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This weekend is usually one to stay away from the Walt Disney World property if you are not participating in the Marathon as the crowd levels can be a little above normal.
I am not currently a runner, but would like to participant sometime in the future hopefully if I can get some proper training done first. Of course I’m always up to get out of the house and run (fast walk) when there is a rumor of a new penny machine. Of course on Friday I read online that a machine with some runDisney designs had been placed for the event at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
As I mentioned above crowd levels can be a bit crazy for these special events. Parking at the ESPN Complex can be a little challenging on normal days, and next to impossible during marathon weekend. My plan of attack was to park over at the All-Star Sports resort, hope on the Wide World of Sports bus and just cruise on in. To be honest this worked perfectly and my daughter and I were the only passengers. Then we got off the bus and encountered the crowd.
The information I received about the new penny machine was that it was in a building called the “J Center”. Thankfully I could see it from roughly the area where the bus let us off.
We walked up the main path with the crowd and I will say the energy of everyone, runners and spectators was really infectious. People were walking around with their medals and everyone was congratulating each other which was nice to see and partake in.
The above banner was up in a lot of different places. I wish it was on a t-shirt or something as I really like this design.
Eventually we made our way over to the J Center and entered into the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo.
Lots more people. This was basically a trade show for health and fitness, which included tech gadgets, trainers, and all matter of things along with lots of free giveaways. There was a specific path down to the lower level with you heading down a set of stairs to the left, and then coming back up on the right side of the building.
We walked around for a bit and eventually found the machine over by the “up” stairs.
This was not a special cabinet, but rather just a plain wood version. It was a three design electric model and was pressing the designs very nicely.
The designs were themed around runDisney which was a nice touch. Images were of Marathon Mickey, an Outline of Mickey’s Head, and the runDisney Logo. All of the designs include the phrase “Every Mile is Magic” which I think is a really nice touch.
Now there is no way to know how long this machine will be available. There are other runDisney events throughout the year so it may be available moving forward. However the J Center is only open to the public when events are taking place. If you go on a day with no events this building is usually locked up tight. Make sure you plan ahead if you are looking to try to get a set.