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Overall Rating (47 Reviews)
4.3
(47 Ratings)(47 Reviews)
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4.6
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4.6
You’re invited to join us for the most magical race weekend on Earth at Walt Disney World® Resort where your favorite classic Disney characters are the hosts! With race distances for all skill levels, including Kids Races, a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon, participants will enjoy special Disney entertainment … MORE
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    MomRuns FIRST-TIMER '13

    I trained for this January race in New York. Needless to say, most of my long training runs were in the brutal cold. Florida had record high temperatures the day … MORE

    I trained for this January race in New York. Needless to say, most of my long training runs were in the brutal cold. Florida had record high temperatures the day of the marathon…reaching 97 degrees! Amazingly enough, I ran strong. What saved me was stopping to take pictures with all the characters, where I could cool off and have some fun. Truly a magical experience I will never forget!

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    BrandonD FIRST-TIMER '19

    Run through all four Disney Parks and the ESPN Zone. Running the parks is great. There are a couple long stretches between a couple of the parks. Almost entirely flat … MORE

    Run through all four Disney Parks and the ESPN Zone. Running the parks is great. There are a couple long stretches between a couple of the parks. Almost entirely flat (it’s Florida after all). Overall a well run and fun race.

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    brittniv FIRST-TIMER '19

    This year was HOT. 2018 was COLD. Be prepared for ANY weather!! I think they added extra water stations because it was so hot this year. A lot of people … MORE

    This year was HOT. 2018 was COLD. Be prepared for ANY weather!! I think they added extra water stations because it was so hot this year. A lot of people ran in costumes, but I ditched mine due to the heat. There’s almost a 2 mile walk from the staging area to the start line and it’s hard for spectators to see you. My dad came to the start line and I never saw him bc there was a whole road separating us from the spectators. He tried to come to magic Kingdom and it was PACKED. I even bought him the ChEAR Squad package and that didn’t help. I did see him in the animal kingdom parking lot though and at the finish line. It’s definitely hard for spectators to get around though. Don’t bank on seeing anyone. The swag was great. It’s a nice long sleeve shirt and mickey ears with a beautiful medal! I also bought a cute quarter zip and a tervis water bottle. It was pricy but it’s disney. Running inside the parks was magical but the rest of the miles were hard. It’s hard to run with hardly any spectators and nothing to look at but highways. All in all, it was a good race. I don’t think I’ll do the full again just due to the amount of boring miles and the bad experience with the heat but I’d definitely love to try a half at Disney!!

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    VTKRAMER FIRST-TIMER '19

    Participated with my son as part two of the Dopey Challenge. He had not trained at all, but gutted out a nice run for a football lineman, course is pretty … MORE

    Participated with my son as part two of the Dopey Challenge. He had not trained at all, but gutted out a nice run for a football lineman, course is pretty tight at points. The swag as always was great. Maybe they could start a little later???

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    VTKRAMER FIRST-TIMER '19

    My wife used this as her first half marathon to keep me company for my Dopey Challenge. It was REALLY crowded at points and there was a bad smell near … MORE

    My wife used this as her first half marathon to keep me company for my Dopey Challenge. It was REALLY crowded at points and there was a bad smell near the entrance to the Magic Kingdom. We had a lot of fun though.

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    VTKRAMER REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The course for the full marathon is way better than the half. For some reason, this year there were a LOT fewer runners which made the course congestion a lot … MORE

    The course for the full marathon is way better than the half. For some reason, this year there were a LOT fewer runners which made the course congestion a lot better. Weather was a little warm, way more pleasant than last years super cold start.

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    VTKRAMER FIRST-TIMER '19

    Got to do my daighter’s First race with her. She ran and walked and we just had a lot of fun. It was pretty chilly and we had quite a … MORE

    Got to do my daighter’s First race with her. She ran and walked and we just had a lot of fun. It was pretty chilly and we had quite a wait to start, but in the end, it was a great first race for her

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    orangeroses FIRST-TIMER '18

    I did the Dopey Challenge and the biggest part of this challenge is waking up super early to catch a bus and stand in the cold for over an hour. … MORE

    I did the Dopey Challenge and the biggest part of this challenge is waking up super early to catch a bus and stand in the cold for over an hour. Then stand in a corral for a while… then finally get to run.

    The corrals were packed and you run shoulder to shoulder with people pretty much the entire race… for all of the races.

