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  • On Mar 11, 2023
    Marcus from NE 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 planning for the 2024 Disney world marathon weekend. Do Disney hotels provide bus transportation to runners for the races, even though the races are well before park opening?

    Hi Marcus, 

    Welcome to planDisney and thank you for asking us a question about my absolute favourite runDisney race weekend, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! I’ve been lucky enough to run the Dopey Challenge in both 2022 and 2023 and I can say that the entire weekend, regardless of the distance that you chose to run, truly is an amazing experience. 

    Transportation around Walt Disney World Resort during a runDisney race weekend is really easy, even with the early morning race start times. I’m happy to say that there is special race transportation available for all Disney Resorts Collection hotels, with dedicated buses running to and from the Race Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (this is also where you’ll pick up your bibs, t-shirts and any other race merchandise that might catch your eye) and to/from the race starting line and finish line, typically located in the EPCOT parking lot. In my experience, race weekend transportation is comfortable and efficient, with cozy motorcoach-style buses running those routes, which is definitely a bonus when dealing with early morning wakeup calls! 

    Tip: Regardless of which Disney Resort you choose, there will be a sign in or near the lobby with more details regarding that weekend’s transportation options. On race mornings, I highly recommend trying to be on one of the first buses that leaves your Resort, especially if you’re planning to run either the marathon or half-marathon. The start line is often a half mile from the bus dropoff location, so you’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time to get to your start corral. 

    I hope my answer helps you plan the perfect “race-cation” this January. Please don’t hesitate to come back and see us if you have any other questions. 

    Have a Magical Day, 

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Meet the Panelist: Lynne, Quebec

Hi, I’m Lynne from Montreal, Quebec, Canada! I’m a working mom who enjoys snuggles with my son and my husband, who has been my sweetheart since 1997. We’ve been lucky enough to experience several milestones in Walt Disney World, including our wedding and honeymoon in 2009. As Disney Vacation Club members, we often plan trips for large, and sometimes even multi-generational, groups to come and enjoy the fun with us. Learn More About Lynne

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