By far the most regal of all the runDisney races, the Disney Princess Half Marathon is 13.1 miles filled with tutus and tiaras as far as the eye can see. Here is all the information you need to know to get to the castle and back so you can receive your well deserved sparkly medal!
All Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, including Shades of Green and the Swan and Dolphin are Host Hotels for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Look for signs and runDisney officials for the location of your resort’s transportation.
Bus transportation for the Princess Half Marathon will be available Sunday, February 21st from 3:00 am – 5:00 am and 7:00 am – 11:00 am for runners and spectators. For those staying at a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail line (Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian), the monorail will begin running at the same time as the buses each day to take guests to and from Epcot. Runners must board a bus or monorail no later than 4:00 am in order to make it to the corrals in time for the start of the race.
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.
If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation. As usual, Disney says to EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS so make sure you leave yourself enough time. Road closures will begin at as early as 11:00 pm the night before! 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.
Bag check is located in the Wonder Lot of the Epcot parking lot from 3:30 am – 10:30 am. 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. All items will be inspected, so make sure to leave some extra time. All bags must be checked prior to walking over to the start corrals.
Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race. You can then use the clear bag for all your sweaty race clothes!
Staging Area & Start Corrals
When you arrive at the Epcot parking lot, you will be directed to a large staging area before the corrals open. This is where you will find bag check, water stations, photo ops and most importantly Port-a-Potties.
The start corrals for the half marathon are located on Epcot Center Drive. It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the half marathon 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.
If you are participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge, you will have two letters on your race bib. The second letter is for the Half Marathon as seen here:
Princess Half Marathon Course Map
There will be 9 PowerAde and water stops along the course and there will be one food station at mile 8.7 that will have Clif Shots available. Aid stations will be located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other. The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own. Same goes for the fuel stop…don’t rely on those if you have trained with other products.
There will be 5 First Aid stations along the course and at the finish line. Medical personnel will also be traveling along the course on bikes.
Coast to Coast Challenge
Participants in the challenge will be given a wristband at the expo that must be worn during the race. After completion, proceed to the Coast to Coast tent to claim your super awesome medal!
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