Hey everyone! Greetings from sunny Florida! Yesterday was the start of the Disney Princess Half Weekend, and I just had to be there on opening day of the expo! Since this is my first half marathon ever, I knew that I was going to go hard at the Official Merchandise tent plus I needed a sparkly red headband for my costume! We woke up at 5:30, left Savannah by 6:30, and arrived in Orlando by 11:00, only 1 hour after the expo opened!
I was absolutely shocked by how many people were there that early and I was honestly worried that things were going to be sold out already! Seriously, I have never seen that many cars before. I was almost running across the parking lot and dragging my husband the whole way! First stop was bib pickup in HP Field House. I was so excited and overwhelmed that I forgot to take pictures here, but there was no one in line for bibs and pickup was a breeze!
I then ran over to the very small Official Merchandise tent in the middle of the Field House. There was a good selection of items (about half of what was available in the main Official Merchandise tent) but all I bought here was the 1/2 marathon full zip jacket because I was worried it would be sold out at the main expo! This is the #1 thing I wanted to get here and I’m in love with it! It fits perfectly and I can see myself wearing this all the time!
Next we walked over to the main expo building in the Jostens Center. It was totally crazy over here! Not only was shirt/bag pickup over here, all of expo vendors were here as well, including a much larger Official Merchandise tent! This is where all the crowds were!
I made a beeline for the Official Merchandise area to stock up on as many princess items as I could find! And I think I did pretty well!
I managed to spend quite a bit of money but I seriously can’t wait to wear this stuff around after my half! I’m going to be that obnoxious girl wearing half marathon stuff all the time now! I did control myself though – there were also super cute travel mugs, wine classes, hats, Disney Bondi Bands, and race-specific drifit shirts. After waiting in line for about 15 minutes I paid and then headed over to the race shirt area. Once again there were no lines and I was even able to exchange my shirt for one that fit me better without any issues!
After taking care of all of the serious business, I took my time and slowly checked out the rest of the expo. I bought a Bondi Band and a Sparkly Soul red glittery headband for my costume, but was able to resist most of the other stuff! By that point my wallet was crying and both Andrew and I were starving, so we left around 12:30. I was impressed with my overall experience and was so happy with all of my purchases! If you’re headed there today/tomorrow have a blast and hopefully there’s some merchandise left!
One last thing: I ran my last pre-race run last night! It was a crazy moment because my next run will be my half marathon! I did 3.1 miles and even though I’m a little achey now, I’m thinking it’s because of all the sitting I’ve been doing over the last few days. At least I hope that’s what it is! I’ll be foam rolling like crazy over the next few days as well as hydrating nonstop. I drank so much water today but it’s definitely necessary in this heat!
Are you going to the Fit For A Princess expo? What’s your must-have item?