Starting at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend, New Balance revealed new RunDisney themed shoes, to which you could only get at the race expos. Well, the popularity of these exploded. It became so popular, that at the 2014 Walt Disney Marathon weekend, you had to get on a wait list just to get in line at the potential to purchase the shoes. Well, for the last three RunDisney races, I have been unsuccessful.
Until now…. My running partner Becky did the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler last weekend, and was able to walk right up and get me my shoes. She actually called me on my birthday to tell me she was able to purchase them for me!
Since I have now done two Goofy Challenges, and Goofy is my favorite Disney character, of course I chose the “Goofy’s”! They are quite colorful don’t you think! There are special touches to the shoes that bring out Goofy’s character. The colors are Goofy’s signatures. It has Goofy’s hat on the toe box. Under the tongue it has his famous saying, “GWASH!”
Here are a few pictures….
Finally, on the heel of the shoe, is Runner Goofy, with the token 39 bib number to represent the 39.3 miles ran during the Goofy Challenge.
Here is the official video of all the various models available. Beyond Goofy, there are styles for Mickey, Minnie, & Cinderella.
We have arrived at Walt Disney World for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. It was nice leaving home at 38 degrees and arriving at Disney at 73; however, it has been a rainy day.
After checking in at our resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, we headed to the EPSN Wide World of Sports for the Marathon Expo.
Inside at the Expo they had things very well organized. This is my 3rd year doing Marathon Weekend, and 2nd doing to Goofy’s Race And A Half Challenge, and things seemed to move far smoother. They have the Goofy & Dopey Challenge bib pickup area in a separate area from the individual races pickup.
The big hype for the Expo has been the RunDisney New Balance Running Shoes. The hype started before you even got inside the expo.
Because of the hype and 80,000 runners here, they lines were insane, so I passed on getting a pair here. I decided to wait until the Disneyland Half Marathon in September to purchase my Goofy’s. I had a friend, Michael who left Charleston at midnight, to be in line at 6am, for an 8:30am expo opening, to get their shoes. They were 30th in line and were successful! I will try and post a video of how joyous their son was to get his Goofy’s.
Procedures for getting the shoes
HOW TO PURCHASE
To help manage wait times with the very busy Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo, you will be able to reserve a time to visit the New Balance booth. To make your reservation, just follow the steps below.
- Upon arrival at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, visit Champion® Stadium (footprints like the ones above will guide you!)
- Follow New Balance signs in Champion Stadium to the New Balance Staff
- Register a reservation time with the New Balance Staff
- After reserving, you will receive a text message/email confirming your reservation time
- When your reserved time is almost ready, you will receive a second text message/email directing you to a side entrance door of the Jostens Center
- At your confirmed time, you will receive a final test message/email to head to the New Balance booth for your new shoes
THING TO KNOW (BEFORE YOU GO)
Prices range from $72 to $125 depending on the model and design of the shoe, and all Guests attending the Expo may purchase up to four shoe liners, four adult shoes and two kid shoes. Unfortunately, when making your reservation time, you cannot reserve a specific model, design or size of shoe, and while shoes are available on a first-come, first-served basis, New Balance has taken steps to have enough shoes on hand to meet the demand.