August 20, 2013

5 tips to get you ready for the Disneyland Half Expo

This is part two of our posts on the Disneyland Half Expo.  In yesterday's post, Mom talked all about the runDisney merchandise booth.  In this post, I'll share five tips to help get you prepared for the expo.

1. Know your schedule: The expo is at the Disneyland Hotel and is open Friday from 10-8 and Saturday 10-5.  This will give you more than enough time to listen to the speakers, shop and pick up all your race gear.

2. Get your race gear: The expo is the place where you pick up your packet which includes a bib, pins, gear check bag, and race shirt.  To make this process go faster, make sure you print your waiver at home (so you don't have to wait in the line to print it at the expo).

3. Plan your shopping trip.  In addition to the runDisney booth, there are loads of other booths with great merchandise.  You can find the list of exhibitors on pages 12 and 13 of the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend program.
This is hard to read, but you'll get the idea of the number of booths that will be at the expo!
4. Get educated: Disney doesn't hold back when it comes to getting fabulous speakers to give you training, racing, nutrition and motivation tips.  Jeff Galloway, Tara Gidus, Ali Vincent and others will be taking the main stage to share their wisdom with you.  You can find the speaker series details on pages 14 and 15 in the Disneyland Half Marathon program.


5. Make changes: Last but not least, get prepared to make any changes.  This includes providing a proof of time to move up to an earlier corral or exchanging your shirt.  To change your corral placement, take a look at the corral seed times for Disneyland Half here, Disneyland 10k here and Dumbo Double Dare here and make sure your time will actually get you into an earlier corral.  Bring a print out of the race results and go to the Runner Relations booth.  This is a VERY simple process - I've done it twice now.  If you want to exchange your shirt for a different size, there is a shirt exchange booth off to the far right of the t-shirt and gear bag pick-up area.

{Christine}

13 comments:

  1. AWESOME tips ladies! I'm always an expo mess- I run all over the place on overload! lol This time I'll have kids with me- oh my!

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    1. Thanks Patty, we do love the expos. Good luck with having the kiddos along!

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  2. I've had my waiver printed out since they came out! Got my expo map printed and the booths I want to hit highlighted. I cannot wait! 9 days until we're there! :)

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    1. Jen, I also highlight the booths I want to check out!

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  3. LOVE runDisney expos! Wish I was running Disneyland! One day! ;-)

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    1. The expos are a big part of the weekend fun when you attend a runDisney race!

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  4. I don't think you will be able to submit time verifications next yr at the expo. When I signed up for tink and princess for 2014 it has a deadline of nov 1, 2013 and states that you won't be able to change it/give a new time verification at the expo.

    Great information, my husband and I will be running our first Disney races in 2014 and I'm super excited! I really really want to get a car magnet at each race that says 13.2 miles. I did not even think about pins, shirts, jackets or cups. Lol

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    1. Shelly, That is correct. The time verification only works through the Wine And Dine race in November.

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  5. I always print out my waivers ahead of time, but do I remember to bring them? Of course not! I'm always more concerned about getting there when the doors open to avoid the crowds. They're such great expos, I go to the ones at DL even if I'm not doing the race.

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    1. Jennifer, Could you put that waiver in your purse or bag that you will be taking to the expo before you leave? We like to be there early too!

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    2. That would be the logical thing to do, but I get excited and forget those pesky details!

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  6. Thanks for the tips! This is my first year doing a runDisney event and I am pretty overwhelmed. You have really broken things down and made it not so daunting :) Now, if I can only focus on the booths that I want to really visit and not get sucked in by all the others!

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  7. Thanks so much for the tips, I am LOVING these posts! Super helpful! :-D

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