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Note that all these 2023 dates are in the past. Future Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend dates will be posted when they are known.
In the midst of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival is a runDisney race weekend seemingly designed as a way to rid yourself of some of those extra calories you may have picked up around World Showcase.
The main event for the weekend is an early morning run through three Walt Disney World parks. This 13.1 mile run begins at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, winds through Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes with a tour of Epcot. (Note: This event was previously held in the evening, but now begins at 5:30am.)
The 2021 registration cost for the Half Marathon is $215.
As with all runDisney events, the route is punctuated with entertainment and Disney characters, including some that are rarely seen. Registered participants also receive admission to the Finish Line Party (see below), a Champion long sleeved tech shirt, and a commemorative finisher medal.
On Saturday morning is a 10K for those not interested in the half-marathon (or those who think it's not long enough). Registered participants receive a Champion long sleeved tech shirt, and a commemorative finisher medal. The 2021 registration cost for the 10K is $135.
Runners participating in both the 10K and the Half Marathon can enter the Two Course Challenge. Participating in both nets runners three medals: one for the Challenge and one for each race. The 2021 registration cost for the Two Course Challenge is $360.
On Friday morning comes this shorter event where runners of all skill levels get to race past attractions while the park is still closed to regular guests.
The 2021 registration cost for the 5k is $95.
Even this smaller course is dotted with popular Disney characters and entertainment and each participant will get a t-shirt and finisher medallion.
The most important thing to know about the Expo is that ALL RUNNERS FOR ALL RACES MUST GO in order to pick up their race packets. The Expo is normally open much of the day on the Thursday of race weekend as well as Friday and Saturday.
In addition to that, the Expo is where you can find lots of Wine and Dine merchandise as well as the latest in Fitness technology and apparel. There are also speakers giving what is presumably valuable information on running.
Starting at 8 pm in Epcot is this special party, and the best thing about the Post Race Party is there ain’t no party like the Post Race Party, ‘cause the Post Race Party don’t stop…until 1 am, which is relatively late for a lot of people.
This super-special event is open only to runners and their friends and family and grants all who are worthy exclusive entry into Epcot after hours. During this party several Epcot attractions are open as well as just about all of the International Food & Wine Festival booths. There are also character meet and greets as well as live and house music.
If you register for the Half Marathon, the Finish Line Party is included in the registration price. Any friends or family that would like to attend must pay a separate price.
Buses to and from every race and event are provided for all runners staying in any of the on-site Disney host resorts. The list of host resorts for the Wine and Dine are: All 3 All-Stars Resorts, Pop Century, Caribbean Beach, both Port Orleans Resorts, Beach Club, Boardwalk, Polynesian, Saratoga Springs, Wilderness Lodge, and Yacht Club.
As with many race weekends, the overall crowds at Walt Disney World are not substantially impacted due to the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. While there are extra visitors on property during the weekend, they do not increase the attraction wait times very much. You will notice an impact if you are staying in one of the host resorts or visiting any park the day of an event, otherwise the impact from the race will be minimal.
While the race’s impact is minimal, it does fall on the final weekend of the International Food & Wine Festival, which is a big draw. Also, this weekend tends to be near the Veteran’s Day holiday, thus increasing crowds further. While any one of these things does not impact the crowds significantly, the three of them combined does raise our crowd levels for that particular weekend. Make sure you check our Crowd Calendar for details.