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Fun and laughter all the way at Disneyland Paris half marathon

TravelBy Robbie Farrell
Michelle Heaton and daughter Faith Michelle Hanley pose outside Sleeping Beauty Castle with Mickey Mouse during the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon event
Michelle Heaton and daughter Faith Michelle Hanley pose outside Sleeping Beauty Castle with Mickey Mouse during the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon event

This weekend saw Disneyland Paris host its first-ever half marathon.

TV personality Michelle Heaton, models Ashley James and Amy Willerton, fashion designer Henry Holland, TV presenter AJ Odudu and the event’s ambassador Paula Radcliffe all successfully completed the 13.1-mile race through Disneyland Paris's two parks as well as the surrounding villages.

Michelle, Ashley, Amy, Henry and AJ were also able to experience some of the big thrills and magical entertainment that Disneyland Paris has to offer, throughout the weekend.

On Friday evening the group enjoyed the Inaugural Party at Walt Disney Studios Park, in which they got to mingle with Disney Characters and enjoyed exclusive access to the park and attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Ratatouille, Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop as they remained open after-hours especially for event participants.

 Mickey Mouse in his running gear was also on hand on Saturday morning to take pictures with the celebrities, giving them some last minute marathon motivation. 

The attendees had a chance to dance along with all of their favourite Disney Characters during Disney Magic on Parade! before enjoying the thrilling dinnertime show Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Disney Village.

The half marathon was just one of a number of events that made up Disneyland Paris’s Inaugural Half Marathon Weekend, which was organised with the support of runDisney and its successful 20 years’ experience in staging extremely popular running events at the US Disney theme parks.

And participants certainly enjoyed miles of smiles with races leading through fairytale landscapes and beloved Disney Characters cheering runners along the route, making this a uniquely magical and unforgettable event for all.

About Disney’s Healthy Living Commitment

In 2006, The Walt Disney Company made a global commitment to support parents and create healthier families by using its stories and characters to make healthy living simple and fun. 

Since 2006, Disney has been looking at the different ways it can support families to live more healthily.

This includes introducing robust nutritional guidelines for food and drinks as well as their advertising, offering content that positively focuses on healthier lifestyles such as Disney Channel’s First Class Chefs and Aim High, and inspiring activity and healthier eating through programmes such as Change4Life 10 Minute Shake Up and Disney’s #HealthilyEverAfter marketing campaign.

About Disneyland Paris

Europe’s number one tourist destination, Disneyland Paris has welcomed 300 million visits since opening in 1992 (14.8 million visits in 2015).

The resort boasts two spectacular theme parks (Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park) and seven themed Disney hotels with 5,800 rooms (more than 2,700 rooms are available in Selected and Associated Hotels). 

Two full-service convention centers and a world-class 27-hole golf course are also present. In addition to this, the destination is home to Disney Village - one of the largest entertainment complexes in the Ile-de-France region. 

Spread over more than 30,000m², Disney Village proposes themed dining, shopping and cinema experiences. 

Disneyland Paris comprises 59 attractions, 63 shops, and 55 restaurants.

Getting there:

4 nights/5 days at Disney’s Santa Fe starts from €470 for a family of four. Price is based on two adults and two children sharing a room and includes the early-booking offer with two nights and two days FREE + FREE Hotel and Park Tickets for kids under seven.

Price based on 16th January 2017 arrival date. Flights not included. Subject to availability. Terms & conditions apply. To book please visit www.disneylandparis.ie or visit your local travel agent.