How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2016

How To Buy New Balance runDisney Shoes in 2016

2016 New Balance runDisney Collection (New Balance)

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2016 New Balance Disney Running Shoes Revealed

They’re finally here! New Balance announced the 2016 line of New Balance Disney running shoes, which will debut at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna from January 6-10, 2016.

After releasing a single teaser photo of a feather, a yellow bow, and seashell necklace via Twitter and Instagram, New Balance has revealed the 2016 Limited Edition New Balance runDisney Collection feature Dumbo, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, and The Little Mermaid’s Ariel.

The Dumbo and Ariel Vazee Pace are $124.95, while the Red Carpet Minnie and Mickey 860v6s are $139.95. And they didn’t forget the kids. Dumbo and Ariel 860v6 shoes are $79.95.

Read on to find out how, when, and where to buy them, along with pics of each shoe.

Ariel Vazee Pace, $124.95

How To Buy New Balance runDisney Shoes in 2016

Ariel Vazee Pace (New Balance)

The New Balance Vazee Pace shoes are a lightweight neutral trainer, available in women’s sizes 5 to 12.

New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look

Ariel in person (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Ariel-inspired kicks are shades of sea foam green with purple and red accents. The Ariel shoes come with purple shell clip-ons and a picture of Ariel on the heel.

New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look

Ariel (RunKarlaRun.com)

Check out New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look for a close-up view of the Ariel Vazee Pace.

Dumbo Vazee Pace, $124.95

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2016

Dumbo Vazee Pace (New Balance)

The Dumbo shoes are also the neutral, lightweight New Balance Vazee Pace available in men’s sizes 7 to 14.

New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look

Dumbo (RunKarlaRun.com)

The homage to Dumbo are gray with yellow and peach accents, with a picture of Dumbo himself on the heel. They also come with Timothy Q. Mouse clip-ons.

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2016

Dumbo Vazee Pace (New Balance)

Red Carpet Minnie 860v6, $139.95

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2016

Red Carpet Minnie (New Balance)

Each year New Balance releases a pair of shoes styled after a different Mickey and Minnie persona. In 2103, we saw classic Minnie in her red dress. 2014 brought us Pink Polka Dot Minnie, and 2015 was Retro Minnie, harkening back to her black-and-white years. For 2016, we have Red Carpet Minnie Mouse in her yellow evening gown.

How To Buy New Balance runDisney Shoes in 2016

Minnie front and back (New Balance)

The Red Carpet Minnie shoes are 860v6s, a New Balance stability shoe in women’s sizes 5 to 12. They also come with clip-on bows.

New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look

Minnie (RunKarlaRun.com)

Red Carpet Mickey 860v6, $139.95

How To Buy New Balance runDisney Shoes in 2016

Red Carpet Mickey 860v6 (New Balance)

Like Minnie, Mickey has a full wardrobe. In 2013, New Balance put classic Mickey on the shoes. For 2014, it was Sorcerer Mickey and 2015 was Retro Mickey of Steamboat Willie fame. In 2016, we’ve got Red Carpet Mickey in his black tux, red pants, and yellow bow tie.

New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look

Mickey stability shoes (RunKarlaRun.com)

The Mickey shoes are also 860v6 stability shoes in men’s sizes 7 to 14.

All of the shoes will be available at the Walt Disney World Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex starting Wednesday, January 6, and at all runDisney race expos after that, while supplies last.

How To Buy New Balance Disney Shoes in 2016

Kids Ariel 860v6 (New Balance)

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2016

Updated 8/31/16 for Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

Want to snap up a pair of the 2016 Disney running shoes? They’re only available at runDisney race expos throughout the year (and not online). Register through NBvirtualqueue.com at 7 p.m. the evening before each expo day.

At the Disneyland Half Marathon, you can purchase the shoes at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo from Thursday, September 1 through Saturday, September 3. If you’re registered to run one of the weekend’s races, you can register for the virtual queue beginning on August 31 at 7 p.m. If you’re not running one of the weekend’s races (and even if you are), check and register in the queue beginning September 1 at 7 p.m. Always check the queue for instructions the evening before the expo day you want to attend.

Plus, Dumbo Double Dare challenge runners receive 30% off on adult Dumbo Vazee Pace shoes. Runners must present their Dumbo Double Dare Bib or runDisney waiver with their bib number with valid ID to receive the discount.

You cannot register days in advance. You must register the night before you want to shop.

New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look

The 2016 collection (RunKarlaRun.com)

The first day of all runDisney expos is reserved exclusively for runners registered for that weekend’s race. Runners can sign up in the virtual queue using their bib numbers starting at 7 p.m. on the night before the first day of the expo for an appointment to buy the shoes.

