RunDisney Coast to Coast Challenge, a Smokin’ New BBQ Menu and More in Theme Park News

RunDisney Coast to Coast Challenge, a Smokin’ New BBQ Menu and More in Theme Park News

Have you heard about Magic Kingdom’s Tron Lightcycle/Run?  Maybe you heard rumors about a new kid’s club at Disney Springs and want details!  Perhaps you are a RunDisney fan and heard about the Coast-to-Coast Challenge announcement this week.  You’ve come to the right place for all of the information!  Here’s the week of Theme Park News.

Disney Theme Park News

First!  Today begins the Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary celebration at Disneyland Resort.  This momentous occasion is filled with a whole lot of BRAND-NEW exciting experiences as well as new dishes and treats.  You can get all the details about the yearlong celebration HERE.

Disneyland Nighttime Spectacular
a NEW nighttime spectacular at Disneyland Park starts now in celebration of Disney100 Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

Tron Lightcycle/Run

If you have been following along, you’re aware that Tron Lightcycle/Run is set to open on April 4th.  Finally!  There is a little more to share coming out of the Disney News. 

Tron signage
photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

There won’t be a stand-by line for this attraction when it opens. To snag a spot to ride, join the virtual queue through the My Disney Experience app.  You can also experience this ride as part of the Individual Attraction Purchase options in Magic Kingdom. 

Want those amazing attraction photos and VIDEOS? Disney has promised amazing attraction photos and videos from this ride. Photos and Videos will be available for download through the purchase of Memory Maker in your account.

tron attraction photo
photo credit: Disney Destinations

The last important thing to know is you will secure your belongings in a locker (outside the attraction line) before boarding your cycle and joining the grid. 

lockers for tron
Lockers for Tron Attraction Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

If you want more information about this BRAND NEW, highly anticipated attraction at Magic Kingdom, you can find that HERE.

Celebrate Soulfully

This week Disney released NEW experiences that will be added to “Celebrate Soulfully” in honor of Black History Month.  Along with the experiences, a new food guide was introduced for special cuisine exclusively offered around the parks and resorts during February.  Check out all the details HERE.

Lion King Stage show photo
Disneyland Park in Anaheim, Calif. welcomes “Tale of the Lion King” to its new home at the Fantasyland Theatre where this original, story-theatre adaptation of Disney’s “The Lion King” is staged in an all-new presentation. From the scenic and costume designs to the new original musical arrangements and choreography, every aspect of “Tale of the Lion King” honors and is inspired by the cultural roots of this timeless story. (Richard Harbaugh/Disneyland Resort)
Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

Disney Springs Kids Club in Theme Park News

Brand new family friendly live entertainment is coming to Disney Springs!  Every Saturday morning starting tomorrow, January 28th, live performers will have the whole family hopping and dancing.  The performers will vary week to week but will include acts such as DJ Kid Queen, Wassalou, the Afropop band from Animal Kingdom, and a Jump Rope Dance Party.

Disney Springs Kid's Club
The New Disney Springs Kid’s Club Entertainment Photo Credit: Disney Destinations

Come join the fun each Saturday morning at Waterview Park starting at 10:30am. 

If you would like a closer look at the Disney Springs area, get a complete description HERE.

RunDisney Coast to Coast Challenge is In Theme Park News

Recently, RunDisney officials announced the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend January 11-14, 2024.  Registration for this event begins February 7th for Club RunDisney Platinum and Gold Members.  February 14th opens general registration.  If you would like to run this event virtually, the registration opens February 17th.

RunDisney Event
Photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

With the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon RunDisney participants will have the chance to complete the Coast to Coast Challenge.  There are 2 ways to qualify for the Coast-to-Coast Challenge and a separate special medal for each. 

