more »" />

There’s a mouse on my shoe

by Meghann on January 12, 2015

Holla!

I just returned from a mini-vacay at Walt Disney World and I can’t wait to share all the details with you. First of all, I need to thank New Balance for inviting me to run with them this weekend. It was a blast!

photobooth

New Balance is the official shoe of runDisney. Back in 2013 they thought it might be fun to design a special Disney-themed shoe to be sold exclusively at runDisney events. Not quite aware of just how enthusiastic runDisney fans are, they severely underestimated how many shoes to bring to the first event. The demand for the shoes surpassed anything they could have possibly imagined and they ended up selling out of their entire stock (including shoes reserved for the Princess Half Marathon) in a matter of hours.

2013-rundisney-new-balance

Having learned a thing or two from their 2013 experience, New Balance returned in 2014 with a vengeance. This time with character –specific shoes that covered a variety of running types (the 860v4 Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie for stability runners and the 890v4 Goofy and Cinderella for neutral runners), as well as limited edition Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie shoes for kids. Once again the shoes exceeded all expectations and demand remained high.

2014 rundisney

Last week New Balance officially announced the 2015 runDisney premium limited edition Retro Mickey and Minnie 990v3 shoes inspired by the Disney classic Steamboat Willie. The new kicks would be available, as well as a limited number of 2014 shoes, at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend expo. They also introduced a new queue system that would cut-back on the massive lines experienced at past expos. Runners had the opportunity to reserve a spot online at NBvirtualqueue.com beginning at 6:00am every morning of expo.

10914833_1091166587575969_3463713747460271749_o

Compared to the colorful, flashy shoes of 2013 and 2014, the 2015 runDisney shoes are a little more subtle with a classic retro vibe that is very popular right now. Personally, I like the black and gray. I think they’re a little more versatile for walking around the parks and easier to coordinate with. I was really excited to receive a pair on Wednesday evening and wore them proudly the rest of the weekend.

shoes

As hinted on the New Balance Facebook page, I have a feeling they’re not done with 2015 just yet.

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 7.59.58 PM

This should be good news for runDisney fanatics who weren’t as impressed with the retro gray and black as I was. There are a lot of rumors spreading on what the next release of shoes will be. I’m kind of hoping for race-themed shoes that will coordinate with the upcoming races still left on the 2015 runDisney calendar. I’ve read others are looking for a Donald or Pluto shoe. What do you think?

20150109_102616

I headed straight to Walt Disney World after work on Wednesday and met the New Balance team (+ media) at the newly renovated California Grill for dinner. Fun Fact: my parents had prom at California Grill (back then is was called Top of the World, which is now the name of a similar bar located at neighboring Bay Lake Tower) in 1982.

We watched Wishes from the balcony. It was my first time catching the show (the late 8:00pm show time means I’m rarely still in the park to see it) and I was impressed. They pumped the music through the restaurant during the show, which really added to the magic of seeing the show.

20150107_200428

I enjoyed the flounder for dinner, which was served atop a delicious nicoise salad.

20150107_204501

The meal was amazing. I think I may have a new favorite special occasion WDW restaurant.

Thursday morning I joined Mary of New Balance and Toni from Black Girls Run for a shakeout run at the New Balance Running Trail at the Boardwalk.

20150108_083042

One of New Balance’s big initiatives with runDisney is the addition of several New Balance Running Trails around the Walt Disney Resort. Since I receive so many emails regarding where to run on Walt Disney Property, I’m going to wait and share more of what I learned in another post.

20150108_083014 20150108_084731

After a shower and quick bowl of oatmeal for breakfast at the hotel, we headed to ESPN Wide World of Sports to check out the runDisney Kids Races and Expo.

20150108_104730

Seeing the runDisney Kids Races was another first for me. I knew they existed, but had never seen them in person.

20150108_105717

Due to the growing popularity of the events, the Kids Races now occur on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Ages range from crawlers to thirteen, with the shortest distance being the diaper dash and the longest the Mickey one miler. Every participant receives a race bib, shirt, and special finisher’s medal. All events take place at the New Balance Track and Field at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and, yes, parents are allowed to run with their children.

20150108_110715

It was pure mayhem. Adorable, crazy mayhem. I can’t wait until Owen is old enough to run/crawl to the finish!

IMG_6154

The Walt Disney World Marathon expo remains large and impressive. It has officially expanded from its original Jostens Center roots and now takes over the HP Pavilion as well as the baseball stadium.

20150108_112232 20150108_115134 20150108_115507

I had free time in the afternoon after getting my bib and took the opportunity to snooze. It was glorious.

For dinner, we wined and fined at the newly opened Spice Road Table (another first!) in the Morrocco section of Epcot.

