Mom And Son On Run
  • On Aug 7, 2014
    Liz from FL 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 in the princess 5k in feb first race. It looks like due to schedules our only day to visit the park is the day before the 5k. Any advice? Thank you!

    Welcome back, Liz! 

    It's nice to hear from you again. I'm glad you are going to squeeze in a park day - you'll be glad you did. Here are a few tips that have worked for my family when planning a park day prior to a race. 

    • Select the theme park offering Morning Extra Magic Hours for Thursday, February 19th and get an early start. Park hours and Extra Magic Hours for this day have not yet posted, keep an eye on the Walt Disney World website - it should post in the next couple of days.

    • Utilize the FastPass+ service to pre-select your favorite attractions. I suggest selecting the afternoon timeframe to minimize your standing time as you'll want to start winding down for the day by dinner.

    • Pack a backpack with waters and healthy snack options like bananas and pretzel sticks. Remembering to hydrate is important, but it's so easy to forget while your having fun! If you plan on purchasing waters in the parks, 20oz Dasani water is available for $2.50. 

    • Select an Advanced Dining Reservation between 5:00-6:00pm to avoid peak times and eat light. A big meal the night before a race will have you feeling sluggish. 

    • Plan on ending your time in the theme parks relatively early - I suggest by 8:00pm. That 2:30am wake-up call comes early.

    With a little preplanning your park day can still be a lot of fun while not effecting the enjoyment of your first race experience. Please do not hesitate to "give a little whistle" if I can be of any further assistance in your race-cation planning!

    Enjoy your time in the parks!


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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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