EPCOT; Mother and Son; Spaceship Earth
  • On Feb 10, 2015
    Danielle from WI 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.

    Hi runDisney Moms! I am participating in the Glass Slipper Challenge (yikes) and staying at the Beach Club Villas. Will I be able to walk to the race start and/or from the finish? I have heard many conflicting responses from runners - thank you!!

    Hello, Danielle! Welcome back! 

    You've selected an excellent location by staying at Disney's Beach Club Villas! This resort is one of my favorites. 

    I do want to advise you that you cannot walk to the starting line from Disney's Beach Club Resort. In fact, you cannot walk to the starting line from any resort. Disney's Old Key West Resort is actually the closest to the corrals, and runDisney has stated that any runners caught trying to access the corrals from nearby resorts or roadways, will be disqualified. Additionally, the only way to get to the Start Zone Area on foot would be through Epcot's International Gateway Entrance and it will not be open for runners. 

    Your only way to the Start Zone Area is to drive and park at Epcot, or take the complementary race transportation available to all runners staying on property. For Disney's Beach Club Resort, the race transportation pick-up will be located at its normal bus stop location. I also suggest you board the bus by 3:45 am to reduce any anxiety in travel time, bag check, and the 15 minute walk from the Start Zone to the corrals (you'll wonder where you are going at this point - It's dark and wooded, but don't be nervous!) 

    Technically you are able to walk back to your resort from the finish line. However, only if it's after 9:00am and Epcot has opened for the day. You'll also have to use a theme park ticket to walk through Epcot to the International Gateway Entrance and then to the Beach Club. I would take the race transportation bus, they will be right near the finish (not where they dropped you off that morning), let Disney do the driving!

    I'm so sorry you have been given conflicting information, Danielle! Please let me know if you have any additional questions. I am here to provide you accurate and helpful information. 

    Have a great race! 

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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

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