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Characters You May Run Into: Walt Disney World Marathon

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In response to a request in one of my running groups, I pulled together a list of characters found on the Walt Disney World Marathon course in 2014.

Characters Marathon

The caveat here: I didn’t run this race.  I pieced this list together from fellow runners and their memories.  Thanks to everyone who helped me out!

Based on your speed and your corral placement, you may or may not have had the same experiences.

It’s important to note: these characters may change year to year!  As a veteran Princess Half runner I can attest that *most* of the characters and groupings remain the same.  Buzz is always in Tomorrowland and Woody over in Frontierland for example. 

Don’t get upset if your favorite on this list doesn’t show up at your race- I’m sure someone just as magical will be in their place.

This order is loosely based on the order you will find the characters as you race through Walt Disney World’s four parks.

By the way, this is the last race you need to complete to earn all these babies:

Thanks, Kristin!

Thanks, Kristin!

Who you might see:

Captain Jack and the Pirates (I have yet to stop for this picture during the Princess Half Course!)

Marching Bands

Flying Bird Kites (These were also on the Princess course this year and I loved them!)

Launchpad McQuack

Jack Skellington and Sally

Buzz Lightyear

Alice Characters: Queen of Hearts, Mad Hatter, Tweedles

Queen and shannon

Peter Pan and Wendy

Royal Mickey and Minnie (super long lines!)


Shining Armour Donald and Daisy

Princess Frog characters: Tiana, Naveen, Louis


Disneyland Railroad and Conductor

Cindy and Prince Charming with Perla and Suzy


Princess Aurora and Prince Phillip

Rapunzel and Flynn Rider

Lilo and Stitch

Bert and Mary Poppins

Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

Flick or Atta from A Bug’s Life

Reindeer or other Christmas themed characters


Thanks, Laura!

Golf Goofy


Golf Mickey

Vintage cars on the race track

Mater and Lightening McQueen

Pocahontas characters: John Smith, Meeko, Pocahontas

Pluto, Bolt and Dug

Country Bears


Evil Queen, Maleficent and Dr Faciler

wdw marathon villains

Chip and Dale

Baloo/King Louie

Safari Mickey and Pluto

Grave Diggers

Thank you Gail

Thank you Gail!

Jiminy Cricket

Lumiere/Sebastian/Genie Puppets

Army Men

Incredibles: Mr. Incredible, Elastagirl and Frozone

Mike and Sully

Canadian Donald

Belle & Beast; Marie

Jasmine, Aladdin, Abu

Snow White and Prince

Dopey (expect a LONG line here!)


Three Caballeros

Mickey Mouse in traditional formal attire

Gospel Choir

Fab 5 in sports gear at the finish

Of course, your fellow runners can be characters too.  Watch out for Dr. Dribble!

Dr Dribble

Thanks for the pictures, Shannon!

But man- this guy- this guy right here?  He wins everything.  I heard that he played sometimes and entertained the crowd in the corrals with Disney songs.  My hero.

Tuba Guy

Coming next: characters from the Disneyland Half Marathon!

I’d love to hear about your experience!  Who did I miss?  Who can I look forward to in 2015?

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Tuesday 16th of December 2014

That's quite the impressive list of characters! I never really look for one character in particular, they are all great. And by the way I have seen the basketball dribbler in several races and I still think he would be a hazard to the course, don't you? I mean even if he has total control of his balls, anything could happen and it could roll in front of another runner and trip them. Although entertaining I just don't see how these guys are allowed to do that during a race. Ok, sorry for being a Debbie Downer!

Lindsay Simmons

Tuesday 16th of December 2014

You know you run slow when the man holding a tuba passes you...YES, that may have happened to me last year during the Half.... oops!


Tuesday 16th of December 2014

Yes!! I have seen the tuba guy before and I was blown away!! This list of characters is getting me super excited for race weekend!


Tuesday 16th of December 2014

Ahhh Jack & Sally...I might have just gotten a little excited about seeing them. Now to prep L who will not be so excited that I might see them without him ;)

Lauren @ Lauren's Glass Slipper

Monday 4th of August 2014

This post is making me SO excited for marathon weekend in January!!! I can't wait to run through all 4 parks! I have just a few goals for this race - ride Expedition Everest during the race, get a picture with Dopey to commemorate the challenge, and just finish of course! :0)