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  • On Jan 24, 2012
    Katie from UT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    We are deciding between Princess and W&D halfs for 2013. We have a big group (4 families) so want to get started early. Which would you recommend? We have male and female runners of varying levels. Top concerns are discounts, crowds and fun level! Than

    Hi Katie  That's a tough one!  I love both races, but since there are males and females, I will have to go with the Wine and Dine.  My husband and I have done both, but I think he felt a little out of place doing the "Princess" half surrounded by mostly women.  (although, I think he enjoyed that part of it too!)  We did the Wine and Dine this past October with 3 other couples and it was the best!  The things I liked:  1)You don't have to get up early in the morning for the race.  2)  The after party was awesome at the International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot.  3)  You have more running time on the course through the parks and less on the highway.
    As for crowds, either race is really a great time to be at Disney.  The crowd level was not an issue during either weekend.  There are less runners in the Wine and Dine, so that did make the race course seem a little less crowded.  I think that the fun level is at a maximum at both races, but again, I think the guys would probably enjoy the Wine and Dine more since it isn't all about princesses. 
    If you go to the runDisney website and click on the race you decide upon, you will find the discount rates for resort rooms and theme park tickets on there.  I HIGHLY recommend staying at one of the Disney host resorts.  These resorts will offer runner discounts and most importantly, they offer free bus transportation to the expo for packet pick-up and to the start/finish lines of the race.  If you are looking to be budget friendly, the Value Resorts are comparable to non-Disney chain hotels in price, and some of them will be host resorts.  Every Disney resort is exceptionally clean and have fun themes.  Please let me know if I can help you and your friends plan your trip!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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