Every Mile is Magic: An In-Depth Guide into the Disney World Marathon 2024

Get set for a fairy-tale fitness weekend at the 2024 Walt Disney World® Marathon! rom 5Ks to marathons, you’ll make priceless memories and collect Disney-themed medals as you sprint past Cinderella Castle and Disney characters.

The most magical marathon you’ll ever run, Walt Disney World Weekend is full of delightful surprises throughout its course!

Whether you want to challenge yourself or topple a personal best, the awaited event offers something for every participant. Kickstart your year by competing in Walt Disney World Weekend. Get cheered on by beloved Disney characters, receive a commemorative or challenge medal to celebrate your achievements, and catch enchanting sights as you race to the finish line.

So, get your Mickey’s ears and lace up your running shoes. Follow along as we share everything about the 2024 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

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Disney World Tickets

In the magical world of Disney World Florida, ticket prices in 2024 are as enchanting as the experiences they offer. For a single park, single-day adventure, prices range from $109 to $189, with the final cost depending on your chosen park and purchase date.

And for those looking to extend their fairy tale stay, multi-day tickets and magical add-ons like Park Hopper and Genie+ are available, each with their own array of pricing options to fit your dream visit.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

The event runs on January 7 to 10, 2024, at 5:30 AM.

Nearby Hotels & Lodging

After hours of running, all you want to do afterward is to relax and recover your strength. Rest your tired feet and exhausted body at any of these discount hotels:

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Highlights

The 26.2-mile course across Walt Disney World Resort

Test your strength and skills in the World Disney World Marathon Weekend’s long-distance race that spans 26.2 miles. The Walt Disney World Marathon Theme Park course map includes Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom.

Disney Characters Sightings and Entertainment

For runners looking for some entertainment, this marathon is the best one yet. Soak in Disney magic and surprises along the way. Wave to Mickey and Minnie Mouses, as well as the spectators who serve as terrific motivators.

On-Course and Post Race Refreshments

Restore your energy with water or energy drinks. There will be plenty of refreshment points all over the park, keeping you hydrated from the start to the finish line.

Participant Shirt

Show off and wear your achievements with this participant shirt.

Digital Expo & Event Guide

The official Digital Expo and Event Guide educates you about everything for the Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Downloadable Finisher Certificate

Celebrate your accomplishment by downloading this certificate, reminding you of every step that makes you a Disney World marathon finisher.

About Disney World Marathon

Featuring a 26.2-mile course, Walt Disney World Marathon 2024 is a four-park running event that’s been entertaining spectators and participants for more than 30 years.

Reminisce the years of fun with a 90’s retro ambiance, meet iconic characters, and peek into the runDisney’s history. For this year, the Walt Disney Company released medals with colorful designs to pay tribute to decades of accomplishments and healthy competition.

On-Site Race Policies

  • All runners for the Marathon must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Participants need to maintain a minimum of 16-minute-per-mile pace in the Marathon.
  • Items, including items, costumes, and props will be inspected. For swift entry, please consider not bringing irrelevant things or a bag on race day.

Proof of Time

Runners who believe they will finish the Marathon in 4 hours 30 minutes or less are required to submit proof of time for start placement.

Make sure your proof of time includes all the following data:

  • Name of Race
  • Distance
  • City
  • State
  • Date
  • Finish Time (in Hours:Minutes: Seconds)
  • Website Link to Results

Example: Walt Disney World Marathon; 26.2 miles; Orlando, FL; January 07, 2024 – 3:45:00

Note: An inappropriate race distance or incomplete data means that you’ll be placed in the last start group, so always check the details. The Disney World Marathon doesn’t accept trail runs, relays, training, self-timed or Virtual Runs as proof of time as well.

2024 Walt Disney World Marathon Details

For safety reasons, we recommend seeking the advice or permission of your physician or other healthcare professionals before participating in any race. You must stop running if you feel any pain or distress during the race.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Other Events

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend features an array of events, including:

Walt Disney World 5K

A newbie in the marathon world? This 3.1-mile route race is best for beginners.

Walt Disney World 10K

Join thousands of runners on this 6.2-mile adventure. This event is perfect for novices who want to challenge themselves and beat personal records.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Donald and Daisy Duck will host this 13.1-mile Walt Disney World Half Marathon 2024!


Dopey Challenge

Is it your goal to collect finisher medals? Register for the Dopey Challenge, wherein you’ll run in 4 races or a total of 48.6 miles to get 6 blings.

Goofy s Race and a Half Challenge

Finish Half Marathon on Saturday and Marathon on Sunday on time to earn three medals, the Half Marathon and Marathon – plus, the infamous Goofy medal! The event spans 39.3 miles.

Disney Castaway Challenge

This ultimate runner’s event combines marathon and vacation. Participate in one Walt Disney Marathon Weekend 5K or longer race, plus the Castaway 5K to earn your medals. A Disney Wish 4-Night Bahamian Cruise reservation is required. Please refer to Disney Cruise Line for availability.

Virtual Races

Run in your neighborhood, favorite local trail, or on a treadmill. Be a part of the celebration without flying to Disney World Resort.

Related Post: Surviving Disney World in the Summer: The Ultimate Guide

Experience Walt Disney World Marathon

Up for a challenge? Race through a 26.2-mile route at The Most Magical Place on Earth! There’s no better way to test your endurance and kick-start a new year bursting with some Disney magic than this annual event.

Related Post: Ultimate Guide to Walt Disney World®: Coupons, Discounts, and Deals

While you jog or run through the four amusement parks, expect lots of fun and excitement from Disney character sightings to spellbinding views. Mickey Mouse and his friends are ready to cheer for you!

You can enter the marathon by wearing a costume or be a part of the marathon by joining virtually. Whatever it is you’re after, you’re in for a good time here. So, get your admission tickets now to not miss the magic!


Start Date:

January 3, 2024 @ 5:30 am CST

End Date:

January 7, 2024 @ 5:00 pm CST






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Orlando, FL United States


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