• Orlando,
    United States
  • February
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1 miles/Half Marathon
  • Road Race
  • Event Website

Carolyn Meredith Simpson

California, United States
2 5
"This Princess Runs Disney"
Aid Stations
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Expo Quality
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Race Management
Carolyn Meredith Simpson's thoughts:

Disney Princess weekend does not disappoint. I ran all three distances: 5K, 10k and Half. So much fun running with thousands of your Princess (and Prince) friends.
Our first stop on Thursday was the expo. Expo is held in two buildings. One for bib and race shirt pick up as well as running gear vendors. If you didn't have any Princess gear when you arrived, you certainly will by the time you leave. The second building is exclusively for Disney merchandise. Sine we arrived on the first day we had a pick of all the merchandise -- shirts, jackets, pins, tumblers all Disney Princess or Run Disney branded. Be aware that if you arrive later in the weekend, many things do sell out quickly. After Expo we headed to Epcot for the afternoon and evening.
Friday morning we were up and on the bus transport at 3:00 a.m. Yes you read that correctly, 3 a.m.
We were lucky, the bus stop was just steps from our room. I have never had an issue with race transport, it does happen, but is rare. When you arrive in the corral there is so much going on. In true Disney style you are entertained with live race hosts and videos. Fairy Godmother may even come on screen to wish you luck. My favorite part was the daily singing of "We don't talk about Bruno". Hundreds of people singing along will surely put a smile on your face, even though the sun isn't even up yet. The 5K is untimed so it is no pressure as you wind your way through Epcot. Plenty of character stops and sunrise views for photo ops. We spent the afternoon at Animal Kindgom. Got in Avitar and the safari with not much trouble.

Saturday morning, on the bus again at 3 a.m. for the 10k. The 10k runs through Epcot and Hollywood Studios. I stopped for photos with the Incredibles! The great thing about race photo ops is they will highlight characters that you don't see regularly in the park. The 10K is timed and the balloon ladies follow the last runner out of the start line. You must maintain a 16 mm mile or run the risk of being swept. Always keep that in mind before stopping for photos. We spent that afternoon at Hollywood studios with plenty of time to visit Galaxy Edge.

Sunday -- the big day -- the half marathon. You will be placed in a corral based on your anticipated finish time. If you can provide a proof of time of 2:15 or less you will be placed in an early corral.
The time limit is again enforced at a 16 mm pace. Be aware of this when stopping for photos. I will pass on early photo stops in favor of putting distance between me and the balloon ladies. Our last afternoon was spent at the Magic Kingdom so we could get our iconic medal pictures in front of Cinderella's castle.

This year February was quite warm. Remember to pack layers since you never know. I've also been there in February when it was quite cold.

I recommend running Disney for fun. Don't dilly dally, but save your PR for another day.

Beautifully themed Princess medals are awarded at each distance, Running both the 10k and the Half is called The Fairy Tale Challenge for which you earn an extra medal. So for three races you bring home four medals. It is customary to wear your medals in the park and you spend the day congratulating everyone wearing a medal. You will also get a separate quality, Princess branded shirt for each distance and the challenge that you registered for.

Hope you have a magical day!

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