    The buses at the end were well organized and easy to hop on and get back to the resort to shower and go park hopping with the family.

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    runningriddles FIRST-TIMER '17

    I ran the Disney World Marathon in January 2017. My family and I stayed in a resort in Disney World, so as far as logistics go, everything was a breeze … MORE

    I ran the Disney World Marathon in January 2017. My family and I stayed in a resort in Disney World, so as far as logistics go, everything was a breeze in regards to that (free shuttle service all over the park, including to the packet pickup area, race start area, and then back to our room). That said I cannot imagine trying to participate in this marathon without staying in the park. With close to 30,000 people, there are crowds, crowds, and more crowds. Plan to wait in line to pick up your race day packet the day before there race. Also with a race start time of 5:30 a.m., you will have to wake up VERY early in order to get a shuttle over to the race area, walk to your corral position, and then wait for the race to start. Unfortunately the year I ran it, it was abnormally cold in Florida with temps in the 30s that morning with wind chills. It was COLD…so standing around for 2 hours huddled in a masses of people for 2 hours waiting for the race to start was not fun. However once the race began, it was a great experience. You get to run through all 4 of the Disney Parks, and there is constant crowd support and entertainment along the way. For those not running for time, there are Disney characters at every mile marker that you can have your photo taken with. Upon finishing the race you get a really nice medal and other goodies (I distinctly remember a nice pre-race food box full of goodies to replenish your energy). While this is not a marathon I would plan on running for a PR, I would recommend running it for the experience especially if you parlay it into a family trip down to Disney, as my family had a wonderful time at the parks for the few days after the race.

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    portlandrunner FIRST-TIMER '14

    I would absolutely recommend it be this one! Flat, fast, and well organized, this is a marathon where the characters, Cast Members, and behind the scenes magic help the miles … MORE

    I would absolutely recommend it be this one! Flat, fast, and well organized, this is a marathon where the characters, Cast Members, and behind the scenes magic help the miles fly by. The only drawbacks are the early morning start time (5:00 am!) and crowded race path at times. But the swag is terrific, the event is flawlessly run, and you get to celebrate in the happiest place on Earth afterwards.

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    snowdrce REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great event. The weather for the 1/2 was terrible and we were worried. The full went great. My daughter turned 18 and wanted to do her first marathon together. Lots … MORE

    Great event. The weather for the 1/2 was terrible and we were worried. The full went great. My daughter turned 18 and wanted to do her first marathon together. Lots of selfies together. Great cast and support on the way through the parks.

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    pvshelle FIRST-TIMER '13

    Huge run but well organized and fun characters and bands along the way. The Lengthy wait to start was a negative.....but all else was fun and where else can you … MORE

    Huge run but well organized and fun characters and bands along the way. The Lengthy wait to start was a negative…..but all else was fun and where else can you run through “lands”?!

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    jmskafidas FIRST-TIMER '15

    This race is what made me fall in love with the marathon distance. I couldn't have asked for a better way to kick off my marathon career than in the … MORE

    This race is what made me fall in love with the marathon distance. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to kick off my marathon career than in the “happiest place on earth.” Disney puts on an expo like no other I’ve ever seen. I will cherish my Cinderella NB sneakers forever! This one calls for an early start, as they need to funnel everyone through the course before opening the parks, but the overall experience was so worth the 5:00AM start time. If you stay at one of the Disney resorts you have access to buses to transport you to Epcot for the start and then back home at the finish. So worth it! Be aware that the race does consist of what feels like long endless stretches of road between the parks; however, Disney strategically places characters and local bands along these portions to keep you entertained. I had been to Disney World 13 times prior to running this race, and I have to say, I now look at Disney completely differently having run through it. So many memories are made along this course. Nothing will ever top running through Cinderella’s castle with my brother by my side. This is a must-do marathon for all levels runners!

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    johnmallonee REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Run through Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, well spaced characters, starts in the dark so need to be careful in some spots. One section is narrow with orange pylon cones. MORE

    Run through Magic Kingdom and EPCOT, well spaced characters, starts in the dark so need to be careful in some spots. One section is narrow with orange pylon cones.

