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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Expo

Since I'm doing the Dopey Challenge this year I needed to go to the expo on the first day.  The expo was scheduled to open at 10am and I decided to get there early so that I could get in line and get the things I wanted.

I arrived at ESPN Wide World of Sports at 9:15am and I headed up to the HP Field House and was surprised because it was already open.  I realized on my way that I had all my receipts, but not my waiver.  A quick stop at the waiver printing station and I had my waiver printed and signed.

It was relatively empty since they opened early so I headed to the Official Merchandise area first.  I did some shopping and there were no lines so it was so fast for a change.  It was fantastic.

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Dopey Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
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Front and Back of Dopey I Did It short sleeve tech shirt
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Front and Back of 4 Races T-Shirt
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Inaugural 10K T-Shirt
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Dopey Vinyl Decal
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Dopey Car Magnet
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Dopey Window Cling
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Dopey Sweaty Band
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Dopey Challenge Bondi Band
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10K Medal Pin
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Half Marathon Medal Pin
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Marathon Medal Pin
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Goofy Challenge Medal Pin
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Dopey Challenge Medal Pin
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2014 runDisney Vinylmation
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Walt Disney World 2014 Vinyl Medal

Next I went over to pick up my Dopey Challenge Bibs.  Again, there was no one there so I walked right up.  I got both bibs and then a card for my commemorative items.  I was happy this time because they didn't hand me a bunch of pins that I didn't have any place to carry, instead I was given a commemorative card like they used to do just for the necklaces.

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Dopey Challenge 5K and 10K Bib
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Dopey Challenge Half and Full Bib

I headed over to the commemorative items booth and handed them my card and it took a few minutes to find my items because they weren't alphabetized correctly.  I was so happy that everything was in one large envelope.  The volunteer took everything out and we went through each item to make sure nothing was missing and to my delight everything was there even though I ordered things at different times.  Very organized and easy for me for a change.

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5K Commemorative Pin
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10K Commemorative Pin
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Half Commemorative Pin
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Full Commemorative Pin
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Goofy Commemorative Pin
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Dopey Commemorative Pin
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Half Commemorative Necklace
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Full Commemorative Necklace
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Goofy Commemorative Necklace
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Dopey Commemorative Necklace

The Dopey Challenge shirt and gear bag pick up was in the same building (kind of) so I headed there next.  Again I had no line and got my shirts quick and easy  Now, I have to add a caveat here - 5 of the 6 shirts were picked up here.  The 5K shirt was not included in this gear bag.
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10K Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
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Half Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
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Marathon Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
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Goofy Challenge Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
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Dopey Challenge Long Sleeve Tech Shirt

In order to get the 5K shirt it was time to head over to the Josten's Center and the expo floor.  I headed in and right to the 5K shirt pick up area and walked right up and got my shirt.  Of course it wouldn't be Disney if you weren't funneled in to a gift shop or in this case the official merchandise area.  I was okay with that because I wanted to pick up a couple of things I didn't see in the first official merchandise area.  I grabbed the things I wanted and walked right up to a register, but the crowds were definitely getting thicker.
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5K T-Shirt
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Goofy Challenge Bondi Band

I walked the expo floor to see if there was anything else I wanted and I didn't find anything.  I broke down and pre-ordered a Dooney & Burke purse this time so I had to head over to Champion Stadium to pick that up.  There were lots of signs, but no real directions.  There was one line that started at one door, another line that started from the other door on the other side and nothing that said pre-orders.  I finally found them at a little table off to the side.  Thank goodness I had printed my receipt because I had to have it and a picture ID.  Then I was able to look through the bags and pick the one that I wanted.  I finally found one with the design I liked the best, signed for it and was all done.

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Dooney & Burke Cross-Body Bag

The expo was getting more crowded now and the line for the runDisney New Balance shoes was all the way down the hill.  It was crazy busy.   There was a lot of shoes sold that day.  I headed to my car to drop off my stuff and I realized that I did all of that in about 45 minutes.

I headed back in to wait for some friends and caught a visualization speaker's series and as I was waiting for it to start I met Walt from one of the blogs I follow and we chatted for a few minutes.  I sat and watched the presentation and wondered why I wasn't hearing from any one that they had arrived.  At about 1pm I decided to head out and head home.

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Once I got home I found that my text messages were hijacked by my iPad and that's why I didn't hear from any one on my phone.

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