Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Feb 11, 2023
    Michele from RI 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 sisters & I will be spectators at the Princess Half Marathon. We are staying at BoardWalk & have Epcot park reservations. Will we be able to walk through Epcot after the runners in our party finish, or will we wait until the 9:30am park opening?

    Hi there, Michele! 

    Welcome to planDisney! I love that you're cheering the participants on during the upcoming Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend! Seeing the spectators' smiling faces, including those of my sisters, and the inspirational and funny signs were some of my favorite moments from my first runDisney race last year. Now, let's get into how you can make the most of this fun experience! 

    Early theme park entry for Guests staying at Disney Resort hotels, like Disney's BoardWalk Inn, begins at 8:30 a.m. the day of the Half Marathon. So, depending on when the runners in your party finish, you'll be able to walk from your hotel, use the EPCOT International Gateway, and watch them from inside EPCOT toward the end of their race. If they run those final two miles of the Half Marathon before the park opens, then I recommend that you use transportation or drive to the front of EPCOT and head to the finish line's spectator viewing area in the Imagine parking lot. 

    For the Half Marathon, the runners will also get the cool opportunity to run down Main Street, U.S.A. and through Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. As long as it is before 8 a.m., I recommend that you park or take the runners' bus transportation to EPCOT, take the Monorail to the Transportation and Ticket Center (to cheer them on there), and then into Magic Kingdom Park (no ticket or theme park reservation needed before 8 a.m.) to spread the joy and motivation there. Then, head back to EPCOT to meet them at the finish line. 

    AN EXTRA GEM: Because you are there to support specific runners, I strongly recommend tracking their progress via the live online runner tracker. My sisters were able to see exactly where I was at any moment, which helped them know when to get into position to cheer me on. Keep an eye out for updated information on the official runDisney Spectator Info webpage as the event approaches. 

    Michele, if you have any further Disney vacation planning questions, please give us a holler at planDisney. I'm all ears! 

    Magic always, 
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