Each runner can reserve one style and size through the virtual queue, but can buy up to five more pairs in the booth for six pairs total. And each person can sign up in the virtual queue just once per weekend.

After signing-up, you’ll get a text or e-mail confirming your time to head to the expo that day. As that time nears, you’ll get a call-back text letting you know they’re ready for you. You’ve got one hour from that text to check in at the New Balance expo booth, where you’ll wait in a live queue.

Remember, the only way to get into that line is to sign up at NBvirtualqueue.com. Inventory may be limited as the shoes sell, so check the New Balance virtual queue for inventory and other updates.

How To Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes in 2016

Ariel Vazee Pace (New Balance)

When to Buy New Balance Disney Running Shoes

The limited edition New Balance Disney running shoes are only sold at runDisney race expos. Here’s the current schedule for 2016:

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Walt Disney World, January 6-10, 2016
  • Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend: Disneyland, January 14-16, 2016
  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend: Walt Disney World, February 18-20, 2016
  • Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend: Walt Disney World, April 14-16, 2016
  • Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend: Disneyland, May 5-7, 2016
  • Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend: Disneyland, September 1-3, 2016
  • Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend: Disneyland Paris, September 23-24, 2016
  • Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend: Walt Disney World, November 4-5, 2016
  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend: Disneyland, November 10-12, 2016
How to Buy New Balance Disney Shoes in 2016

New Balance’s teaser (New Balance)

You don’t have to actually register for any of the races to buy the shoes. The expos are free and open to the public. But you do have to purchase in person following the instructions at NBvirtualqueue.com.

I bought and paid for my own 2014 and 2015 New Balance Disney running shoes! But as a member of the media, New Balance and runDisney sometimes provide me with complimentary attendance at runDisney and other events. As always, all opinions are purely mine. I firmly believe in being honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more, read my Disclosure Policy.

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Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the Panasonic New York City Triathlon + regular contributor to Shape + Redbook online. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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  1. 1

    Awesome!! Thanks for the great post. Here’s a novice question: when/how do you get your bib number? My WDW race is in April 2016.

    • Karla Bruning
      2

      This is a really common question! Your bib number will be on your race waiver, which runDisney usually releases about 2 weeks or so before race day. I’m guessing you’re running Star Wars! You’ll be able to find it on the Star Wars page at rundisney.com. Go to “Runner Info” then “Waivers.” Once they release the waivers, there will be a link for you to look up and print yours. There you’ll find your bib! If you want to see what I mean, go to the same section for WDW Marathon, since that race is this week. You’ll see see a link “Race Waivers” where folks can look theirs up. I’ll be at Star Wars too!

  2. 5

    I am registered for the Princess half in February, can I register in the virtual queue on Thursday and pick them up at the Princess half expo, or is this only for the expo this weekend?

    • Karla Bruning
      6

      It’s only for the expo this weekend. New Balance will have the same or a similar process for Princess Half. All of the virtual queue registrations are for the same day. Have fun at Princess!

      • Chris #
        7

        So just to make it clear, can runners register on Wednesday to pick up shoes on Friday? And how fast do the daily queues usually fill up?

        • Karla Bruning
          8

          No, only register on the day you’d like to buy the shoes. Want to pick them up Friday, register on Friday. You can’t register in advance. The queues usually fill up fast. Set your alarm and get online at 6 am. Good luck!
          Karla Bruning recently posted..New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First LookMy Profile

  3. Chris #
    9

    Ok, one more question, when you sign up in the queue, are you able to pick your time or do they just assign you a time? I want o sign up at 6am but know I won’t be able to make it to the expo until 5pm or so.

    • Karla Bruning
      10

      They just assign you a time. If you don’t make it to the expo within 1 hour of your time, they can’t guarantee they’ll have the style/size you reserved, but from what I’ve heard, they’ll still see you when you do get there. Good luck!

  4. Barb Fabus #
    11

    I will not be at the race, is there any way to get a pair of the shoes?

    • Karla Bruning
      12

      No, they are only sold at runDisney race expos. You’ll find some on eBay, where sellers charge exorbitant mark-ups.

  5. Lacey #
    13

    ok so are the little mermaid ones only going to be sold at the princess half marathon or will they be sold at other race weekends?

    • Karla Bruning
      14

      New Balance has said the Ariel shoes and all the other 2016 shoes will be at all runDisney race weekends.

  6. Bea #
    15

    Hi! I’ll be at the Princess Half and getting my hands on Ariel and Minnie (hopefully) but I wanted to know if they were still selling Cinderella and Tinkerbell??

