Jeff Galloway

Top 10 Tips For Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Success

1.  Practice and fine-tune your race day routine. Write down your schedule, with time in the Disney Parks, meals and downtime before you board the buses to the start area.


2.  Get your race gear ready in the morning before leaving for your activities.  Affix your race number, and lay out everything you will need.  Stash some extra cash to sample various snacks after the race.


3.  Drink an eight-ounce glass of water about every 1.5 to 2 hours until about 6 p.m.  Have another glass or two before 8:30 p.m.  To avoid potty stops during the race, cut fluid intake at that time—ingesting only at the race water tables.

4.  Most find that it’s OK to spend most of the morning in the Parks, but I recommend you take a 10-minute “sit down” break every hour.


5.  During the afternoon, it’s best to get off your feet from about 4 p.m. until you head to the bus.  Relax around your room, take a nap, read a book, watch a movie, etc.


6.  Morning Nutrition:  Could be similar to most mornings but avoid large meals and foods that could cause problems including fried or fatty foods, too much protein and high fiber foods. 


7.  Afternoon Eating: Eat regularly but not too much in quantity at one time. Stick to light snacks of 150-250 calories, about every two hours.

8.  Most find it best to stop eating 2-3 hours before the run. Adjust to your needs. If your blood sugar starts to drop, have a light snack, such as an energy bar.


9.  If your energy level tends to drop after 9 p.m., and you drink coffee, bring a cup of coffee with you to the staging area and drink it during the hour before the start.


10.  Start slowly, enjoy every character and…wine and dine!



As the official runDisney training consultant, Olympian Jeff Galloway is here to help motivate you to cross the finish line with his proven training programs. Learn more at and follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffGalloway.