Princess Half Marathon
  • On Feb 5, 2023
    Enma from North Devon Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi, we will be visiting during Disney Princess Mathathon weekend this month February the 25th and 26th of February. I would like to avoid crowds at all costs. What parks will be the quietest and easiest to drive to without any road closures? Thank you.

    Hi Emma, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you for asking us a question! I’ve participated in several runDisney events over the past few years and while Every Mile is Magic, I will admit that the early morning wakeup calls for races that begin at 5 AM can sometimes be less than magical! Normally, those early start times help minimize disruption to non-runners, because the races are over shortly after sunrise, but that isn’t always the case, so I completely understand your concern. 

    For any race weekend, the half marathon course is the most disruptive for traffic throughout Walt Disney World Resort because it’s the longest, both in terms of miles as well as in terms of time that runners are given to complete the course. This means that road closures typically last until mid-morning on those race days. 

    Although the courses for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend haven’t been released yet, typically that half marathon course starts in EPCOT’s parking lot, goes up World Drive, through Magic Kingdom Park (and Cinderella Castle!) and then back down World Drive to head back over to the finish line at EPCOT. The good news is that, if you’re staying “on property” in a Disney Resorts Collection hotel, unless you’re staying in a Magic Kingdom Resort Area hotel, you’ll probably be pretty removed from the race action, which means that you will only face minimal disruptions, if any. If you really want to play it safe, however, I’d recommend avoiding either EPCOT or Magic Kingdom Park on Sunday February 26, 2023, especially in the morning. 

    Based on my experience, neither the 5k (scheduled on Friday, February 24, 2023) nor the 10k (scheduled on Saturday, February 25, 2023) races should have a significant impact on traffic or on your Disney Day, because they’ll be over before any of the theme parks’ posted opening times. That said, sometimes the EPCOT parking lot can fill up pretty quickly (that’s where races typically begin/end), with Preferred Parking no longer available at some point during the day. Again, if you want to play it safe, I’d recommend avoiding EPCOT on race days if accessing a premium parking spot is a concern. 

    I hope that my answer helps you plan a smooth visit to Walt Disney World Resort this February. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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