I arrived in sunny and warm Orlando on Friday morning. It was a refreshing change from the cold weather that has settled into North Carolina. I moved south to avoid this winter stuff, get it together NC. I had a smooth flight and was greeted by the mouse upon my arrival.
The resort has a New Orleans/Mardi Gras theme and looked much like the French Quarter would.
I headed back to the front of the resort quickly, as I did want to get to the expo. We had tickets for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party that evening and I could get into the park at 4, so I needed to hit the expo, get back to our resort to get into our room and head to Magic Kingdom.
Buses picked us up at our resort to take us to the expo, which was held at the Wide World of Sports complex. This was new to me, as the Princess Half Marathon expo this year was held at the Coronado Springs resort. That expo and this expo were so very different.
runDisney expos are notorious for being absolutely insanely crowded. This year, I hit the PHM expo first thing in the morning, going in as soon as they opened. Things were already slightly crowded, and while I had no trouble picking up my packet, my wait was long to check out at the runDisney merchandise booth, and by the time I had finished there was a long line of people waiting just to get into that booth. It wasn't long before the highly coveted I Did It shirts and other items commemorating the race were sold out. I have heard things were even worse at the Disneyland half expo. I was nervous about the waits I would face during this expo and had little hope of picking up an I Did it shirt or a vinyl decal for my mom-mobile. I was in for a shock.
Rock and Roll St. Louis half marathon(keep in mind, this was the last race that you were able to bring proof of time and switch corrals at the expo), and this moved me up to Corral E. I headed over to the first of two runDisney merchandise booths, where I was even more shocked.
The rest of the expo, including race shirt pick up, was in a completely separate building, which probably aided in the lack of crowds in the first building. I walked over and found things to be slightly more busy, but still rather calm.
I headed back to pick up my t-shirt and the rest of my swag, glanced around to see if any other shopping opportunities called my name, but being short on time as well this being a budget trip, I made my way back out of the building, to head back to my resort so I could get ready to leave for the Christmas party.
Look out for my next post, a recap of the VERY Merry Christmas Party. Trust me, it was way merry.