Once again the great writers over at Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World have chiseled another great piece that can benefit those running at Walt Disney World. This article discusses the topic of lodging on property. It helps you decide between Monorail Resorts and Epcot Resorts.
We have always stayed at the Epcot Resorts just because of the closeness to the Start & Finish Lines, especially on Marathon Weekend. We have either stayed at The Beach Club Villas or The Boardwalk Villas. It is nice after the race to just scan your MagicBand and walk through Epcot to refresh your legs and get back to the resort, as opposed to taking the buses and having to sit for 15-20 minutes. However, each area has its pros and cons. You just have to decide what works best for you.
Be sure to check out all the great articles over at the Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World, as well as purchasing their awesome book they have written on the topic.
Many have asked me if I ever run at Walt Disney World when there was not a race going on. The answer is yes. What better place to run than Disney. Each resort offers up a wealth of scenery, and if you are close to multiple resorts, you can run through multiples on the same run. I have not yet done all of these, but I have done some of them. Below is a link to all the published running maps that Walt Disney World has published. If you are at a resort, and want to check out their running trails, ask for a map at the front desk. Most of the resorts now have some form of organized running area.
In the past, Disney had a website related to this, which had all the maps and detailed notes on each, but that has since been removed. I guess they could not find a way to add it to MyMagic+!
Here are a few other reference sites on running at Disney:
I have a friend that works at Disney, so I will try and keep this post updated in the future.
All Star Resorts
Epcot Resorts (Beach Club, Boardwalk, Swan & Dolphin)
Contemporary & Bay Lake Resorts
Fort Wilderness & Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Old Key West
Port Orleans (French Quarters & Riverside)
Saratoga Springs Resort