Look, when you start running you have to accept the fact that you WILL be using a Port O Potty. They are set up at race start and finishes for convenience and along the course as well. While I have truly not been disgusted in the 4 runDisney I have participated in – Princess Half 2011, 2012, 2013 and Wine and Dine 2013, I do try to avoid the unlit, little shacks if at all possible. I LOVE the Disney races because when you are in the parks on the course, there are PLENTY of bathrooms open to use. I find its nice along the course to be able to wash your hands with water and splash some cold water on your face! I give you my suggestions on how to avoid port-o-potties at the runDisney Princess Half Marathon and the Donald Half too.
Not to be TMI, but I ALWAYS use the Port-O-Potties JUST before the race because I want to stop as few times as possible. I have found the ones JUST at the starting corrals are not too bad line wise or stink wise. While the lines might look bad, they move. I have never had to use the ones in the Epcot Parking lot as the lines seem super long I also choose to use a bathroom in Magic Kingdom whether I need to go or not to avoid having to stop after that.
There are PLENTY of Port O Potties on the course – and in a pinch, they have them at medical aid stations too. Of course many a princess has found a spot in the royal woods on the side of the road….LOTS.
UPDATE 2016: The Ticket and Transporation Bathrooms during the 2016 WDW Half Marathon were fenced off and closed, you will have to wait until you enter Magic Kingdom for a Real Bathroom if this is closed.
If you can hold out, the first “real bathroom” I have seen is JUST at the Mile 4 mark, at the Ticket and Transportation Center, bathrooms on your right. Here’s our photo from 2013, though this was CLOSED for the WDW Half Marathon in 2016:
|Watch out fellas, the Princesses go in BOTH ways. Men’s and Ladies, but we don’t look, we promise!|
Just before mile 6, you enter Magic Kingdom – and you have several real bathroom choices. Based on the map below, you enter the park through a gate by Building A just above where it says “Main Street USA” (the black rectangle on map). The course follows the blue arrows. As you enter Main Street, family members and chEARleaders are on the left side of Main Street, it is roped off for them – so you really can’t reach that bathroom as you enter Main Street. I have highlighted with yellow arrows, the three bathrooms we have used over the past 3 years. While there are several bathrooms close to the course I have NOT highlighted, you can certainly try for them. If you are not allowed in that area, a cast member will certainly direct you to the nearest one. OH and for reference, the HEART in front of the castle, is where your money shot photo is taken, in case you want to freshen up before hand.
The first yellow star on my map you come across in the Magic Kingdom, before you hit the hub, the circle at the end of Main Street, you can go to the right to the bathrooms by The Plaza Restaurant. I have NOT used them, but reports are they have been open in the past. My friends and I have used the bathrooms marked with the 3 Yellow Numbered arrows in the map.
#1 Tomorrowland: There 2 opportunities here. The first JUST as you enter Tomorrowland on your right in The Tomorrowland Terrace Noodle Station. A bit off course, but generally from what I have heard, no line. The second are across from the Speedway its on your left. There is usually a line, but it moves quickly. If you want to check yourself before your castle photo, this is area for a photo.
#2 Fantasyland : The first Fantasyland bathroom is just to the left of the teacups as you exit Tomorrowland, below the #30 on the map – between Yellow Arrows #1 and #2. The second option here is to the left of the #2 arrow just behind the gates of the Neew Fantasyland at Pinocchio Haus restaurant. This is the one we used last year. We were waiting in a very long line with Belle. Wendy walked back to the bathrooms, a small distance, but there were no lines and we were still in Belle photo line when she came out. Before your run through the castle all these are great for the water splash, mirror check for your Castle photo. Note: While I think they would make great photo shots, they did not let you go back to Gaston’s tavern, or by the Tangled Bathroom just past Its A Small World before you get to the Haunted Mansion last year, so don’t count on those.
|See Cinderella…she had walked behind Belle To the Bathrooms by Pinocchio Haus to the LEFT of the picture, kind of behind me in purple/pink. We waited in long line and Wendy was able to go right in and come meet us for the photo.|
3. Frontierland/Adventureland:Look at Yellow Arrow #3. Lots of stalls, minimal line wait. Its on the left and is in covered area between Frontierland and Adventureland, usually its JUST after Woody/Jessie/Bullseye…whoever is out there when you run by.
As you exit the Park, your next TRUE bathroom opportunity is Epcot, though I have seen people going in the Hess Station, but that is kind of too out of the way for me.
As you enter Epcot, there will be bathrooms on your right by Spaceship Earth, you know the “Big Ball”. There are definitely some on the right that friends have used, might be some on the left too. We HAVE used the bathrooms JUST before you leave Epcot. To your left just before you go under the Monorail track..there is a bathroom. I will tell you this, its nice to go there if you do NOT have Race Retreat. Again, a great chance to freshen up before that race finisher photo.
|Almost done with race after down and back at Epcot to World Showcase. Before going under track Look Left|
Hey if you aren’t going to win, might as well go in a REAL bathroom, not the Port O Let in the end which have been sitting there since the opening being used both before and after the race.
So there you have it…the REAL bathrooms I know about and have used along the course. For official race course maps from runDisney website, go here – check under Runner Info and Course Maps. My advice, familiarize yourself with the routes when you are in the parks before the race. Look to see where the bathrooms are. I did that with the Wine and Dine half this past year as it was my first and it was super easy to know when to go! My info is based on past experience and well, the course could slightly change, so just keep an eye out for bathrooms in the parks. They are open!
Do you have anything I am missing, let me know!
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