driving Directions  If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events.  As usual, Disney says to EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS so make sure you leave yourself enough time.  Road closures will begin at 3:30 am, so you will want to try to arrive at Epcot before then.  If that isn’t possible, be sure to arrive at Epcot and be parked by 4:30 am since it is about a 20 minute walk to the starting corrals from the parking lot and you must be in there by 5:00 am.
  • Costumes This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!  Runners get so creative and it’s so fun to see.  Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  Who are you dressing up as?
  • Bag Check  Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  The bag check tents are located in the Family Reunion Area in the Epcot parking lot.  All bags must be checked by 4:30 am prior to walking over to the start corrals.  Bags must be picked up by 10:30 am at the same location.  I checked a bag for the Princess Half Marathon last year and the process was seamless, so I wouldn’t be overly concerned by the process if you are new to runDisney events.
  • Start Corrals  The start corrals are located on Epcot Center Drive.  It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the starting corrals from the holding area, so you will want to head over there no later than 4:30 am.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.   You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.

Princess Individual Corrals

Princess Team Corrals

Princess Family Reunion Area

  • Starting Times  The following are scheduled start times for the corrals:
    • 5:30 am – Wheelchair Start
    • 5:35 am – Corral A Start
    • 5:42 am – Corral B Start
    • 5:49 am – Corral C Start
    • 5:56 am – Corral D Start
    • 6:03 am – Corral E Start
    • 6:10 am – Corral F Start
    • 6:17 am – Corral G Start
    • 6:24 am – Corral H Start
  • Race Bibs  Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible and smile for that camera 🙂
  • Team Bibs  If you registered as a team, you will receive a second commemorative bib with your team name on it.  This should NOT be worn in place of your individual bib or your time won’t be tracked.
  • Pacing Requirements Remember, you must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line.  Keep this in mind if you a planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.
Looking for the course map?  You can find it here!  More information is also available over on the runDisney website including the Official Program for the weekend.