• On Oct 26, 2017
    Shelley from TX 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.

    Can you suggest a daily schedule for a WDW visit January 4-7, 2018? We want to visit each park one day and try to avoid the biggest crowds from the races that weekend. Thanks!!

    Hi, Shelley!

    You really should not be too worried about the crowds from the runDisney Marathon. While races are going on all weekend, these dedicated runners are up super early (like 3am early!) and races start before dawn so many runners will be finished racing before you even awake from your pixie dusted sleep! Wow, I so admire their dedication. 

    The only park I suggest you avoid if you do not want to run-into-runners would be Epcot on Sunday. This is marathon day so you will see runners in the home stretch going through Epcot. However, I must say, it really is fun to cheer these athletes on if you decide to visit Epcot on Sunday. Everything is operational in the park, but you may have to use a crosswalk to yield to the runners. Plan on Epcot on Thursday or Friday if you prefer to avoid the runners in this park. Check the calendar for park hours

    Depending on what resort you are staying at, you may have some transportation detours. Speak to your lobby concierge for any interruptions that may occur so you can plan accordingly. However, I really would not worry too much about it. 

    What you should plan ahead for is dining. These runners will be hungry, so dining locations will book up quickly. Have your dining reservations booked or if you prefer, you can stick to Quick Service locations which do not require reservations. 

    Enjoy this exciting weekend, and have fun kicking off the New Year in Walt Disney World!


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Meet the Panelist: Cathy, Ohio

Hi, I'm Cathy from Cleveland. I love to travel, especially in the winter to escape the snow and cold of Ohio! My husband and 2 kids share my enthusiasm for travel, so we enjoy our adventures together whether it is hiking at a National Park, sailing on a Disney Cruise Ship, or going to Walt Disney World which is our home away from home. My husband proposed to me in front of Cinderella Castle and we have not stopped visiting ever since! It's a blast helping guests here at planDisney! 
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