Hakuna Matata! runDisney Virtual Series to Honor the Timeless Majesty of ‘The Lion King’ This Summer

It’s the ‘mane’ virtual event Guests have been waiting for! This summer, Guests can join in celebrating six years of the runDisney Virtual Series as we honor the timeless majesty of “The Lion King” with three wild and wonderful 5Ks. From The Pride Lands to their very own neighborhood, Guests can be prepared to rule the road (or sidewalk, or treadmill).

It’s hard to believe that it was 1994 when we first met Simba, the cuddly cub who would become king in the animated classic. Since then, he’s taken Broadway by storm and has been reimagined for a whole new generation. So whether Guests grew up with him back then, or they’re watching their little ones grow up with him now, this unforgettable story of discovering your purpose and celebrating who you are will forever be a cherished part of our lives … and we hope this runDisney virtual event can be as well!

Take a look at each storytelling version of The Lion King we are celebrating for the runDisney Virtual 5Ks and the runDisney Virtual Challenge:

runDisney Virtual 5K | The Timeless Classic

runDisney Virtual 5K | The Broadway Phenomenon

runDisney Virtual 5K | The Reimagined Classic

runDisney Virtual Series Challenge

Running a runDisney virtual event truly means having no worries! Not only do Guests get to decide when they run, they also get to decide where they run. Plus, when they register, Guests can add even more ferocious fun to their miles by downloading a themed bib and at-home kit that includes a start line, finish line and mile markers.

Guests can get ready to have a roaring good time with three different 5Ks, each featuring its own medal inspired by the three unique storytelling versions of “The Lion King.” They can be the talk of The Pride Lands and test their endurance by registering for the runDisney Virtual Challenge that includes all three 5Ks and they’ll receive four marvelous medals total.

Guests can be prepared for a chance of a lifetime as registration opens Thursday, April 8 at 10 a.m. ET for all runDisney Virtual Series events on runDisney.com. If Guests love The Lion King or just want a wild way to train this summer, the runDisney Virtual Series is the perfect opportunity to push themselves to great heights!


Published: April 5, 2021

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