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  1. #1
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    Default Logistics when doing a Disney run?

    I have to think the answers to my questions are in these posts someplace, but I'm hoping someone might be able to summarize how a typical Disney run might work. If I decide to sign up for the W&D 1/2 marathon and I stay on-site at a Disney resort, for example, how does the process work?

    How early do you need to be at the start area?

    Does Disney provide transportation for resort guests to the start (and from the finish area), or do you have to drive/taxi/Uber? I would expect the finish is not close to the start, so driving seems challenging!

    Are registration packages picked up at a central location? Is there Disney transportation there, or again is it drive/taxi/Uber?

    I've been hesitant to try one of these Disney events, but I'm starting to think more seriously about giving it a try. I've recently gotten back into running. It seems to be a lot of fun, even if it means getting up very early to get there and do it. Any information you can provide to get the ball rolling for me would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    I'll share what information I know.

    Package pickup can take place as early as the Thursday before your event up to the day before. Package pickup is at ESPN Wide World of Sports. From each resort, you can take a bus to that venue.

    I've run 3 Disney 5Ks and each time I needed to be there about 1½ hours before the race began. However, I've never stayed onsite. In CA, I drove in and parked at the parking garage and then walked over to the staging area. Here I FL, I live about 15min from the parks. Again, I just drove over to the staging area.

    For all of my events, the starting and ending areas are right next to each other. I believe all race routes are simply a loop around the area in which its staged.

    There are many that have stayed onsite for a race weekend and they can provide the logistics for Disney transportation to and from the event. My guess is it involves the same busses used to take us to and from the parks when staying onsite.
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    You posted awhile back, but I thought I would chime in with what I know.

    With Disney races, logistics dictate a very early start. Think, "hurry up and wait." I don't remember the exact time frame, but the buses start running around 3:00 a.m. I have always used Disney transportation and it works really well. Personally, I am one of the people who likes to be waiting for the first bus so I don't know how it works later in the morning, but I have never had any problems.

    Traffic is mind-boggling, I couldn't even imagine trying to drive.

    Transportation is available to/from the start/finish line if you are staying at a Disney resort. Many are buses, but monorail transportation is also used.

    As magicofdisney stated, packet pickup is at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Disney provides bus transportation to/from the Expo.

    Honestly, I love Disney races, despite the negatives (I live in the mid-west so winter races means training in cold/snow and the early, early wake ups for the races) I often have to choose one race a year and that choice will always be Disney if it is in my control.
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    Thank you! Much appreciated. Still thinking about it - and so far the thinking is I'd like to try one!

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    I'm so glad I read this. I'd like to do one at some point. We're probably not returning to WDW until 2021/2022 so if I want to I'll have to time the trip with a race. What time do the races normally begin?

    In the meantime, I'll sign up for the Marvel themed virtual 5ks this summer.

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