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Overall Rating (56 Reviews)
4.3
(56 Ratings)(56 Reviews)
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4.5
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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    dwhitehorse FIRST-TIMER '20

    As expected, Disney put on a great race, the weather was unseasonably hot, temps reaching into the 80's later in the day and at race start humidity was 90%. Apparently, … MORE

    As expected, Disney put on a great race, the weather was unseasonably hot, temps reaching into the 80’s later in the day and at race start humidity was 90%. Apparently, they shortened the course late in the day as well. The start is super congested and people are stopping often to take pictures with characters and such. If I were to do it over again, I would have participated in the Dopey or Goofy challenge and just enjoyed being at Disney alittle more.

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    sarastew FIRST-TIMER '20

    Not sure what could be more exciting than running in Disney World. The race was set up well and things ran smoothly considering how many people were there for the … MORE

    Not sure what could be more exciting than running in Disney World. The race was set up well and things ran smoothly considering how many people were there for the entire 4 day event. I did the Dopey challenge and everyone else in my group did a various race of the 5k, 10k, and children’s dash. It was very hot and humid for all the races and the start time of 0530 and 0500 for marathon day only helps so much. Wake up time is super early to ensure you get to the race area and where you need to be on time. For most people traveling time zones (we crossed 2), that’s basically an 0330 start, so we were waking up at what would have been around 1130pm! But it was all worth it. So much fun along the course for each race. Lots of characters and photo opportunities.

    Marathon day was especially hot and humid. I finished and heard after that they modified the course to get runners out of the heat. Somethings you just can’t control. Love all the medals, love the shirts, the course is basically flat and easy. I know they changed the course this year as some people didn’t like the ESPN route previously, but this year we ran around the recycling/treatment plant and it didn’t smell very pleasant and that was about the most mundane part of the course. But no complaints, I still loved it all!

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    tndridley FIRST-TIMER '20

    We stayed in a resort hotel so transportation to and from the race was provided but traffic still was a mess. And you walked literally two miles to get to … MORE

    We stayed in a resort hotel so transportation to and from the race was provided but traffic still was a mess. And you walked literally two miles to get to the start corrals. Once the rece started it was good. Small hills here and there but overall a pretty easy course with characters along the way.

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    nvbergen FIRST-TIMER '20

    Usually, runDisney (rD) puts on a great show. It is usually a great experience and usually gives you the feeling of wanting more from both your own running and your … MORE

    Usually, runDisney (rD) puts on a great show. It is usually a great experience and usually gives you the feeling of wanting more from both your own running and your participation in the running community at large.
    This particular edition had the unfortunate honor of sweltering heat (uncontrollable), baffling staging and logistics, a huge field of participants, race goodies (swag and included food) lacking in quality unless you pay for other “accessories”, and a delayed start (marathon). USUALLY rD is a 4 or 5 star event however all of these issues just compounded on one another as a perfect storm. Buyer beware that your investment in the rD experience may not pan out.

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    john.myrick FIRST-TIMER '20

    The Disney Half Marathon is an event as much as it is a race. The giant crowds make it impossible to PR. There are many first time Half Marathoners and … MORE

    The Disney Half Marathon is an event as much as it is a race. The giant crowds make it impossible to PR. There are many first time Half Marathoners and people who walk more than run the 13.1 miles. That said, the characters, and excitement of the participants make it a worthwhile race.

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    jsspinner FIRST-TIMER '13

    Disney knows how to coordinate events. This was my first half marathon and still my favorite. Pre-race communications were ideal. The expo was the perfect size. Getting to the start … MORE

    Disney knows how to coordinate events.
    This was my first half marathon and still my favorite.
    Pre-race communications were ideal.
    The expo was the perfect size.
    Getting to the start line was easy because I was staying at one of the Disney hotels.
    The course took you through the parks and in some cases behind the scenes.
    The only hills came when we went on over passes or under under passes.
    The best part was definitely turning on to Main Street USA and seeing Cinderella’s Castle lit up in the background.
    On-course entertainment was fun and kept you going.
    I encourage everyone to try at least one Disney race to see just how well done they are.

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    LaurynPerz FIRST-TIMER '19

    I registered for the 1/2019 Dopey Challenge in hopes to lose the 65 lbs I gained from pregnancy as of 5/2018. Fortunately, I lost it all in 5 months. I … MORE

    I registered for the 1/2019 Dopey Challenge in hopes to lose the 65 lbs I gained from pregnancy as of 5/2018. Fortunately, I lost it all in 5 months. I foolishly didn’t train for these races. Although it was not a walk in the park, I was stunned at how well I did with no training. Between living at 5200 ft elevation and proper nutrition, I got through the weekend with barely being sore. You mostly run on pavement the whole race. Due to how dense it is with people, it helps to keep you mind occupied. I like to people watch. There is one stretch of highway to the ESPN Center that was killer. During the full at mile 11, I started pumping biofreeze into my shoes. I thought I was a genius. Towards the end of the race, I wasn’t sure how many more aid stations would be stocked with biofreeze so I over did it and my feet turned soft and pruned. That was dumb. My feet turned blue for a few days and I thought they would stay eternally cold. No matter what I did, my feet could not warm up. They then violently peeled and returned their normal temperature, but just a word of advice.

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    timcigelske FIRST-TIMER '19

    First, the negatives. The race was both the most expensive half marathon (by far) and the earliest half marathon (by far) I've ever run, at $190 and 5:30 am, respectively. … MORE

    First, the negatives. The race was both the most expensive half marathon (by far) and the earliest half marathon (by far) I’ve ever run, at $190 and 5:30 am, respectively. I had to get up crazy early to board one of the busses to the start line. Getting back to the resort took a very long time as we hit Disney traffic back to our hotel. Finally, even though you’re running through Disney, don’t expect to run through theme parks the whole time. Most of the race is on dark streets and highways.

    OK, that all said… this is a Disney race and a Disney experience through and through. It’s extremely well organized and entertaining, from Donald Duck and fireworks sending you off to characters taking photos with you all along the course. The main highlight for me was running through Magic Kingdom with the castle all lit up. I audibly gasped and said WOW out loud while running. It’s a stunning exclusive experience that you don’t get with the crowded streets during the day.

    The course itself was mostly flat but not without challenges. There are hills at the start and again near the end. But I did end up PR’ing on the course (yes, I probably should have stopped for photos for the full experience!)

    I’m not usually a medal guy, but the Disney designs are really cool and I even got a plaque mailed to me for finishing 5th in my age group.

    Would I do it again? Yes. But next time, I want to try the marathon to experience four parks. I just signed up for the RunDisney full.

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    CG23 FIRST-TIMER '17

    I was really looking forward to this race as we were set to run through the Magic Kingdom and finish running through EPCOT. My brothers and wives met for a … MORE

    I was really looking forward to this race as we were set to run through the Magic Kingdom and finish running through EPCOT. My brothers and wives met for a week of fun at DISNEY WORLD and it was amazing. We even got all the swag and I joke that it will be my fastest race ever.

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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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