• On Jan 1, 2018
    Emily from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi Lindsey hope I catch you before Dopey! Is AK open for marathon spectator viewing before 9am park opening? Event guide says 6:30am so folks can enter the park early? But a ticket is still needed before 9? (I’m hoping to run thru between 8-9.) Thanks!!

    Hi Emily!  Happy New Year!

    Dopey is only two days away!  I'm so excited for you!

    On Sunday, the day of the Walt Disney World Marathon, Disney's Animal Kingdom Park will open at the regularly stated 9 a.m. time (subject to change, check park schedules).  Since you will be running through the park before that, there will be Cast Members cheering you on inside the park, but no Guests will be admitted early.  I get through that park before it opens, too, and it's actually one of my favorite parts of the race. The Cast Members are awesome and the park has a lot to look at while running.

    If your parents want to catch you at Animal Kingdom, they can line up outside the park around the perimeter of the parking lot. It's a great and popular viewing area and I often have family/friends meet me there with a drink that I like to give me an energy boost!  They won't need a ticket for viewing you there.

    I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any other questions and best wishes on a great Dopey weekend!
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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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