The Disney Princess Half Marathon extravaganza, taking place this weekend at and all throughout the Walt Disney World Resort, is similar to every other runDisney weekend in that it is wholly memorable and outstanding. Everyone who participates in a runDisney event either immediately makes plans to return for their next, or goes through their days distracted and with a profound sense of loss.
If you are participating in this, or any runDisney run, know that they are exceedingly accommodating. The courses are flat, lined with entertainment, magic and motivation. There are a few things to keep in mind though, which will help make the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend the spectacular success it is designed to be:
Give yourself plenty of time..for everything: From breakfast, to picking up bibs, to, especially, getting to your starting corral, everything you do the entire weekend is going to take longer than you would otherwise expect. runDisney’s success is a blessing and a curse, as being wonderful comes with a fair degree of popularity, and thus exorbitant crowding. Disney does a better job than anyone else could, getting guests around the resort, but there are only so many roads, routes, boats and shuttle buses in the world. Plan ahead. Plan to wait a little while. And do not despair if your plans don’t come off as planned.
Wear something whimsical, but try it out first: for days, following every event, social media is littered with the details and debris of running costumes gone wrong. You should absolutely wear your homemade Disney favorites. The venue and pageantry call for it. But, remember, as well as being at Walt Disney World, you are participating in a road race. Even if you are not planning to win–if you’re dressing up, your chances of winning aren’t good, just sayin’–but toting thirty-pounds of Ursula around for 13 miles is unpleasant at any pace. Be enthusiastic. Be theatrical, if you wish. Be elaborate, even. Just understand how far you’ve got to go, and what glass slippers, wings and tutus can do to your body over that stretch.
Enjoy yourself: we mention this every time, but really, what’s more important? Yes, you have to get up early. No, you won’t get to eat at Be Our Guest. Sure, there will be a huge, if understandable, line to see Anna and Elsa, though none of that has to tarnish your tiara unless you let it. Bottom line, you get to run through several Disney Parks before they’re even open. The lights will be one, classic, endearing music shall be playing, amazing cast members, volunteers and spectators will be out to support you, and you get to carry around a sense of accomplishment, and some pretty sweet bling, all the rest of the day. If a pep talk doesn’t cut it, there’s always Epcot’s La Cava del Tequila..