Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend


Last weekend I was one of over 20,000 tutu clad princesses who crossed the finish line at Disney’s Princess Half Marathon.

In all, 36,000 royal runners competed in the festivities during the Princess Half Weekend which included Disney’s Royal Family 5K on Saturday in addition to last Sunday’s main event, a 13.1 mile race that coursed from Epcot through the Magic Kingdom and back.

Snow White

On the Friday prior to the race, I had the pleasure of attending the exclusive runDisney VIP Reception where I enjoyed munching on the most delicious Mickey shaped bites and mingling with very important runners like Lord of the Rings star Sean Astin (and my favorite celebrity, Snow White).

Sean Astin

The fun continued Saturday with Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo which took place in the convention center at one of my favorite resorts, the Southwestern themed Coronado Springs Resort. Fitness vendors of all kinds displayed their wares on site, selling everything from energy gels to Sparkle skirts.

The Expo also hosted a speaker series featuring celebrity runner appearances and seminars on training, racing, nutrition and the Princess Half Marathon course.

RunDisney Expo

Because I’m a complete and total dork, I just had to visit the Magic Kingdom to see Wishes, a fireworks show I’ve seen literally hundreds of times, before I could go to sleep on the eve of the race. To my surprise I also got to witness the new ten minute castle show, Let the Memories Begin, a shimmering spectacle of beautiful Disney art projected onto Cinderella Castle.

Disney Memories

My Mickey wake-up call came quickly after that, waking me up at 3:30 a.m. so I could be up in time for the last bus to the half marathon at 4 a.m.

My corral (the last one – ha!) finally reached the start line around 6:20 a.m. In true Disney style, a fireworks display kicked off the race for each pack of runners. The masters of magic created a truly uplifting atmosphere, with Disney characters and entertainment speckled throughout the course, and strategically placed DJs blasting inspiring music right when it was needed the most. At the half way mark they blared Alicia Keys’ “Girl On Fire.” Good call, Disney.

Disney also peppered the course with volunteers handing out water and holding inspirational signs. Words of encouragement were also shouted from the sidelines via the chEAR squad (my Mom included!), a group of family, friends, and spectators who followed the runners to different viewpoints throughout the course. One of my favorite signs read “Hello, complete stranger, I’m proud of you too.”

Here are a few of my favorite shots from race day:


























Among the sea of tiaras in the half marathon were all types of runners from Olympic champion Summer Sanders to a 94 year old princess who went the distance that day. Was I the fastest of them all? No, but I finished. And as a wise woman once said, even miracles take a little time.



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Welcome to The Princess Perspective

Cinderella Castle

Once upon a time, I worked at the happiest place on Earth.

I had the time of my life dancing in parades down Main Street, making dreams come true, and ending each work day with a fireworks show.­ I miss it terribly and go back as often as I can to curb my cravings. To further feed my fixation, I’ve decided to launch The Princess Perspective, a blog devoted to all things Disney.

When I was cast to perform in the parks I was ecstatic, but I was a Disney aficionado long before the Mouse started signing my paychecks. This was thanks to a childhood full of countless road trips (thanks Mom and Dad!) to that fantastical land in Central Florida.

Mickey Mouse

Because of my frequent visitation (and practically living there for quite some time), I really know my way around the World, so I’m very excited to share my tips and ideas with like-minded Disney lovers.

Haters be warned, this will not be a cast member confessional style expose dishing all of the gory backstage details. Because I still value the magic, I won’t go too far in depth with the details of my work there as a performer.

Hint: I was good friends with characters like this…

Snow White

Luke and Leia
I also did some print work for the company during my Disney stint. To get the rest of the FAQ’s out of the way – yes, there is a tunnel under the Magic Kingdom. No, there is not air conditioning inside the fur costumes. And to my knowledge, Walt Disney’s cryonically frozen body is not hiding underneath the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. That’s it! The rest of the dirt is staying in the vault.

I may be retired as far as professional princessing goes, but I will forever be (and always have been) a Disney princess at heart. Going forward, The Princess Perspective will feature Walt Disney Company news, hotel and restaurant reviews, Disney home décor and fashion ideas, as well as park tips and vacation ideas from my experiences, both as a guest and a cast member. Stay tuned for my coverage of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which I’ll be live tweeting as I run next weekend.

See ya real soon! 😉

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