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After we picked up our packets, we made our way to official merchandise. Wow, it was surprising how many shelves were already depleted and imagine our surprise that the wine glasses were already sold out. Just go check Ebay and you will be shocked with the number of items scalpers are trying to resell. I did find the magnets that Christine and I both buy at each race and also, a mug was on Christine's wish list. Unfortunately, my photo does not show the small supply of mugs, but I read on Facebook that these were gone by 3 pm. It is hard to understand how so much merchandise disappears so quickly or is this runDisney's way of trying to get runners to spend an extra night pre race in order to purchase official merchandise? Certainly I can't answer that question, but it really is unfortunate for people who work and cannot take extra time off just to buy a wine glass or mug. The jackets also sold out quite quickly in the most popular style and color. What surprised me the most was that on Thursday afternoon, I saw generic Tinkerbell mugs since the other stuff was selling out so quickly. These were not made for the race, but I guess they figured runners would buy anything in the official merchandise area. (see lower right photo below)
Saturday morning I went back to the expo at opening to see if any restocking had been done overnight. None of the sold out items from Friday were replenished as far as I could tell. Someone waiting in line with me had hoped to purchase a jacket (she needed a different size than small) and was very disappointed.
At around 12:30pm on Saturday, Christine arrived and we made our way to the expo for a quick packet pick up and cruise through the official merchandise. Totally picked over, Christine was thrilled I had gotten her the Tinkerbell mug on Friday.
At every runDisney race expo, the wine glasses sell out very quickly as do the mugs. It is very hard to understand why these items aren't more plentiful. Surely there is someone that follows the purchase trends from race to race and particularly for the Princess and Tinkerbell women's focused races. This is a lost financial opportunity for not only runDisney but also their suppliers. While we don't need much at the expos anymore, it is sad for first time participants who have their eye on a specific item that was advertised on the Disney Parks Blog ahead of race weekend. Getting off my pedestal here, please manage your expectations prior to your next runDisney race expo.
Before leaving the expo we made the stop for the runDisney Tinkerbell photos. Clearly Christine is better at following the instructions of the photographer!
If you are running a race at either Disneyland or Walt Disney World and you want official merchandise, either go at the expo opening, or have a friend do some shopping for you!