• On Mar 23, 2017
    Robin from TN Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    To celebrate my 55th birthday myself and my 3 nieces are running the Dark Side 1/2 marathon. We are staying off property. Is the TTC the best place for us to park and take the bus or monorail to the race start? What time should we plan to be on?

    Hi Robin!

    Welcome back to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Happy Birthday to you & congratulations on running with your nieces for the Star Wars Half Marathon-The Dark Side! It sounds to me like you going to have a wondEARful weekend full of celebrations!

    Logistically this year, the Star Wars Half Marathon- The Dark Side is a little different than it's been in years past, so I'm so glad you asked this question. For runners that are driving themselves, you'll actually want to follow the Walt Disney World signage to Epcot. You'll park and leave your car there, then take a bus over to the Magic Kingdom area where you will proceed with security and bag check. Parking will not be available at the Transportation and Ticket Center the morning of. 

    Traffic during the races can be slightly unpredictable the morning of, so I'd err on the side of caution and tell you to try and be parked at Epcot by about 4:15 AM. While it depends on how far you are from Walt Disney World, I'd plan to be there by that time, and make sure to account for the potential of traffic. 

    Mom Tip: Make sure to stop by Guest Services while you are on property to pick up your birthday button to commemorate your special day!

    Please let me know if you have any other questions and 'May the Force be with you' and your nieces out on the course!

    -Lindsey ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Illinois

My name is Lindsey and I'm a wife, mommy, engineer and self-proclaimed "Disnerd!" I've always loved Disney and the joy it brings to so many people. I've been to Disney more times than I can count, but I found an even greater passion for all things Disney after discovering runDisney events. There is no better motivation to train for a race than a trip to the most magical place on earth! Learn More About Lindsey

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