• On Jul 2, 2020
    Nancy from CT Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be attending the Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February and staying at the Yacht Club. I know the line up time for these events can be very early. Do you know if the International Gateway entrance will be open, or do we have to travel by bus?

    Hi Nancy,

    Thanks for reaching out to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. I know you are looking forward to the Princess Half Marathon Weekend. It's a fabulous, fun chance to run and enjoy Disney magic at the same time.

    You are correct that race days start really early at the Walt Disney World resorts. The buses usually begin carrying runners from the resorts to the start line at 3:30 a.m. for the 5K and 10K and at 3 a.m. for the half marathon.

    The last time I ran the Princess Half Marathon, I also stayed at the Yacht Club resort -- one of my favorites in all of Walt Disney World -- and used the bus transportation. In typical Disney fashion, the buses are efficient and take you directly to the start area in the EPCOT parking lot.

    At that time, the International Gateway was not an option and I would not expect it to be in 2021. Even if the entrance was open, it would be a walk of about a mile and a half from the resort through EPCOT to the starting line. I don't know about you, but I always need to save my feet as much as possible pre-race!

    When the races finish, you will find buses waiting to return you to your resort. After a runDisney race, I always need a shower and a change of clothes before heading out for a nice breakfast or brunch and a day of Walt Disney World fun. Please remember that entrance to the theme parks is now by reservation through the Disney Park Pass system. So if you haven't already, you will want to secure your entrance reservations for that weekend as soon as possible.

    Or you may want to spend the rest of the day enjoying the amenities of the Yacht Club resort, the Boardwalk area or Disney Springs.

    Please let us know if we can help in any other way, Nancy. Happy running!

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