Princess Half Marathon Start; RunDisney
  • On Feb 21, 2024
    Heather from MI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    we were planning on heading to Epcot the morning of Feb 25 and then hopping to HS. We didn’t even think about the Princess race when booking…How much will the half marathon affect our morning at Epcot? Will it be any less busy if we wait until later?

    Hi there, Heather!

    Welcome back to planDisney and a big thank you for bringing me your question about your upcoming Walt Disney World Resort vacation. I'm always excited when I have the opportunity to assist a fellow Michigander with their vacation planning process! Heather, your departure to The Most Magical Place on Earth is just days away, so let's chat about optimizing your theme park time this weekend.

    You'll be visiting during Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (and as a matter of fact, I will too!). While the theme parks will be operating normally this weekend, you may notice some slight changes due to the races taking place February 23-25, 2024. The Disney Princess Half Marathon is scheduled to take place on the morning of February 25, 2024, routing runners (including myself) through Magic Kingdom Park and EPCOT early that day. According to the Hours & Events Calendar for that day, the early theme park entry period for Guests of Disney Resort hotels begins at 9:30 a.m. at EPCOT. The half marathon race course ends just outside EPCOT, with participants traversing that final mile inside the theme park near Spaceship Earth. I'd expect some minor operational changes near the theme park entrance that morning as Cast Members route Guests safely across the race course between runners. By mid-afternoon, I expect the course to be cleared and things to return to normal!

    Heather, the other point to keep in mind during any runDisney race day is transportation. If possible, try to rely on complimentary Resort transportation. This way, you won't have to deal with navigating road closures or detours in your personal vehicle! Since the Disney Princess Half Marathon course routes runners across World Drive (both North and South), you'll be more likely to notice these changes on your way to Magic Kingdom Park or EPCOT. However, all road closures should be cleared no later than 10:00 a.m.

    I hope this information helps you to prepare for an enchanting day at EPCOT, Heather. While a runDisney race weekend might not be the typical Walt Disney World Resort vacation experience you're used to, I encourage you to embrace and enjoy it. Simply congratulating a runner wearing a recently-earned medal is enough to spread a bit of pixie dust on another Guest's day! If you have any other questions before or during your trip, you're always welcome to pop back over to see me here at planDisney. You've got a friend in me!

    See ya real soon,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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