It’s marathon season at Walt Disney World! The Walt Disney World Marathon and the Disney Princess Half Marathon are taking place in January and February. These highly anticipated races are big events at Disney World. Runners train for months and well wishers line the streets to cheer loved ones on. It’s a wonderful time for all, but it will bring changes and delays.
Road closures will be in effect during these weekends overnight and during Park openings. According to Disney’s website, you can expect road closures and delays from:
- January 6, 2023 at 10:30 pm- January 7, 2023 at 10:00 am for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon
- January 7, 2023 at 10:30 pm- January 8, 2023 at 12:30 pm for the Walt Disney World Marathon
- February 25, 2023 at 10:00 pm- February 26, 2023 at 10:00 am for the Disney Princess Half Marathon
These closures won’t affect much overnight but can significantly slow down your plans in your way to the Parks in the morning so you’ll want to give yourself extra time. Our best advice is to leave your car where it’s at and utilize Disney transportation. If you’re a Disney Resort hotel guest, you can leave your car in your Resort parking lot and grab a bus, boat, monorail or hop aboard the Disney Skyliner. If you are staying off Disney property we recommend an Uber to the Parks or Disney Springs. From Disney Springs you can get a bus from anywhere on property. If it were me… I’d make an early breakfast reservation at the hotel closest to the Park I intend to go to that day and Uber there. From there I’d take Disney transport to the Park.
Keep in mind that parking is being strictly enforced at Resorts during the next few weeks. No one other than guests of that resort or guests with a table service reservation are allowed to park in resort hotel lots. Guests with dining reservations are also not allowed to park for the whole day, only during their reservation window. Many will attempt to skirt this rule but you can be towed if caught. That’s not a magical way to end your day.