Disney Tower of Terror 10-Miler Registration Opens

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The start of the 2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. (Photo: runDisney)

I already reminded you that registration for the 7 Mile Bridge Run in the Florida Keys opens Tuesday, February 11 at 6 a.m. EST. But another popular Florida race opens registration the same day: the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler.

I’ve never run either race, but have run other races at Walt Disney World as media courtesy of runDisney.

Registration for the 2014 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend from October 3-4, 2014 at Walt Disney World opens Tuesday, February 11 at 12 p.m. EST.

This race doesn’t sell out as quickly as, say, the Disneyland Half Marathon or the 7 Mile Bridge Run, but it will sell out.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend is dedicated to the villains as the Disney baddies come out in the dark with a nighttime race that starts at 10 p.m.

At the 2013 race, 9,480 runners finished the 10-mile course that starts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, heads to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Champion Stadium, and finishes at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror back at Hollywood Studios.

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Runners disguised as Cinderella’s step sisters pose with Snow White’s evil queen disguised as an old woman. (Photo: runDisney)

But what I imagine is the best part of the race comes after the finish at the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash at Hollywood Studios, where rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania stay open just for runners and their guests. Admission to the party is included in race registration for runners. Friends and family can buy tickets too.

Other races at the weekend include the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and runDisney Kids’ Races, including a Diaper Dash for babies and 1-mile run for older kids. Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo will be in full swing too. All those events take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend benefits Autism Speaks, a charity that funds research for treatments, causes, prevention and a cure for autism, raises awareness of autism, and advocates for autistic individuals and their families.

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Jack and Sally Skellington post with runners in costume. (Photo: runDisney)

I’ve never run this race but, like the 7 Mile Bridge Run, it’s on my bucket list. I love seeing all the costumes that people come up with for this one. Since it’s the only runDisney race dedicated to the villains, I think you see some especially creative and spooky get-ups. It like Halloween comes a few weeks early.

I also love that the start of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler has traditionally been within walking distance of the Disney BoardWalk area hotels like the BoardWalk Inn, Beach Club and Yacht Club resorts, and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin hotels. It’s the only runDisney race at Walt Disney World where walking to the start is an option for anyone. If you stay at one of those hotels, that also means you have a nice short commute home when the party ends at 4:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 5, 2014, since Disney’s Hollywood Studios is within walking distance of the BoardWalk.

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Runners at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Photo: runDisney)

At my first Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in 2011, I stayed at the BoardWalk Inn. It was very nice to be able to walk home from the after party at Epcot, versus when I stayed at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort for the 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon. Don’t get me wrong; the free buses that Disney provides to each race’s host hotels are great. But walking is just so easy.

Registration for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler is $145 until March 25. The Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run is $55, runDisney 1-Mile Run is $30, and runDisney Kids Races are $15 until July 29. Tickets for non-runners to the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash are $55 until May 28. Prices increase after those dates. For more information or to register, visit runDisney.com.

Have you ever run The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler or another Halloween themed race?

Disney has in the past given me complimentary race entries, hotel, park tickets, and some meals for runDisney events. For more information read my Disclosure Policy. Like I said, I’ve never run this one. I like to alert readers when registration and lotteries open for popular races.

Karla Bruning

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Karla Bruning is a regular contributor to SHAPE.com, the host of NYRR's On The Run web + TV show, and a race announcer at events like the TCS New York City Marathon. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now she freelances as a running reporter. She's run 7 marathons, 20 halves, 6 triathlons, sings in an '80s cover band, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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