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Expanded Menu at the 2016 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Faron Kelley

by , Vice President of Sports, ESPN Wide World of Sports & Water Parks at Walt Disney World Resort

If you’ve never participated in a runDisney event before, but have an appetite to try one, then we have the perfect race weekend for you. Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend on November 3-6 is expanding the menu of race offerings in 2016. In addition to the popular holiday-themed 5K and enticing half marathon, the weekend will now include the first-ever Disney Wine & Dine 10K! This year Chef Remy will host the inaugural event.

As the race weekend expands, all of the races, including the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, will move to a morning start time. With all four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort soon remaining open during the nighttime hours, daytime races allow us to give our race participants the best possible runDisney experience along with fantastic entertainment.

runDisney is also excited to announce we will be adding a challenge to the weekend. That’s right, Lumiere invites you to be our guest by participating in the Disney Wine & Dine 10K on Saturday and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on Sunday to complete Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge. These runners will receive two inaugural finisher medals as well as the half marathon medal!

Enchanted Tales with Belle at Magic Kingdom Park

To toast your race weekend accomplishments, The Post Race Party will take place Sunday evening at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, finishing with exclusive runner access during the later hours.

The exciting expansion news goes beyond runDisney. There are also exciting enhancements coming to Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. Some of these additions will be open for guests to experience during our race weekend, including the nighttime spectacular “Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the Frozen Ever After experience at the Norway Pavilion at Epcot and more!

'Rivers of Light' Coming to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Registration for our most appetizing race event will open on March 29, 2016 at noon ET. Sign up for an email reminder today. Make sure to join the fun by following @runDisney on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using the hashtag #runDisney.

Cheers and bon appétit!


  • So disappointed in the change 🙁 Was looking forward to the night race.
    When will the the course map be available?? Wanted to book my family at an Epcot hotel so they can watch us run by if the half marathon still goes by YC/BC and Boardwalk.

  • Another disappointed guest here 🙁
    We LOVED the night races and are SO sad to see the last night race fade away 🙁
    I hope someday they add a night race again, but I won’t hold my breath 🙁

  • After the Princess Half added the 10k, they no longer offered travel packages/discounted park tickets. Will this be the case with Wine and Dine as well?

  • @Kelly Malcolmson If you go to the runDisney website, all those questions are clearly answered. The only thing that isn’t officially posted is the course, but there’s no mention of DHS in the brief descriptions.

    As for the naysayers, please remember that there is a TON of construction right now at DHS and it may be unsafe for us to run in the dark. Not to mention that most construction zones are off limits without a hard hat, so that means we can’t run through some of the backlot areas. That effects the course possibilities.

    I’d rather have a daytime race than seen this weekend canceled completely.

  • Count me in with the disappointeds. What night races are left? Zero. The Wine & Dine Half is no longer something I want to do again. It’s the same as the other half marathons.

    • The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon race is evolving to meet the needs of our growing
      property. With all four theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort soon remaining open during the nighttime hours, a daytime race allows us to give our race participants the best possible
      run Disney experience along with fantastic entertainment.

  • Really disappointing. The nighttime aspect of the race was what made it so special, and ending with the party at Epcot was such a unique experience. Trying to sleep and still get transportation to the race start so early in the morning is an incredible hassle. We may skip this event moving forward.

  • It’s great to see a change in the race, however, it is disappointing that there is no longer a night time race at WDW. Hopefully in the not to distant future one of the three night time races will be added to calendar once all the construction at Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios is completed.

  • Not loving this news. The only thing that made this race weekend stand out from the others is that it was a night race. Now it’s just like every other race. Bad move Disney.

  • Oh, I was wondering why registration got pushed back. This leaves me with lots of questions though.

    How will the post race party work now?

    Is this what the weekend schedule will look like:

    Expo beginning Thursday November 3rd?

    5K in the morning on Friday November 4th through Animal Kingdom?

    10K in the morning on Saturday November 5th….which park(s)?

    Half Marathon in the morning on Sunday November 6th…is it still Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom?

    Post Race Party on the evening of Sunday November 6th in Epcot? Hours? Hope we’re not all too tired from the EARLY morning run!

    And what are the host resorts this year?

    Planning registration soon, and I’d love a few more details before I decide what to register for.

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