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Your Guide to the Best runDisney Race Vacation
October 14, 2022
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On your mark Disney fans, it’s time to get set and go to your favorite runDisney events at Disney Parks and virtual races around the globe!

As your Disney vacation experts, we’re here to help you book that dream runDisney vacation. Whether you’re headed to a runDisney race to cheer on your runner, volunteer or hit the pavement yourself, we have the best rates and suggestions on how to get the most out of your race weekend.

Remember, these fast-paced weekends sell out fast so it’s best to start planning right away. The weekends are full of events that keep you on your feet!

Here’s a look at all the runDisney races on the calendar at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort so you can get moving as soon as Mickey says, “Go!”

Walt Disney World runDisney Calendar 2023

Each runDisney event is a weekend long celebration where runners of various ages and abilities can join in on one of several races. There are even virtual races that include magic in every mile.

  • January | Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (course includes Magic Kingdom)
  • February | Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

On your journey you’ll even spot (and stop to visit if you’d like) some of your favorite Disney characters, some in their runDisney attire.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend January 4-8, 2023

The Walt Disney World Marathon is 30 years running.. Choose from the 5K to the Marathon as you trek your way through the Disney theme parks.

In 2023 you’ll also celebrate the 50th Walt Disney World Resort Anniversary during your run. Come relive decades of healthy competition with a dose of 90’s retro vibes, iconic Characters and a glimpse into the runDisney of years of past.

  • January 4 Virtual Races begin
  • January 5 Dopey Challenge begins, Walt Disney World 5K
  • January 6 Walt Disney World 10K
  • January 7 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge begins, Walt Disney World Half Marathon
  • January 8 Walt Disney World Marathon, all challenges and virtual races conclude

Our team would love to help you book your Walt Disney World Marathon weekend stay complete with theme park tickets and a Walt Disney World Resort hotel stay.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend February 23-26, 2023

This year, runDisney celebrates not only our favorite princesses, but all of those that help to raise, nurture and believe in them. The 2023 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is all about celebrating the inspiring athletes joining in on the events and those that support them.

Registration opens June 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.

  • February 23 Virtual Races begin, Disney Princess Yoga
  • February 24 Disney Princess 5K
  • February 25 Disney Fairy Challenge begins, Disney Princess Enchanted 10K
  • February 26 Disney Princess Half Marathon, all challenges and virtual races conclude

If you or someone in your group is participating in the Disney Princess Marathon Weekend, let our team help you add even more magic to the weekend! Extend your stay with theme park tickets and accommodations at Walt Disney World Resort hotel.

runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend April 13-16, 2023

Stay on track with courses inspired by your favorite Pixar Pals! General Registration opens August 23, 2022 at 10:00 AM Eastern Time.

  • April 13 Springtime Surprise Yoga
  • April 14 Virtual Races begin, Springtime Challenge Surprise begins, Disney Pixar Cars 5K
  • April 15 Disney Pixar Monsters 10K
  • April 16 Disney Pixar Toy Story 10 Miler, all challenges and virtual races conclude

Your runDisney Vacation Weekend

Now that you’ve chosen your race, you’re almost at the finish line! For any runDisney weekend we recommend making the magic last! You’ll want plenty of time to explore the parks, runDisney fitness expos and more.

At Walt Disney World Resort we recommend…

A 7-night visit to see and do everything Walt Disney World Resort has to offer, plus give you time to focus on your race and re-group afterwards.

For the classics during Walt Disney World full Marathon Weekend we suggest a stay at Disney's POP Century, Caribbean Beach Resort, or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort.

Disney Princess runners will enjoy Disney Princess themed Royal Guest Rooms at Disney's Port Orleans Riverside.

Springtime Surprise Weekend participants will love The Incredible themed rooms at Disney's Contemporary Resort, the Cars themed Family Suites at Disney's Art of Animation Resort, or the Toy Story building (by request) at Disney's All Star Movies Resort.

At Disneyland Resort we recommend…

A 4-night visit to see and do everything Disneyland Resort has to offer, plus give you time to focus on your race and live the magic before and after!

For the classics during Disneyland race weekends, we suggest 4 nights at the Disneyland Hotel, with 3 day park hopper tickets.

Disney runners looking for luxury will enjoy 4 nights at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa with 3 day park hopper tickets. And don’t forget to book your recovery day at Tenaya Stone Spa which offers massages, facials and more spa treatments.

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