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  • On Mar 18, 2011
    Michelle from MA Asked

    Is it possible to combine the Disney Marathon and the Disney Cruise that leaves the same day?

    Hi, Michelle!

    What better way to cap off an accomplishment like a marathon than with a relaxing cruise aboard a Disney ship!

    I'm going to make a few assumptions as we plan for the Walt Disney World (WDW) Marathon which is scheduled to start at 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 8 and the 4-night Bahamian cruise aboard the Disney Dream which leaves from Port Canaveral on the same day.  It sounds like a great plan to me! Let me give you a few pointers:

    • Your pace. If you're as slow as I am (or slower), you'll need to plan on at least 5 hours to finish the marathon which means you'll get your medal around 10:30. The faster you are, the less you need to be concerned.
    • Your recovery. If you're a marathon veteran, you already know how your body may respond. You need to take into consideration any time you'll need for resting, eating, soaking or icing. Let's say 30 minutes at the race site and maybe 30 minutes to get to your Disney resort. It may be 11-12 p.m. by this point.
    • Your preparations. You'll need to check out of your Disney resort before you leave for the race and leave luggage with bell services. In addition, you'll want to have a day bag packed so that you can take a shower (pool bathroom) for the trip to Port Canaveral. Remember to include items (such as a swimsuit) once you're on board. This may be around 1 p.m.
    • Your transportation. If you're figuring on my time schedule, you'll need to arrange for a taxi/car service to take you to Port Canaveral (1-1.5 hours) since most of the DCL ground transfers from WDW leave earlier than 1 p.m.
    Even with my figuring in a slow time for the marathon and allowances to recover, prepare and travel, you can figure on arriving at the terminal around 2-2:30 p.m.  All guests must board the ship by 4 p.m. Best wishes as you prepare and plan for both! Bon voyage!
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