Track 1:

Disney World Marathon Weekend 2024

Complete either the half marathon or full marathon (challenges qualify)

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2024

Complete the Disneyland Half Marathon (challenges qualify)

Track 2:

Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2024

Complete the Disneyland Half Marathon


Complete any race 10k or longer event at Disney World within the same calendar year (2024).  Important details to note:


we walk, and walk and walk to get to the start of our 10k. But it’s Disney! ❤️

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Wine and Dine 10k 2022
  • You can only earn 1 of the 2 specific medals.
  • Medals will be available after the finish line of the 2nd race.
  • Participants must be 14yrs of age or older.
  • Virtual runners are not eligible for the challenge. 

To get more information on the RunDisney Season Calendar and all the details, click HERE.

Round-up Rodeo BBQ (Hollywood Studios, Disney World)

This week Disney gave us a closer look at the new table service location in Toy Story Land “Round-up Rodeo BBQ”.  Andy has created a “Western themed family style restaurant” right in his backyard with all his favorite toys and you’re invited to it’s opening March 23.    

Toy Story Land Photo
Toy Story Land in Hollywood Studios Photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

Let’s see what’s on the menu!

You can start your meal off with Cheddar Biscuits served with Sweet Pepper Jelly.  There will also be 2 types of salads:

  • Tomato Salad: Cucumbers, Tomatoes, and pickled red onion with a white balsamic vinegrette
  • Rex’s Romain & Kale Salad which includes green apples, pumpkin seeds, and dried cranberries.

Your main dish come from a variety of smoked meats including plant-based options.  Your choices are:

  • Evil Dr. Smoked Ribs
  • Buttercup’s Beef Brisket
  • There’s a Sausage in My Boot
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Slow Smoked Cauliflower

And more!  Your dishes will be served with sweet, spicy or traditional BBQ sauces.

With your entrée choose 4 sides.  That selection includes:

  • Married spuds (potato barrels)
  • Force field Fried Pickles
  • Slinky Dog Mac n’ Cheese
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Potato Salad
  • Veggie Slaw
  • Roasted Veggies
Round-up Rodeo BBQ menu
photo credit: Disney Destinations

The dessert menu is very traditional and includes cheesecake, apple pie, chocolate silk pie and one very special item “Cupcake a la Forky”. 

Grown-ups have an assortment of cocktails available including the “Frozen PB&J” which will feature the very popular Peanut Butter Whiskey.  Yes, PLEASE!  In addition, a variety of soft drinks, juices and frozen specials will be available. 

More Mobile Order Options at Disney Springs

Amorette’s Patisserie and B.B. Sausage Co. at Disney Springs will now be available for mobile order in the My Disney Experience app.   The two food service locations join D-Luxe Burger, Disney Candy Cauldron, and Goofy’s Candy Store in the Springs area on the list to mobile order.

Amorette's Patisserie
Amorette’s Patisserie photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

If you would like to learn how to mobile order on Disney property through the app, you will find the information HERE.

Universal Studios

There’s a lot of Chocolate at CityWalk in Theme Park News

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Kitchen has opened a new location on CityWalk at Universal Studios Hollywood.  Are you a fan of the popular steampunk themed table service restaurant in Orlando?  You can now get those super exciting shakes and savory chocolate-based dishes on the west coast!

Toothsome Emporium
Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Kitchen photo: @bizzyrunninganddizn

“Power-Up” at Super Nintendo World

In more theme park news, Universal Hollywood introduced the “Power-Up” bands for interactive play inside the NEW Super Nintendo World.  This new land will open February 17 at the theme park.  The bands will allow guests more interactive play while they visit. 

Power-up bands sync with the Universal app and help guests “level-up” while competing against their family/friends inside the land.  That includes on attractions such as Mario Kart and collecting digital coins at interactive play areas.  It also gives guests the chance to try to beat their own scores when they visit again and again. 

Wrapping Up the Theme Park News

This week both Disney and Universal Studios made some exciting announcements.  It seems a lot of it has to do with FOOD!  I’m not complaining about that. 

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Jessica Yashin

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