Walt Disney World RunDisney Princess Weekend is almost here so I’ve compiled a list of tips and reminders to assist you as you prepare.
The Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K takes place Saturday, February 23 at 6:30 AM and the Princess Half Marathon will be held Sunday, February 24 beginning at 5:35 AM. With just a few days before the race it’s very important to take care of your body by getting as much rest as possible, eating nutritious meals, and hydrating with water and/or sports drinks. If you’re visiting the theme parks before race day, it’s best to take it a leisurely pace, take in the shows and sit down attractions and try to limit the time walking or standing in the sun or heat. Take breaks at the resort to enjoy the pool or take a nap.
Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo will be held at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. The Expo hours are Friday, February 22 9:00 AM- 7:00 PM and Saturday, February 23 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM. If you are staying at a WDW resort other than Coronado Springs, you will need to utilize bus transportation, labeled with a RunDisney sign. If you are staying off property, park at Downtown Disney Westside to catch the RunDisney bus transportation to Coronado Springs. Parking and guest drop-off during Expo hours is not allowed at Coronado Springs. Be sure to complete and print your race waiver prior to arriving at the Expo and bring your photo identification. At the expo you will pick up your race packet which includes your bib with timing chip, race shirt, and goody bag. This is also the time to pick up any commemorative items you purchased during registration. Be sure to hold onto the large, clear plastic Run Disney bag you are given as this is what you will use for bag check during the race. Expo is a great time to check out the vendors, see new products, visit with fellow runners, and get into the spirit of the race weekend.
Here’s a quick check list of things to do the day/night before the race:
- Fill out the back of your race bib with emergency contact and personal information and attach it to your running shirt with provided safety pins
- Lay out your entire running outfit including every item you are planning to wear and carry during the race
- Prepare your clear plastic Run Disney bag for bag check by affixing your number sticker
- Plan your pre-race/early morning breakfast or snack such as a bagel with peanut butter, cereal bar, or fruit
- Decide where to meet friends and family following the race
- Set your alarm and/or order a wake-up call
- Go to bed early and dream about the bling
On the day of the race, give yourself plenty of time for driving and parking or riding WDW transportation. Race transportation including monorail and buses from WDW resort hotels will begin at 3:00 AM and you must board no later than 4:00 AM and in your assigned corral by 5:00 AM. If you are checking a bag, it must be at the bag check area no later than 4:30 AM. There will be food and beverages available for purchase in the Wonder and Imagine lots of Epcot the morning of the race. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your corral and prepare yourself for race.
You’ve trained, prepared, and waited and it’s finally here. Enjoy it! Disney races are full of fun, friends, and surprises…..and there’s a beautiful medal and an amazing sense of accomplishment awaiting you at the finish line.
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