You run with my crowd, its a mad sprint from Character to Character. OK, sprint for US. A question often asked and hard to answer is “How Bad or Long are the character lines at a runDisney race?” The answer, it really varies – whomp, whomp. They do put out characters they you don’t get to see too often or easily in the parks, so the photo opps are great. Some lines are super long, some are not. Oh, no autographs allowed to keep things moving.
Most of the characters are in the parks – but there are plenty of opportunities outside the parks too. The Heroes, Capt Jack Sparrow, and more. The Magic Kingdom portion of the race course is like somewhere in mile 5 to somewhere after mile 6. Miles 6 to 8 the course is narrow, down to one lane, so things slow down naturally too. I will touch on more specifics in a post on the characters on the course next week, but for now, I thought it MIGHT be helpful for you to see based on the 2012 runDisney Expo Character Map how my times were mile to mile. Last year, there were a few changes from the map below, but for the most part it was the same as I recall. They did move Cinderella out of the Park in the area where the Parade Floats live just outside the parks and they moved Belle and Gaston into the New Fantasyland – replacing them outside the parks with Mary Poppins. But as you can see…PLENTY of characters!
|This was NOT in the runDisney Expo Booth in 2013, its from 2012|
The truth is, the slower your pace and further towards the back, you might not have the liberty of stopping at all the characters and IT IS OK, really. The first year, I ran I was injured so I just wanted to finish. I only stopped for 2 photos, the Castle and Jessie and it was all good. My only goal was to make it to the Castle and if I had to be swept then so be it….I finished the race!
I broke down mile by mile characters and my experiences with lines in this post Character Photos at runDisney Princess Half Mile by Mile.
Let me know if you have any questions and if this is helpful.
Which Disney Character would you most like getting your photo with?
For more info on the Princess Half Marathon from my perspective, including race course Restrooms (real ones, not Port O Potties), My Recaps and other info, check out my runDisney Page.
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