runDisney Mom

Add Some Extra Magic with the Miles!

If you've experienced a runDisney race event, you know every mile on the course is magic, but did you know there are other opportunities to enhance your race experience off the course? Whether you're traveling with family, friends or solo, runDisney offers several pixie-dusted ways for you to add an extra bit of magic to your race-cation.

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! For all you princesses out there preparing for the 2015 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, it's not too late to make your girls' weekend more royal than ever.

Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Breakfast - A Royal Celebration!
Available following the Disney Princess 5K and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, this post-race breakfast will allow you to show off your bling as you mingle with your princess peers, as well as meet & greet the Disney Princesses for that perfect photo. My favorite aspect of the breakfast is the ability to see so many happy runners enjoying themselves with a bountiful buffet, a climate-controlled tent, and smiles that go on for miles! Want your family or friends to join you? They can! Tickets are available for spectators as well – truly making it an affair for all.

Race Retreat - The Ultimate in Princess Pampering
This is the ultimate way to pamper yourself both before and after your race! Open to runners at 3 a.m., the Race Retreat will allow you to escape the elements before the race while you fuel up with a continental breakfast. In addition, there is a private gEAR bag check, private restrooms, character meet & greets, large screen viewing of the finish line, comfortable lounge seating, and a full-breakfast buffet upon your return post-race.

For spectators that have purchased the Platinum ChEAR Squad package, the Race Retreat will be accessible beginning at 5:30 a.m. This is the perfect location for your fans to relax and enjoy themselves before they head over to the reserved grandstand seating to watch your big finish. Another great feature is the Kiddie Corner, an area designated for the littlest princes and princesses in your group to color, make ChEAR Cards, or watch a Disney movie while in their still-sleepy state. One of my favorite benefits of the Race Retreat is having somewhere for the ones you love to be comfortable should inclement weather arise while you're running.

*Moms Panel Tip: Make sure your ChEAR Squad registers to follow you through Runner Tracking! Your split times, as well as estimated finish time, will be sent via text message to their smartphones, giving the perfect heads-up on when they should head toward the finish line.

Pasta in the Park Party - The Most Royal of Events
I extend an invitation for you to attend the most enchanting event in the "world," the Pasta in the Park Party. Food, fun, music and a room full of royalty make for magical memories. Your evening begins as you enter World ShowPlace Pavilion, a beautiful venue tucked away between Epcot®'s Canada and United Kingdom Pavilions along World Showcase Promenade. You'll be transported into a fairy tale as your favorite Disney Princesses are there to greet you, and face painters and balloon artists add to the festive feel. Oh, and don't forget your glass slippers! A DJ will be on-hand to ensure you dance the night away. Once you've had your pasta buffet fill, you'll be escorted to a reserved viewing area for the perfect way to end the evening – Epcot's nighttime spectacular, IllumiNations: Refections of Earth.

*Moms Panel Tip: Upon entering, head all the way through to the opposite side of the venue. Guests like to stop at the first few tables, but there are buffet lines and a lot tables on the other side as well. This is especially useful if you have a large group.

With a menu like this, adding extra magic to your runDisney-cation is as easy as Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo! But don't let the clock strike midnight; availability for these events during the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is going fast.

Do you have runDisney vacation planning questions? Send them my way on the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I am here to help you plan a fairy tale race-cation.

Faith is the runDisney specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, here to answer your questions and to help you plan your runcation!