2020 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend cancelled and transitioned to virtual event

Jul 22, 2020 in "Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend"

Posted: Wednesday July 22, 2020 1:18pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

runDisney has today announced that it will cancel the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort and instead offer it as a virtual event.

All registered guests for the onsite event have the option of receiving a full refund for the race.

With regard to future events, runDisney has said that it plans to host the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend as scheduled and will share more details at a later date

Here is the full update:

With circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continuing to change around the globe, we continue to make timely decisions about our operations after considering guidance from local and national health authorities. As we have shared before, we are basing our decisions on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members, athletes and our Guests, since there is nothing more important than that.

With that in mind, we are transitioning the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort to a virtual race. All registered Guests for the onsite event have the option of receiving a full refund for the race, and registered Guests with a U.S. mailing address may convert their existing registration to the new virtual event that can be completed from home, a local running track or favorite running trail.

Eligible runners who select to participate in the virtual race will receive a race shirt and medal for each distance they complete, in addition to the satisfaction of completing the race they’ve been training for. Registered participants will receive an email beginning July 23 with instructions on how to make their registration selection before August 5, 2020. If a selection is not made, registered Guests automatically will be refunded.

2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Refund Option
Runners registered for the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort who select the refund option will receive a refund back to their original form of payment for the following. If a Guest no longer has their original form of payment used when registering, they may contact runDisney by August 5, 2020 to receive a refund via check or a Disney Gift Card for the following:

  • Race registrations (Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Two Course Challenge and Kids Races)
  • Commemorative merchandise (automatic refund - no virtual option)
  • ChEAR Squad (automatic refund - no virtual option)
  • Processing fee

Additionally, any registered participant with a shipping address outside of the U.S. will automatically receive a refund back to their original form of payment. At this time, participants without a valid U.S. shipping address are not eligible for the virtual option.

Refund timing:
Refunds from runDisney can be expected to be processed in six to eight weeks. If you haven’t received your refund after eight weeks, please visit the “contact us” section on runDisney.com.

2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Virtual Race Option

All registered participants with a valid U.S. shipping address for the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort who purchased their registrations on runDisney.com will have the option to participate in a virtual race. Please note this does not include PO Boxes or APO Boxes. Participants who select this option will receive the following based on their registration(s):

  • Race distance medal(s)
  • Runner long sleeve shirt(s) and kids short sleeve shirt(s)
  • Digital Bib and finisher certificate
  • Digital Toolkit including start/finish line and mile markers
  • Digital Goody Bag
  • Virtual playlist
  • A Disney Gift Card for select races

Guests with a U.S. mailing address who already have received a refund for their registration may still register to participate in the virtual race option by contacting runDisney by August 5, 2020.

Disney Gift Cards for select races: Eligible athletes registered for select events during the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort will receive a Disney Gift Card:

  • Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Two Course Challenge

Disney Gift Card timing:
Disney Gift Cards from runDisney can be expected to be processed in six to eight weeks. If you haven’t received your Disney Gift Card after eight weeks, please visit the “contact us” section on runDisney.com.

Alternate booking methods: Runners who’ve booked through a charity or tour operator should reach out directly to that organization. Runners who’ve booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company may call them at 407-939-4786 (407-939-IRUN) for available options.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida donations:
Donations made to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida will not be refunded and will be delivered to that organization as originally planned.

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dreamfinder12 hours ago

In person 5k is gone.

uncle jimmy2 days ago

All the races are open again this morning.

dreamfinder5 days ago

In person 10k open again.

LAKid536 days ago

That's what I thought also. And those that were open didn't remain so for the entire length of the party.

Rteetz6 days ago

I don't remember, but some at least are definitely open.

striker10646 days ago

I thought I remembered from 2019 they closed some of the booths, and about half remained open?

awoogala6 days ago

Baby runner, just doing the 5K- first race ever! I probably should have researched more before buying the party tickets, but what the heck! I don't usually eat anything at the food booths, since we're plant based, and there isn't a lot of options. Oh well, lots of pics with characters, I guess!

Rteetz6 days ago

Yes they do. Thats sort of the whole point of the gift card disney gives as part of your registration. They want you to spend it at the booths.

LAKid536 days ago

I don't think the booths remain open for the entire party, if I remember.

Demarke7 days ago

I’ve only done one, but if memory serves, it’s pretty much the same food and drink (@LAKid53, @Texas84, and I just had quick service fish and chips in England last time around), the biggest thing is the special entertainment and the special character photo ops. The party is included if you run the Half or Challenge. If you aren’t a passholder, it can be a good way to have a half day without wasting a whole day park ticket since the party allows entry at 5pm (although they usually start letting people in closer to 4:30 if memory serves). Then, after 9:00, head to World Showcase for the party, boat rides, entertainment, and photo ops. I think there ought to be a good number of us that will meet up at some point during, I think you’ll have a fun time!

awoogala7 days ago

Is there something special about food/drinks? or is it just the wine and dine food booths that are open during the day?

DznyGrlSD7 days ago

I only went for the Adventurers Club shows but with all but 1 cast let go ...I doubt they'll do the show

Rteetz7 days ago

No its not like an after hours. Its more like EMH maybe? Only a few rides are typically open. Its more about character meets and food/drinks.

awoogala7 days ago

What is the afterparty like? First time running at Disney, so we got tickets. Is it pretty much like other Disney after hours events? anything I should know before I go?