Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Nights
from 5
Date
12 January 2025
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon

Join Mickey Mouse and friends for the magical Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, where all your ‘marathon’ dreams come true.

Every course is full of “character” and encouragement as you discover the well-loved parks of the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom on your running journey. Make sure to savour the feeling of running down Main Street towards Cinderella Castle. You can experience rides and attractions during the route, and even say hello to some of the Animals who have come to cheer you on.

Select from a range of distances – or even all of them. The Dopey Challenge, celebrating its 5th edition in 2024, ticks off every distance throughout the week. Every race you’ll encounter beloved Disney Character sightings and entertainment throughout. We have guaranteed entries to Dopey Challenge, Goofy Challenge, Walt Disney World Half Marathon and Walt Disney World Marathon – which is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

In addition, enjoy two days at the Disney Parks included in your package.

The 2025 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will take place over the dates of 8th – 12th January. Packages will be available soon!

Meals Included

Meals Included

Pre-race dinner. All other meals at own expense.

Guide

Guide

Guidance & support from our Marathon Tours & Travel team

Transfers

Transfers

Airport transfer ticket and park shuttles

Accommodation

Accommodation

5 or 7 nights at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

Entry

Entry

Guaranteed race entry for a sold-out event

Celebration Party

Celebration Party

Post-race celebration drink

Excursions

Excursions

Escorted visit to Expo, Shake-out run and Welcome get together

Medal Bling

Medal Bling

Finishers medal

Travel Package Information

  • Itinerary

    • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Package / Standard View with 2-Day Disney Theme Park Base Ticket/7 nights/2nd-9th January 2024

      2nd-9th January 2024
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      Arrival day

      Welcome to Orlando! On arrival into the airport, take the Mears Connect shuttle to your accommodation, available to add to your package.  Find out more in the transfers section.

      Once checked-in, the time is yours to explore the site. There will be an opportunity this evening to meet your Marathon Tours & Travel rep to ask any burning questions you have. Aside from this, there are no scheduled activities today so relax and enjoy all that Disney has to offer.

      Wednesday 3rd January, 2024
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      Expo and Dopey Get-together

      After breakfast, we will meet in the lobby to travel to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, open today between the hours of 10am – 8pm. Runners who are completing the Dopey challenge will need to collect their bibs today. For more information on the Expo please visit the event information section where we have a section dedicated to the expo.

      The rest of the day is free for you to enjoy the parks. In the early evening we will meet for a pre-race get-together for runners taking part in the dopey challenge and their guests.

      Thursday 4th January, 2024
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      The Dopey Challenge Begins – 5KM Race Day!

      Be prepared for some early starts as you kick off your Dopey challenge with the 5km. Shuttles will be available to take you to the start line for your 5am gun time. You’ll finish with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of your day in the most magical place in the world!

      For those not participating in the 5km race, you have the day at leisure to explore the parks. Feel free to make the most of your included day ticket. Just jump on the app and plan your day. For more information on your included 2-day base park ticket please check out our Packages & Rates section.

      There will be another opportunity later today for everyone to touch base with the Marathon Tours & Travel rep and fellow runners. Exact timings will be communicated closer to the event.

      Friday 5th January, 2024
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      10km Race Day!

      Dopeys, are you ready to double your distance? Kick it up a gear with a morning spent on the 10km course. You’ll have another chance to meet Micky and pals at the start line prior to the starting waves.

      For those who have selected Half Marathon, Full Marathon or Goofy entries, our Marathon Tours & Travel representative will be leading a short shake out run this morning followed by an escorted trip to the expo, if you have not yet collected your bibs and would like to join.

      Saturday 6th January, 2024
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      Half Marathon Day!

      Park shuttles will deliver you to the start line for your Half Marathon out and back race. Similar to the other distances, you will begin your running challenge outside EPCOT. Enjoy characters and entertainment as you run through Magical Kingdom and the Disney Lands.

