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  • On Apr 7, 2024
    Abby from NY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If staying at the Yacht Club, can you watch the runners on the 10 mile race from the boardwalk at Springtime Surprise? Or will that portion of the course be closed to spectators?

    Hiya, Abby! Thank you for visiting planDisney and asking your question about cheering on a fellow Guest during the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend Hakuna Matata 10-Miler.

    The Digital Expo & Event Guide for the weekend's races, specifically the 10-Miler, shows that Spectator Viewing areas are set up in the EPCOT Rocket Parking Lot for the start of the race and the EPCOT Eve Parking Lot to watch runners cross the finish line. However, from my experience running the Walt Disney World 10K during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, my amazing mom could wake up at Disney’s Beach Club Resort and watch me run by from the walking path directly outside the lobby. 

    Since you are staying at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort and the Hakuna Matata 10-Miler course map is showing the path runners will be taking from EPCOT to Disney’s BoardWalk, I have two areas I suggest you give a try. Your first option would be to walk from your resort along the International Gateway walking path towards EPCOT. As runners leave EPCOT, they will come towards you and take a left to cross over the water. You may get the perfect photo opportunity if you can get a spot off the course where the runners are turning. My second suggestion would be to follow the walking path from your resort towards the Walt Disney World Swan. Just behind the Atlantic Dance Hall and Jellyrolls, you can possibly view runners leaving Disney’s BoardWalk and turning to begin their trek toward Disney’s Hollywood Studios. You and the witty sign I am sure you are conjuring up could be a sight for sore eyes (and legs) as they begin mile three of their race. Again, these are just a couple of suggestions. Hopefully, since they are not on the actual course, you can catch a glimpse of your own personal Dash as he or she sprints by!

    Don't forget to stop at Beaches & Cream Soda Shop after the race. After waking up at 2:00 AM or 3:00 AM to run or watch, you both will have earned a delicious milkshake or the Kitchen Sink!

    Good luck to you and your runner, Abby!
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Meet the Panelist: Brent, Maryland

Welcome to planDisney! I'm Brent, a husband, father, coach, and dog dad from Annapolis, MD, with a mind on a permanent Disney vacation! I specialize in crafting unforgettable trips to the Walt Disney World Resort but when it's my turn to vacation, you can catch me indulging in the food options of EPCOT's World Showcase, ascending Disney Mountains, and lounging poolside at Stormalong Bay with a delicious treat from Beaches & Cream Soda Shop! Learn More About Brent

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