It’s that time again Princesses! Sadly your Fairy Godmother won’t be able to help you today, so make sure your credit cards are ready to register for the 2016 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon today at noon EDT! This magical race weekend will be taking place February 18 – 21, 2016 and will include the Princess 5K, Enchanted 10K, Princess Half Marathon and the Glass Slipper Challenge. Over 25,000 runners will be taking to the streets of Walt Disney World during this magical race weekend to earn the sparkliest bling in the land.
As with all runDisney races events, we see another price increase for this year of 3-8% depending on the race. Here’s the pricing:
Disney Princess Half Marathon
Sunday, February 21, 2016
- $175 by August 4, 2015
- $190 between August 5 – 25, 2015
- $205 on or after August 26, 2015
Disney Enchanted 10K
Saturday, February 20, 2016
- $110 by August 4, 2015
- $125 between August 5 – 25, 2015
- $140 on or after October 22, 2014
Glass Slipper Challenge
Saturday & Sunday, February 20-21, 2016
- $305 by August 4, 2015
- $340 between August 5 – 25, 2015
- $365 on or after August 26, 2015
Disney Princess 5K
Friday, February 19, 2016
- $65 per participant by August 25, 2015
- $75 per participant on or after August 26, 2015
runDisneyKids Races – Dashes
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016
- $15 per participant by August 25, 2015
- $20 per participant on or after August 26, 2015
runDisneyKids Races – 1-Mile Run
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016
- $30 per participant by August 25, 2015
- $35 per participant on or after August 26, 2015
It looks like official team registrations are no longer an option, however you can purchase commemorative team bibs for family and friends. You can order any quantity you would like, which is an interesting new twist. These will be available in the Commemorative Items section of the registration.
As with all runDisney events, participants must stop by the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo to pick up their race bib, t-shirt and spend all your cash on runDisney gear! The expo runs from February 18 – 20 and will be at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
If you’re looking for the ultimate VIP experience over Princess Weekend, then the Race Retreat may be for you! For an extra fee ($120 in 2015), you will have access to various pre and post-race amenities, such as a temperature controlled tent, snacks, private bathrooms, changing tents, character meet & greets a commemorative item, massages and more.
There are also various dining events over the weekend that you can attend. The first event is Breakfast with the Princesses immediately following the 5K on February 19th and the 10K on February 20th. Here you can enjoy a breakfast buffet with items such as quiche, breakfast burritos, french toast and more, as well as special character meet and greets and photo ops.
Returning for 2 nights again (February 19th & 20th) is the Pasta in the Park Party. This family oriented event takes place in the World Showplace Pavilion inside Epcot and includes a buffet dinner of pasta (duh!), character meet and greets, and a reserved viewing area for Illuminations. Pricing for both of these events has not been published yet, but here is the pricing from 2015 to give you and idea:
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 am
- $39 for Adults (10 and up)
- $26 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
Pasta in the Park Party
Friday & Saturday, February 19-20, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Illuminations at 9:00 pm
- $54 for Adults (10 and up)
- $30 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
- Children under 3 are free
And let’s not forget the most important part of any race, the spectators! Generally, there are 4 different ChEAR Squad package levels available and range from a newsletter at no cost to the platinum package that includes entry into the race retreat. Pricing and package details have not been published yet, but here is the pricing from 2015:
- Bronze – No Charge per package
- Silver – $39 per package
- Gold – $65 per package
- Platinum – $120 per package
Make sure to visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend including details on the travel packages, transportation information, park tickets and more.
Pre-sales for the Glass Slipper Challenge sold out in about 30 minutes two weeks ago, so I’m sure the event itself will sell out very quickly. Here are some great tips from runDisney about how to register for this race weekend efficiently:
If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I LOVE Princess Half Marathon Weekend. I had to defer my 2015 race registration, which means I am already signed up and ready to go for 2016. This will be my first big event after having a baby this fall. I think it will be the perfect motivation to get me up and keep me active!
I’ve ran Princess 3 times and each year has been a different experience for me with it’s own set of challenges. You can read all of the details here:
- Cinderella Royal Family 5K (guest post)
- Fit for a Princess Health & Fitness Expo (guest post)
- The Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part I – Enchanted 10K
- The Inaugural Glass Slipper Challenge Part II – Princess Half Marathon
2012: My FIRST Half Marathon!
- Tangled Royal Family 5K
- Fit for a Princess Expo
- Princess Half Marathon – Pre-Race
- Princess Half Marathon – The Race
- Post Race Snacks
- Listen to my full 2012 recap on the Be Our Guest Podcast!
Will YOU be a Disney Princess in 2016?!? Hope to see you there 🙂