Princess Half Marathon Start; RunDisney
  • On Jan 5, 2024
    Kacy from AL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My family and I will be visiting the last week of February. Since the Princess Half Marathon happens around this time, I'd like to avoid heavy crowds if possible. What parks does the marathon take place in?

    Hi Kacy!

    Thanks for sending your question to the planDisney Panel! It's great to hear that you're planning a visit to Walt Disney World Resort for the last week of February. As someone who will be participating in the upcoming Princess Half Marathon, I can provide some firsthand insight into your concern about the crowds due to the event.

    The Princess Half Marathon, along with the other races during that weekend, typically occur in the early morning hours before the parks open. The races usually wind through multiple parks and areas of the resort, but the exact course can vary from year to year and this year's courses have not been released yet.  Typically, runners pass through iconic spots like Magic Kingdom and Epcot, but the races are organized in a way that minimizes disruption to normal park operations.

    To avoid the heaviest crowds, I would recommend visiting the parks later in the day, after the races have concluded. The afternoons and evenings are less likely to be affected by the marathon crowds. Also, keep an eye on the race schedule and plan your park visits accordingly. For instance, if the marathon route goes through a specific park on a particular morning, you might choose to visit a different park that day.

    Another tip is to utilize the My Disney Experience app to monitor wait times and navigate the parks more efficiently during your visit. This tool is incredibly helpful for finding less crowded attractions and planning your day on the go.

    If you have more questions about your trip, the Princess Half Marathon, or anything else Disney-related, feel free to reach out. Wishing you a magical visit to Walt Disney World Resort!

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Meet the Panelist: Yael, Florida

As a native Floridian, I've experienced the Disney Parks in every stage of life: as a child, a teenager, a newlywed, and now as a mom of three. My journey through the magic of Walt Disney World Resort has been filled with unforgettable moments and invaluable insights. Whether you're planning your first or your 100th visit, I'm eager to share my cherished memories and tried-and-true planning tips with you. Let's make your Disney experience as magical as mine have been! Learn More About Yael

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