September 16, 2014

Tower of Terror Health and Fitness Expo

In just a few weeks time, the Tower of Terror race participants at Walt Disney World will be picking up their race packets at the health and fitness expo.  We always enjoy attending these expos and to get the most out of your trip to the expo we wanted to share a few tips.



* Expo hours: October 3rd, 10 am to 7 pm and October 4th from 8:30 am to 3 pm at the Jostens Center at ESPN.

* Before heading to the expo, be sure to print out your waiver and have it completed for easy bib/packet pickup.  There are computers available to print your waiver if you forget! You may be asked for a photo identification so have that available too!

* In your final race instructions, you will receive an iGift bag.  This includes a link to several coupons that you may want to use at the expo.  We always print the coupon from Lasting Commemoratives and at Tower of Terror, you will receive this cute bookmark just by bringing your coupon to their booth.



*  New Balance Disney inspired shoes. Be sure to sign up ahead of time for your chance to buy these shoes, if they are on your shopping list. New Balance has a "virtual queue" and you will receive a time to visit the New Balance booth when you sign up. There are several different designs and styles for men, women and children. I bought the Minnie inspired shoes in a state of weakness back in January!



* Check out the expo map on pages 15 and 16 from your final race instruction booklet and make a list of the booths you want to visit.

* Plan how much you are willing to spend unless you have a bottomless wallet.  It is easy to get swept up in Expo mania and buy much more than you can afford or need.

*  If this is your first expo, we would suggest you start at the runDisney official merchandise booth and get your shopping done.  This booth is generally the most crowded booth at the expo and gets busy very early in the day.

*  The speaker series at the race expos are very good.  We always check the list out ahead of time and try to catch at least one of the speakers.  The talks include a race course recap, food and nutrition information from Diet Diva Tara, the runDisney nutritionist and running tips from Jeff Galloway, the run/walk guru and former Olympian.

* Bring a bottle of water and a protein bar or something similar in case you get hungry.  We always spend more time than planned and getting hungry or thirsty can spoil your fun!

* Wear comfortable shoes and have fun!

There are lots of other posts with great information about the Tower of Terror race weekend.  Just click here!




19 comments:

  1. ToT was my first ever runDisney event. I was so overwhelmed by the expo, although I loved it. I am excited to see the one for WDW Marathon, too!

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    1. Marathon weekend expo is huge and the runDisney booth has tons of merchandise. Sadly last year the Dopey Challenge stuff was not very exciting so I only ended up with an "I Did It' shirt and another tech shirt. The jackets were very plain. Hopefully they do a little better this year.

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  2. I hope to be there spectating and at the parks!

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    1. Oh so exciting. I hope we get to see you Kat!

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  3. LOVE runDisney expos!!! I want to run ToT one day!

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    1. Me too Mindy.....I am planning on being good and not buying much though.....my closet if busting with running attire.

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  4. I'm looking forward to this expo! I hear it's not quite as big as some of the other event expos so I'm hoping the crowds will be down. The runDisney merchandise booth is always my first stop!

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    1. Me too Kristen.....love the runDisney merchandise!

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  5. I can't wait for this race! The expo was amazing last year, unfortunately I didn't get to run so I'm looking forward to round 2! This is all really great advice, I was definitely a victim of expo mania last year at marathon weekend and ended up with far more loot than I had originally planned!

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    1. It is easy to become a expo victim and buy too much stuff Bree. Hope we see you there!

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  6. WOOO! reading this got me so, so excited for ToT! Can't wait! Especially since Lindsey and I are going for Tonga Toast at Kona café before the expo! Sure hope we see you there! :)

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    1. We have not tried Tonga Toast yet but need too.....everyone raves about it!

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  7. I have a feeling I won't be going crazy at the expo on official merchandise cause i'm not a fan of the villains or stitch! But that's okay! that means i'll be in and out and more time to spend at the parks!

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    1. We won't be there too long either because we are going to Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Don't want to be late for that!

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  8. Great tips. Especially the coupon one. I saw and got mine during marathon weekend but I'm sure some people never saw it.

    Also good that if you're thinking of buying something more expensive in general for running, check if the company will be at expo and wait to get "expo savings". That's how I got my Armpocket discounted.

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    1. John, we generally do not have running gear on our list, but they do offer some good prices. We know lots of people who shop the expo sales.

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  9. Fabulous tips! I love the easy to read format!!

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  10. Great Tips! I need to finalize my budget!

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