runDisney 2021 Summer Virtual Series Honors ‘The Lion King’

by | Apr 5, 2021 | Magic at Home, WDW Blog, WDW News

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The theme for the 2021 runDisney virtual series has been announced and it is none other than The Lion King.

This is the sixth year for the virtual runDisney series and what better way to celebrate than by honoring Simba and the Academy Award-winning film that was released all the way back in 1994?

First things first, and most importantly, registration opens Thursday, April 8 at 10:00 AM EST on runDisney.com.

The following races also must be completed April 8 through Aug. 31, 2021. Now, let’s talk the races — and check out the medals you can receive!

The 2021 runDisney Virtual Series

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This summer’s runDisney virtual series will have you singing “Hakuna Matata”. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Each race is a 5K event and, of course, themed after The Lion King. You can even dress up if you’d like!

Running a race virtually is far from the same as racing throughout Walt Disney World, but there are two positives, including: you run whenever you want to and wherever you choose.


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The Timeless Classic

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This Simba medal is worth the run. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

This race costs $40 and includes:

  • Commemorative Finisher Medal
  • Downloadable Race Bib
  • Downloadable Finisher Certificate

The Broadway Phenomenon

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This medal channels the magnificence of the Broadway show. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

You’ll also pay $40 for the Broadway-inspired 5K and get:

  • Commemorative Finisher Medal
  • Downloadable Race Bib
  • Downloadable Finisher Certificate

The Reimagined Classic

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Just another spin on the classic. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

Yes, the registration fee is also $40 here and participants also get:

  • Commemorative Finisher Medal
  • Downloadable Race Bib
  • Downloadable Finisher Certificate

Virtual Series Challenge

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If you run all three events, you’ll earn this medal. Photo courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

This challenge costs $145 and includes all three 5K races. You will receive the following:

  • 4 Commemorative Finisher Medals: The Timeless Classic, The Broadway Phenomenon, The Reimagined Classic, and Challenge
  • runDisney Virtual Series Keepsake
  • Downloadable The Timeless Classic Race Bib
  • Downloadable The Broadway Phenomenon Race Bib
  • Downloadable The Reimagined Classic Race Bib
  • Downloadable Finisher Certificate

Keep in mind that runners have to register for the runDisney Virtual Series Challenge to be eligible for the Challenge medal.

If you want to make your virtual run even more memorable, you probably should create a Lion King-themed playlist that you can listen to as you race.


Will you participate in the summer 2021 runDisney virtual series? How do you feel about The Lion King theme? Tell us your thoughts in the comments on our Facebook page!


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Written by Allyson Koerner

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Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.
Allyson Koerner

Written by Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.
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