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  • On Apr 29, 2024
    Alex 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 planning a trip Jan 5-9th 2025 . (5-8th park, 5-9th hotel) . We booked it before I found out about the marathon . I was expecting less crowds as the 6th kids go to school across the US . Should we expect heavy marathon crowds?Are there better dates?

    Hi Alex!

    Welcome to planDisney!  I'm excited that you have an upcoming visit to Walt Disney World Resort planned for 2025!  Did you know that guests staying at Disney Resorts Collection hotels can enjoy complimentary admission to one of Disney's water parks on their resort check-in day?  I'm really looking forward to this new perk!  

    Alex, the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend is scheduled from January 8-12, 2025 - the tail end of your planned trip.  While you may have some runners start arriving before January 8, my own experience participating in runDisney race weekends has been that most runners will start their "racecation" on or about January 8.  It's always hard to predict exactly what crowds may look like on any given weekend, but I don't think you'll see a big impact for most of your trip.  If you are interested in checking out some other dates over the winter months, I've found the end of January to be a great time to visit as well! 

    When you're in the parks, there are several handy tools in your My Disney Experience Mobile App to help save time and make the most of your day.  Disney Genie is a great tool that will give you personalized recommendations based on your priorities each day.  If you want to harness even more of the Genie's powers, you can purchase Disney Genie+ to utilize Lightning Lane entrances as available at select rides and attractions.  Another great time-saving tool that I use on each of my trips is Mobile Food and Beverage Ordering.  I like that I can pick a return time and place my orders at popular Quick-Service locations - which means less time waiting in lines and more time enjoying the parks.

    Alex, I hope this information helps and that you have a wonderful visit to "The Most Magical Place on Earth!"  Please feel free to stop by and see us again here at planDisney if you have any other vacation planning questions in the future!

    Cheers,
    Kristi
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Meet the Panelist: Kristi, Maryland

Hi! I'm Kristi and I've been making magical memories at the Walt Disney World Resort since my first visit in 1989. While I cherished my childhood visits, my favorite memories have come sharing all of the excitement and wonder of a Disney Parks vacation with my husband and three boys. Whether you're planning a runDisney racecation, a trip with little ones, a land and sea adventure, or anything in between, I'm ready to help you make some bibbidi-bobbidi-beautiful plans for your next Disney Parks vacation! Learn More About Kristi

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