• On Jan 1, 2019
    Katie Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    I am staying off site & arrive 13/1 plan to park at TTC & get Tonga toast at Poly before going to the park for rope drop. Because of the marathon, how do I know when the road closures to MK toll plaza are opened up? Is there live updates?

    Hello, Katie! Thanks for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. How exciting that your Walt Disney World Resort arrival date is just a week away!

    While I love your plan of enjoying that delicious Tonga Toast from Capt. Cook’s or Kona Cafe at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort prior to Magic Kingdom Park’s 9 a.m. opening on Sunday, Jan. 13, please be advised that you may experience significant transportation delays as you make your way to the Magic Kingdom Park’s Parking Lot. While this area is within the first four miles of the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon course, it may not be completely clear by the typical 8 a.m. Auto Plaza opening time. In that event, traffic will be stopped or re-routed through clearly-marked detours. You may be able to check your My Disney Experience App for push notifications about traffic issues that morning, but I don’t think there are any live updates when roads re-open.

    Looking at the time stamp on my photos from this course in 2016, I was running through the Magic Kindom Park’s Auto Plaza entrance at 6:57 a.m. and passed Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort at 8:05 a.m. I can also see from my photos that the road into Magic Kingdom Park’s Auto Plaza was open to vehicle traffic when I looped back around World Drive at 8:40 a.m.

    My best advice to you would be to plan to arrive at the Auto Plaza around 8 a.m. but to be prepared to stop or take a detour before you get there. Once you’re able to make your way to the Transportation and Ticket Center, hop on the Resort Monorail and Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort will be your first stop.

    I wish you the best of luck (and I really hope your plan comes together)!

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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