Walt Disney World Theme Park Delays Opening in Light of Major Event

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This weekend, the highly anticipated Run Disney Princess Half Marathon will stir up excitement at the enchanting Walt Disney World Resort. Princesses and enthusiasts alike will lace up their running shoes to embark on a magical journey through the scenic routes of the most beloved theme parks on earth. It’s a spellbinding event where participants can embrace their inner royalty and experience the thrill of crossing the finish line in regal style.

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Half Marathon Weekend Means Delays for Opening

As the race weekend begins, runners of all ages are gearing up to write their own fairy tale of determination, courage, and triumph at the Run Disney Princess Half Marathon, where every mile is a magical memory in the making. This event is drawing in thousands of eager runners who are looking to accomplish the Half Marathon at the beautiful Walt Disney World Resort.

On Sunday, February 25, the main Half Marathon event will take place beginning at 5:00 am. Even with this early start, the park will need an extra hour to prepare for the opening of one theme park. EPCOT, one of Walt Disney World Resort’s magical and epic theme parks, will delay its opening on Sunday in light of the event.

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Updated Schedule for This Weekend

If you are planning on spending your Sunday at EPCOT, there is some important information that you should know. The Park, which typically opens at 9:00 a.m., will be delayed an hour and open instead at 10:00 a.m. Early entry will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Every RunDisney weekend is full of so much emotion and magic, and this one is looking to be especially amazing. The resort is expected to be very busy, so if you are hoping to attend this weekend, we recommend getting there early and making your Genie+ purchase as early as possible.

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The race weekend is filled with excitement and anticipation as participants gear up for the challenge ahead. The event includes not only the half marathon but also a variety of races for all ages and skill levels, such as the Disney Princess 5K, kids races, and the Disney Fairy Tale Challenge for those seeking an extra dose of magic and adventure. To all those racing, good luck!

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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