Looking for a truly royal enhancement to your Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend? The Race Retreat, full of princess pampering and VIP treatment is for you! Available for the Disney Princess 10K ($70), Disney Princess Half Marathon ($120) and Glass Slipper Challenge ($185), you may wonder if this “at your beck and call” experience is for you. If it doesn’t stretch the royal coffers too painfully, my answer is- aye!!
Located in the Family Reunion Area at Epcot Wonder Lot, this massive climate-controlled tent welcomes wrist-banded runners, (pre-ordered bands must be obtained at Disney’s Fit for a Princess Expo Packet Pick-Up), pre-race from 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 22 and 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, February 23 for their princess perks:
– Light fare (plain bagels, fruit, coffee, water, Powerade)
– Private bag check
– Private portable potties (generally cleaner and with shorter lines than those outside the tent)
– Padded mats for stretching
– Character photo area
The Race Retreat opens to Platinum ChEAR Squad members at 5:30 a.m., and remains open until 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. (Children 3 years of age and younger can enter for free.)
|A nice variety of seating options are offered, including a “Kiddie Corner”|
|The stretching area was getting a work-out! Massages are done here post race; $10 for 10 minutes, so don’t forget your cash!!|
|Plenty of time for posing.|
And now for the real princess treatment. Each of us received a commemorative runner’s towel, and glorious flip-flops (emblazoned with the anniversary logo)!
Along with these goodies, we received a ticket for… champagne!!! Being a health nut, I had mine with orange juice…
|Here the lines were long.|
|The highlight. For ME.|
Live Race Results were also available, but my favorite part of the Race Retreat morning was watching my fellow runners cross the finish line. I didn’t know a one of them, but I watched each expression, each triumph like a gloating Queen Mother. Sharing, (and yes, toasting), the royal celebration with this community of runners was exhilarating.
|Live video from the Finish Line|