Disney Wine & Dine Half Adds 10K, Challenge, New Time

Disney Wine & Dine Half Gets New 10K, Challenge

Minnie greets finishers at Disney Wine & Dine Half (runDisney)

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is getting a new menu of events, following in the footsteps of every other runDisney race in the U.S. The race weekend at Walt Disney World from November 3 to 6, 2016 will debut the new Disney Wine & Dine 10K, Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge, and a new half-marathon course and start time. Registration for the 2016 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon opens March 29, 2016 at 12 p.m. Eastern at runDisney.com.

The Disney Wine & Dine 10K, with a Ratatouille theme, will take place Saturday, November 5 as the first course in Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge. The second course is the title half-marathon on Sunday, November 6. The new 13.1-mile route will take runners through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and forgo Disney’s Hollywood Studios due to ongoing construction at that park.

Traditionally a nighttime race, the half-marathon is moving to morning. Why? Walt Disney World is planning to open all four of its theme parks during nighttime hours, limiting when races and race set-up can take place. (Read about the behind-the-scenes process in Planning Disney Races Takes More Than Magic.)

Disney Wine & Dine Half Gets 10K, Challenge

“Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom (Disney Parks)

New attractions expected to open by race day in November include the nighttime Rivers of Light at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Frozen Ever After experience at the Norway pavilion in Epcot.

But don’t worry runners: the race’s signature Post Race Party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival will still take place under the stars from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, when Epcot stays open late solely for runners and party ticket holders. Now you’ve got time to shower and relax before partying the night away with Festival food booths, Disney characters, musical performances, and special access to Epcot attractions.

Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Running through Epcot past Spaceship Earth (Photo: Marathon Foto)

Registration fees for the half-marathon and Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge include access to the Finish Line Party and a $15 Disney gift card. Family and friends can purchase tickets to the Post Race Party separately.

The weekend also includes Mickey’s Holiday 5K on Friday, November 4 and runDisney Kids’ Races on Friday and Saturday. Plus, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo starting Thursday, November 3 is the only place where runners can pick up a pair of the coveted shoes in the New Balance runDisney Collection.

In 2015, Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon proved to be the most popular race in the runDisney series with the fastest sell-out. Thunderstorms caused officials to shorten the course last year, for the first time since the race’s debut in 2010.

I ran the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in 2011 and 2013, and have (many times) proclaimed it to be my favorite runDisney race, largely because of the Post Race Party. While I’m sad to hear this will be a morning race–running through the parks at night is just so magical!— I’m glad to see the Post Race Party will still be taking place under the cloak of darkness. Having Epcot all to yourself is part of what makes this event so special.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Gets 10K, Challenge

Runners at Disney Wine & Dine Half (runDisney)

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Registration Fees

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

  • $190

Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge

  • $330

Disney Wine & Dine 10K

  • $120

Mickey’s Holiday 5K

  • $70

runDisney Kids’ Races presented by GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go

  • $20

runDisney Kids’ 1-Mile Run

  • $30

Post Race Party Tickets

  • $79

For more information or to register visit www.rundisney.com.

Disney sometimes provides me with complimentary attendance at runDisney events. This year, I’m attending the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon, Tinker Bell Half Marathon, and Disneyland Paris Half Marathon. As always, all opinions are purely mine. I firmly believe in being honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more, read my Disclosure Policy.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


03 2016

12 Comments Add Yours ↓

The upper is the most recent comment

  1. 1

    Planned on doing Wine and Dine for the first time this year, but probably won’t now. And I don’t think EPCOT will be all for runners, since there is no way to clear out the guests that are already there. It will be a extra magic hours type deal I am sure.

    • Karla Bruning

      It may be hard to clear out guests already in the park, but it won’t be extra magic hours open to anyone in the hotels. runDisney says this is an exclusive ticketed event. Once the party starts, no entry without a ticket. Like the Halloween and Holiday parties, past years have had wristbands so it’s clear who’s supposed to be there and who’s not. And like you have to constantly show hotel keys during extra magic hours, they might ask to see party tickets/wristbands throughout the night at Epcot attractions.
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Disney Wine & Dine Half Adds 10K, Challenge, New TimeMy Profile

  2. 3

    I ran Wine & Dine in 2013, and I think it’s a shame they aren’t still making it a night race. Although I had a really tough time with figuring out how to eat race day 😛
    Judith recently posted..Never Say NeverMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      Figuring out how to eat was the hardest part about running this race! I’m definitely sad to see the nighttime start end, too. I think everyone who’s run this race will be. But I get it. The Parks dictate when the races are run. If Parks says no, then there’s not much runDisney can do. I wrote a whole story about the logistics. I’m just happy the party is still at night, since that’s what I love most about it.
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Disney Wine & Dine Half Adds 10K, Challenge, New TimeMy Profile

  3. Pam #

    This is really disappointing, but since we have run Wine and Dine twice, I am okay with not doing it again. Losing the Osborne Family lights in HS will make a big difference to the event. Changing to a daytime half makes it ordinary like all the other runDisney races.
    Pam recently posted..The Need for SpeedMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      All the changes at Hollywood Studios are exciting, but sadly also mean the loss of the Osborne lights and changes to events like Wine & Dine. No doubt, this will be a materially different race with a morning start. I’ll be curious to see what the new course will be!
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Disney Wine & Dine Half Adds 10K, Challenge, New TimeMy Profile

  4. Tia #

    I was interested in do the Lumiere’s challenge, but I’m surprised at how much it’s going to cost. I’m wondering if it would just be better to do the 10k and 1/2 marathon separately.

    • Karla Bruning

      It depends on how important the Challenge medal and shirt are to you. If you register for each event separately, you pay $20 less, but don’t get Lumiere’s Challenge medal or shirt. If you register for the challenge, you pay $20 more and get the extra medal and shirt. That’s really the only difference.
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Disney Wine & Dine Half Adds 10K, Challenge, New TimeMy Profile

  5. 9

    I’m actually super excited about it being a morning race. Trying to figure out how to eat for a night race was not my strong suit. And I’m glad they still will have the party!
    Emily recently posted..2016 Shamrock 15KMy Profile

    • Karla Bruning

      Food planning was the hardest part for sure. I’m really glad they’re still doing the party. It wouldn’t be the same event without it!

  6. Beatriz #

    Hi! Regustration for the 2017 Wine & Dine half oppened today (01-17-2017) and I wss wondering if you knew how fast does the Pist Race Party tickets sale? I have ine party member that is not if he will make it to the trip! Thanks!!

    • Karla Bruning

      The Post Race Party tickets usually sell out close to the race date. So you’ve likely got some time on that.


  1. How To Run Sold-Out Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon |Run, Karla, Run! | Run, Karla, Run! 29 03 16