Register Today for the RunDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

Today (March 13, 2018) is the day to register for the 2018 Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  Registration opens at noon EST.

Disney invites you to “Be our Guest” during the weekend of November 1st- 4th, 2018, with races for all levels of fitness!  The Health and Fitness Expo will be held November 1st- 3rd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  There you’ll be able to pick up your packet, listen to guest speakers, and shop from top vendors in the running industry!  The races that weekend kick off on Friday, November 2nd with the “Disney Fall Feast 5k.”  The weekend continues on Saturday, November 3rd with the “Disney Wine & Dine 10k.”  The weekend culminates on Sunday, November 4th with the main course (yes I just inserted my own food humor here!) the “Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon.”  If you’re feeling particularly gung-ho be sure to register for the “Disney Two-Course Challenge.”  In this special event you will be registered for both the 10k on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday (19.3 miles in 2 days), and what would Disney races be without some amazing BLING!


2017 Wine & Dine Medals

If you’re new to RunDisney, you should know that races fill up quickly, and I speculate that this year’s races will fill up much quicker than usually with the decision to put Disneyland races on hiatus this year (there’s a lot of construction going on at Disneyland right now).  So if you’re thinking about registering take the plunge and go for it!  Having run my fair share of Run Disney Events, it promises to be memorable!



The Mouskaholic at Disneyland after earning her 2015 Coast to Coast distinction

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Register today for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon


Today is the day to register for RunDisney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon!  The race weekend starts with the Fall Feast 5k on Friday November 3rd, continues with the Wine and Dine 10k on Saturday November 4th, and concludes with the Wine and Dine Half marathon on Sunday November 5th.

If you participate in both the 10k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday and run all 19.3 miles you’ll complete the “Two Course Challenge” and earn a third medal for doing both races.

These races are a bit pricey, but there is nothing like a Disney race as far as entertainment and quality.  The medals are exceptionally beautiful, and everyone is treated like a world class runner.

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Head to the RunDisney website to register today at noon!

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Register Today for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Today is the big day to register for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon at Walt Disney World!  Registration opens at noon, so don’t miss your opportunity to run during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival.  (Edit to original post- Registration has been moved to 3/29/16)


The Wine and Dine will take you through 3 Disney parks and this race is unique because it takes place at night (edit to original post- this race is no longer at night and a 10k has been added).  Additionally, there is an exclusive after hours party at the Food and Wine Festival for participants!


Don’t miss your chance, RunDisney races tend to sell out quickly!

Never participated in a RunDisney event?  Do you wanna take the hassle out of planning?  Don’t fear, Ashley is here!  Ashley with Charming Travels can help you plan your trip for your RunDisney “race-cation”  She has run Disney races both at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, earning her Coast to Coast distinction twice!  She can help you plan your trip and book for you once you’ve registered for the race!  Contact her today-

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Tuesday’s Tip- Register today for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Today is the day to register for the Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon!

Registration opens at 12:00pm EST.

During Wine and Dine weekend there are several race options; The Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5k, and Disney’s Kid Races. Below are the prices for the races-

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Race fees

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Race fees

Visit to register for the race.

This is the only RunDisney 1/2 marathon that takes place in the evening.  And another perk is that it takes place during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival!

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Start Line

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Start Line

While I myself have run quite a few of RunDisney’s events, I have never run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon!  My friend Teresa has run this race, so here are some questions that I asked her and her responses-

Q) This is Disney’s only night time 1/2 marathon- are there as many characters out as there are during the morning 1/2?

A) “Yes! Mickey and Minnie are at the finish line dressed in their “chef” clothing. There is some sort of entertainment or character throughout the race just like in the morning races. Last year most of them were still out during the pouring rain, they just positioned them under cover.”

Q) What is your favorite part of the W&D half?

A) “Wine & Dine has a special place in my heart. It was the very first half marathon I ever ran, and I went back last year for the 5th anniversary to celebrate MY 4 years of running longer races. I am not a morning runner, so having the 10pm start is much easier for me. The wait for the start doesn’t seem as long as it does at 4am. **My favorite part is getting to Hollywood Studios and the Osborne Family Lights. When I turn that corner, I stop in my tracks (off to one side per runner etiquette, of course… :-))”

Q) Other than it being a night race, are there any other major differences?

A) “There seems to be more space than the other races. I think there is a smaller number of participants allowed – so not as many bottleneck areas. They also have a limited number of host resorts – so be sure to know ahead of time for booking hotel rooms.”

“Then there is the party after the race until 4am? (I think that’s when it ends.) I was so exhausted after both races that I just wanted to go back to my room, get a shower and go to bed.”

“Plus, you get to see 3 parks instead of the usual 2 parks for morning 1/2 marathon races. It is nice to have a different route to see.”

Q) Why would you recommend this 1/2 marathon

A)  “I would recommend this race because it is a night race. The parks are lit up and everything sparkles. There is just as much Disney Magic as any other race – and if you can stay up until 4am, you can also enjoy Epcot included in the race fee.

I also recommend the 5k that morning – Mickey’s Jingle Jungle. It is all at Animal Kingdom and has a Christmas theme. They pump out the snow!!!”

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Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival- By Michelle Coomes

Hey all! This is Michelle, a friendly travel agent specializing in Disney vacations & an old friend of Ashley’s. Today I’ll share with you one of the best celebrations that Disney World has to offer. Hope you enjoy!

Fall is my favorite time of year for many reasons- cooler weather, leaves changing, Halloween celebrations and food. Yes, food! Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival takes place every fall and it’s the perfect excuse to make a trip to Disney! This festival has been taking place in Epcot each fall since 1996 and it keeps getting better every year.

The festival takes place on the World Showcase side of Epcot, with booths set up around the lagoon representing 25 countries and their cuisines. Each booth has a few selections of samplings, both food and wine/beer. I always suggest adding a Dining Plan onto your vacation- but it’s an especially smart idea during the Food & Wine Festival because you can use the Disney Snack Credits at these booths! Many of the food selections are available by using a Snack Credit, but the drinks are not- you’ll still have to pay out of pocket/card for those. My husband & I save up at least 3 snack credits each, and then purchase a few drinks to pair with them.

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My kids at the World Showcase

My kids at the World Showcase

The lines for each booth can get pretty long, especially some of the favorites like Ireland, Japan & Morocco. But there’s always entertainment or people watching that can keep you occupied while you wait for your next delicious International sampling!

Not only are there foods inspired from other countries, but Disney has done an excellent job including foods that are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other diet/allergy/sensitivities.

Some of my favorites that I look forward to this year:

Vegetarian moussaka from Greece

Moussaka from Greece

Moussaka from Greece


Vegetarian Haggis with neeps & tatties (Griddled vegetable cake with rutabaga and mashed potatoes) from Scotland


Haggis from Scotland


And Sweet Corn Cheese Cake from Mexico

Sweet cheese corn cake from Mexico

Sweet cheese corn cake from Mexico

If these photos didn’t entice you to plan a trip to Disney during Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival, check out Disney’s official festival site & I bet they will. For me and my family, we are headed there in 3 weeks to enjoy it all! Thanks for allowing me to share with you a little of why I love this festival, at the happiest place on earth!

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And if you’d like assistance booking and planning your next Disney vacation, contact me today! My services are free of charge & I can make sure that your trip is a magical one!

Michelle – Marvelous Mouse Travels