• On Oct 24, 2021
    Lora from IN Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    There are multi-day marathon events scheduled January 5-9, 2022 at Disney World. What days are the events scheduled at which parks? I’m going to Disney then. I want to plan my park days to avoid being at a park when marathon is conducted. Thanks!

    Hi there, Lora! I am so glad you came to planDisney to ask your questions about your January trip to The Most Magical Place on Earth. 

    A few years ago, I had no idea what a runDisney event entailed. Now, I have participated in many runDisney races and feel confident to help you with planning for your vacation. 

    You are correct that the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend is happening during your visit. This simply means you will see LOTS of people proudly wearing their medals around the parks. The events usually take place in the wee hours of the morning, so that they don’t disrupt the theme parks throughout the day. The event schedule for January 6-9 looks like this:

    Thursday, January 6, 2022 – Walt Disney World 5K
    Friday, January 7, 2022 – Walt Disney World 10K
    Saturday, January 8, 2022 – Walt Disney World Half Marathon
    Sunday, January 9, 2022 – Walt Disney World Marathon

    Did you know that there are even a couple of “challenge” races for Walt Disney World Marathon weekend? The “Dopey Challenge” is for runners who wish to run 48.6 miles (or ALL of the above races) and the “Goofy Challenge” is for runners who want to run both the Half & Full Marathons. So, if you see a runner with either of those medals, be sure to congratulate them on their accomplishments! 

    In the past, when I have participated in runDisney race events, the half marathon ran through both EPCOT and Magic Kingdom. The full Marathon has run through all four WDW theme parks in the past, so I would expect that to be the case in January as well. The order appears to be start at EPCOT at 5am, then head to Magic Kingdom, then Disney’s Animal Kingdom, to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishing at EPCOT. To avoid runners, I would head to Magic Kingdom on Sunday, as they should be out of that park before it opens for the day. 

    I hope this helps with your vacation planning! Have an awesome visit for The Most Magical Celebration on Earth in January. 

    Happy Traveling,
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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