Magical Miles: Your Guide to Disney’s Princess Half Marathon

Get ready to lace up your running shoes, channel your inner Disney princess, and conquer the runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend.  

Belle in front of Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World, where RunDisney will be holding their Princess Half Marathon.

Whether you're a seasoned runner or preparing for your very first half marathon, the journey to the finish line is an exciting adventure. 

This guide is geared to help you through the essential steps to prepare for this magical event, from training tips to staying hydrated and even embracing the theatrics of running in costume. 

1. Begin with a Royal Training Plan 

Much like how our beloved Disney princess Mulan trained to fight the Huns, preparing for a half marathon doesn’t happen overnight. It takes courage and dedication, and long hours of training. 

Embarking on your first half marathon requires a well-structured training plan. Start by gradually increasing your mileage and incorporating a mix of running, cross-training, and rest days. 

Aim for a balance between short, easy runs and longer, slower-paced ones. 

Additionally, utilizing online training programs can help tailor a plan to your fitness level and goals. The key is consistency and gradual progression to build endurance over time.  

2. Embracing the Costume Tradition 

One of the unique aspects of the Disney Princess Weekend is the tradition of participants donning creative costumes.  

Whether you're channeling Cinderella, Ariel, or even a Disney villain, wearing a costume adds an extra layer of fun and camaraderie to the race.  

Keep in mind comfort and functionality when choosing your outfit, ensuring it allows for free movement and won't impede your running.  

Remember, it's not just a race; it's a magical experience where you can fully immerse yourself in the spirit of Disney. 

3. Stay Hydrated 

Proper hydration is crucial when preparing for any race, especially in the Florida sunshine.  

Begin by hydrating well in advance of the race day, maintaining a consistent water intake throughout your training.  

During the marathon, strategically placed water and aid stations will help keep you hydrated along the course. Consider carrying a refillable water bottle to ensure you can sip on the go and stay refreshed during the magical run. 

Liquid IV or any sort of electrolyte source is a great option for long distance runners, as well.  

4. Include Stretching and Strength Training 

To prevent injuries and enhance your overall performance, incorporate stretching and strength training into your preparation routine.  

A man stretching before a run, a good thing to do before any half marathon.

Focus on dynamic stretches before your runs to warm up your muscles and dedicate time to static stretches afterward to improve flexibility.  

Additionally, integrate strength training exercises that target key muscle groups, such as your legs, core, and upper body. This holistic approach contributes to better running mechanics and endurance. 

5. Plan Your Pre-Race Nutrition 

Fueling your body with the right nutrients is essential for optimal performance. 

Pay attention to your diet in the days leading up to the race weekend, focusing on complex carbohydrates, lean proteins, and healthy fats.  

On race day, have a balanced breakfast that includes easily digestible foods, such as oatmeal, bananas, and a source of protein. Experiment with your nutrition during training to discover what works best for you and helps sustain your energy throughout the race. 

6. Soak in the Magic 

As you approach the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend, take a moment to soak in the magic of the experience.  

Fireworks in front of Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World.

The course will lead you through the grounds of Walt Disney World, offering unique glimpses of iconic landmarks and the support of enthusiastic spectators.  

Cherish the moments, embrace the energy of fellow runners, and let the enchantment of Disney propel you toward the finish line.

Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista Makes Your Stay Magical

 If you’re participating in the Disney Princess Half Marathon or any future runDisney event, book your race weekend stay with Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista.  

We offer comfortable accommodations and amenities and are conveniently located a few minutes from the starting line.  

Because this is an extremely popular event, the sooner you book, the better your chances of reserving a guestroom. 

For reservations, call us today at 407-996-7300 or reserve online by clicking “Book Now” at the top of the page.