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Getting to the Theme Parks on a runDisney Weekend

RunDisney has returned, and that’s a “step” towards feeling normal once again. While we are happy that the races are back, they also mean road closures and extra traffic at Walt Disney World on race mornings. Here are some tips on getting to the Theme Parks on a runDisney Weekend.

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If you can, avoid driving to the Theme Park if you plan to Rope Drop. This includes using the Walt Disney World buses. While you should be able to get to the Transportation & Ticket Center fairly easily, the same might not be true for Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT.

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The situation is the worst at Disney’s Animal Kingdom because there are only two lanes of traffic leading to the parking lot. If you want to get there early on a race weekend (especially for a half or full marathon), allow yourself at least an extra hour, possibly more.

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The monorail and Disney’s Skyliner are good options if you plan to try to arrive early. You will still want to give yourself extra time, because others will have the same idea.

The best option to get to the Theme Parks if you plan to Rope Drop on a race weekend is to walk. You can easily walk to the Magic Kingdom if you are staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. There is also a walking path from Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. It’s a bit longer, but it’s a beautiful path.

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If you are staying around Crescent Lake in the EPCOT Resort Area, you can walk to either Disney’s Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. If the walk is too long for you, the Friendships should not be affected by the races.

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Then again, race days give you a good excuse to sleep in. Give the Cast Members time to clean up after the race and allow the traffic jams to work themselves out. Sleep a little bit later, enjoy breakfast at your Resort, and then think about hitting a Theme Park. You don’t have to Rope Drop every day of your vacation.

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About Paula K

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.