Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Jun 1, 2020
    Hugo Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I am running my first marathon in January 2021 at WDW and am hoping to stay at the Caribbean Beach Resort or somewhere close by. Are you aware of how runners get to the start line, which I believe is in Epcot, for a 5am start? Thanks

    Greetings Hugo! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Thanks for taking a break in your marathon training to stop by with your planning question. I'd be happy to assist you today.

    Congratulations on registering for your very first marathon! While I have yet to go the distance and attempt the full 42 kilometers, I am a veteran half-marathon runner, and runDisney races offer a unique opportunity to combine my love of running with visiting the Disney Parks. I can't wait for you to dash through Cinderella Castle!

    I'm glad to hEAR you're planning to stay onsite at a Walt Disney World Resort during your adventure as bus transportation to and from race weekend events is provided to resort guests. Be sure to check with a front desk Cast Member for bus schedules. To make sure you are prepared for the 5:30 AM marathon start time, you'll want to catch a bus in plenty of time to line up in your corral, enjoy the pre-race atmosphere, and maybe visit a restroom before the fun begins. I recommend hopping on one of the first buses available for a worry-free arrival experience. You've put in the training kilometers, and the excitement of race day is your reward. Hakuna Matata!

    Hugo, Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort is a fantastic choice for race weekend. At an EPCOT area resort, you're just a stone's throw away from the start and finish lines. When you aren't lacing up your running shoes, be sure to take flight on the Disney Skyliner, which connects this resort to both Disney's Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. I suggest scheduling some post-race relaxation time at the Fuentes del Morro feature pool with a celebratory beverage from Banana Cabana. I will wish upon a star that some warm weather comes your way in January!

    Best of luck as you embark on your training journey! I hope you have some great Disney tunes to listen to while you're dashing off to infinity and beyond. A few favorites that keep me going are Almost There from the Princess & the Frog, Touch the Sky from Brave, and pretty much anything from Hercules

    Wishing you magical miles,
    Betsy
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Meet the Panelist: Betsy, Maryland

Greetings! I'm Betsy, a middle school teacher, wife, and mom of two. My family and I love to travel the world, but our best memories are those made when we're visiting Walt Disney World. No matter how many times we visit, there is always something new to see, ride, or eat at the Disney Parks. Learn More About Betsy

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