Donald at the Race Finish
  • On Jan 5, 2023
    Rebecca from MI 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 husband and I are interested in signing up for the 2023 Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon. We are considering staying at the Port Orleans French Quarter. Do you have a hotel recommendation that would allow easy access to the start line?

    Hi Rebecca, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you for asking me a question! The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend was the first runDisney race weekend I ever attended back in 2017, so it has a special place in my heart. I’m absolutely thrilled to hear that you and your husband are considering signing up for that weekend’s half marathon event!

    I actually think that staying at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter is a great idea for any race weekend. You see, none of the Disney Resorts Collection hotels are within walking distance of the race’s start line, which is typically in or around Epcot’s parking lot. You’ll need to take Disney’s (complimentary!) race transportation, regardless of where you choose to stay. This is even true if you stay in the EPCOT Resort Area, because you can’t enter EPCOT to get to your corrals before the races start, which is typically at 5 am. The only potential exception would be if the race starts in the Transportation and Ticket Center (Magic Kingdom Park’s parking lot), which has happened in past years. If memory serves, however, even though Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort is technically within walking distance of the start line, Guests still had to take race transportation to the start in order to go through security prior to arriving at the race staging area. Because of this, there’s no one hotel (or “area”) that allows for easier access to the start line than the others. 

    I think that choosing your accommodations for a race weekend boils down to one key consideration: how much extra walking you’ll have to do to be able to access your hotel’s amenities. That’s what makes Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter such a great choice: it’s a relatively small resort, so regardless of where your room is located, you won’t have to walk too far to access your transportation and dining options. Plus, I can’t think of a better way to “carb load” before a race than with beignets! 

    I hope my answer helps you plan an amazing “run-cation” this November. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see me if you have any questions about the race or for more tips and tricks for visiting Walt Disney World Resort during a runDisney race weekend.

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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