February 28, 2013

Expo Fun at the Princess Half Marathon

Christine and I went straight to the Expo after the Friday morning meetup at Epcot.  We were stunned at the huge crowd that greeted us as we entered the Coronado Springs Conference Center where the Expo was held. 
Entrance to the Coronado Springs Convention Center

Our first order of business was to check out the runDisney official merchandise booth.  It was packed wall to wall with people, and we tried to stay together and take in all of the neat merchandise and figure out what we wanted to purchase.
Believe it or not these were lines to get to the register in the next room!

You can see that merchandise was selling quickly as the wire racks were getting picked over!
 Our list included the Vinylmation medal to go on our runDisney Mickey from January. We found those quickly with the race pins.

Royal Family 5k pin, Vinylmation medal for Princess Half and Princess Half Marathon pin
Next were the lovely jackets and shirts that we always like to purchase! Christine chose the black cotton hoodie and I picked the tech jacket in a pretty sea green.  "I Did It" shirts are a must for us at the Disney races and we also purchased one for Pam's sister Alison who could not attend the Expo.  All of us loved the shirt this year made in a lovely medium pink cotton! The tech shirts for training were very pretty and I got two of those!  My shopping was getting out of control!
Maybe I got a little carried away, but I love my Expo loot! A new Bondiband too!
We finished our shopping with 13.1 magnets and Christine chose a plastic tumbler with straw for proper hydration at work! 

Our next stop at the Expo was the New Balance booth where Christine was fitted for a pair of the New Balance Disney shoes that she won during the meetup earlier that morning. While the booth was packed with shoppers, she spotted Josh from the meetup and in less than five minutes she was trying on both the Minnie and Mickey shoes.  She ended up choosing the Mickey model (a little wider) and Josh even showed her how to tie the laces specifically for her running gait.  Sweet!
New Balance shoes and certificate!
Christine had pre-ordered a Team Sparkle skirt for the 5k so we made a stop at their booth.  Kelly was outfitted in her best Cinderella costume and we said hi while we headed to their register.  Picking up Christine's skirt was very fast and easy and we were off for our last stop to get our race packets.

At the runDisney expos, bib and packet pick-up are in separate locations and were on opposite sides of the convention center.  First stop was picking up bibs for both the half and 5k.  Christine was so excited to be in Corral A for the first time!  The line to pick up shirts was quite long and we made a few friends in line that took our minds off the wait. 
Nice Bib!
Overall, we enjoyed the Expo experience, but the ESPN venue suits these princesses far better.  The crowds made the runDisney official merchandise booth chaotic, and unfortunately, the space was small.

We look forward to the Dumbo Dare Expo at the Disneyland Hotel in August...more fun speakers, merchandise and of course the race packet pickup!

(Pam)

23 comments:

  1. I laughed at your headline. I'm not sure the word fun can be used in the same sentence as this expo. LOL! I was so tempted by that teal jacket, but I live in FL which means I'd hardly ever get to wear it!

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    1. Lori, I agree, fun was probably a bit of an overstatement. We usually think expos are super fun. The crowds made this one a bit difficult. Yes, I love my teal jacket.

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  2. I'd love to get a pair of the New Balance sneakers, but I like the Mickey better than the Minnie and just assumed because they were men's I couldn't get them, I never thought about actually trying them on! Next expo I'll have to try them...I'd be pretty excited if the Mickey pair fit me well!

    Thanks for mentioning that : )

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    1. Anyone that has a wide foot can wear the Mickey ones. They really are cool looking too!

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  3. I totally missed those princess signs! Thank you so much for photographing them!

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    1. They were up high. Glad you enjoyed the photos!

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  4. I wish I had gotten the Mickey shoes. I look like Ronald McDonald in my Minnie Shoes. LOL

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    1. I actually like the Mickey ones better, but Christine was the one to win them, not me!

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  5. Love the expo SWAG! It is really cool how the jacket has WDW on the sleeve! Mine from Disneyland Half has RunDisney, granted, that is cool too ;) But something about the Teal color and WDW ROCKS! Great combo!

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    1. We actually like the jcakets to say runDisney on the sleeve. I think they just changed them to have the park name instead.

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  6. So cool you won a pair of shoes!! You really did make out like a bandit...my favorite is the jacket! Love that color!

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    1. Yes, Christine hit the jackpot at the meetup with the extra goodies, but honestly just getting into the meetup was a huge treat! :)

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  7. The Expo was insane. Heard the Braves were playing an exhibition game at the Wide World of Sports. Poor planning. I finally got into the Official Merchandise tent but didn't want to wait another 30 minutes to purchase a pin. I had friends that went to the EXPO that evening and it was just as crowded. You got some very nice Princess attire!

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    1. Yes, that is correct. The expo was moved due to the Braves Spring Training games. We did fight the crowds because we love the runDisney Official merchandise!

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    1. Me too! Can't wait for some warm weather so I can wear it!

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  9. I'm enjoying your re-caps so much. The expo looked so wonderful...but crowded too. I bet they started to get low with so many people....
    I love your jacket...and the tank....adorable!
    So happy for Christine and her shoes! How fun! :c) She can wear those and smile at the fun memory....
    I learn so much from your blog and want to say Thank you! Melissa

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    1. Thanks Melissa! The expo was wonderful but very crowded which definitely impacted the enjoyment level. It was fun to get the race bibs (no lines) but everything else was a bit difficult. However, I am glad we waited for the official merchandise...love the runDisney race clothing!

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  10. Hi,
    I was at the expo as well and agree with everything you said. I like the Royal Family 5k pin you bought. I did not see them at the expo. Do you know if they sold pins like that for previou Royal Family 5Ks?

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    1. That was our first 5K at Disney. Sorry, I am not sure if they have sold pins for the 5K in the past.

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  11. Love your website! I get to finally do some RunDisney runs and I can't waaaait! Being a student and working part-time can you give me an estimate at how much things cost at the expo? I want to save enough money. Over $200?? Did you also wee how much the NB mickey/minnie shoes cost? I buy Nike's but I really want these just because they are Disney :) it's on my top to buy list!

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    1. Hi Emilie, Things are expensive at the Expo, at least the runDisney clothing. The jackets run about $79 and the cotton "I Did It" shirts about $29. The tech shirts are usually $35-$39. Some of the booths have specials but we usually just shop at the runDisney booth. Hope that helps!

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    2. Oh yes thank you! I just don't want to run-out of money after waiting all this time to run one! :)

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