Throughout a runDisney race, there is sure to be a lot of excitement. With character photo stops, spectators and DJs pumping music, there are many magical moments. However, each race course also brings a unique experience along with it. This is our series on the best runDisney course moments!
Note: As of 2016, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon has changed to a morning race.
The Wine & Dine Half Marathon is a nighttime event that highlights the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This race offers many new experiences for runDisney runners and some great course moments!
Animal Kingdom – This course is the only half marathon to include Animal Kingdom, and it happens at night! Since the park usually closes earlier, this is a great opportunity to see the park lit up at night. The course takes you through Africa, into Asia and exits through DinoLand USA! (Be sure to watch your step. Lighting is low and the concrete can be uneven at times.)
Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights – Without a doubt, this is the most magical moment on the Wine & Dine Half Marathon course! Upon entering Hollywood Studios, the course takes you along Hollywood Boulevard. After a little winding, you begin to see the lights and hear the music. That’s right, the course takes you directly through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights! Take it all in, it truly is a magical experience!
Finish Line Entrance – Since this race is at night, runDisney found ways to enhance the race experience. From lit-up sabre teeth to Main Street Electrical Parade floats, there are a lot of unique entertainment options. However, before the finish line is a laser light show above the runners’ heads! It’s like a disco party as you finish the race!
While a nighttime race can be tough to train for, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon continues to be a favorite among many runDisney runners. And the course moments do not disappoint!