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Runner’s Night Out: Wine and Dine Party Details 2022

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One of the biggest draws to the runDisney Wine and Dine weekend is the after-party held for runners in Epcot. It’s part of your half-marathon race entry! Here are some additional details about this year’s Wine and Dine party. 

Runner’s Night Out: Wine and Dine Party Details For 2023

First, you run all the miles, then you drink all the drinks and take all the runDisney pictures at the afterparty. 

That’s what runDisney’s Wine & Dine half weekend is all about!

When is the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Afterparty?

You can join your other runners to celebrate on Sunday, November 5, 2023. 

The party opens to Wine and Dine party ticket holders at 5 pm and runs until 1 am. 

Where is the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Afterparty?

It’s a private party in EPCOT. 

The park will be open just for runners and their guests (who purchased additional afterparty tickets).

How Do I Get Tickets For The Party?

If you’ve signed up for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon OR Two-Course Challenge, your Wine and Dine Afterparty tickets are included in your purchase!

Your tickets will be mailed to you about 2 weeks before the race. If they don’t arrive, check in with runner relations at the Expo for assistance.

This is one reason people really love the Wine and Dine event: more bang for your buck.

If you are not running those races, you can order tickets online at runDisney.com

These will sell out OR Disney may stop sales at any time, so don’t hesitate too long if you want to go.

Do Other runDisney Race Weekends Have After Parties?

They do not.

This is the only current runDisney race weekend with an afterparty option.

What Can You Do At The Wine & Dine Half Post-Race Party?

You can do a whole lot!

Most attractions will be open for you. Here are just a few you may want to take note of:

AND (drum roll please!)… The Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Rewind roller coaster. This has been confirmed to be open during the after-party in 2023.

Take advantage of those short lines and Soar(in’) Around the World a couple of times, then hit up Test Track to feel some speed at 65 MPH.

There will be a special showing of HarmouniUS that evening as well.

Love characters? Me too. 

Vikings runDisney Character Stop in Epcot

In the past, rare characters were out along World Showcase for pictures.

This is a list of the Villainous Character Sightings from 2021. We’ll have to wait and see for an announcement on characters for the 2023 runDisney Wine and Dine party.

  • China- Shan Yu
  • Germany- The Evil Queen or The Witch
  • Italy- J. Worthington Foulfellow or Gideon
  • American Adventure- Dr. Facillier or Oogie Boogie
  • Morocco- Jafar
  • France- Gaston or Maleficent
  • United Kingdom- Queen of Hearts or Cruella deVil

Transportation For the Wine and Dine Party

There will only be bus transportation offered after the party.

Buses will run until 2:30 am and you’ll get on one from the front of the park.

No monorail, no Skyliner after normal operating hours for Epcot.

skyliner station at pop century

Wine and Dine After Party: Is It Worth It?

If you already paid for the half marathon bib, then obviously, it’s worth it. Because it’s essentially free. 

If you need to find a ticket and attend with a runner, then that’s a trickier question. I’d say if you like a bunch of runners and characters, then it is something worth attending. 

And runners are characters, amirite- so keep that in mind.

I personally skipped it when I’ve run the Wine & Dine weekend in full disclosure. But the reports are generally positive from runners. 

And as long as the Wine and Dine weekend weather behaves, you’ll probably have a great time at the Wine and Dine party!

vanellope-running-costume

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Nicole

Monday 20th of March 2023

Do we need to get a park ticket in addition to the event ticket or does the event ticket cover the park entrance as well?

Patty Holliday

Monday 20th of March 2023

The event ticket will allow entry to Epcot after 5pm. If you want to go to the park before that time, you would need to buy an additional ticket.