Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On May 6, 2012
    Nancy 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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    I'm coming to Disneyworld, without children, for the first time for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. What Hotels do you recommend that have easy , convenient access to the Runners Expo and the start and finish line and convenient access to the Parks.

    Hi Nancy!  The Wine and Dine weekend is my favorite!  And although I love having my children at Disney with me, this is a great race to do as "adults only"!  My husband and I ran the race together last year and left our boys with their grandparents. 

    First, you want to choose a resort that is a host resort for that race.  You can find a list of them on the Wine and Dine half marathon website.  Just click on "travel details" on the left.  There are resorts that are available for all budgets, and they will all have free bus transportation to the runner's expo for packet pick-up and to and from race events.  All resorts have free and easy transportation to all parks and Disney areas.

    My personal favorites are the Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and the Boardwalk Inn Resort.  These are especially great after the Wine and Dine race because you can walk to them from Epcot and the post-race party.  No need to wait for the buses.  My husband and I stayed at the Boardwalk Resort and when we were done with the after party, we simply walked (hobbled??) back to our room!  The Epcot area resorts also have really easy access to the Epcot park and Hollywood Studios. Additionally, they are all centered around the Boardwalk area which has great restaurants and some late night entertainment (I love Jellyrolls!). 

    But again, any host resort will have convenient transportation to race events and theme parks.  So, you really should decide based on budget and resort preference.  Let me know if you have any other questions!!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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