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Disney Princess Half Marathon- Tips and Pictures

The Disney Princess Half Marathon is this weekend!  Are you running it?

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I am obviously not going this year, but I ran the race two years ago and it was hands down my favorite race experience ever!  I ran it with my best friend Sarah and we regularly talk about how much fun we had.  The race is an adult fairy tale with a true magical feeling.  Disney really knows how to “make you wish upon a star.”  This time the “star” is the finish line after 13.1 miles!

We seriously considered doing it again this year, but the timing just didn’t work out.

I’m honestly a little jealous of anyone who is going this year.  It’s the 5th anniversary of the race and I bet the medal is awesome!

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                                My favorite medal!

Here are tips on the race and pics from my experience!

General tips:

1. Decide ahead of time if you want to run this race for fun or time.  I suggest running it for fun.  There is so much to take in at the race.   The whole course is lined with Disney characters and park picture ops.  Decide ahead of time if you are willing to stop to take these pictures or if you just want to take it all in and keep moving.  We raced for fun but did not stop to take the pictures.  There will be lines to take your picture with the characters.  It will slow you down a lot.

2. DRESS UP! Think ahead and buy tutus and tiaras online.  Walmart and Michaels are also good places to find princess gear.  OR if you really want to be creative, come up with a whole Princess costume.  You will obviously have to make this around comfortable running clothes because 13.1 miles is nothing to mess around with.  But it’s not often that as adults we get a chance to be so silly and just have fun.  Take advantage of the opportunity.

We got to the race and almost didn’t wear our tutus because we thought it was ridiculous, but we were some of the least dressed up people at the race.  You really can’t go too far with your outfit.  Our favorite memory was running behind a guy dressed head to toe in a FROG costume with a sign on his back that said “running to find my princess.”

3. Put some Disney classic songs into your playlist.  Suggestions: Hakuna Matata (Lion King), Kiss the Girl or Part & Your World (The Little Mermaid), Belle & Be Our Guest (From Beauty and the Beast.)

Expo Tips:

1. Go to the expo early Saturday or on Friday.  Expect to stand in a line just to get in.  It wouldn’t be Disney without a line!  Luckily Disney is well equipped to handle crowds and even with lines, things run very smoothly.

2. Did you buy a tutu and tiara to wear to the race?  Where it to the expo too because it is just more fun.  There will be “Fairy God Mothers” to sprinkle you with “pixie dust” and “Prince Charmings” to take pictures with.  Enjoy!

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3. If you go on Saturday, don’t spend too much time at the expo.  As with any expo the day before the race, make sure you have fun, but don’t spend all day on your feet.  Your feet need some rest before running such a long race.

Race Tips:

1. The race starts crazy early!  Disney basically wants to run the race and have people off the property before the regular park goers get there.  Plan ahead for this—Eat your dinner the night before super early (give your dinner plenty of time to digest before the 3AM wakeup call) and go to bed early.

2. Expect traffic on race morning.  Leave early and plan for traffic once you get on park property.

3. The walk from the parking lot to the start of the race is REALY long.  Don’t be surprised and account time for it.  There are tons of bathrooms at the race start.

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4. There are cute picture ops before the race.  Take advantage of these if you don’t want to stop along the course.

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5. The “hills” in this race are actually interstate on ramps.  There is one close to the end.  Save some energy for it.

6. Pace yourself!  This is such a fun race, but it is still a half marathon so don’t forget to take care of your body and pace yourself so you can finish.  Disney has great aid stations along the course.

7. SMILE huge and pose at the finish line!  Check out the picture you can get!  You will pay Disney a fortune for it afterwards, but this plaque (even though it had the wrong time) is one of my prize possessions!

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  1. […] Disney Princess Half Marathon was the most fun race I have ever done.  Today I’m sharing five Disney Princess marathon tips so […]

  2. Jessica January 25, 2014 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I’m running this for the first time this year (it’s also my first half ever), and my friend I was supposed to run with hurt her knee. Does pretty much everyone run in groups or pairs? I’m a little nervous to be running alone!

    • JulieWunder January 29, 2014 at 4:02 pm - Reply

      Don’t be nervous! I’d say more people run in groups than in other races I’ve ran.. but not everyone. Running a race by yourself can be great because you can focus on your own body and run to your full potential! Good luck! I know you will do great!

  3. […] Victory may not be like my marathon finish, the Disney Princess Half Marathon or that killer 8 mile training run in early February.  But it’s a […]

  4. Megan February 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    I ran it last weekend – dressed as Cinderella! Thank you so much for your tips! They were definitely helpful 🙂 It was such a magical time! I’m definitely hooked on distance running now…toying with the full at some point in the next couple of years! My Garmin died on the airplane ride (still not sure how that happened seeing as how I charged it the night prior…) so I was without a pacing device and it would up being a huge blessing! I was able to actually enjoy the race and not worry about my time (and still wound up being pretty happy with my time for my first half and a revised training plan!!) Love that you called them “hills” – I snickered on my way up both of them (clearly these people don’t train in Asheville!!). I’ll admit, they weren’t exactly spaced in the best way (hills at miles 10 and 11 aren’t very kind) but Disney even made them enjoyable by having one of the toy soldiers from Toy Story barking orders at us “civilians” to “get up that hill!” So much fun! My only other tip would be to leave your hotel (even if you are staying on property) by no later than 3:15 AM. I got in line for a bus between 3:30 and 3:40 AM (and was told that would be fine) and did not get to my corral until 5:33 AM (and my corral started at 5:35…yikes!) There were significantly more runners this year than in past years, and from what I’ve heard they will only continue to increase. Thanks for all of your great posts and tips! Wishing you lots of magical miles and hope you feel better soon!

  5. Richard Hill February 23, 2013 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    Julie!

    Thank you for your continuing updates about “Running In a Skirt.’ Hope your health is improving. I just bought a pair of running slacks and T-Shirt. I haven’t run since High School gym class! You are an inspiration! I will start a small run this Sunday at Beaver Lake after church. I have a long way to catch up to you! I am writing down all your recipes in a notebook. You really should consider publishing them!

    August 21, 2017
    Rick Hill

    • JulieWunder February 28, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

      awesome Richard! One of my goals for starting the blog was to inspire people to try new things and help them find ways to be healthier! great news.
      I hope the run goes well!

  6. Melanie Bowen February 21, 2013 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Hello,

    I have a question about your blog, could you please email me? Thanks!!

    Melanie

  7. Annie @ What's Annie Making February 21, 2013 at 1:50 am - Reply

    This looks so fun! I’ve looked into doing this race several times now but I was always hesitant to travel so far just for a half marathon. Maybe some year I’ll have to plan a full trip around it. What great memories.

    • JulieWunder February 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm - Reply

      We grew up in Orlando so it is an easier trip for us to make since we have places to stay and family in town. I don’t think I’d travel far for many races… but Disney knows how to make a race special!!!

  8. Linda Rotella February 20, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    We miss seeing you! We hope you are doing okay, my husband Ray and I are faithful followers of you and Jay and Holly. We DVR you guys so we never miss a minute! Hope you come home soon. Wishing you God,s Blessings Linda Rotella Hendersonville

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