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    Maniacmay FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Dopey Challenge is a 4-race Series where you run a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, half marathon on Saturday and full marathon on Sunday. What makes this challenge … MORE

    The Dopey Challenge is a 4-race Series where you run a 5K on Thursday, 10K on Friday, half marathon on Saturday and full marathon on Sunday. What makes this challenge even greater is that you have to be up by 2-2:30am to get prep for race day, shuttle to the start and wait 1.5-2hrs before you actually start your race. Then after your race, go back to your hotel to wash up and spend the rest of the day on your feet at the theme parks, try to get an early dinner and go to bed to repeat it all over the next day. By the 4th day you are sleep deprived and exhausted and now you get to run a full marathon which runs through each of the theme parks and their sports park. Yay! What a crazy experience, but as long as you aren’t “in it to win it”, it’s a fun experience. Need a rest break? Pull over to line up for a character photo. Some of the roads and pathways were narrow and congested. But the Cast Member, voluntEars and theme park spectator support was awesome. And the medals… ooh, the medals!!! Once you finish the marathon, you go through a tent where they verify that you completed the prior 3 races, then you are adorned with a Goofy Challenge medal for doing the “race and a half” (half+full marathon) and a Dopey Challenge medal for doing the 4 races. You also got at packet pick up a shirt for each race plus the challenge shirts. And since this year was the 25th anniversary for the marathon, finishers got commemorative Mickey ears. Swag galore!

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    jhemond REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Disney races are expensive, but they know how to put on a good race. This was the 25th anniversary of the Disney World Marathon and they did a great job … MORE

    Disney races are expensive, but they know how to put on a good race. This was the 25th anniversary of the Disney World Marathon and they did a great job with the medals.

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    gjramsey REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Disney World Marathon weekend Dopey challenge is certainly that. 5k and 10k in Epcot before Sunrise is magical. Half runs through the Magic Kingdom and Future World of Epcot. The … MORE

    Disney World Marathon weekend Dopey challenge is certainly that. 5k and 10k in Epcot before Sunrise is magical. Half runs through the Magic Kingdom and Future World of Epcot. The Full goes through all 4 theme parks and Wide World of Sports. During the half and full there are plenty of miles on the roads of WDW. Disney does a magnificent job with characters photo ops throughout all races. I was able to stop and get photos of 13 different characters in the half, and 20 during the full. Plenty of hydration spots during all races. Course can get crowded at some locations on the courses, but that is what it is when you have over 20,000 folks finishing a half or full marathon.

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    Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '15

    A) A Race like you have never done before B) It's not about the speed... It's about the journey. C) Stop for the pictures D) Make sure you have a … MORE

    A) A Race like you have never done before
    B) It’s not about the speed… It’s about the journey.
    C) Stop for the pictures
    D) Make sure you have a good Proof of time. If you are doing the half you need a good 10K time for the full you need a 1/2 time, so plan one that you go as fast as you can to qualify into a better corral
    E) The Kids 1 miler wasn’t worth losing 3 hours in the parks… do the 5k with them and just make sure you keep a good pace.
    F) Plan for COLD and WINDY weather bring stuff to toss

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    M_Sohaskey Jan 16, 2018 at 3:46pm

    Great points John, and especially your advice to make sure you have a good qualifying time – the better your corral, the less time you'll spend standing in line at each photo stop. I was able to start fairly close to the front in 2015 and the lines were minimal, which saved a lot of time since I ended up making 20 photo stops. Congrats on conquering the Dopey Challenge, you 48.6-mile runners are an impressive bunch – amusingly, WDW was the first race where I found myself telling fellow runners I was "only" running the marathon. Glad you had such a magical weekend, and thanks for your helpful review!

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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '18

    This race challenge covers 4 days. 5k, 10K, 1/2, and full. Very very early mornings. Be sure to get to the corrals early as the 1/2 and full are about … MORE

    This race challenge covers 4 days. 5k, 10K, 1/2, and full. Very very early mornings. Be sure to get to the corrals early as the 1/2 and full are about 1.6 mile walk from the staging area. Be prepared to wait up to 1.5 to 2 hours depending on how far back in the corrals you are. Go slow and this is a very long challenge. Totally fun and will do again in a few years 😀

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    Mueller375 Jan 09, 2018 at 5:09pm

    It's addicting and I can't wait to do it again!

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    It was a wonderful family vacation. I think this race will appeal to most. I did the Dopey challenge. You do get to see some Disney characters, and its is … MORE

    It was a wonderful family vacation. I think this race will appeal to most. I did the Dopey challenge. You do get to see some Disney characters, and its is very well organized.

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