Very little is done in the parks for Mardi Gras. BUT if you happen to be staying at Disney’s Port Orleans you will get to experience some what of a parade!
Some of the cast members of the resorts build floats out of golf carts. They parade around the resort throwing trinkets (beads, candy and doubloons) to the guests that line up to watch.
If you will be staying at Disney’s Port Orleans on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday), be sure to ask the front desk when and where this event will be taking place!
Anytime that there is a race weekend at Disney World, be advised that weekend will be very busy and crowded. The most popular races is the Annual Disney World Marathon Weekend. It is typically held the first full weekend after the New Year. Disney’s Annual Marathon Weekend has become the largest combined running event in the country. So if you are a Disney Fanatic and love to run you might want to check into this event one year!
The even starts with a Family 5k Fun Run on Friday, the Half Marathon (13.1 miles) on Saturday and the Full Marathon (26.2 miles) on Sunday. Be advised you do not have to be a World Class runner to compete in these races. Disney has set a 16:00 min/mile pace time to compete in the race. So run, walk, speed-walk whatever it is that you do and come and compete! Each participant receives a medal for completing the run.
While you are running your marathons you will be running through the theme parks themselves! You will be able to stop and take a quick photo with your favorite character or a rare character or two. There will also be bands, high school cheering squads, DJs, dancers and lots of entertainment along the course of the race.
Be advised that registration spots for the races fill up quickly! Register as soon as possible!