• On Mar 15, 2017
    Christine from PA 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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    My husband and I are registered to run the WDW dopey challenge for 2018 and would like to make a family trip out of it. Suggestions on resorts to stay at that are convenient for runners? Suggestions on child care for race days? Thank you!

    Hi Christine!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Congratulations on taking on the Dopey Challenge during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

    My first recommendation would be to stay at one of the Resort hotels along the Resort Monorail. This would include Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa or Disney's Polynesian Village Resort. The morning of the half marathon and the full marathon, the monorail is open which is a great convenience for getting to the start line near Epcot. 

    My second recommendation would be to stay at one of the Epcot area Resort hotels. While it won't be easier than any other for getting to the start line, it will be easier post race because you'll be able to cut through Epcot with a park ticket and walk to some resorts. This would include Disney's BoardWalk Inn, Disney's Beach Club Resort, Disney's Yacht Club Resort, or the Walt Disney World Swan or Dolphin Hotel.

    To be completely honest, any of the hotels on property at Walt Disney World Resort are convenient for the races. Transportation is provided for all race weekend events, including all races and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. I think you may just find you save some time at those specific resorts, but there are great options for every budget.

    For childcare during the race, there is a third party service called Kid's Nite Out that will come to your room and watch your kiddos while you run. I do know they have limited caregivers though and they are very popular during race weekends so I'd book early!

    -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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