Tomorrow at 12:00 EST, regular registration for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon will go live. If you haven't run this race, I highly recommend checking it out. For one, it starts in the middle of the night. Secondly, after finishing the half marathon, Epcot opens up for runners to enjoy all the wonders of Disney's Food & Wine Festival. This will be our fourth year running the race, and it's my favorite half on the planet. I've dug into the ARF archives and re-posted my race recap from last year. Give it a read and hopefully, I'll see you at there.
The 2014 details:
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- $185 by April 1, 2014
- $200 between April 2 and May 13, 2014
- $215 on or after May 14, 2014
Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K
- $55 by August 19, 2014
- $65 on or after August 20, 2014
Disney Kids' Races
- $15 by August 19, 2014
- $20 on or after August 20, 2014
Disney 1-Mile Run
- $30 by August 19, 2014
- $35 on or after August 20, 2014
Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Tickets
- $79 for Adults (ages3 and up)
- Children under 3 do not need a ticket
Finish Line Party Tickets
- $75 by August 12, 2014
- $85 between August 13 and October 28, 2014
- $95 on or after October 29, 2014
Last week I participated in my favorite of all races, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in Orlando. It shines as the top race in my book, not just because it was the first half marathon I ever ran (in 2011), but also because it’s at night when most of the tourists have dived back into their beds and us runners can take over.
For this trip we stayed at the Boardwalk due to its close proximity to Epcot. For every Wine & Dine we’ve always booked close to the park (Beach Club, Swan, Boardwalk) so when the night ended, we could get home as quickly as possible without having to deal with people and buses, etc. Among all of the Epcot resorts, the Boardwalk is my favorite, with its spacious rooms and numerous amenities (I sound like a brochure). Especially the exceptional Belle Vue Lounge, complete with its vintage radios broadcasting radio shows from the 1930’s. The resort also has a special place in my heart from back my Disney days, when a group of us would hit Atlantic Dance nearly every night to dance and take in the sounds of swing bands like Swingerhead, Eight to the Bar and the Swingtips.
This trip would be our first experience with Magic Bands, which are really impressive despite my initial objections (I’m a purist and the thought of planning everything while at home seemed like cheating). It was a nearly seamless experience throughout our vacation, and I really like the FastPass+ and room key features. I highly recommend giving them a try if you get the chance.