runDisney Is CHANGING How You Shop Race Merchandise at Disney World

If you’ve ever wanted to combine the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival and the Disney Princess Half Marathon, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo is for you.

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Attend this Expo for an entire weekend of amazing food and drink, exclusive vendor exhibits, and more! It’s the perfect way to usher in the new runDisney race season, plus Disney is giving guests another way to enjoy their weekend.

For the first time, Disney is bringing a virtual queues to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo! On the first day of the Expo, virtual queues for the runDisney merchandise shop will be accessible on the My Disney Experience app. This allows attendees to hold their spot in line while walking around and enjoying the Expo.

The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports

This will work similarly to the virtual queues guests are familiar with at Disney World. To join the virtual queue for the runDisney Merchandise Shop, attendees will need to open their My Disney Experience app after 7:30AM ET on November 3, 2022.

After clicking the Virtual Queues section on the welcome screen, they can find the ESPN Wide World of Sports tab which will lead them to the “Join Virtual Queue” button. After that, they can select the runDisney Merchandise Shop, select their number of guests (up to 6 total), and then tap “Join Virtual Queue” one more time.

runDisney Virtual Queue ©runDisney

If there are spots available a confirmation screen will come up next with an estimated wait time. When it’s time for a group to return, their device will send them a push notification and the entire party will have a window of one hour to arrive at the shop after being alerted.

All of the members of the shopping party will have to be added to the My Disney Experience Friends & Family list before joining, so if you are planning on taking advantage of this new shopping experience you should make sure to link everyone’s accounts ahead of time.

2021 runDisney Expo

You don’t have to be at the Expo to enter the queue! As long as you’re within approximately 45 miles of Walt Disney World you should be able to access the queue. Each guest enrolled in the group will receive their own QR code that is mandatory for entry. If you’re interested in visiting the runDisney merchandise shop on the first day of the Expo you will need to join the virtual queue, as no standby lines will be allowed that day.

You can also hold a virtual queue for an attraction at the same time as your Expo shopping spot. Currently, Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind is the only attraction in the parks using a virtual queue.

Cosmic Rewind

The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex from November 3rd-5th alongside the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. For more information on the races, Expo, and Virtual Queues, check out runDisney’s website.

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