When I started planning our trip to WDW for marathon weekend, I made sure that we were all settled in and ready to go by the opening day of Walt Disney World Marathon Health and Fitness Expo. Even though registration and expo are open for three days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday), I wanted to avoid the rush and get there right when the doors opened. And boy am I glad we did!
Thursday morning, before heading over to ESPN, the husband and I made our way to O’Hana for one of our favorite breakfasts! When you plan your next WDW trip, make sure that O’Hana is on your list of places to eat.
After breakfast we hopped on the expo bus outside the Polly (10:30am). The bus was pretty empty and traffic was nonexistent. We made our way there in no time.
Once inside the pavilion, we made our way to the Goofy registration pick-up section (which is located in a different area than the half and full registration pick-up).
After picking up our bibs, we headed over to expo to get our race shirts. The area in expo that seemed to have the most congestion was the New Balance booth… this could be why! We had arrived early enough to get our hands on just the right sizes. My Minnie shoes were the last ones in my size and it was only 11:oo am!
After grabbing our race shirts, we headed to the runDisney section to pick-up the cutest vinylmation Disney has. This bad boy will be living on my desk at Columbia, hopefully no colleagues take him hostage!
Once we had done a little shopping, shirt swapping, and browsing we headed back to the bus. But not before we got some pictures with our bibs in-front of oversize medal backdrops.
When we got back to the Grand Floridian we unloaded our runDisney bags to take a look at our new race shirts and pins.
We took the rest of the day to explore the parks and have some fun. While mingling with other runners I realized that I should have tried to get a earlier corral because of my previous half marathon times. I decided that the next morning I would go back to expo and get my bib changed. I am so happy we had done all our shopping and waiting in line the day before, because when we got to registration and expo the lines to get in to expo actually went around the field!
Now to conquer the 39.3 miles that comes with that Goofy bib!
What are your thoughts on the new runDisney shoes?