Mom And Daughter; Magic Kingdom; Cinderella's Castle; AA; Mickey Balloon
  • On Jan 1, 2016
    Allison from TX 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, we are running in WDW in April and might stay off-site. Would we be allowed to drive to a Disney resort before each race and utilize runDisney transportation? Do we need to make reservations to ride the bus? Also, can we drive directly to the Expo?

    Hi Allison!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    It sounds like you are running during Star Wars Half Marathon weekend.  That is going to be so much fun!

    The runDisney bus transportation from the resorts is reserved for guests staying at those resorts.  There may be some people who use them without staying there, but they are not supposed to. They allow buses for the number of hotel guests, so if a lot of runners did this it would cause substantial delays.  All of the Disney resorts have transportation for race events that weekend, so you could easily choose one to fit your budget and desire.

    It's also possible to stay off property.  I have done that a couple of times.  While it isn't as convenient, it is definitely do-able.  You can drive directly to the expo for packet pick-up.  There will be parking for guests with vehicles at the Wide World of Sports.  

    On race mornings, there will be road closures that affect your route, so be sure to check the Official Event Guide when it comes out (about one month before the race) for driving information.  Also, be sure to leave in PLENTY of time.  When I have driven myself, I get there by no later than 3:30 a.m.  Traffic on race mornings can be really bad and you don't want to be late!  

    I hope this helps!   Please let me know if you have any other questions before your race weekend.  
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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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