Wednesday, May 17, 2017

2017 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Expo

My last time to visit Disneyland and the resort area was in 2013 for the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend. One thing I clearly remember about that expo was the mad dash of craziness in the official merchandise area. I hoped to avoid all of that this time around, since I wasn't arriving until Friday evening (the day before the 10K).


Thankfully, apart from afternoon traffic from the airport I didn't account for, all went well in my travels that day and I arrived at the Expo with time to spare!


As a bonus, we were able to snag a room at the Disneyland Hotel, so we didn't have far to go!


We started out in the convention center area to pick up our bibs. My friend had gone earlier in the day and said the lines were cray cray.  


I'm so glad I didn't have to worry about that as there were zero lines for me and the whole process was super smooth! I was able to pick up my bib and go on about my way!

Also, I was given two wrist bands at this point - one for a pink coast to coast medal and another for a blue coast to coast medal. I'd read earlier that day on social media that people were going to the runner relations booth for the blue wrist band, but mine was handed to me here at bib pickup! 


I did have my eye on the small blue Dooney, but they sold out before I arrived. (Maybe that was a good thing?)


Our next stop was the Expo floor itself. I also needed to pick up my shirts.


The walkway into the Expo had a bunch of Peter Pan murals which we (of course) took a few pictures with!



So excited to run this race! I seriously thought the opportunity would never arise!



The shirts were all located together in one area which was nice. Again, I didn't have to wait in any sort of line! YAY!


With an hour to spare before closing, we decided to take our time and browse a bit of the Expo merchandise.
 

This expo seemed a little less busy to me vs WDW - less people and less vendors.


Most of the vendors we did see were the same as those at other runDisney events...Raw Threads, Sweaty Bands, etc.


We spent a good chunk of our time at the Official Merchandise area. Again, the crowd wasn't terrible and the merchandise was not picked over (at least not to me).



I was able to snag everything I wanted, minus the Tink ornament. Thankfully, my friend picked up a Tink ornament for me earlier in the day as I was worried they would run out.


Of course Pandora was there, and so was this adorable green Tink pace car for race day!


Before leaving the Expo, we spotted a photo opportunity and stopped for a picture!


Upon returning to our room, we discovered turn down service and a star filled sky with the castle! :)


The Tink Expo was such a fun start to our weekend! I really enjoyed it all!

Stay tuned for more updates from our Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend adventures!

3 comments:

  1. I thought the Tinkerbell expo was much easier to navigate than PHM! Staying at the DL hotel also makes it nice.

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  2. I actually liked the smaller expo. I went after lunch to let the crowds thin out, and it was easy to get all my stuff.

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  3. Glad to hear it wasn't as crazy. That first year for dumbo was insane! Those ornaments looked so cute.

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