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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
The New Balance Vazee Pace shoes are a lightweight neutral trainer, available in women’s sizes 5 to 12.
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.
Check out New Balance Ariel runDisney Shoes First Look for a close-up view of the Ariel Vazee Pace.
Dumbo Vazee Pace, $124.95
The Dumbo shoes are also the neutral, lightweight New Balance Vazee Pace available in men’s sizes 7 to 14.
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.
Red Carpet Minnie 860v6, $139.95
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.
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.
Red Carpet Mickey 860v6, $139.95
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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.