      This evening everyone will join together for a pasta party. For those running the Full Marathon the following morning, this is a great opportunity to fuel for the big event. Enjoy delicious food while swapping stories and tactics with others sharing this memorable experience before retiring early for a restful night.

      Sunday 7th January, 2024
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      Marathon Day!

      We have another early start, so make sure you are prepared to jump on a shuttle to the start line in good time. Your Marathon Tours & Travel rep will be with you all the way to ensure you have the best possible start. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and special feeling or experiencing Disney World before the crowds arrive.

      Run through all four parks on this bucket list marathon course. Enjoy the distraction of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom as you pass through.

      In the evening we celebrate everyone’s achievements from over the week with a toast to each other and reflect on an epic week of running and adventure.

      Monday 8th January, 2024
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      Recovery and Discovery

      Today is free for you to enjoy the rides and attractions at your leisure. Check out the exhilarating rides at Hollywood studios, engage in fairy-tale fantasy at the Magical Kingdom or admire exotic animals at the Animal Kingdom. There is plenty to keep you entertained.

      Tuesday 9th January, 2024
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      Unless you have booked extra nights with us, please enjoy a leisurely morning, check out of your room this morning and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Marathon Tours & Travel trip.

    • Disney's Coronado Springs Resort Package/5 nights/4th-9th January 2024

      Thursday 4th January, 2024
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      Arrival day

      Welcome to Orlando! On arrival into the airport, take the Mears Connect shuttle to your accommodation, available to add to your package.  Find out more in the transfers section.

      Once checked-in, the time is yours to explore the site. There will be an opportunity this evening to meet your Marathon Tours & Travel rep to ask any burning questions you have. Aside from this, there are no scheduled activities today so relax and enjoy all that Disney has to offer.

      Friday 5th January, 2024
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      This morning you have the option to join a shakeout run led by your Marathon Tours & Travel rep to loosen the legs for the Half and Full. Following this, we will meet in the lobby to travel to the run Disney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to collect race packs and bibs . For more information on the Expo please visit the event information section where we have a section dedicated to the expo.

      Saturday 6th January, 2024
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      Half Marathon Day!

      Park shuttles will deliver you to the start line for your Half Marathon out and back race. Similar to the other distances, you will begin your running challenge outside EPCOT. Enjoy characters and entertainment as you run through Magical Kingdom and the Disney Lands.

      This evening everyone will join together for a pasta party. Those who are running the Full Marathon the following morning, take the opportunity to fuel for the big event. Tonight, will be a great opportunity to enjoy delicious food while swapping stories and tactics with others sharing this memorable experience before retiring early for a restful night.

      Sunday 7th January, 2024
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      Marathon Day!

      We have another early start, so make sure you are prepared to jump on a shuttle to the start line in good time. Your Marathon Tours & Travel rep will be with you all the way to ensure you have the best possible start. Enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and special feeling or experiencing Disney World before the crowds arrive.

      Run through all four parks on this bucket list marathon course. Enjoy the distraction of Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom as you pass through.

      In the evening we celebrate everyone’s achievements from over the week with a toast to each other and reflect on an epic week of running and adventure.

      Monday 8th January, 2024
      Show details Hide details

      Recovery and Discovery

      Today is free for you to enjoy the rides and attractions at your leisure. Check out the exhilarating rides at Hollywood studios, engage in fairy-tale fantasy at the Magical Kingdom or admire exotic animals at the Animal Kingdom. There is plenty to keep you entertained.

      Tuesday 9th January, 2024
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      Unless you have booked extra nights with us, please enjoy a leisurely morning, check out of your room this morning and we say thank you for joining us. It’s not goodbye but instead we’ll see you next time as we hope you will join us for another Marathon Tours & Travel trip.

  • Packages & Rates

    • Guaranteed Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Entries from $380
      We are pleased to offer you guaranteed entry for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. You can buy the entry from Marathon Tours & Travel if you also buy the accommodation package from us.

