Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Registration Opens

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Chef Mickey and Minnie greeted runners at the finish of Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon on Nov. 9, 2013. (Photo: runDisney)

Registration for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend from November 8-9 at Walt Disney World in Florida opens Tuesday, March 4 at 12 p.m. EST.

It’s no secret that the Wine and Dine Half Marathon is my favorite half marathon. I ran the 2013 race as part of a press trip sponsored by New Balance and runDisney. In 2011, the event was my first runDisney race and where my husband proposed. So it will always be a sentimental favorite.

But that’s not the only reason I love this race. Marriage proposals aside, it has the best post-race party I’ve ever been to, at the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival.

The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon starts at 10 p.m. outside the ESPN Wine World of Sports Complex and takes runners through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, past Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, and finally to the finish at Epcot.

Once there, runners can party until 4 a.m. with Epcot all to themselves. Admission to the Finish Line party is included in race registration, along with a $10 Disney gift card and a complimentary beer, wine or soda at the finish.

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My husband and me with the real Aladdin and Jasmine. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

Friends and family can also buy tickets to the Finish Line Party, where select Epcot attractions like Test Track and Soarin’ remain open into the wee hours. The party also includes all the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival kiosks, live bands, DJs, and meet and greets with Disney characters. My husband and I got a photo with Aladdin and Jasmine while we were dressed as Aladdin and Jasmine at the 2013 race. In 2011, we photographed ourselves around the world.

Both years that I’ve run the race, I’ve stayed until the party closed. If you want the low-down on what it’s like and how much the party really costs, check out my race report from the 2013 Wine and Dine Half Marathon where I break it all down.

In 2013, 12,154 runners finished the 13.1-mile course. This year, the race is celebrating its fifth anniversary.

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Runners in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Photo: runDisney)

The weekend will include the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and runDisney Kids’ Races and Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Runners can also opt to buy tickets to the Disney Wine and Dine Pre-Race Taste, a party at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Disney also announced a new addition to the runDisney series taking place the weekend after the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon: The new Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon at Disneyland from November 14-16. Registration for that race opens March 25.

Like all runDisney races, these two will sell out. How quickly they’ll sell out remains to be seen.

Registration for the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is $185 before April 1, 2014, when higher pricing kicks in. Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K is $55, runDisney 1-Mile Run is $30 and runDisney Kids Races are $15 if you register by August 19, 2014. Disney Wine and Dine Pre-Race Taste Tickets are $79 for guests ages 3 and up. Kids under 3 don’t need a ticket. And Finish Line Party Tickets for non-runners are $75 before August 12, 2014. For more information or to register, visit runDisney.com.

Curious about the Wine and Dine Half Marathon?

Read my 2011 and 2013 race reports:

Race Report: Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2013

Race Report: Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2011

This isn’t a sponsored post. I simply love Disney running. But I still like to disclose my relationships. Disney has in the past given me race entries, hotel, and park tickets for runDisney events. All opinions and posts are purely my own and are, frankly, honest. Seriously. That’s not just some legalese. I mean it. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Karla Bruning

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Karla Bruning hosts On The Run for New York Road Runners. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 15 halves, 4 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog and travels compulsively.

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  1. 1

    I’m so excited to say that I’ll be running the Wine & Dine Half Marathon (and Jingle Jungle 5K) this year! Will you be there?

  2. 3

    These look so cool, but the price is SO steep once you factor in travel! I think I will have to hold off this year, but I will definitely look into doing this in the future!
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  3. 5

    A runDisney race is on my bucketlist, SOMEDAY. When I make some serious cash…
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  4. 7

    I’m doing this one. 5 days after the NYC Marathon. I’m just so happy I am so skilled at making poor life choices! I just couldn’t say no to Wine & Dine.
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  5. Carlos Gonzalez #
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    Sooooo…..it’s official! Just a couple days ago I was inspired after reading your post about last years W&D Half Marathon. As of just a few minutes ago I’m registered and started training to do my first half marathon. Thanks for the inspiration!! ;-)

  6. Carlos Gonzalez #
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    So, it’s been a little over four months since I read this article and was inspired to sign up for my first half marathon (the 2014 Wine and Dine Half). I’ve never been a runner, but thought it would be something fun to try out. Since your article I’ve been training four times a week, joined a run club that meets at the beach twice a week and just completed my first 5k on July 4th (my goal was to finish the 5k in 31 minutes and I surprised myself by finishing it in 29:58). I’ve never been happier. Not only am I enjoying my runs and putting myself to the test, but I’ve met some really amazing and inspirational runners who I now call my friends. Who knew reading this article would change my life! Once again, thank you! :-)

    • Karla Bruning
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      Carlos, that’s so wonderful to hear! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. It means a lot. Congratulations on your first 5K! Sounds like you rocked it. Keep running strong and please be sure to let me know how Wine & Dine goes for you!
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