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  • On Jun 10, 2012
    Carolyn from MD 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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    Hi! Running the marathon in January. Was wondering if it would be better to book my vacation package by calling in and using the runner's discount now or waiting to see if any promotions are announced later in the year.

    Hi Carolyn!  Congratulations on committing to run the marathon in January.  I am sure you have heard that it is the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World marathon!  It is going to be so much fun!

    That is a great question!  I know that the runner's discount on rooms is a good one, but there are sometimes special offers by Disney that are even better deals.  If I were you, since it is probably going to be a popular race and some of the preferred resorts may book up, I would go ahead and book my room with the runner's discount.  You should ask when booking what the cancellation policy is, but you can usually cancel your reservation up to a short window before your trip.  Then, if there is a better "special offer" by Disney, you could see which one would make more financial sense for you.

    I will say that the runner's discount on theme park tickets are probably the best deals I have ever seen, so if you plan to visit any parks you definitely want to take advantage of that. 

    Also, you can add the Dining plan to your package when you book with the runner's discount.  Here is what the official word is on the Disney World Marathon website, "travel details" section:

    * Each Guest who books through 407-WDW-IRUN and registers for a four (4) or more night stay at a select Walt Disney World® Resort hotel during Marathon Weekend will receive one souvenir runDisney keepsake gift. You can also purchase your race registration and add the Disney Dining Plan to your package when you book.

    I hope this helps!  Please let me know if I can answer any other questions!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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