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News! 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Registration Now Open

Registration for the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon is now open!

Once again, runDisney invites you to a nighttime race that takes place during the 2013 Epcot Food and Wine Festival.

I can say from experience that this race is incredibly fun!! I can’t wait to hear your stories! This year’s race weekend is November 8-9, 2013!

Pre-Race Taste Party

This year, the weekend kicks off with a Pre-Race Taste Party on Friday, November 8, 2013 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.! The party takes place at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios where guests can relax before the big race.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon!

The Pre-Race Taste will feature:

  • early entry into Disney’s Hollywood Studios at 6:00 p.m.;
  • a private party at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show;
  • five tastes from the Epcot Food & Wine Festival;
  • one “signature sip” drink coupon;
  • cash bar;
  • and Disney character meet & greets.

Tickets are $79 (ages 3 and up). Children under 3 do not need a ticket.

*Tickets are non-refundable. Menu options subject to change without notice. Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Party is subject to availability. Children under 3 do not need to purchase a Party Ticket. Book now as space is limited! To make a special dietary request, please contact runDisney@disneysports.com.

Half Marathon and Finish Line Party

Join the ultimate runners night out as you race a half marathon through three Disney Theme Parks. Throughout your journey, you’ll pass entertainment and characters. Imagine running a race that circles the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, cruises down the Streets of America underneath the Osborne Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes near Spaceship Earth at Epcot.

Then, the party gets started after you cross the finish line! Celebrate your achievement at the Finish Line Party – an exclusive, after-hours event! While riding some of Epcot’s popular attractions, you’ll get to show off your medal! Indulge at over 25 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival food and beverage kiosks.

Entrance to the party is included in your race registration. Friends and family cheering you on can join in the after-hours fun by purchasing a Finish Line Party ticket!

2011 Course Map -- click image for larger version

Reserve your spot in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon!

Theme Park Tickets and Resort Room Savings

Book your Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend trip early and get special savings on your Theme Park Tickets and Resort Room. Stay at a Host Resort and you are guaranteed to have transportation to all Half Marathon Weekends events! This includes the Half Marathon, 5K, Family Races, and After-Hours party.

You can save 40% on a 3-Day Theme Park Ticket with Park Hopper when ordered in advance at the Online Ticket Store or by calling 407-WDW-IRUN. And when you book a 3-Night stay by calling 407-WDW-IRUN, you can save over 20% when you stay at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort or Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

Click here for more details from runDisney or call 407-WDW-IRUN!

Are You Running? Let us know in the comments if you plan on going strong a the Wine and Dine Half Marathon this year, and share your experience from past years!

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11 Comments

  1. Rachel says:

    I would love to join up but not sure it’s worth $175?? Do you know if the park closed during the run and what else is included?

  2. AJ says:

    Rachel — The parks are closed during the run :-) Here’s what’s included:

    Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon participants will receive:

    Champion® Unisex Long Sleeved Tech Shirt*
    Commemorative Finisher medal*
    Official Race Program Guide*
    iGiftBag
    Personalized bib* (Must register by September 1, 2013 for name to appear on bib)
    $10 Disney Gift Card
    On-course and Post-Race refreshments
    ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking signup for friends and family
    Personalized results website
    Access to the exclusive after hours Finish Line Party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival

  3. Christina says:

    Is Park Admission included or do you need to buy a Park Hopper since you will be hopping parks to participate?

  4. AJ says:

    Christina — Park Admission is not required to my knowledge; you’ll get a ticket to go into Epcot for the After-Party, and you’ll be running through the parks when they’re closed and not using turnstiles or anything. I did not need to use a park ticket when I ran the race in 2011.

  5. Katie says:

    Little piece of advice ~ if you are young looking like me (but still of legal age), make sure you have your ID with you if you want to have a chance of getting your free beverage. I wasn’t allowed to get mine last year because my ID was stuck in my pocket.

    AND fyi – the $175 registration is definitely worth it. It’s an incredible experience and one that I will never forget!

  6. Katie says:

    You do not need to buy a park ticket to participate in the race. That “fee” is included in the registration fee.

    The free tech shirts are awesome!

    Make sure that you drink gatorade, water, and the gel blocks/chews/goos while you are running! Don’t pass up the stands just because there are a lot of runners congesting it!

    The Health and Fitness Expo (where you go to get your bib, shirt, etc.) is awesome too!

  7. Jennifer says:

    I am so excited , I am not going this year, alas….I just came back from Princess Half, 3 weeks ago..But I plan on doing the Wine & Dine in ’14, so I’m excited to get all this years details

  8. Dana Rose says:

    If you are not a runner but want to participate in the family walk do you get to be involved in the activities? My health keeps me from running.

  9. Kelly says:

    So far it really seems worth it and Im very excited. I know it includes post race party, but what does that mean? just entrance ? does it include food and beverages or do I need to carry $$$ as well as my I.D.

  10. Molly says:

    Does anyone know the answer to Kelly’s question? Do we need to bring money to the After Party to purchase food and drink? Or is it included with admission to the Party? Thanks!! Can’t wait to run the race this year! Our first time!

  11. AJ says:

    Molly — they usually give tickets for one or two food items, but the rest you’ll have to buy.

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