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  • On Dec 3, 2022
    Caitlin from FL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We are going to Magic Kingdom January 7th for my daughters birthday. I found out that is the weekend of the marathon. What can I expect for travel times the morning of? We plan on being at the parks at open. What roads will be closed and what times? Thanks

    Hiya Caitlin,

    Welcome to planDisney. It won't be long now until you are on your way to The World's Most Magical Celebration, and there is no better way to celebrate your Princess' birthday than a trip to Magic Kingdom! Make sure you stop at Guest Relations and pick up her Happy Birthday button as the Cast Members will definitely want to shout out plenty of birthday wishes!

    The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is such a fun time to be at Walt Disney World Resort. Even though I am not a runner myself, I have joined in the festivities many times to chEAR on my friends and family. As you can imagine, the races are very popular and it is fairly crowded that weekend. The good news though is Disney is very experienced at handling not only the large number of runners, but also the Guests headed to their favorite attraction or restaurant, and know how to get everyone where they need to go as quickly and efficiently as possible. 

    Yes, there will be some road closures during the races and these will be well marked with alternate routes provided for cars and buses. The good news is if you are staying at a Disney Resorts Collection hotel and using the complimentary Resort Transportation, the Cast Members will know exactly how to get you on your way in time for rope drop. The Half Marathon, which is the event taking place on the day you have mentioned, starts and ends at EPCOT, however it does go through a portion of Magic Kingdom. Therefore, you may experience slightly slower transportation times and larger crowds. I would simply plan on allowing a little extra travel time and you should be fine. We have actually been in Magic Kingdom a number of times on race days, and while Main Street U.S.A. tends to be more crowded, we have actually found the attractions and most of the theme park to be no different than non-race visits. 

    I hope this helps move you along your way at a rabbit's pace. If I can help with any additional planning questions, please stop back and see me.

    Wishing you the most magical vacation and your daughter the most amazing birthday.
    Margaret 
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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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