When I was a kid, I was not a Disney fan. I watched the movies, had a few t-shirts, but never experienced the "Disney Magic" until I went with my wife and father-in law several years ago.
Standing in anticipation when the park was about to open, trotting through the park with excitement and joy, and walking back to the hotel utterly exhausted at closing was a tremendous experience. I cannot wait to share this Disney Magic with my daughters.
Whether you’re a lifelong, diehard Disney fan, or you’re new to the Disney scene, this one’s for you.
Few songs that are also on the playlist but not on my OG list below - "What Else Can I do" from Encanto and "We Don't Talk About Bruno" from Encanto.
Here’s our compilation of the Ultimate Disney Running Playlist to keep your mind off the distance and give your running routine that Disney Magic you crave!
The Ultimate Disney Running Playlist
The Bare Necessities - Jungle Book
Talk about a true classic. This song, featured in the original 1967 release of the Jungle Book, is one of the happiest, most upbeat songs you can have on your playlist no matter how dreary your running routine.
This tune comes at 102 bpm and is what you need to get into a happy mood and sing along as the lyrics say “forget about your worries…”
He’s a Pirate – Pirates of the Caribbean
Imagine all the swashbuckling, can-do and conquer-it-all activities you can achieve with this tune. If you’ve seen any of the movie series, let me tell you, when you hear this song you almost feel like you’re out there on the sea in one of the many adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow and his cronies.
I’ll make a man out of you – Mulan
I’ll bet gym instructors love this one.
Run as swiftly as a coursing river. Pound the pavement with the force of a typhoon. Take on the Hun and leave him in the dust with the daring Mulan and the characters in this lively movie and its soundtrack.
Let it Go – Frozen
For cold days when you would rather curl up on a sofa with a hot cup of drink than go for a run, this song will make that workout happen. Challenge the icy air and show them what you’ve got with the winning spirit of Princess Elsa.
Immortals – Big Hero 6
Feel like a superhero with this tune by rock band Fallout Boy. It plays when Hiro and his friends are trying out their superhero suits. It’s sure to get you pumped and help you scale through the most rigorous run.
I can go the distance – Hercules
When it comes to Disney men, Hercules is most qualified to inspire a good workout. His abs alone are intimidating. Use this tune to get yourself prepped and into your training routine.
You may not end up looking exactly like Hercules, but according to this article from the National Health Service England, NHS, running to music can help you run longer.
One Jump ahead - Aladdin
Seeing yourself in the place of the underdog Aladdin, sprinting around the streets to escape the guards, is just the motivation every runner needs to put on your trainers and hit the track or the gym. You’ll feel like giving yourself a pat on the back after your run -- trust me.
Did you know listening to music you love can help you run faster and better? Well, The Boston Magazine explains the medical research behind this fact here.
I just can’t wait to be king – The Lion King
The king of the jungle doesn’t let anything stand in his way, and neither should you. At 182 bpm, this tune will make you the king of the run and make the minutes fly by without you noticing.
Under the Sea – The Little Mermaid
Who can forget the unique Caribbean appeal of this song? It’s one song you are likely to keep on repeat, especially towards the end when the song’s pace really picks up.
Shut up and Drive – Wreck it Ralph
Like her or not, this song by Barbadian singer Rihanna comes in at a whopping 128 bpm and has a fast-paced, feel-good appeal to it that is guaranteed to help you along the race course.
Remember to keep safe while running and don’t let the music distract you. This article from WebMD gives some good safety tips for listening to music while running.
So, there you have it: our list of Disney songs to include in your running playlist in order to improve your routine and increase your stamina. With these upbeat, fun songs, you’re sure to love the results you get.
You’ll be feeling like a workout master in record time. We whipped up a nifty infographic with these great songs below. Feel free to share with your friends!
The Ultimate Disney Running Playlist
Hi, Jeremy Here,
I am the the guy behind Train for a 5K. On this site, I share everything that learned along my running journey. The content I create is the running training I wish I had before we started this journey. About Jeremy.
I have run over 250 races including the California International Marathon, Clarksburg Country Run, and various other 5K & 10K races throughout the United States. I am a former Athletics department employee at University of the Pacific and Shoe Consultant with Dicks Sporting Goods