Trying to get around the 27,000 acres of Walt Disney World Resort property is daunting enough, but add in a runDisney race weekend, and it may seem overwhelming! Here are a few transportation tips as you prepare for a runDisney trip at Walt Disney World.
For those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, transportation is available to and from the Health & Fitness Expo. Signage is located throughout the resort, and the motor coach is usually located at the front entrance of the hotel.
- Transportation usually runs 30 minutes before the expo opens, as well as 30 minutes after it closes. (Check the official event guide for expo and transportation hours.)
- The buses come approximately every 20 minutes. (Traffic can definitely affect this, so prepare accordingly.)
- Prepare for a walk, as the bus stops are a bit of a hike to the expo itself.
- Taxis are also available for use, and will usually drop you off much closer to the expo. Taking a taxi directly form the airport is advised if your flight was delayed and you need to pick up your packet before your race the next morning.
If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, transportation is available to and from the runDisney races. For those staying at a monorail resort and are participating in a race that begins in Epcot, the monorail will run for the half marathon or marathon. (Check with the front desk regarding the 5K or 10K races.) Race transportation prior to the race only runs for approximately one hour, so don’t miss your bus! The official event guide will have the transportation times for each race.
- Prior to the race, it is highly recommended you arrive to the bus stop early! A line forms quickly, and being toward the front will help alleviate the pre-race transportation nerves. This also allows buffer time if any traffic issues should arise.
- If you have spectators joining you on race weekend, they are able to ride the pre-race bus as well. (Please give priority to the runners!) Depending on the race course, this will give them prime access to transportation to other spectating locations, or the finish line. (Once the race begins, traffic can definitely become an issue – possibly meaning they can miss you running by.)
- After the race, buses are located near the Family Reunion Area to take you back to your resort. They tend to come every 15-20 minutes and are temperature controlled. If you need a quicker route back to your resort, be sure to bring along some cash for a cab or use an Uber/Lyft. If the park is open, park transportation is also available for use.
Once again, for those staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, transportation is provided to all of the parks and Disney Springs. The mode of transportation includes buses, boats, and the monorail. Transportation generally begins 45 minutes before a park opens until one hour after the park’s closing time.
- Most resorts now offer a screen at the bus stop that shows the approximate arrival time for each bus. If you are close to a dining reservation, it may be best to grab a cab or Uber/Lyft.
- Planning to go between Magic Kingdom and Epcot? Take Disney’s Highway in the Sky – the monorail! It’s a fun way to zoom through Walt Disney World property.
- If you have your own vehicle, it is usually quickest to use it when going to the parks. The only exception is Magic Kingdom, since the parking lot is further away from the park, resulting in a transfer on to the ferry boat or monorail. The bus transportation will drop you off closer to the entrance.
The biggest tip is to always allow for plenty of extra time when using transportation during a runDisney race weekend. With thousands of runners and their families, as well as road closures, traffic can become an issue. Follow the times given in the official event guide and enjoy your race!