Sunday, January 4, 2015

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Itinerary, Park Hours Transportation and Driving Directions

The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend will mark my third consecutive year running runDisney events and there is always one thing I find myself googling. What time does the runDisney Health and Fitness expo open (or close), what are the park hours during runDisney Marathon weekend, what roads are closed down during runDisney events and what are the driving directions to the runDisney start line.
Weekend Itinerary

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo - ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015

Walt Disney World® 5K presented by Cigna®
Start/Finish: Epcot®
6:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 8, 2015
Walt Disney World® 10K presented by Cigna®*
Start/Finish: Epcot®
5:30 a.m. on Friday, January 9, 2015
Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna®*
Start/Finish: Epcot®
5:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 10, 2015
Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna®*
Start/Finish: Epcot®
5:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 11, 2015
The Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney® presented by Transitions® adaptive lenses™
Downtown Disney® Marketplace
2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 11, 2015
Park Hours during runDisney Marathon Weekend

Wednesday, January 7
Magic Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Epcot® 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 8
Magic Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Epcot® 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday, January 9
Magic Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Epcot® 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 10
Magic Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Epcot® 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 11
Magic Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Epcot® 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios® 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Driving Directions during runDisney Marathon Weekend

You must be in your corral at the start line by 5:00 a.m. or you will not be allowed to start. Please note, it takes 20 minutes to walk from the Family Reunion area (Epcot® Wonder Lot) to the start line.

Arriving by Car:
Guests who do not stay at a host resort will need to provide their own transportation to weekend events.
Directions to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Expo and Kids Races)
Take 1-4 to exit 65 (Osceola Parkway West). Take a left onto Victory Way and park in the main lot. Proceed on foot to the main entrance.
Directions to Epcot® (5K, 10K and Half Marathon) On Friday and Saturday:
Take I-4 to exit 64 (192 West) and follow the signs to Epcot®.
Directions to Epcot® (Marathon) On Sunday:
Take I-4 to exit 65 (Osceola Parkway West) and follow the signs to Epcot®. Guests coming from (192) are strongly encouraged to take I-4 to exit 65 (Osceola Parkway West) because there will be SIGNIFICANT DELAYS starting at 3:30 a.m. due to road closures.
For Guests driving to Epcot® on Saturday and Sunday, EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS!
Roads begin to close as early as 11:00 p.m. on the evenings before the Half Marathon and Marathon. GPS devices or other sources will be inaccurate due to road closures. Please use the provided directions and plan to arrive no later than 4:30 a.m.

Runners will be prohibited from accessing the start corrals from Bonnet Creek Parkway or Buena Vista Drive. You must access the start corrals through the Explore Lot at Epcot®. Runners who try to access the start corrals from any area other than the Explore Lot at Epcot® are subject to disqualification. Runner drop off is available in the Taxi Lot at Epcot®.
Bus & Monorail Transportation to runDisney Marathon Weekend
For guests staying on property - check with your Disney hotel for official race transportation details

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo


Wednesday, January 7
• From Host Resorts to Expo 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. • Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 8
• From Host Resorts to Expo 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
• Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, January 9
• From Host Resorts to Expo 8:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
• Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 10
• From Host Resorts to Expo 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
• Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Walt Disney World® 5K presented by Cigna®
• Participants must board a bus or monorail no later than 5:00 a.m. in order to make it to their corrals on time.
• Bus Transportation 4:15 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. and 7:00 – 9:00 a.m.
• Monorail Transportation will be available starting at 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney World® 10K presented by Cigna®
• Participants must board a bus or monorail no later than 4:00 a.m. in order to make it to their corrals on time.
• Bus Transportation 3:30 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 – 10:00 a.m.
• Monorail Transportation will be available starting at 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna®
• Participants must board a bus or monorail no later than 4:00 a.m. in order to make it to their corrals on time.
• Bus Transportation 3:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 – 11:00 a.m.
• Monorail Transportation will be available starting at 3:00 a.m.
Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna®
• Participants must board a bus or monorail no later than 4:00 a.m. in order to make it to their corrals on time.
• Bus Transportation 3:00 a.m. – 5:00 a.m. and 7:00 – 2:00 p.m.
• Monorail Transportation will be available starting at 3:00 a.m.

Pasta in the Park, Kids Races & Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney
Please utilize existing Walt Disney World® transportation.

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