Last Friday, February 21st, we headed to Orlando! My daughter Savannah and her friend Eleanor came with me on the trip. I'm writing a full trip report for those of you who love Disney and want to see all of the photos I took. There's just no way to post them all here and this is a running blog, so I will TRY to stick to the running stuff here. The trip report is on The DIS, The Wildest Ride in the Wilderness!! It will be a couple days before I get to updating it, I'm sick and editing photos like crazy.
For those of you that don't know, the Expo is where you pick up your race packet, which includes your bib number, t-shirt, and a few other goodies. They also have many booths of runner stuff. It will make your bank account cry! We hopped the expo bus at Pop and were there in no time. It was a bit of a trek from the buses, but it's Disney, so we expected that.
First we had to go to bib pickup, which as in a different building. It was super easy to pick up my bib, no lines, walked right up!
Then we headed over to the other building and headed down the red carpet! Cute!
I don't really care for this photo of me, I realized the shirt was too short and changed as soon as I got back to the resort...but, it's a memory and it's mine!
Into what I call the SPENDING-ZONE. LOL.
I guess I have grown accustom to small town living in the last few years because it felt a little overwhelming! If I had been alone, I think it would have been different, but the girls were following me around and I didn't want to lose them in the crowd. I picked up my tech shirt and headed straight to the official RunDisney merchandise. They were out of a lot already and it was just Friday afternoon. I was really disappointed, I wanted a Princess Half Marathon jacket and they were gone already. I did find a couple t-shirts and a magnet, then decide to head to Sparkleskirts! I knew they would have something for me, they always do. ;) I looked around a bit more but didn't feel like I could fully shop with the girls standing there, so I decided I had spent enough and it was time to go. Found the wall with my name before heading out!
Up next, we were headed to the #runnerslove meetup, but had to jump back on the bus to Pop b/c someone (ahem, me) forgot her phone!
When we got back, I took a quick shot of my loot from the Expo!
Overall, I think the Expo was great! I had heard nightmares about last year when they had to have it at Coronado Springs instead of World Wide Sports, and thought it was well organized. For me, it would have been more fun had I been alone, but I found that to be a reoccurring theme on the trip when it came to running stuff. It was hard to balance a Disney trip with a running trip. NEXT TIME I will go alone! Yep, I think there will be a next time.
I wish they had limited people from getting multiple of the same items or had more so that they didn't run out, but I'm pleased with how smooth the Expo went and my loot.
How was the Expo for you?
Do you normally go alone so you can shop??