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8 Things You Need to Know About runDisney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend

The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is one of the largest women-focused running events, featuring runners from across the nation and more than 28 countries. Though not as large as Disney’s Marathon Weekend, it’s an exciting race filled with lots of colorful tutus, tiaras, and pixie dust! We’ve compiled the eight things you need to know about making the most of this unique runDisney event!


8 – There Will Be Lots of Runners

The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is one of the largest women-focused running events. In past years, the race has seen up to 56,000 runners. The 2024 sold-out races will surely see a lot of smiling racers returning to the resort. This means that you will experience the typical runDisney race: crowded, busy, and sometimes insane!

7 – Who Runs the World? Girls!

As you might expect, this race is dominated by female participants. This race is all about the ladies and celebrating women’s achievements in the sport of running. Princes (men) are allowed to race. However, their participation is downplayed, and they are not eligible for awards. In fact, in years past, a man had the best time in the half marathon but was not the official winner. Many more men will be running the 5k since that race is more family-focused. Though not as large as Disney’s Marathon Weekend, it’s an exciting race filled with lots of colorful tutus, tiaras, and pixie dust!

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6 – runDisney Health and Fitness Expo

The weekend kicks off Thursday, February 22, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. The Health and Fitness Expo is your first stop race weekend to pick up your race packet. The event features celebrity runner appearances, and you’ll see and experience the latest in running and fitness equipment. Finally, you’ll have the chance to purchase official runDisney merchandise and other sports-related products offered by exhibitors.

All runners must attend the Expo to pick up their race bib, shirt, and gear bag. Without the items in this packet, you cannot race. Disney no longer allows others to pick up the packet for you. A valid ID and completed waiver is required. Adults will be allowed to pick up participant packets for runners under the age of 18. As a reminder, packet pickup will not be available on race morning. You’ll also need an Expo Check-In pass so volunteers can easily find your packet. Your Expo Check-in Pass will be available about a week before the race through your runDisney account.

The Official runDisney Merchandise store is located in the Arena just as you enter the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. Note that for shopping on the first day, you must join the Virtual Queue in order to shop. Look for specific instructions in the Race Guide.  In addition to the store, pre-purchased commemorative item pick-up and character meet and greets occur in the Arena. If you want the best selection of merchandise, go ahead and get in the merchandise queue first and then pick up your bib and race shirts after your shopping is completed. You’ll find your race bib pick up in the HP Field House and the race shirt pick up in the Visa Athletic Center. 

Many runners underestimate the time needed for the race expo. Include travel time, waiting to pick up your packet and commemorative items, and time for shopping. The Expo will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We recommend you get there as early as you can for the best selection of race merchandise. Merchandise always sells out at runDisney races. The earlier you get there, the better chance you’ll have of getting what you want! Do be aware that runDisney uses a Virtual Queue for the first day of the Expo, February 22, 2024, to enter the runDisney Merchandise Shop. Click here to learn about the process.

Tip: if you are wavering on a decision about purchasing a specific item, our suggestion is to go ahead and buy the item. Many do not know it, but you can return any items at any Disney World merchandise location if you change your mind. So, if you buy a shirt and then realize you actually don’t want it, you can return it at your resort store. I’ve even returned merchandise weeks after the event. If you can swing the extra cost, it is better to buy it and return it if you change your mind. If you wait until a later time to purchase it, it is likely that the item will not be there.

Many exhibitors sell running-related items. Be sure to check with each exhibitor for their return policy before you make any purchase with them. Often, these stores will have Expo-reduced prices. While this may be the perfect time to purchase that excellent new product, be careful if you have never trained with the item. The best rule of thumb is to never, ever do or use something new on race day.

runDisney Health and Fitness Expo Hours – ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Thursday, February 22, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, February 23, 2022 — 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 24, 2022 — 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


5 – Disney Princess 5k

The Disney Princess 5k will kick off Friday, February 23, at 5:00 a.m. This race is more friendly towards male participants as it is geared towards princesses ages five and older and their families. You’ll begin at Epcot and race through Epcot’s neighborhoods, including a run-around World Showcase. There will be one water stop along the 5k course. Note that the 5k is a fun run and is not timed. No race results will be posted. Disney 5k races are a great place to introduce your daughter to the fun of running!

4 – Disney Princess Enchanted 10k

The Disney Princess Enchanted 10k will start Saturday, February 24, at 5:00 am. This race journeys through Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and the Epcot Resort area, including the Boardwalk. Note that the Boardwalk can be rather slippery early in the morning, so do be careful! This is also the beginning of the race weekend for those ladies participating in the Fairy Tale Challenge. The 10k is a great distance for those who want a step up from the 5k, but they may not be ready to tackle a half marathon. The popularity of the 10k race at Disney has skyrocketed. Typically, the 10k races are the first to sell out. There will be three water stops along the 10k course.

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3 – Disney’s Princess Half Marathon

Finally, the half marathon will kick off on Sunday, February 25, at 5:00 a.m. Be prepared for a sea of princesses! Never before have I seen so many tutus and tiaras! It’s a great race to run and feel empowered as a woman. The camaraderie is excellent, and most women support and encourage other runners during the race. The Walt Disney World Half-Marathon in January and the Princess Half are the only two half-marathons to run through Magic Kingdom. I’ve raced every half marathon they have at Walt Disney World, and this one is one of my favorites. Any female runners pondering this race should sign up because it’s a great race that celebrates the athletic achievements of female runners!

The half-marathon course has nine water and Powerade stops located along the route about every 1.5 miles. There will be one food stop just after mile 8. If you want water on your own schedule or more fuel, you must bring your own.

2 – Smile for the Camera!

Professional photographers from Disney’s PhotoPass will be positioned at multiple race locations before the event, on the courses, and at the finish and post-finish areas. On each course, there are multiple spots with Characters. Please note that these are Disney photographers and are included in Disney PhotoPass or Memory Maker packages–an even better reason to purchase that Memory Maker package. Annual Passholders will also have free access to the race pictures since Memory Maker is included in their pass benefits. After the event, you must manually add these pictures to your MyDisney Account using your bib number. Clear instructions are included in the Event Guide and on the back of your race bib. You may add up to 5 bibs per account. If you are running with a group, only one person needs to purchase the package. Runners are welcomed and encouraged to take pictures during the race. However, remember that selfie sticks are prohibited by runners and spectators on Walt Disney World property.

For more information about Memory Maker be sure to read our article here.

1 – Disney Princess Yoga

The last of the events is the very popular Disney Princess Yoga, which takes place on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 5:30 a.m. Unlike your typical yoga studio, the unique event allowed yogis to walk up Main Street, U.S.A., before the park opens, stretch, and meditate in front of the iconic Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park. This is the third year of the yoga event, which requires a separate registration. Participants will enjoy a one-hour yoga experience, a yoga mat with a carrying strap, and bottled water. It’s a great way to end the race weekend!

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Cindy E. Nykamp

After friends and family made them their go-to people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Cindy wears many hats for DisneyLists.com. As a content creator, she has written over six hundred articles providing news, tips, planning, and more, for trips to Walt Disney World, Disneyland, and Disney Cruise Line to our followers. She directs a team of authors to bring our fans up-to-date information so that they can have the best Disney vacation experience. Cindy manages DisneyLists.com's Instagram account, sharing photos and videos to bring some Disney magic into our followers' feeds. She is also our chief photographer and has her photos featured on the official Walt Disney World Instagram account. Finally, Cindy regularly represents DisneyLists.com at Disney media events. While attending these events, she gets an insider's view of all the new things that have come to Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line and passes this information and tips to our followers.
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