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Expedition Everest Challenge

Select Date May 3-4, 2014

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Experience the true meaning of "racing heartbeat. "If you think you've got what it takes to defeat the Yeti at the Forbidden Mountain, then you won't want to miss the Expedition Everest Challenge held at Disney's Animal Kingdom park.

Just after sunset, individuals and teams of two will brave the mysteries of a thrilling 5K trek held in the shadows of the Forbidden Mountain. Teams will have to overcome treacherous obstacles lying in their path and then scavenge for clues to aid in their journey. But beware of the Yeti, the abominable snowman that guards the Forbidden Mountain! Escape from the clutches of the Yeti and celebrate conquering this Everest with an exclusive after-hours party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.

If you have what it takes to conquer this challenge, then find a teammate and join the trek! The challenge and the party will double your fun! If no one will brave this adventure with you, then sign up as a solo team.

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Expedition Everest Challenge Features   Event Schedule   Course   Awards

Registration Fees and Party Tickets  Race Information   Spectator Information


2014 race registration opens December 17, 2013 at 12 noon EST

There is a discount for early registration


Expedition Everest Challenge Features

  • 5K trek with obstacles
  • Clues to solve before you reach the summit
  • Course through Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park at Night
  • Disney Entertainment on-course and at the post-race celebration
  • Event Weekend Transportation from the Event Host Resorts
  • Disney Kids' Races
  • Awards presented to the top three finishers

Event Schedule

Disney Kids' Races

Here's a chance for even the youngest adventurers to participate in fun-filled races that include running, climbing, and searching. And every child who participates in the runDisney Kids Races goes home a winner with their very own finisher medallion! Children between the ages of 4 and 10 are eligible to compete in the Disney Kids' Races. Distances are determined by age group.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition

Take a trek through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with your family and friends during the Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition. Adventurers ages 4 and up can join forces to run a short distance and then complete a scavenger hunt to earn a special finisher medallion! Kids 4 and up must be teamed with at least one individual age 18 or older. Up to 6 people can be on a roster for a team, but no less than 2 people per group.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 a.m.
Start/Finish: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Each participant in the Expedition Everest Challenge will receive:

  • Unisex Short-Sleeved T-Shirt (Adult and Kids sizes)
  • Personalized race bib (register before March 1, 2014)
  • Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition Finisher Medallion
  • iGiftbag
  • Post-race refreshments

Expedition Everest Challenge

Take a run on the wild side during the Expedition Everest Challenge, a thrill-packed, timed endurance event that combines a 5K adventure run through Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park with the challenge of a scavenger hunt. Your nighttime adventure starts in base camp where you'll begin a journey along an obstacle strewn course. Then get set for all the excitement of a scavenger hunt in the spectacular setting of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Complete the challenge and escape with a special edition Compass finisher medal. Double the adventure and fun and run as a two-person Trek team! Teams can be all male, all female, coed or military. Non-offensive costumes that do not include a face mask may be worn during the race. Participants for Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge must be 9 years of age or older. Kids 13 and under must be teamed with an adult.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:00 p.m.
Start/Finish: Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Each participant in the Expedition Everest Challenge will receive:

  • Champion Unisex Short-Sleeved Shirt
  • Expedition Everest Challenge Finisher Medall
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Admission to an exclusive post-race party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Expedition Everest Post Race Party

The entry fee for registered participants includes entrance into an exclusive Post-Race Party at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. For friends and family not participating in the event, a separate party ticket to enter Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park for the Post-Race Party is needed. The party is subject to capacity limits so there are a limited number of party tickets available. Attractions open for this party include Kali River Rapids, Dinosaur, Dinoland U.S.A. and Expedition Everest.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
10:30 p.m.
Start/Finish: Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

Awards Ceremony

Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park in DinoLand U.S.A. Area
1:00 a.m., Sunday, May 4, 2014

Expedition Everest Challenge Course: Start & Finish

View Course Maps

5K Adventure Run
Start: Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Butterfly Parking Lot
Finish: Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Butterfly Parking Lot

Adventure Run Course
Your adventure run begins at Base Camp in the Butterfly Parking Lot of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park and continues through the theme park past many of the park's famous attractions. Beware of obstacles stationed along your 5k trek! The obstacles will not be too difficult to complete but they will definitely make your 5K trek a little more challenging!

Scavenger Hunt
At the completion of the run, trekkers will return to the Butterfly Lot to begin their scavenger hunt. Remember you need to solve the five clues along the way in order to reach the summit. After the clues have been solved, you'll have the answer that will lead you to the Post-Race Party.

Water & Medical Stops
Three water stops will be available on the course, including one prior to the start of the Scavenger Hunt. There will be medical personnel on bikes to give assistance to guests in need.

Course Photographers
Brightroom Photographers will be on the course and at the finish line taking photos during the race. Remember to keep your race number uncovered and in clear view.

Awards

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in the following categories:

  • Men's Team Competition
  • Women's Team Competition
  • Co-ed Team Competition
  • Military Team Competition
  • Men's Individual Competition
  • Women's Individual Competition

Registration Fees and Party Tickets

Individual Registration:

  • $120 between December 17 – January 14, 2014
  • $135 between January 15 – February 18, 2014
  • $150 between February 19 – May 3, 2014

Team Registration:

  • $230 between December 17 – January 14, 2014
  • $255 between January 15 – February 18, 2014
  • $280 between February 19 – May 3, 2014

Disney Kids' Races (ages 4–10):

  • $20 December 17 – April 2, 2014
  • $25 between April 3 – May 3, 2014

Expedition Everest Challenge Family Edition:

  • $35 per person; up to six people per team roster

Additional Post-Race Party Tickets:
You can buy additional party tickets for your friends and family. Everyone will need a party ticket to enter Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park for the Post-Race Party. Admission to the party will require a separate ticket. Guests will need a hard ticket to enter the Post-Race Party. Annual passes will not provide admission to the party.

  • $49 between December 17 and April 2, 2014 - Adult Tickets
  • $59 between April 3 and May 3, 2014 - Adult Tickets
  • $25 between December 17 and April 2, 2014 - Youth Tickets (Ages 3 – 9)
  • $30 between April 3 and May 3, 2014 - Youth Tickets (Ages 3 – 9)
  • Children Under 2 - Ticket not required

Registration and additional post-race party tickets for spectators may be purchased via the runDisney web site.

Annual Passholders can typically register for the Expedition Everest Challenge, 3 days before it opens to the general public!

Refund/Cancellation/Transfer Policies

Entry fees for the 2014 Expedition Everest Challenge are non-refundable. The transfer deadline to/from a team or individual registration has not yet been announced.


Costumes

While wearing a costume is optional, amazing costumes are part of the event and are encouraged. There are just a few simple rules. Face masks are NOT allowed for security and safety reasons and questionable or offensive costumes are prohibited. Violators will be asked to change or be removed from the event.


Safety

  • The race will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled.
  • For everyone's safety, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.
  • Consider not bringing a bag or unnecessary articles, including cold packs or gel packs, on race day. All items may be inspected. Report anything suspicious to race officials and security personnel.
  • Headphones are discouraged due to audio messages that are placed throughout the course to ensure runners safety.

Spectator Information

Spectators will be allowed to view the start and finish of the 5K in the Butterfly Lot outside of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park. Spectators who purchase a Post-Race Party ticket can enter Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park at 11:00 p.m.


To learn more or register, visit Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge Page.

For information about ESPN's Wide World of Sports, call the Event Hotline at (407)363-6600.

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