Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Dec 24, 2019
    Katherine from PA Asked

    Will a Tusker House breakfast ADR for 8 am (prior to park opening) allow us to cheer a WDW Marathon runner from inside Animal Kingdom? The route goes right through "Africa" (and just one block from Tusker House) this year. Thanks!

    Hello, Katherine! Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    It’s hard to believe that the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is right around the corner. This year’s Marathon course looks awesome, too! While there is a slight chance you may be able to catch sight of a runner as they pass through the Africa section of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, I’m afraid I can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to standby to cheer them on. According to the route map, the runners will enter Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park via one of the backstage areas and will then run between the Harambe Market and Tamu Tamu Refreshments before making their way to Asia. In my experience with runDisney races, whenever the race takes runners through one of the Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks, there are Cast Members on hand to keep runners on the course and to keep regular Guests off. Since the course does not specifically pass Tusker House Restaurant, you may find the area in front of Tamu Tamu Refreshments blocked off prior to the Park’s official 9 a.m. opening.

    If you want to cheer on a runner along the course, your best bet is to purchase a ChEAR Squad package. The official on-course spectator viewing with he ChEAR Squad package is in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park (as well as the finish line at Epcot). I can tell you from personal experience how much it means to have your friends and family cheering you on during a race and when you cross that finish line--especially for a Marathon! 

    Here’s hoping all goes well for your runner, Katherine! Please let us know if there are any other questions we can answer or tips we can provide as you prepare for your Walt Disney World Resort “runcation.”

    Amy
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Meet the Panelist: Amy, South Carolina

Hiya, pals! I'm Amy from South Carolina. I'm married to my Disney-loving best friend, and together we've raised two princes and a princess. Whether I'm teaching my high school journalism students, planning Disney Bounding outfits with my daughter, or researching which new adventures we'll encounter on our next Walt Disney World Resort vacation, I find a way to incorporate a little Disney magic into everything I do. I look forward to helping you discover the magic, too!  Learn More About Amy

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