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Old 01-23-2013, 08:05 AM   #31
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Just wanted to stop by, say Hi, and sub to this thread. We were just in Disney Jan 10-14 at the POR but we're planning our trips for next year (January 10-19, 2014 for Marathon Weekend and some time in October 2014 for another 9 nights for DD's 3rd birthday)

We will also be going next year for Marathon Weekend. We'll be staying Jan 10-19. DH ran this year but we were only there from the 10-14. Next year he'll be doing the Goofy Challenge and we're going to stay longer if we can get some kind of discount.

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We are going January 10-16 for 1/2 marathon. Hoping the dates are right just kind of guessing.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:48 AM   #32
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I really want to go in May 2014, but if good deal comes out, I'm flexible
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:37 PM   #33
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We booked yesterday for mid January!! When we called to book we were told it is not a problem to add package to current reservations when they become avail in August or September. I though that was a bit late for the packages to become avail but I am still new to the in's and out's of the reservation maze.

Keep hoping one of those envelopes with a pin heads our way. That would be a wonderful thing but then again just being able to go to Disney next year with our family is a truly wonderful thing.
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Old 01-23-2013, 04:42 PM   #34
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Just wanted to stop by, say Hi, and sub to this thread. We were just in Disney Jan 10-14 at the POR but we're planning our trips for next year (January 10-19, 2014 for Marathon Weekend and some time in October 2014 for another 9 nights for DD's 3rd birthday)

We will also be going next year for Marathon Weekend. We'll be staying Jan 10-19. DH ran this year but we were only there from the 10-14. Next year he'll be doing the Goofy Challenge and we're going to stay longer if we can get some kind of discount.
How crowded does it become during Marathon Weekend? The dates for next year for the Walt Disney World Marathon are January 9 - 12, 2014 and we will be arriving around then so I am a bit curious as to what can be expected.
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Old 01-23-2013, 09:43 PM   #35
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How crowded does it become during Marathon Weekend? The dates for next year for the Walt Disney World Marathon are January 9 - 12, 2014 and we will be arriving around then so I am a bit curious as to what can be expected.
It really wasn't bad at all. Walking around it seemed to be a little crowded but most rides had a 10 minute wait or less. We were able to walk right on to some of the big rides (tower of terror, space mountain, thunder mountain) in the afternoon after the races/race-related events. There are special buses for Marathon related events so park buses for other guests run as normal.

We went to Epcot after my husband finished running but a lot of others were still running for a few more hours. Epcot was interesting then because it's the end of the race and they're running through the park so it was hard to navigate some areas. It wasn't that big of a deal but next time I would just stay away from parks they are running through after gate opening times until a bit later in the afternoon when all of the runners are finished.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:24 AM   #36
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lol I am so excited to see I am not the only one planning a 2014 trip just days after new years 2013! haha Hubs thinks I am crazy...
BUahaha, I think I am planning a December 2014 trip Still haven't gone on my May 2013 Trip (or paid for it for that matter lol !!!)
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Old 01-25-2013, 06:00 AM   #37
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It really wasn't bad at all. Walking around it seemed to be a little crowded but most rides had a 10 minute wait or less. We were able to walk right on to some of the big rides (tower of terror, space mountain, thunder mountain) in the afternoon after the races/race-related events. There are special buses for Marathon related events so park buses for other guests run as normal.

We went to Epcot after my husband finished running but a lot of others were still running for a few more hours. Epcot was interesting then because it's the end of the race and they're running through the park so it was hard to navigate some areas. It wasn't that big of a deal but next time I would just stay away from parks they are running through after gate opening times until a bit later in the afternoon when all of the runners are finished.
How do you learn the race schedule to determine when to head to a particular park?
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How do you learn the race schedule to determine when to head to a particular park?

www . rundisney . com has all of the race info for events throughout the year. They should post of the race course closer to the event.
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Old 01-26-2013, 07:56 AM   #39
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www . rundisney . com has all of the race info for events throughout the year. They should post of the race course closer to the event.
Great! Thanks so much for the info
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Hi Fellow Disers!

I'm planning a family trip for Jan 4-12, 2014. I'm so glad to see so many others planning early. It'll be my son's First Disney trip to celebrate his 5th birthday and my daughter's 2nd trip to celebrate her 10th Birthday. Haven't decided which resort to book??? Waiting on free dining or a great room only discount!
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Hi Fellow Disers!

I'm planning a family trip for Jan 4-12, 2014. I'm so glad to see so many others planning early. It'll be my son's First Disney trip to celebrate his 5th birthday and my daughter's 2nd trip to celebrate her 10th Birthday. Haven't decided which resort to book??? Waiting on free dining or a great room only discount!
Would LOVE free dining again - never had used the dining plan before but now we are hooked. We do lots of Character meals and boy can they be expensive
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Old 02-04-2013, 12:25 PM   #42
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Hmm... we may have made a fatal flaw... our dates are going to be right over MLK weekend and I see the crowd estimate is a whopping 10!! I have never seen this side of an 8. Did we make a huge mistake? We could always just hang out at the lodge for our arrival day which is that Sunday and make the best of Monday - it looks like it calms down after that. Has anyone here been in Jan before and can confirm?
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Hmm... we may have made a fatal flaw... our dates are going to be right over MLK weekend and I see the crowd estimate is a whopping 10!! I have never seen this side of an 8. Did we make a huge mistake? We could always just hang out at the lodge for our arrival day which is that Sunday and make the best of Monday - it looks like it calms down after that. Has anyone here been in Jan before and can confirm?
We were there over MLK weekend last year and those were the most crowded days but we have seen it more crowded other times of the year. We are also going over MLK next year and might just steer clear of the MK. I do understand from reading the forum that this year Jan was very crowded so the crowds might well have been much larger than our trip last year.
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We were there over MLK weekend last year and those were the most crowded days but we have seen it more crowded other times of the year. We are also going over MLK next year and might just steer clear of the MK. I do understanhd from reading the forum that this year Jan was very crowded so the crowds might well have been much larger than our trip last year.
I was looking at the touring plans for 2014 and it was claiming MK was a best park for both days even though its at 8/8.5- I was surprised!
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Old 02-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #45
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We were just there 2 weeks ago over MLK week. The crowds were awful for January! Cast Members kept telling us they have not seen it that busy in a long time, and were very short staffed because they had not planned for those types of crowds. Honestly thought, MK was the worst with crowds, the other parks really were not too bad. The crowds lasted from Saturday-Wednesday, then died down significantly.
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