• On Jan 1, 2020
    Michelle from VA 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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    Running Princess Half this year and my parents are coming. They bought ChEAR packs and want to meet me in MK and at the finish. What transportation will they have to take? How long is it from the MK area to the finish? Staying at Walt Disney Swan Hotel.

    Hello, Michelle! RunDisney races are truly unique in that they take you on the most magical courses in the "World"; I train all yEAR so that I can run through Cinderella Castle! However, running through the Parks results in road closures, and on race mornings, transportation can be quite slow. I always advise runners and spectators to allow themselves ample time to get to their locations. Bus transportation from Walt Disney World Resorts (including the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel) will be available on the morning of the Disney Princess Half Marathon from 3:00 AM until 5:00 AM; after that, roads will start to close for the race.  

    Your parents are so sweet to offer to be your chEARleaders (my husband has already informed me that he'll still be sleeping in his warm bed while I run). Tell them that they should be on the bus no later than 5:00 AM (transportation times and pick-up locations will be posted on signs in the lobby of your resort). Most likely, they will need to go to Epcot and take the Monorail to ChEAR Zone1, which is on Main Street, U.S.A, Magic Kingdom Park-- this is mile 4.8 on the course. Something to keep in mind is that ChEAR Zone1 does not include seating, beverages, or designated portable restroom facilities. They'll have over an hour to get back on the Monorail to ChEAR Zone 2, which is in Epcot, near the Finish Line. Here, they will have access to reserved grandstand seating, hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages, and designated port-o-lets. Before the day of the race, your parents will need to go to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo (located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex) to pick up their ChEAR Squad packet. The package will contain wristbands that they will need to wear to be admitted into the ChEAR Zones. 

    Here are a couple of Moms Panel Tips: Make sure to sign your parents up for Runner Tracking!  A few weeks before the race, there will be instructions on the runDisney website, or you can do this at the Expo. During the half marathon, your chEARleaders will get alerts as you cross the 5K, 10K, and 15K checkpoints. Also, if they plan on making a sign, and I strongly encourage them to do so, have them use the brightest neon poster board they can find. In the early morning hours, this will make it easier for you to spot it as you run by. These signs are what motivate me to keep going...I really love reading the fun Disney puns!

    Best of luck, Michelle! If you breeze by me on the course, make sure to say hello!

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Meet the Panelist: Eean, Pennsylvania

Hi, I'm Eean from Pennsylvania! I may have an unusual name, but my passion for Disney is not unique. It's incredible how many people you can find who love talking about "The Most Magical Place On Earth!" I'm that mom who always has her ears perked at PTO meetings, in the grocery store aisle, or at my monthly Bunco club for an opportunity to give someone a planning tip to help make their vacation even more magical. Learn More About Eean

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