Registration opens today at Noon EST for the 2015 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend! Named as the perfect “Runner’s Night Out,” this race takes you through 3 Walt Disney World parks and ends at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. How can you go wrong with that?!
All running events take place on Saturday, November 7th beginning with Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K at 7:00 am at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Here’s a great review of that race from 2013!) Later that morning at the New Balance Track & Field Complex, located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS), are the Kids Races with the dashes starting at 10:00 am and the 1-mile run at 10:45 am. And if that’s not enough running for one day, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon starts at 10:00 pm in the WWOS parking lot. This nighttime race takes runners through Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes at Epcot…the only Disney Half Marathon to take you through 3 parks…and ends with free beer & wine at the finish!
Other events taking place over the weekend are the Pre-Race Taste and the Finish Line Party. The Pre-Race Taste is a 1 1/2 hour event on Friday, November 6th located at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Theater inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features food from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, entertainment and unique photo opportunities. The Finish Line Party is a great event for runners and their supporters. It takes place at Epcot following the Wine & Dine Half Marathon where select attractions including Soarin’, Test Track and Mission: SPACE are open until 4:00 am for those attending the party. Another added bonus is that all of the Food & Wine Festival kiosks are open during the party to feed your post race hunger!!
Pricing for the events are as follows:
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- $190 by March 31, 2015
- $205 between April 1 and April 14, 2015
- $220 on or after April 15, 2015
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K
- $65 by April 14, 2015
- $75 on or after April 15, 2015
runDisney Kids’ Races
- $15 by April 14, 2015
- $20 on or after April 15, 2015
runDisney 1-Mile Run
- $30 by April 14, 2015
- $35 on or after April 15, 2015
Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Tickets
- $79 for Adults (ages 3 and up)
- Children under 3 do not need a ticket
Finish Line Party Tickets
- $75 by August 12, 2015
- $85 between August 13 and October 28, 2015
- $95 on or after October 29, 2015
The price tag for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon is a bit higher than other Disney races, but it includes a few extra perks. You get the usual amazing Disney entertainment on the course, a long sleeve tech shirt, and race medal, but also included is admission to the Finish Line Party at Epcot and a $15 gift card (increased from $10 in previous years) to use at the Food & Wine Festival kiosks!
Packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at WWOS beginning November 6, 2015. Remember you MUST pick up your own packet. Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend and click here to register for any (or all!) of the events beginning at noon today.
Looking for a place to stay over Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend? Kingdom Magic Vacations has rooms available at various Walt Disney World resorts from Value to Deluxe. Not only will they get you the best rate, but they are experts when it comes to running at Disney. They will help you plan the perfect racecation and take care of every little detail for you. All you have to do is the training! Click here to get a free quote.
You can also check out some of these RAD recaps for more info on what the events are like:
- Sticking Together for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- Coming From Australia to Get Her Coast to Coast Part 1 – The Wine & Dine Half Marathon
As per usual with runDisney races lately, this is sure to sell out quickly. Make sure you are at your computer with credit card in hand when the clock strikes noon! This is such a fun race and I can’t say enough good things about it…well if the weather cooperates. 🙂 Will you be running in 2015?