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  • On Nov 30, 2022
    Laura from ON Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hello! My family and I we were hoping to go one day early and Visit the parks on January 5th, but we were just notified that there is a marathon that day. Are parks open for the public to visit on January 5th?

    Hiya Laura! Welcome to planDisney!

    Oh boy! I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with us today! My fellow panelists and I are always standing by, wands at the ready, to help Guests just like us make the most of their Walt Disney World Resort Vacation! Let's see how I can help make some magic for you today, Laura!

    First of all, I'm always a fan of adding an extra day at The Most Magical Place on Earth! While it may take a little adjusting on your part, an additional dose of pixie dust in the park is just what every Guest needs. While The Walt Disney World Marathon is a popular time for Guests to flock to the resort, all theme parks are still open to the public. This runDisney race weekend kicks off with a 5k on Thursday, January 5, the day you'd like to add a visit. Usually, during the 5k, the runners clear out pretty early. While you may see increased crowds throughout the weekend due to the races, this will likely be the least busy day. 

    Additional races occur on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the form of a 10k, Half-Marathon and Marathon. Each race increases in length, so runner traffic around park opening times increases throughout the weekend. However, you can rest assured that the parks are still open to all Guests, regardless of their running desires and abilities! As long as you see availability on the Theme Park Reservation Availability Calendar and make theme park reservations for your visit, you'll be all set and ready to enjoy the magic!

    Pro tip from a recent half marathon runner: The longer race days present you with a perfect opportunity to sleep in and visit the theme parks later in the day. Or maybe you grab breakfast or brunch at your Disney Resort Hotel, then venture to the parks a bit later once crowds have died down. There tends to be an overlap between Guests arriving to visit theme parks, runners finishing up their hard-fought races, and runners' families coming to the finish lines to see their loved ones reach their goals. To avoid these busier times, a later start may just work to your advantage!

    Have a magical day,

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Meet the Panelist: Ashley, New Jersey

Hey friends! I'm Ashley, a Disney-loving mom ready to help you plan your next adventure! I am married to my college sweetheart and we have two young, energetic kids who have inherited our love of Disney! As Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Members, we spend our time at Walt Disney World Resort in all different ways, from packed park days to relaxing by the pool, our family has developed a love for all Disney has to offer. I'm excited to share the magic with all of you! Learn More About Ashley

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