Final 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.
If you are looking for information on any of the other events happening during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, you can find them here:
- Mickey and Minnie Royal Family 5K & Kids Races
- ChEAR Squad & Race Retreat
- Pasta in the Park & Princess Breakfast
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.
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.
- 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.