• On Apr 19, 2020
    Haley from MA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    Planning a trip in early November 2020, assuming most runners stay and visit for a few days before or after the race weekend, should we aim for the week before or after wine and dine?

    Welcome to Disney Parks Moms Panel, Haley!

    My family often visits Walt Disney World over a race weekend, and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is a great one!

    To be honest, you'll be able to navigate the parks even during the various events of a runDisney race weekend, so either the week prior or the week after will be fine times to visit. There will be runners and families who make this event part of a longer vacation, so crowd levels will be a bit higher on either end of the events. (However, many of my running friends like to stay in the parks after the events so that they can enjoy Epcot International Food & Wine Festival a bit more, without worrying about interfering with their training routine.)

    An additional calendar consideration is Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, which often runs through November 1. Should you arrive that weekend, Magic Kingdom Park will close to regular Park Guests at 6:00 on the night of a Party, rather than its later closing time. Keep that in mind while planning your arrival and picking your park days. If joining in the ghoulish good fun intrigues you, be sure to arrive that first week, and purchase a ticket for this event well in advance; you won't experience anything quite like it at any other time in the parks!

    Of course, if you'd like to experience Walt Disney World in its holiday finest, arriving later in November will be key. Holidays at Walt Disney World Resort include even more sparkle, so if you plan your visit that later week, you'll be amazed by extra-special magic throughout each park and resort.

    As you plan your visit to The Most Magical Place on Earth, Haley, be sure to send us more questions. We love to help!


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Meet the Panelist: Andrea, Pennsylvania

I am a teacher, wife and mom who has been a member of the Disney Vacation Club since 2003. I love discovering a new favorite DVC resort, fantastic restaurant or hidden gem onboard a Disney ship! I'm a micro-planner who can help you capture your own magic! Learn More About Andrea

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