• On Jul 3, 2017
    Joanne from AB 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.

    Participating in the dopey challenge, what is the best place (resort) to get dropped off on the Saturday and Sunday? And what is best time to arrive? For Thursday and Friday can we park at Epcot? And what time should we arrive?

    Hi Joanne!

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Congratulations on registering for the Dopey Challenge during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

    I would recommend for every race to get dropped off or park directly at Epcot, not at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel. While there may seem like there is more congestion going to Epcot, you'll also potentially sit in this if you are dropped off at a resort and then take the bus, so your most efficient location will be going directly to Epcot. The runDisney website has detailed directions for each race and I highly suggest you follow these rather than directions you may find elsewhere because there are significant road closures that your GPS may not take into consideration. These can be found by visiting the Plan tab and scrolling down to Driving Directions.

    I would recommend being at Epcot at least one hour before each race starts, but many runners prefer and hour and a half just to give themselves adequate time to get settled in their corral without feeling rushed. This means being there by 4:30 AM for the 10K, Half and Full and 5 AM for the 5K. There will be significant delays driving in the morning so please take this into consideration when planning your departure time.

    Please let me know if you have any other questions and I'm sending pixie dust your way for a magical race!

    -Lindsey ºOº
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Meet the Panelist: Lindsey, Illinois

My name is Lindsey and I'm a wife, mommy, engineer and self-proclaimed "Disnerd!" I've always loved Disney and the joy it brings to so many people. I've been to Disney more times than I can count, but I found an even greater passion for all things Disney after discovering runDisney events. There is no better motivation to train for a race than a trip to the most magical place on earth! Learn More About Lindsey

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