Kilimanjaro Safaris; Animal Kingdom; AA
  • On Apr 27, 2015
    Shelley from AL 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.

    Hello! I ran my first marathon in Oct, 2014 and want to do the 2016 dopey challenge. If you could stay anywhere in parks- where and, what days would you recommend for arrival and departure? Also- any tips for accompanying non running family members?

    Hi, Shelley! 

    I'm excited you are interested in taking on runDisney's ultimate endurance event, The Dopey Challenge. As a Dopey Challenge Finisher myself, I know how nervous and excited you my be feeling as you prepare.

    I highly recommend staying on property! And with all resorts serving as "host hotels," transportation to all race activities will be provided. My favorite resort location for Marathon Weekend is the Epcot Resort Area. I love feeling like I'm in the center of the magic. In addition, the dining, recreation, entertainment and pool areas at these resorts are the best on property - and Epcot® and Disney's Hollywood Studios® are within walking distance. Disney's Beach Club Resort is my favorite of the available options. Here are a few other suggestions for my top resort choices during a runDisney race weekend. Just select the highlighted link to read all about it. 

    If the merchandise at the Expo is important, arrive late on 1/3. Otherwise, early on 1/4 would be just fine. If you're not adding additional vacation time, I would depart on Monday, 1/9. After 48.6 miles, you will need the rest of Sunday to begin the recovery process. And if you plan on adding in vacation days to visit the theme parks, do so after the races. 

    As for your family, are they interested in spectating any of your races? If so, there are packages available that will provide them an excellent experience during their wait to see you pass. These "ChEAR Squad Packages" offer varying levels of perks to meet your needs. Let me know about your family and we can create a plan for them, too! 

    I hope this helps get you started, Shelley! Please reach back out to me with any additional questions. I am here to help make your runDisney experience magical! 

thumbnail image for Faith

Meet the Panelist: Faith, South Carolina

Hi, doers & dreamers! I am a wife and mother of three active children and we are always on the go. We look forward to our Walt Disney World® Resort vacations as a way of slowing down and reconnecting while still maintaining our active lifestyle. Whether your family wants to take it easy by a resort hotel pool, or speed up during a runDisney race event, I am your planning expert!  Learn More About Faith

Didn't find what you were looking for? Click the Ask a Question button to open the Ask a Question dialogue box. If you are not logged in a dialogue box will appear to signin in order to ask a question.

To submit your question, please sign in now if you have not already done so.

Ask a QuestionOpens the Ask a Question dialog box.

Update Browser

For a better experience browsing this website, please download an updated version of Internet Explorer.

Or you can continue browsing without updating.