Finalizing My Disneyland Half Marathon Playlist – Part 1

Over the weekend, I finalized my playlist for the Disneyland Half Marathon! Last week, I put up some tracks that were in the running. Here is the full list and a little information about why the tracks are where I placed them. It took quite a bit of time to finalize this list and I hope it all works out well. Last year, the Disneyland Half Marathon was the last half marathon or longer that I ran without music. I swore at the end of that race that I would never do that again. So, this year, I’ve come up with quite the list.


First things first…my goal for the Disneyland Half Marathon is to finish in 2 hours, 55 minutes. If I do this, it will be my third fastest half marathon to date. It will also represent a 5 minute improvement over last year. This finish has an average pace of 13 minutes, 20-21 seconds per mile. So, all the tracks are listed based on that pace. To break things down a bit further…

3 minutes, 20 seconds = 0.25 miles

6 minutes, 40 seconds = 0.50 miles

10 minutes = 0.75 miles

1. – Fantasmic…The soundtrack to Disneyland’s Fantasmic runs 26 minutes, 18 seconds. It’s a bit long. However, I’ve run with this track before and know it’s a good track to begin my journey. If I’m on pace, this track will finish somewhere round the end of mile 2, close to The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure. Depending on how I feel, I’ll probably take out the headphones (or turn down the volume) to hear the World of Color music when I enter DCA until this track finishes.

2. Under the Sea – I should be at The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Undersea Adventure when this track starts up. It will hopefully take me to the entrance of Cars Land.

3. Welcome to Radiator Springs – If this track doesn’t pop up right at the entrance to Cars Land, it shouldn’t be too far into my time there.

4. Life is a Highway – I’m not exactly sure if I will still be in Cars Land when this track starts up. It should run me all the way out of DCA and into the Esplanade.

5. Mickey Mouse March – If’ I’ve timed this right, it should come up somewhere around the entrance to Disneyland. I thought the theme song to the original Mickey Mouse Club for the entrance to the original Disney theme park was appropriate. This track should carry me down Main Street U.S.A.

6. When We’re Human – This track is from the Princess and the Frog. It’s a fun dixieland piece of music. It should take me into the Frontierland towards the Mark Twain and onto the end of mile 3/beginning of mile 4.

7. Love is an Open Door – I had a hard time what I wanted playing as I made my way around the Big Thunder Ranch area and into Fantasyland. I’m hoping this music will take me through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and back onto Main Street U.S.A.

8. Star Wars Main Title and Imperial March – This track will take me through Tomorrowland. I may, if the line isn’t too long (which it probably will be), stop here for a picture with Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers. With Star Tours in Tomorrowland and the appearance of Darth Vader, this seemed like a good track here. This track could carry me all the way through Tomorrowland and around the Matterhorn.

9. It’s A Small World – If all goes well, I will see the attraction of this song when it comes up. It should take me into Toontown.

10. Ever Ever After – This song seems perfect to end my time in the theme parks. It should take me from wherever It’s A Small World ends in Toontown and right out through the back stage area. Although, I don’t expect it to take me onto the streets of Anaheim just yet.

11. Let it Go (Demi Lovato) – This is the perfect song to have playing as I leave the theme parks behind me. It’s time to let all the theme park fun go and focus on the rest of the race.

12. The Medallion Calls (from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl soundtrack) and

13. He’s A Pirate (from Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl soundtrack) – These two tracks feel epic. I know that when we hit Ball Road there will be a sea of people. So, why not music about the sea…Pirates? Get it?

14. Hawaiian Roller coaster Ride – Somewhere during this song, I should pass by the Hawaiian dancers (if they are there like last year). So, it would go really well.

15. What Time is It (Summertime) – From the High School 2 soundtrack…This song should close out mile 5. I will need some energy infusion here. The High School Musical tracks do just that.

16. All For One – Another High School Musical 2 track because you’ve got to keep the energy high at the start of mile 6.

17. Who Will I Be – from Camp Rock continues the energy. When I was running the 13.1 miles at Santa Monica, this is where my energy started to wane. So, I’m trying to keep the energy and motivation going through this rather boring stretch of the course.

18. We’re All in this Together – From High School Musical

19. Stronger (What doesn’t Kill You) – This Kelly Clarkson track is one that tends to remind me that I CAN continue. This race is NOT going to kill me. This track should be in my ears as I cross the 10K mark of the course.

20. Remix (I like the) – This New Kids on the Block track is one I’ve really enjoyed running to. It should be playing in my ears as I cross the half way mark of the race.

I’ll stop the list here and continue tomorrow. After all, this post is getting really long. So, stay tuned for the rest of my running playlist for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

3 thoughts on “Finalizing My Disneyland Half Marathon Playlist – Part 1

    1. That’s a good question. I usually start off faster than my overall pace. So, the stopping for pictures might help keep me on track. My first mile or two has tended to be around, or under, a 12 minute per mile pace. So, I’m more worried of being too far ahead of this planning than behind it. So, I guess you could say I’ve built in buffers for picture stops. It will be interesting to see how it all works out on Sunday.

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