/ Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

everest groupThe Expedition Everest Challenge was this past weekend (along with May Fourth, but THAT is a whole other celebration) and people from all over the world came to Walt Disney World to run this 5K, complete the scavenger hunt and go through the obstacle course.  Not only that, but, a lot of people are training for half-marathons, marathons or even the Dopey Challenge in January, which consists of running about 50 miles in 4 days.  Many of these runners wear earbuds to use music to motivate them to keep going, or, for the serious athlete, just to pass the time until they reach the finish line.  With these events in mind, I have decided to create a list of my favorite songs that I enjoy while running.


I’ll Make a Man Out of You

I know what you might be thinking, why is this on here?  Some of you might be nodding your head because you knew this HAD to be on the list.  This song from Mulan might be the best workout song ever.  It is upbeat and the lyrics are inspiring and can give you that extra kick for that final mile.

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This one might come as a surprise to some of you, and I would understand why.  This song was written by the Sherman Brothers and is still featured in The Enchanted Tiki Room at Walt Disney Word.  It might not be a fast-paced song, but it is a good one to jog to (instead of dash during), or even a good song for when you are having a walking break.

I Just Can’t Wait to Be King

If you ever see me running, I am the one that is acting this song out.  I roll my eyes and put my hands on my hips whenever Zazu says something and point left and right when they song says where everyone should look.  I even position my hands like claws and roar when necessary!  This tune is a great one to act out, and I always will.

I’ve Got a Dream

This Tangled song shows a key turning point in the play.  It is right after this when Flynn Rider actually starts to like Rapunzel, and Mother Gothel finds out that Rapunzel has escaped her tower.  This musical number is also an amazing running song.  It is very fast and fun jingle to sing along to.

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This tune from Pixar’s Brave is one of my favorites from a Disney movie.  The song itself echoes the location of Brave-Scotland.  I can just see the mountains in my head whenever this songs plays.  It truly transports you to another place when you are running.  It has a very different feel than the other songs on the list because of this.

Colors of the Wind

Pocahontas is trying to show John Smith that the world is an amazing place.  This is a beautiful melody that illustrates everything from wolf cries and hidden pines trails in forests.  The beginning and end have a fairly slow tempo so this could be a good starting or ending song for your workout.

Be Prepared

Scar’s signature song establishes his position in the pride and how everyone should get ready for him to take over everywhere the light touches.  This tune has a lot of character and the lyrics are a lot of fun to act out also.  The pace of the music goes back and forth between a medium level and faster level.  It would be great to go back and forth between jogging and walking.


All of these songs distract your mind from the fact that you are ACTUALLY running.  That being said, these songs are also great for exercising in general.  They may not be the best thing for yoga, however.  I myself am training for a half marathon next year, so all of these recommendations are from personal experience, songs that have found a home in my iPod and motivate me to keep running.  What Disney songs inspire you to push through another mile?  Let me know so I can add them to my song list!

Congratulations to everyone who successfully completed the Expedition Everest Challenge!  Special congrats to Justin Bird, member of the WDW Radio Running Team, for winning the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge!

See ya REAL soon!

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14 thoughts on “Disney Songs That Keep You Running”

  1. Dan V. says:


    Thanks for these suggestions, and I completely agree.

    If I may, I will add a few of my favorite “cadences” to your list:

    “Circle of Life”
    This “The Lion King” anthem, as slow as it sounds, actually provides a very steady albeit faster pace, if you can find the stamina to keep up with it. Since it weighs in at a few seconds under 4 minutes, it’s a nice burst if you’re into “rise and fall”, or interval training.

    My second song is actually the theme song from Fantasmic! While keeping a decent rhythm, the song also gives you that feeling of being able to push through with your run (or workout).

    My final song would be “Under the Sea” but with a twist – it is on the Disney Mania album from 2002, and is performed by A-Teens. This revision has a nice grungy reggae beat that holds up throughout the whole song. With some decent guitar riffs, it can also help you push through a hard workout.

    Thanks Makena for pushing me to look through my workout playlists as now I am obliged to update them with your suggestions!

    -Dan V.

  2. Chris says:

    I love The Avengers soundtrack for running as well as a lot of songs from both of the Cars’ soundtracks.

    “I Can Go The Distance” from Hercules is motivating in the lyrics, but better as a warm up song than a running song because it has a slower tempo overall.

  3. Katie T (Aww Phooey) says:

    The two biggies on my list are “Go the Distance”, “Zero to Hero”, and “Stand Out” (Hercules, Hercules, and A Goofy Movie respectively). I don’t mind being aware that I’m running but I thrive on feeling strong and being able to overcome the odds.

    For runners who who want a hard beat behind their steps, I (tentively) recommend the Disney Eurobeat series (3 volumes so far). If you are familiar with the Disney’s Rave mix for DDR, these CDs have the full versions of those songs and a lot more. My…um…preferred versions of those Hercules songs come from this series.

    I say tentatively because a lot of people don’t like that kind of music. But if your runs are powered by electronica, you might want this.

    The downside is that they are not available domestically. They are a Japanese import.

  4. Katie T (Aww Phooey) says:

    *Dons a large red hat and thin moustache*

    Three! Three biggies! Where’s my comfy chair…

  5. Donna Q says:

    I LOVE “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” and it’s always part of my running playlist. I would also suggest “Almost There” from Princess and the Frog. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Tony E (BacksideOfWater) says:

    It’s A Small World can you have that extra boost.

    You’ll increase speed trying to get away from it lol

  7. Elaine says:

    Try King Louie’s song, “I Wanna Be Like You” from the Jungle Book. It’ll put a bounce in your step!

  8. CriesDuringWishes says:

    Touch The Sky! Yes! That one is on my running playlist too. It helps me feel strong like Merida.

    The Welcome Medley from MK is also on my playlist; It makes me dream of that moment of the half marathon when I will run down Main Street and through the castle. That is my ultimate motivation, so it helps me push thru my practice run.

  9. Kelly says:

    “He’s a Pirate” from Pirates of the Caribbean on the Fit Flix Workout Music Album….this is the BEST song to run to! Very upbeat and motivating!

  10. Fun list! I also love listening to audio from the parades, illuminations music and a lot of the Enchanted soundtrack! 🙂

  11. Adam says:

    This is awesome! As I am training for the ’14 wdw marathon I am looking for a Great playlist!

    I really enjoy listening to music from the parks. A couple of my faves:

    Illuminations: Reflections of Earth
    Tapestry of Dreams

    ‘Flying’ from Peter Pan

  12. Katherine says:

    A couple favorites of mine that haven’t been mentioned:

    1. “Won’t Say I’m in Love” -Hercules – Nothing like a sassy female song to pump you up.

    2. “Dig A Little Deeper” – Princess and the Frog – Because we all need that pep talk when we’re going the distance.

    3. “I’ve Got a Dream” – Tangled – Who doesn’t like listening to thugs sing about ceramic unicorns?

    4. Original Universe of Energy Song – Not the ballad (“You Make the World Go Round”) but the up beat one that’s full on synthesizer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hYoGfacCRM

    5. Fun to Be Free – Another Epcot throw back! I like to sync up my music to pull music from the parks I’m running through (or should be running through at my intended pace) when I’m running runDisney races but these Epcot songs are now permanently on my list.

  13. Peggy says:

    Love “When Can I See You Again” by Owl City on the Wreck It Ralph Soundtrack!

  14. Blake says:

    I agree with I’ll Make a Man Out of You! It is my brother’s varsity lacrosse team’s pump-up song that they all sing at practice lol