The newest race on the runDisney lineup, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, is now open for registration. The race will take place on September 29, 2012 and replaces The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K, which was last held in 2009. As a HUGE fan of this attraction, this race promises to be very exciting!
The nighttime race will begin at 10:00 pm in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, taking runners to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and back to the Studios. Runners will re-enter the park at the Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show, wind through the Streets of America and finish on Sunset Boulevard at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. There will be the usual Disney entertainment on the course and runners can expect a unique inaugural race medal.
The race is followed by the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash, which will be held from 10:30 pm – 3:00 am. Spectators will be able to purchase tickets to this party and enter before the race is over. Not only will runners and spectators have exclusive access to the Studios, but most headliner attractions will be open. The attractions include: Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (obviously), Star Tours, Muppet-Vision 3D, The Great Movie Ride, and Toy Story Mania! While this party sounds great, here’s where my concern begins. I’m having flashbacks of the inaugural Wine & Dine Half Marathon After Party and the limited space that was available for runners and spectators. Sunset Boulevard is a very congested area and if this is where the finish line for the race is, how are guests going to get to those headline attractions during the after party. The Studios overall is much smaller than World Showcase at Epcot and I’m hoping we won’t run into the same issues.
Also taking place on the race weekend is a Family Fun Run 5k and Kids Races, both of which will be taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I have to say, I’m a little disappointed about the 5K taking place at the Sports Complex. The fun of Disney races is being able to run through the theme parks and see areas you don’t normally get to see. The course description also says that you will be running on various terrains including pavement, grass and sand.” This doesn’t seem very safe for the many inexperienced runners who participate in these 5Ks. It’s my prediction that attendance for this race will be very low in comparison to other 5Ks.
Pricing for the events are as follows:
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler
- $90 by March 27, 2012
- $105 between March 28 and May 22, 2012
- $120 on or after May 23, 2012
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
- $50 per participant
runDisney Kids’ Races
- $10 per child
Disney Villains Hollywood Bash
- $44 per person by August 31, 2012
- $54 per person on or after September 1, 2012
As usual for most runDisney events, packet pick-up will be required at the race Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning September 28, 2012. Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.
I hope to see you there as we enter the fifth dimension!!