20150108_185330 20150108_192103

The tapas-heavy restaurant is a welcomed addition to the World Showcase. Our party enjoyed the loud, lively atmosphere that comes from sharing delicious, small plates.

20150108_192727

We enjoyed plate-after-plate of hummus, garlic chicken, lamb, and chicken skewers, as well as pitchers of sangria.

The night ended with a picture-perfect view of Illuminations from our table.

20150108_210937

I could get used to watching fireworks every night!

I’ll be back with the rest of the weekend highlights (including a full recap of Walt Disney World Half Marathon) later.

Good Night!

 

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Linda @ TheFitty January 12, 2015 at 9:25 pm

Can’t wait to hear the recap! Disney world looks beautiful and so much fun!
Linda @ TheFitty recently posted..Skinny Noodles Review

Reply

2 Kristin | W [H] A T C H January 12, 2015 at 9:34 pm

Those shoes are great! Love the classic style. And so fun to hear about the new New Balance trails! I’ve been on vacation and to marathon weekend at Disney severa times and trails would certainly take the experience to the next level! Can’t wait to hear more.
Kristin | W [H] A T C H recently posted..THE BEST TIP FOR NEW RUNNERS

Reply

3 Sabrina January 12, 2015 at 10:41 pm

I just love the new understated shoe! I hope to snag a pair at Wine and Dine!
Sabrina recently posted..Bacon and Cheese Meatballs

Reply

4 Sam @ The Running Graduate January 12, 2015 at 11:32 pm

It looks like you had such a great time. You are so lucky to get to do something like that with New Balance! I really like the Cinderella shoe, and I would love if the Pluto shoe rumor was true. Pluto always was my favorite! I can’t wait to do a runDisney event one day.
Sam @ The Running Graduate recently posted..Training Log 1/5 – 1/11/15

Reply

5 Ash Bear January 13, 2015 at 4:30 am

Those restaurants sound great! I love that Disney is really focusing on improving their food! Those NB kicks are so cute!
Ash Bear recently posted..Publix Savannah Women’s Half & 5k Giveaway

Reply

6 meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles January 13, 2015 at 6:33 am

I love the look of those special New Balance running shoes! I hope to be there next year for the Disney World half! Always looks like so much fun.
meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted..Using Your Homework Pass For Running

Reply

7 Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed January 13, 2015 at 8:33 am

We didn’t do a lot of sit down meals when I was in Disney in December, but my favorite meal of the entire trip was from the Tangierine Cafe in Morocco! The lamb was so good.
Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed recently posted..January Whole30: Days 1 – 5

Reply

8 Meghann January 13, 2015 at 9:57 am

Yes! That’s my favorite quick service in Epcot!

Reply

9 Kate January 13, 2015 at 8:58 am

I’m doing the princess half and will maybe buy the shoes….probably not this style, but hopefully they release something else. I wish they would’ve kept the cinderella ones around longer.
Kate recently posted..Thoughts with Pho

Reply

10 Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes January 13, 2015 at 12:15 pm

Your trip looked like it was so much fun! I participated in the half marathon last year and had an absolute blast. I only wish I lived closer so I could do them more often!
Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes recently posted..A Taste Test at Nuun Hydration Headquarters & GIVEAWAY!

Reply

11 beth January 13, 2015 at 12:47 pm

For the past few months when I click to try and read comments on post it comes up for me to leave a comment but doesn’t show me comments other folks have made – is there some setting I need to change for this to work?

Reply

12 Meghann January 13, 2015 at 1:13 pm

There’s a glitch in my theme. I’m starting to work with a design team to fix it. In the mean time, you can still view comments in mobile view.

Reply

13 Courtney! January 13, 2015 at 4:42 pm

This sounds like it was an awesome weekend! Can’t wait for your 1/2 recap! I’ve never been to California Grill or Spice Road. I tend to avoid making reservations because I always assume we are going to be stuffed with Dole Whip and churros by the time dinner rolls around. I think I’m missing though!
Courtney! recently posted..The Best Race Weekend of the Year?

Reply

14 [email protected] January 14, 2015 at 11:25 am

I have never had much luck with New Balance shoes, Perhaps I should give the new models a try.

I have always wanted to attended the kid races. I bet it is a blast watching the excitement on the kids’ faces as they cross the finish line!

Reply

15 Tracy January 14, 2015 at 11:30 pm

Hi! I hope you had a wonderful time on your vacation. I was hoping you can help me out…I was at the expo over the weekend too and was at the New Balance photobooth, but never got the pictures they promised to send via text 🙁 Do you happen to have the site that gives access to the pictures? I took some really cute ones with my friends, and it would be a bummer to not get them back. Thanks for your help!

Reply

Leave a Comment

CommentLuv badge

Previous post:

Next post: