Themes Revealed for runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend at Walt Disney World

runDisney invites you to embrace the adventure with Springtime Surprise Weekend at Walt Disney World. The runDisney blog has revealed the themes for the three races and challenge coming up next April.

  • The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend will mark the final event weekend of the 2023-2024 race season and will be held April 18-21.
  • The three races and Stitch’s Ohana Challenge will celebrate four beloved Disney/Pixar films: Peter Pan, Up, The Lion King and Lilo and Stitch.
  • Check out some more details on the three races and challenge as well as a brand new post-race event:

Neverland 5K

  • Runners, take flight for the first event of the race weekend with the Neverland 5K! Join favorite characters from Disney Animation’s Peter Pan for a magical 3.1-mile run that will take you toward the “second star to the right and straight on 'til morning” to find the finish line!

Adventure Is Out There 10K

  • The finish line must be explored! Runners, join the Adventure Is Out There 10K for an exhilarating 6.2-mile race inspired by Disney and Pixar’s Up. Encounter some beloved characters like Russell, Dug, Carl, and even Kevin amidst a course inspired by South American landscapes and a sky of balloons.

Hakuna Matata 10-Miler

  • It’s the ‘mane’ event you’ve been waiting for – the Hakuna Matata 10-Miler, an epic running journey inspired by Disney Animation’s The Lion King. From savannas and jungles to Pride Rock and Hakuna Matata Falls, join Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa on this roaring run, where the rhythm of African drums and the spirit of the Circle of Life will guide you to the finish line.

Stitch’s ‘Ohana Challenge

  • Up for an out-of-this-world challenge? Say aloha to Stitch’s Ohana Challenge, inspired by Disney Animation’s Lilo & Stitch, where completing all the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend races—5K, 10K, and 10-Miler—earns you not just bragging rights, but a special medal honoring the magic of togetherness, where no one and no adventure is left behind.

runDisney Springtime Surprise Splash

  • First you race… then you RELAX! Dive into an evening of celebration and thrills during the brand-new runDisney post-race event, the runDisney Springtime Surprise Splash at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. After a weekend full of magical miles, enjoy favorite water attractions (at night!) with shorter wait times, delicious sips and eats and more – a splashing way to end your race weekend! Learn more about the new event here.

  • You can also plan to join the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend fun virtually. Whether you’re looking for motivation to train for a future runDisney race or get a taste of the magic wherever you run, virtual race events are a great way to reward yourself for staying active.
  • Runners wanting to join for this year’s event should mark their calendars for the following registration dates and times:
  • runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort
    • Club runDisney Gold & Platinum Member Registration – August 15, 2023
    • General Registration – August 22, 2023
  • Virtual runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend
    • General Registration – August 25, 2023
Mike Mack
Mack is the Editorial Director for Marvel and ESPN content and he has covered comic cons, theme park events, video game showcases and other fun events. He is a fan of theme parks, sports, movies, Marvel Comics and is a self-proclaimed "nerd."