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.)
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.
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 Marathon Registration Fees
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge
Disney Wine & Dine 10K
Mickey’s Holiday 5K
runDisney Kids’ Races presented by GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go
runDisney Kids’ 1-Mile Run
Post Race Party Tickets
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.