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Visiting Disney World This Weekend? Be Aware of Road Closures

Every year, Disney World hosts a number of exciting runDisney events from the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend, the Princess Half Marathon Weekend, and more. All events are incredibly popular and bring a lot of Guests to Walt Disney World, but the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January is the most popular. The Walt Disney World Marathon features a full marathon, a half-marathon, a 10K, and a 5K. There are also special challenges — like the Dopey Challenge — for those who want to run more than one of the races.

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This year, the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend will begin on January 5 — with race check-in and the Health & Fitness Expo — and will wrap up on January 9 after the end of the full marathon. For Guests who are traveling to the Most Magical Place on Earth, it is important to be aware that these events will result in road closures and detours around the Resort with increased police activity in the area for added protection.

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The full marathon runs through the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Hollywood Studios. Even though the race will start before dawn, there will still be a lot of runners on the roads when the Parks open to Guests. So it is important that visiting Guests drive slowly and obey all traffic signs.

Due to the road closures, it is important to give yourself plenty of time to make it to any morning dining reservation you may have. Chef Mickey’s, located at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, has the following information on its website:

Several roads around Disney’s Contemporary Resort may operate under traffic restrictions or be closed to accommodate the following runDisney events.

  • January 8 and 9, 2022, from 4:00 AM to 9:00 AM, Walt Disney World Marathon
  • February 27, 2022, from 4:00 AM to 9:00 AM, Disney Princess Half Marathon

If you plan to dine during these times, please allow for additional travel time. We appreciate your understanding for any inconvenience.

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Chef Mickey’s is not the only dining location that Guests may need extra time to get to. Any theme park dining location, as well as dining spots located at hotels close to the Parks may be difficult to get to.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!