Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Jan 22, 2009
    Diana from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Love this panel! Visiting Mar 3-8 (listed as low crowd time on Disney website). Will the Princess Half Marathon greatly increase the crowds? Will Epcot be crowded on Sat, Mar 7 since Family 5K and kids races will be held there that morning?

    Hi, Diana!  The marathons that take place at Walt Disney World do tend to bring in a bit of a crowd, but this is still a pretty good time to go and take advantage of lighter crowds.  The times when I've been down at the theme parks during a marathon, the weekend of the marathon is definitely busier, but the days before and after seem to have noticeably lighter crowds.

    I would avoid EPCOT the day of the marathon.  Although the runners meet early in the morning - oh dark thirty or so in the morning!! - I have noticed that many linger and spend the day with their families.

    I wouldn't worry about the marathon having too large of an impact on your vacation, and with some careful planning around the big day itself, things should work out just fine.

    Have a great vacation!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a wife, mother to three daughters and a son-in-law, and earning my Grandmom ears. I'm a law student and former teacher. I have planned vacations for all sorts celebrations, but really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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