      • Beloved Disney Character sightings and entertainment throughout the race
      • Finisher Medal
      • On-Course and Post Race Refreshments
      • Participant Shirt
      • Digital Expo & Event Guide
      • Downloadable Finisher Certificate

      Entries available to purchase:

      • Dopey Challenge (5km, 10km, Half Marathon & Full Marathon) – $1,170
      • Goofy Challenge (Half Marathon & Full Marathon) – $752
      • Walt Disney World Half Marathon – $380
      • Walt Disney World Marathon – $390

      Our Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 2023 accommodation packages from $1,930

      Inclusions:

      • 5 or 7 nights 3* Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
      • Hotel taxes
      • Pre-race get-together
      • Escorted trip to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
      • MT&T lead morning shake-out run (5th January)
      • Group dinner (Saturday)
      • Post-race celebration drink (Sunday)
      • Option to add guaranteed race entry
      • Guidance and support from Marathon Tours & Travel team in Orlando
      • Two-day Disney theme park base ticket

      As part of your included Disney theme park base ticket, you will receive admission to two of the four parks listed below. The ticket is valid for one theme park per day over the duration of 4-days, beginning on a start date of your choice.

      • Magic Kingdom Park
      • EPCOT
      • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
      • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

      Disney manages park attendance through a new online reservations system. You must make sure to make a theme park reservation for your chosen dates. Details of how to do this will be communicated to you once you have received your booking confirmation.

      Transfers

      When adding a single or return transfers to your booking, you will receive a standard ticket for the Mears Connect airport transfer operating out of Orlando International Airport. Picks up is by the Airport Shuttle Departure signage. Make sure you board the bus that drops off at Coronardo Springs Hotel.

        • One-way Transfer – $40
        • Return Transfer – $80
  • Hotels

    • Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort

      Located in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort Area, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort celebrates the unique blend of Spanish, Mexican and Southwest American cultures. Boasting an elegant entrance and striking Moorish architecture with Spanish tiling, you’ll be warmly welcomed to this beautiful lakeside haven. Ideally situated at the intersection of the 3 new bridges that span the lake, enjoy the Three Bridges Bar and Grill at Villa del Lago lakefront restaurant and Central Bar with a cosy fire pit. Other hotel features include a fitness centre & jogging track to keep you active until race day; a pool with a waterslide build around a 50-foot replica of a Mayan pyramid, daily Disney movie screenings on the lawn, painting experiences, volleyball and a fun-packed arcade.

      This hotel is serviced by the complementary Disney Bus Transportation.

      Room Types
      Perfect for families, the spacious standard view rooms feature two queen beds, a coffee-maker, free WIFI, TV, safe and housekeeping services.

      1001 West Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, Florida

  • Event Information

    • Run the 2024 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend with Marathon Tours & Travel

      Race Date: January 2024
      5km – 4th, 10km – 5th, Half Marathon – 6th, Full Marathon 7th

      Race Time: 5AM

      The Course: The course is flat but maybe not fast if you are easily drawn into the amazing Walt Disney World attractions and entertainment on offer. Every distance starts and ends at EPCOT where you’ll have the chance to take photos with beloved characters. The marathon distance is the only course that takes in all four Disney parks; Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

      Eligibility: Marathon Tours & Travel, an authorized tour operator, is required to offer travel arrangements in conjunction with guaranteed race entry. All runners must be 18 years or older on race day to be eligible for our guaranteed Full Marathon entry. Participants for a Half Marathon distance must be 14 years of age or older.
      Cut off times: Must maintain a minimum of 16-minute-per-mile pace for all participants in the Half Marathon and 10K. Pace cyclists will be on the course indicating when runners are behind pace by waving a red flag at each mile marker according to the official pace time. If you reach a mile marker with a red flag waving, please note you are behind the required 16-minute-per-mile pace and can be picked up at any time and transported to the course pick up tent

      Number Pickup: You must pick up your race bib and packet at the Registration & Expo prior to race day. Marathon Tours & Travel has scheduled a stop at the Expo on Wednesday 3rd January & Friday 5th January.

