• On Jul 31, 2017
    Amanda from AR Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    We're headed to Disney World in April and just noticed the Star Wars half marathon is going on while we're there. Will this be at a certain park? We don't want to use a ticket for a specific park if that day will be busier due to the race.

    Hi Amanda ~

    Your trip will be here before you know it and I bet you are getting more excited by the day!

    The Star Wars Half Marathon - The Darkside weekend is scheduled for April 19 - 22, 2018. There will be races on April 20 - 22, 2018 and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will take place on April 19 - 21, 2018.

    The 2017 courses for the 10K and half-marathon began in the Magic Kingdom parking lot and ended at Epcot. The 5K course was at Epcot. There is a lot of construction going on at the Walt Disney World Resort right now so these courses could change. If they stay the same for the 2018 races, I personally would avoid Epcot. A lot of runners will go into Epcot at the end of their run. It is a popular post-run park since the courses ended there. Having said that, when we run, we often avoid Epcot for that same reason and go to another park.

    Here are some things I would recommend when visiting that weekend:

    * Stay at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel to have access to Extra Magic Hours.
    * Purchase your theme park tickets in advance so that you can make Disney FastPass+ service selections prior to your trip. Guests staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel can start making FastPass+ selections 60 days in advance.
    * Make Advanced Dining Reservations. These can be made be made up to 180 days prior to your trip.
    * Download the My Disney Experience mobile app.
    * Select your 3 "must dos" in each theme park you plan to visit and make those your priority.
    * Plan to eat an early lunch and dinner to avoid the crowds.
    * If you plan to park hop, take advantage of Disney's Express Transportation to save time when traveling between parks.
    * Make a fireworks dessert party reservation one night to get a great view of Happily Ever After at the Magic Kingdom.

    Wishing you minnie magical memories :-) Allison V.

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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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