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  • On Jan 3, 2020
    Heather from ND Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    My family and I will be in Disney during the Princess Marathon 2/20-2/23. What parks are most effected by the races? Are they finished before park openings? We plan to go to Epcot on the 21st or 23rd. What day would you recommend we stay away from Epcot?

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel, Heather.  Woo hoo! Your countdown calendar is in the double digits now. This is when the planning process starts to get really fun! 

    I've traveled to Walt Disney World Resort several times for Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, and it's one of my favorite times of the yEAR. February brings beautifully mild weather (we always pack our swimsuits) and the Epcot International Festival of the Arts, which I absolutely love! Surprisingly, I'm never bothered by the crowds, which seem much more manageable than at busier times of the yEAR, such as summer and the holidays. With a few tips, you're sure to have a magical vacation!

    One thing that you'll find on race days is that the Parks are quiet in the morning before the runners show up, and then they calm down in the evening again, since Princesses need their beauty sleep and will go to bed early due to their 3:00 AM wake up calls (myself included)! Because of this, I don't think you'll notice that the racegoers have an effect on the attraction wait times, especially earlier in the morning. The races start at 5:30 AM, but some corrals don't go out until closer to 7:00 AM, so it's probable that there will still be runners out on the course when Epcot opens its gates at 9:00 AM, especially on the morning of the Half Marathon (which is Sunday, February 23). You might even notice some Epcot Cast Members staged at points in the Park to help direct race traffic. I've checked a couple of crowd calendars, and both days look like they will have moderate crowds at Epcot, so I don't think it will matter which day you decide to go. Just stick to a good, old fashioned touring strategy, and plan to get the bulk of your attractions done in the morning or after dinner, with a break in the afternoon (and don't forget to make your dining reservations and FastPass+ selections beforehand, too). 

    I hope this helps, Heather! See ya' real soon!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania!  I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique.  It’s amazing how many people you can find who love talking about, "The Most Magical Place On Earth!"  I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at middle school basketball games waiting for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical.


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