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Old 02-16-2012, 03:21 PM   #16
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Thanks! I've been waiting for an official thread! This will be my 2nd 1/2 (unless I decide to run another one before Nov). I ran the Tinkerbell in Jan and will be looking to earn my C2C! We are actually heading out on a cruise on Sunday, so we already had tickets into FL for Sat, now we shifted everything a day, and I'll get to earn so extra bling! . My DH plans to run the 5k and my 2 DDs will run the kids race. What a great family experience to kick off our cruise!
JeanIgor Thanks for starting this thread! It had been asked about several times on other threads and I'm glad you stepped up and created it!

specialks Are you sailing on the Dream from Sept 23-27? We are too! I did the DL half 2011 after a week on the Alaskan Disney cruise. It didn't do wonders for my tapering (having marathon food intake! lol). But I'm hoping with only a 4 day cruise, and better choices, this will be better. Also, I plan on actually using the track on the ship this time, and not just walking down to it to see where it is, and never going back, like last time! lol.

Good luck to everyone doing this race. I'm so excited!

Oh, and jeanigor you mentioned Runner's Night Out. What is this? Do you mean the race at night in general or is this another event? Thanks!
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Old 02-16-2012, 08:58 PM   #17
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specialks Are you sailing on the Dream from Sept 23-27? We are too! I did the DL half 2011 after a week on the Alaskan Disney cruise. It didn't do wonders for my tapering (having marathon food intake! lol). But I'm hoping with only a 4 day cruise, and better choices, this will be better. Also, I plan on actually using the track on the ship this time, and not just walking down to it to see where it is, and never going back, like last time! lol.

Good luck to everyone doing this race. I'm so excited!
Hi MelindaRuns,
We aren't taking a Disney cruise... However, it is a gift cruise for our family from my FIL, so I'm not going to be picky. Our ship leaves Miami on Nov 11th at 4 pm. We hope we aren't cutting it too close, but planning on skipping the after party and hitting our hotel for some sleep. Then driving from Orlando to Miami. It appears it should only take us 3.5 hours or so. Does that seem right to any of you Floridians??

Question, if we choose to drive our car, it says parking is only at Epcot (not ESPNWWS), so do they have transportation from Epcot to the starting area?

I'm so excited & can't wait to find out more info!
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:48 PM   #18
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Hi MelindaRuns,
We aren't taking a Disney cruise... However, it is a gift cruise for our family from my FIL, so I'm not going to be picky. Our ship leaves Miami on Nov 11th at 4 pm. We hope we aren't cutting it too close, but planning on skipping the after party and hitting our hotel for some sleep. Then driving from Orlando to Miami. It appears it should only take us 3.5 hours or so. Does that seem right to any of you Floridians??

Question, if we choose to drive our car, it says parking is only at Epcot (not ESPNWWS), so do they have transportation from Epcot to the starting area?

I'm so excited & can't wait to find out more info!
Yeah, what am I thinking. Im getting my races mixed up. My cruise on the Disney Dream is just before the Tower of Terror Ten Miler, not the Wine and Dine Half. I'm with you- a free cruise is a good cruise! That is an awesome gift. I hope you thoroughly enjoy it! And its AFTER the race- what a perfect way to relax!
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:58 AM   #19
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Oh, and jeanigor you mentioned Runner's Night Out. What is this? Do you mean the race at night in general or is this another event? Thanks!
You're welcome. And I'm also very happy you're excited about it!!! It'll be a smashing good time!!

"Runner's Night Out" is runDisney's tagline for the race. But that does remind me that there may be a Pasta in the Parks party prior to the race. Something else to add to the initial post.

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The drive time to Miami sounds about right. On a Sunday, there shouldn't be too much traffic to contend with.

And yes, there will be buses taking you from Epcot's parking lot to ESPN's WWoS. You can't park at ESPN because it is overflowing with race people and equipment and what not. As well as the fact that it is easier to take you from the finish line to the start line than the opposite. (Also less chance of illness, cramping or whatnot on the buses if they transport you pre race.) There may also be a financial benefit for Disney with the contracting of chartering buses that late in the night.
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Old 02-18-2012, 12:23 AM   #20
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The drive time to Miami sounds about right. On a Sunday, there shouldn't be too much traffic to contend with.

And yes, there will be buses taking you from Epcot's parking lot to ESPN's WWoS. You can't park at ESPN because it is overflowing with race people and equipment and what not. As well as the fact that it is easier to take you from the finish line to the start line than the opposite. (Also less chance of illness, cramping or whatnot on the buses if they transport you pre race.) There may also be a financial benefit for Disney with the contracting of chartering buses that late in the night.
Thanks! Makes sense.

I wrote to runDisney about host hotels and they just said that that info hasn't been released yet. To keep an eye out for more info near the March 13 reg date. Also, they said that the host hotels are not the same year after year.
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Question ,
If you have family who want to see you finish the race, but we don't want to attend the after party, are they able to be in Epcot to meet you at the finish? If so, how? If not, what could they do instead?
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:09 PM   #22
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Have fun everyone! I wish I could fit this race in again this year. This is my favorite Disney race so far! LOVE the evening start and the after party. Last year, I stayed at BWV, so it was very convenient to walk home after the party. Look forward to doing it again another time.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #23
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If you have family who want to see you finish the race, but we don't want to attend the after party, are they able to be in Epcot to meet you at the finish? If so, how? If not, what could they do instead?
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The finish is actually outside the main Epcot gate so your family can meet you without purchasing tickets. It's lively so your family should have fun waiting for you.
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Old 02-19-2012, 07:14 PM   #24
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If you have family who want to see you finish the race, but we don't want to attend the after party, are they able to be in Epcot to meet you at the finish? If so, how? If not, what could they do instead?
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Last year, we finished in the taxi lot at Epcot, in front of the main entrance. However, I think if someone wants to see you finish, they would need to be part of the chEAR Squad. Unless they change the race ending configuration again. (Last year was TOTALLY different than the first year.) I doubt it too much that they'll change it a whole lot though.
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Last year, we finished in the taxi lot at Epcot, in front of the main entrance. However, I think if someone wants to see you finish, they would need to be part of the chEAR Squad. Unless they change the race ending configuration again. (Last year was TOTALLY different than the first year.) I doubt it too much that they'll change it a whole lot though.
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Hoping to join you at the Wine & Dine! Just waiting for the school calendar to get released, and then I'll know for sure :D
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I'm thinking about signing up. This would be my first half. Do you think a night race would be a mistake for a first timer? I had hoped to try the Princess Half this weekend, but we ended up with family travel plans that conflicted. Maybe just as well since I've had bronchitis for 2 weeks and can't imagine running even 5 miles right now. A fall race would be better in terms of training... it's harder to stay active in the cold (we live in Maine.)
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I prefer that it is at night because I'm not a morning person and highly doubt I can get up early for a morning one! I also just think it sounds really cool!
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Old 02-23-2012, 11:27 AM   #29
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The site is updated (still no host resort details that I could find)

http://espnwwos.disney.go.com/events...-half-marathon

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

$155 by May 22, 2012
$160 between May 23 and July 17, 2012
$185 on or after July 18, 2012

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

$50 per participant
$55 per Stroller division participant

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$25 per 1-Mile Run participant

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Old 02-23-2012, 11:56 AM   #30
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I dont see any info on when the expo is either... I need to be able to pick it up the morning of the race!
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