      Weather: Average temperatures range between 11C to 22C. The race will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled.

      Difficulty: Easy

      Race Bib and Start Group Assignment: Each participant is assigned a race bib. Please wear the race bib centered on the front of your outermost garment. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear his or her bib during the race. In order to receive an accurate time, please confirm that your bib is:

      • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
      • Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold, wrinkle or iron)
      • Pinned in all 4 corners
      • Not covered with shirts, jackets, winter wear, runner belts, water bottles, etc.

      If a participant is seen without his or her bib number while running on the course, he or she will be removed from the course for security and safety reasons. The letter on your bib will determine your assigned start group. Start groups are assigned based on proof of time provided for the half marathon, marathon or your estimated finishing time. Start groups are based on anticipated pace per mile for the 5K and 10K. No start group changes will be made at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. Remember to fill out the Emergency Medical Information on the back of the bib. Runners completing the Dopey Challenge will receive get two bibs—one for the 5K and 10K and one for the Half and Full Marathons.

      runDisney Health & Fitness Expo:

      Digital Waiver Form
      All weekend participants MUST complete a waiver form for each event in which they are participating prior to arrival. You will need to create a runDisney account to submit a digital waiver once registered.

      Expo Check-in Pass
      Your Expo Check-in Pass is required to pick up your Runners Packet for each event in which you are participating. Please bring it with you to the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo. Of course, your family and friends are welcome to join you at the Expo too! Your Expo Check-in Pass will be available to you by 2nd January 2024, through your runDisney account.
      Race policy

      For more information on the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend on site race policies, read here.

      Proof of time:

      If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in 2 hours 15 minutes or less or the Marathon in 4 hours 30 minutes or less, proof of time is required for start placement. If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in over 2 hours 15 minutes (2:15) or the Marathon in over 4 hours 30 minutes (4:30), proof of time is not required. Start placement is based on your anticipated finish time and start group capacities. Disney Challenge participants should adhere to Half Marathon or Marathon proof of time requirements. Proof of time is not required for the 5K and 10K races.

      The Proof of Time approved date range is January 1, 2021- September 26, 2023. Once the deadline passes, no updates are accepted. Virtual events, self timed/training runs, or trail runs are not accepted as proof of time.

  • Registration & Booking

    • Conditions of Sale
      Please note we cannot sell race entry without accommodation package.

      How to Book
      To make your booking, click on the orange button at the top of the page, ensuring that you select the correct number of rooms and types for all members in your party plus all the required extras. When you book, we will require a deposit to confirm your place.

      Payments
      When you confirm your booking, we will take a deposit payment. Subsequent payments are taken automatically.

      Travel advice
      Before you travel, check the ‘Entry requirements’ section for USA’s current entry restrictions and requirements.

      Travel Insurance
      Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip. You must ensure that your travel insurance policy also covers you to participate in running events.

      Security Policy
      Marathon Tours & Travel’s security policy requires that anyone staying in our room block must be registered as part of our package. If a registered client attempts to house a non-registered guest and /or invite them to attend any of our scheduled activities, the registered guest’s tour package will be forfeited and parties may be denied access to future tours. Please note that no exceptions will be made as this policy will be strictly enforced.

      Race Rules
      Our itinerary and details regarding the race are based on current information available at the time this package was released for sale. Whilst we expect the details to remain correct, changes are possible and will be confirmed nearer to the trip after the race organisers have confirmed final instructions. All race rules and procedures need to be followed.

  • Disney Perks and Race History

    • The Walt Disney Marathon is one of the first marathons of the new calendar year and this legendary event attracts runners from all over the world. Whether you are taking part in the 5k, 10k, half marathon, full marathon, Dopey Challenge or Goofy Challenge, you are sure to have a magical experience before, during and after the race. Read our full guide to the event.