Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Jul 23, 2016
    Melissa from LA Asked

    My husband and I are running our 1st Disney Marathon in Jan 2017! Any Suggestions for 5 day park hopper itinerary to make the most of race and see theme parks?

    Hi Melissa!

    Thank you for bringing your question to the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    My husband and I ran our first marathon at Walt Disney World in 2013 and it was such a great experience!

    It's hard to suggest an itinerary unless I know if you're planning to visit the parks before or after the race.  If you're going before, you would want to pace yourself a little more, eat properly with a marathon looming and get in bed at a decent time.  All of that would be out the window if you're visiting the parks after your race!  

    Basically, if we had five days, I would plan a full day at Magic Kingdom, Epcot and Animal Kingdom with a half day at Hollywood Studios. Then, use your last day to re-visit some of your favorites.

    We love the parks at night, so after a full day somewhere we will wander into a different park that evening.  It's a family tradition to hop back into Epcot in the evening to get a pastry at Les Halles Boulangerie-Patisserie in the France Pavilion.  The Magic Kingdom is also extra magical at night. On our most recent trip, my boys and I set the goal to be the very last guests to leave, and we did it! It was pretty cool to be (mostly) alone on Main Street U.S.A.  A snack from the Main Street Bakery and a seat on the ground for nighttime parades sounds perfect!

    I hope this helps!  If you want more specific recommendations, please let me know if you're wanting to play in the parks before or after your race!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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