Walt Disney World Monorail beginning service in the early hours during the upcoming Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Jan 06, 2022 in "Walt Disney World Monorail System"

Posted: Thursday January 6, 2022 10:15am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend makes its return, and to transport guests to the EPCOT start and finish location, the monorail system is operating extended hours this weekend.

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon takes place on January 8, followed by the Walt Disney World Marathon on January 9 2022. Both races begin at 5am.

Here is the operating schedule for the three monorail lines.

Resort Monorail

January 8: 2:30am to 1 hour after park close
January 9: 2:30am to 10:30pm.

Express Monorail

January 8: 4:30am to 1 hour after park close
January 9: 4:30am to 2 hours after park close

EPCOT Monorail

January 8-9: 2:30am to 1 hour after park close

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Spoonful of Sugar1 day ago

Thank you so much for this reply and information. I will def look into Whispering Canyon - have heard good things about this one...and what a good idea to try this for breakfast while "working around" the road issues! Appreciate your insights! :)

the.dreamfinder2 days ago

It would depend on where you are staying, as the road closures make things hard. If you aren’t staying at a MK resort, you should be fine on Saturday with HS as the major road closures are on World Drive and into Epcot. If you’re at a Skyliner or Crescent Lake resort, you will have no problems getting to DHS. For Sunday, that’s going to be tough. rD has a 7 hour course limit for the full marathon, so MK will be difficult to reach unless you’re on the monorail loop or WL/FW launches. However, the marathon isn’t an out and back on world drive, so world drive reopening around 8:30-9am will ease traffic. If you can get to WL or FW and take their launches, Whispering Canyon Cafe could be a breakfast option that gets you in with a Uber/Lyft at WL. The big takeaway is that Sunday will be worse than Saturday and you will need to find means of transportation that take you around the road closures and ideally on a mode of transportation to MK that isn’t a car or bus.

Spoonful of Sugar3 days ago

Hello! Congratulations to all who are taking on the January 2025 WDW races! I am (ashamedly) not one of you, but my DSister is - 10K!! Newbie here...so I am posting this question here, but please direct me to the "non-runner" forum if needed. Not meaning to hijack this forum with non-runner questions, but not finding where I should ask this question. Here goes. I have been given the happy task of touring the parks with my dear nieces during the mornings of the half and full - they want to do early entry both on Sat and Sun - how do the parks work for HS on Saturday during ETPE and on Sunday at MK for ETPE? Thank you for all your help.

pdude8112 days ago

Ah ok. The races themselves mentioned USATF. Thanks, that helps me avoid wasting my time on a few contenders!

Rteetz12 days ago

This was listed on the half and full marathon pages. I also saw it under FAQ on the question, Can runDisney races serve as POT for other runDisney races?

pdude8112 days ago

It wasn't in the race policies tab for marathon weekend, so I went to the FAQ for the whole rD site and didn't see it there either. I always remembered seeing USATF somewhere though. Which page is that from? Posting my screenshots below. I just didn't look hard enough I guess __

Rteetz12 days ago

You had me go check. Where are you seeing that it doesn’t need to be USATF?

pdude8112 days ago

I'm noticing the POT section of race policies no longer specifies a race needs to be USATF certified. That might be helpful given I thought I'd have through late Sept to find something and now it's got to be before the end of June. Event when I go to the FAQ it no longer mentions USATF. Not sure when that vanished but it makes it easier. I've had to hunt down race directors before to double check.

surfsupdon13 days ago

Thank you @pdude81 and @Demarke for helping. I’ve never run the race when the parks were officially opened. They let guests in but rides weren’t running yet. I want to do it. I’ll check out the fbook group. I figure if I run the race, PLUS add rides, entertainment, and food that the value of my registration will increase!! I will still train, but I will celebrate while running. Who knows, tmrw I may change my mind. But I’ve got plenty of time to finalize.

Disney Dawg8813 days ago

Thanks very much!!!

Rteetz13 days ago


Disney Dawg8813 days ago

Thanks again. One last question, can you provide info on the tracker? I have no idea where to find that.

Rteetz13 days ago

Official charities are listed on the runDisney website: https://www.rundisney.com/plan-your-trip/disneyworld/travel-providers/disneyworld-marathon-weekend/ As for the spots that pop up that are non-Charity. Those just appear on the runDisney website. There are trackers and such to help with this but again you have to be quick. It is usually just one or two spots at a time and they will go in a couple minutes.

Disney Dawg8813 days ago

Thanks for the response! I assume Team in Training is one, do you know where I can find any others? Also, when you say spots pop up periodically, where does that happen?