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  • On Jun 10, 2024
    Kaitie from KS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    We will be visiting Orlando January 11-18 2025. I am worried about crowds from the RunDisney event but am hopeful we can strategize around them. We hope to do four park days total. Can you provide any advice on which days might be best for lower crowds?

    Hi Katie!

    Visiting the Walt Disney World Resort during a runDisney weekend can be both exciting and a bit busy, but there are ways to make the most of it. One thing about the majority of runDisney races is that you'll find runners hitting the pavement early, usually starting before any of us even thinks about getting out of bed, which means they're usually wrapping up by the time the parks open at 9 AM.

    So, while there might be a bit of overlap with park-goers and runners in the morning, it’s cool to see people accomplishing their goals. It adds a unique and exciting buzz to the atmosphere.

    To handle the crowds, you might want to plan your park days strategically. For instance, if Magic Kingdom Park has runners one day, you could opt for Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park or Disney's Hollywood Studios instead. You can find race routes right on the runDisney site. Also, taking advantage of Early Theme Park Entry if you’re staying at a Disney resort can be a game-changer. Getting in a bit earlier means you can hit some key rides before things get too busy.

    And don’t forget about Disney Genie+. This can help you spend less time waiting in line for popular attractions, which is a huge plus during busier times. Overall, with a little flexibility and some good planning, you’ll have a blast. Plus, cheering on the runners can be surprisingly inspiring. It’s all part of the magic of Disney!


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Meet the Panelist: Heather, New York

Hi there! I'm Heather from Buffalo NY, a planDisney Alumni and proud mom of three. By day, I'm an oncology nurse, but my heart belongs to Walt Disney World. Having navigated the parks with babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and multigenerational groups, I live to turn dreams into magical vacations. When I'm not exploring the wonders of Walt Disney World, you'll find me sailing the high seas on Disney Cruise Line. Adventure awaits - let's make your Disney dreams come true!  Learn More About Heather

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