The Wine & Dine Half Marathon is coming up at Walt Disney World Resort and that means road closures. The good thing is that most of these road closures usually take place early in the morning. The bad news is that if you are planning to get to Animal Kingdom for rope drop, you might have some trouble. There will be more than 45,000 runners out on the road the mornings of November 2-4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom is going to take the brunt of the road closures, and here is what you need to know.
First up is the 10k on Saturday, November 3. World Drive is going to have closures in both directions from 3 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. The Magic Kingdom Auto Plaza will be closed from 1 a.m. until 7 a.m. Floridian Way at Seven Seas Drive will be closed from 3 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Bear Island Road from Floridian Way to Western Way will be closed from 3:15 a.m. until 7:30 a.m. Seven Seas Drive from World Drive to Floridian Way will have a modified traffic pattern from 3:00 a.m. until 5:30 a.m.
Next up is the Half Marathon on Sunday, November 4. World Drive will have closures in both directions from 4:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. There will be a modified traffic pattern between Buena Vista Drive and Osceola Parkway from 4:45 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Western Way will be closed from 5:00 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Osceola Parkway will have closures from 4:00 a.m. until 9:15 a.m. There will be a modified traffic pattern on Osceola Parkway from Sherbeth Road to Buena Vista Drive from 4:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m. For the second day in a row, the Magic Kingdom Auto Plaza will be closed from 1:00 a.m. until 7:0 a.m. Bear Island Road will be closed from 3:5 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. Buena Vista Drive will be closed from 3:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. There will be a modified traffic pattern between World Drive and the Studio 1 Entrance from 5:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Floridian Way will be closed at Seven Seas Drive from 2:30 a.m. until 7:00 am.
If you are planning to drive anywhere around the resort during these times, it is best to try to avoid the areas where the roads are closed. Aim for the modified traffic patterns because there will be local police and Cast Members around to help keep traffic flowing. Definitely try to get to Osceola Parkway, while avoiding Buena Vista Drive, if you are planning to get to Animal Kingdom early. Please also note there will be runners in Disney’s Animal Kingdom from 5:45 a.m. until 8:00 a.m. and there will be a special crosswalk added to help guests get from the parking lot to the park entrance.
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