It’s sad thinking this time last week I was leaving Disney World. Thankfully Disney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon was a
blast! Soggy, but definitely enjoyable! Last Friday the hubs and I met up with Ms. BakeNBurn and her hubby to begin a whirlwind weekend in Disney World. Our first stop on this wondrous weekend was the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports facility within Disney World. We were staying at the Caribbean Beach resort, so after a most delicious breakfast of a Mickey Mouse waffle, sausage and fruit, we boarded the bus to the Expo. We were very close to the ESPN complex, so after a short ride we hopped off the bus into the craziness that was about to ensue. Step 1: take a photo with the giant cardboard champagne bottles. I am a Champagne fiend, thus my hubby’s Easter egg hunt for me over the past two years was actually a hunt for mini bottles of champagne. Brilliant!
Step 2: enter the disorganization that is packet pick-up. All four of us were in different number groupings, so we each headed to different lines to pick up our bibs and packets. Samantha’s hubby was in Corral B, so he was in one of the first few lines. My hubs and I were both in G, but separated between the 4,000’s and 5,000’s. My line, which I could have sworn was a mistake, was three people long. The hubs and Samantha, however, were in lines that extended into eternity. Something seemed quite awry. I waited for about 5 minutes and acquired my bib, race brochure, $10 Disney gift card (which would be a life saver later…), and adorable cork coaster. Step 3: be prepared to wait, but don’t like it. I departed the pick-up stands and went to find the hubs, still quite a ways back in line. I waited with his for about 15 minutes until I looked back and saw that Samantha had not moved an inch since joining her endless line. I wandered over and we devised a brilliant plan. Step 4: find ways to avoid standing in lines. The lines for our hubbies moved much faster than hers, so once they had their packets in hand, they held the line so we could multi-task and look at the merchandise section.
Step 5: wait in more lines for merchandise. Ms. BakeNBurn and I are very decisive when it comes to the items we know
we want. We do our research up front and waste no time in deciding on the products we want for purchase. I found the adorable lavender colored hoodie and a Wine and Dine 13.1 car magnet (of course in the shape of Mickey Mouse’s head), and Samantha picked up 2 different Wine and Dine running headbands, the same magnet, and a black half zip with “Eat, Drink, Run” in yellow text on the back – tres adorable.
Step 6: don’t forget to pick up your shirts, and when pressed for time, grab the essentials. Once we finally made it to the next building to pick up our shirts, we had very little time given our fast passes and lunch reservations in the Magic Kingdom. We hurriedly picked up our shirts, grabbed some last minute IT band
and knee brace items for the hubs, and Samantha and I purchased some very cute SparkleAthletic visors. The forecast was rather foreboding for race time… and rain was definitely in our futures. This way our race “makeup” (I had big plans in mind) wouldn’t smear off our faces while we ran. And no one wants rain in the eyes when you have 13.1 miles to go! The Expo was one of my favorite parts of the Disney Princess Half Marathon, so Samantha and I were bummed we couldn’t spend as much time (or money) as we had intended, but I am sure our wallets were happier for it… as were our hubbies.
We made it out alive and managed to get the items we wanted and needed. All in all, it was a successful, and mildly hectic morning. We got back to the hotel, dropped off our loot, and rushed back to the bus stop to make our way to the Magic Kingdom!
Have you participated in any Run Disney races – what do you think about the enormity of the Expo? Does anyone else pick out the merchandise they want before the Expo? Don’t you just love our fabulous mouse ears?