    • Karla Bruning
      16

      Good news and bad news. The bad news is the Cinderella shoes are in the vault. They were the 2014 shoe and have sold out. The good news is New Balance has said they’ll sell the Tinker Bell shoes while supplies last. I’m not sure if they sold the lot at WDW Marathon and Star Wars Half. But if they still have pairs, they’ll sell them at Princess. Have fun!

      • Bea #
        17

        Hi! Thanks for replying. I just saw your update and I have a fee questions. I’m traveling from Panama to Florida on Friday, 19th and I arrive around 7pm so I’m thinking of having a friend register me (Im dying for those shoes!) but I’m not sure what information they’ll need. Also, when they call you to the booth, do they send you an sms or can I use my e-mail? I’m wondering if I’ll need roaming. Thanks for all your help!!

        • Karla Bruning
          18

          Bea, so sorry I’m just getting to this comment. Hope you got it all sorted out!

          • Bea #
            19

            Hello there! I did manage to get both and they’re awesome! I wanted to thank you for posting and keeping in touch, you’re awesome!

          • Karla Bruning
            20

            Thanks! Glad you got what you wanted!

  7. Laura #
    21

    What sizes are the kids shoes? I can’t find the info anywhere.. Thanks

    • Karla Bruning
      22

      A commenter on a different post of mine said said the kids Ariel shoes come in sizes 10.5-3. Not sure about the kids Dumbo shoes.

  8. Regina #
    23

    So do they sell the shoes at all the races? Or is it just the princess half?

    • Karla Bruning
      24

      All of the races! The full schedule is in the post above.

  9. Joe #
    25

    So are the shoes shown the only shoes for the entire 2016 season? Are there any that will be different for each of the Marathons? Like will there be “Star Wars” themed shoes at the Star Wars half marathons, or is it just the types shown here at ALL the marathons and there are no other special types?

    • Karla Bruning
      26

      You never know. In 2013 and 2014, New Balance released the whole shoe collection at once in January. In 2015, they released new shoes for the Marathon in Jan, Princess Half in Feb, Tink Half in May, and Disneyland Half in August. For right now, these are it, but that doesn’t mean they won’t release additional pairs at any of the other races. When they do, it’s always a surprise. If they do, you can be sure I’ll write about it!
      Karla Bruning recently posted..Disney Wine & Dine Half Adds 10K, Challenge, New TimeMy Profile

  10. 27

    Karla! I just got my waiver / bib number for the Star Wars half marathon today. Currently, the NB registration is “closed”… is this what you meant about waking up early at 6:00 am to register? ie. Every day they take a set of registrations for upcoming races, and then close up shop? Thanks for all your help in this :)
    Kelly recently posted..3 behaviours I don’t want to repeat from my first half marathon of 2016My Profile

    • Karla Bruning
      28

      Hi Kelly, Glad you found your waiver/bib number! Now for the NB shoes…yes, the virtual queue will only be open during race weekend. Each expo day, they’ll accept appointment reservations just for that day, then close up shop. It used to be that the queue opened at 6 am for same day appointments, but for the last race (Princess Half) they moved it to 7 pm the night before. For example, if you wanted to buy your shoes on Friday, you logged on at 7 pm on Thursday to sign up for a Friday appointment. We’ll have to wait and see if it will be the same for Star Wars or if they change to some other time. Check the nbvirtualqueue website in the week before the race. They usually update the instructions a week to a few days before each race weekend starts.

  11. 30

    Hi!

    I’m not running in the race, but am interested in buying the Mermaid shoes on Friday. I know I can’t register until Thursday night, but do you know if there is time range for the tickets on Friday? For instance, is there a range from X am to X pm that the ticket might fall under?

    Thanks!

  12. Shirley #
    33

    When you reserve a show are you guaranteed that style and size when you go to try it on at the expo? I’ve never done a virtual queue for rundisney.

  13. Shirley #
    34

    When you reserve a certain style and size for the rundisney new balance shoes from virtual queue, Are you guaranteed that size and style when you go to get them at the expo?

  14. Denise Dorsey #
    35

    Why is the NB Rundisney virtual queue not open?

    • Karla Bruning
      36

      New Balance is not using the virtual queue for Friday & Saturday of the Tink Half expo. You can just go to the NB booth on Friday or Saturday if you want to buy the shoes!

  15. 37

    Can someone pick up a pair for me if I send them the money??

  16. Doug Vavrick #
    38

    2015 RunDisney shoes have started showing up at New Balance factory outlet stores. Styles and sizes vary by location. I was able to pick up a pair of the 2015 Steamboat Willie shoes for $50!

  17. 39

    I’d like to see Warner Bros come out with Road Runner shoes. Disney is cute though.
    shoeman recently posted..How to Turn Any Shoe Into a Slip-onMy Profile


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