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Princesses are known for poise and manners, ballgowns and tiaras. At the Disney Princess Half Marathon, they tend to add a few more accessories, running shoes and Dooney and Bourke handbags!
In 2009 Disney partnered with Dooney and Bourke and introduced the "Disney Dooney". The bags have been very popular and the two companies have continued to collaborate, bringing new designs to the parks each year! In 2012 a new princess design was released in time for the Princess Half Marathon in a wristlet, a tote, and a crossbody bag. They also featured an exclusive race medallion on the two larger bags for those that were purchased at the Expo. As expected, they were a huge hit and sold out within a few hours. Sadly, many of these bags were seen later that day on eBay at grossly inflated prices, making for some very disappointed princesses.
For the 2014 Princes Half, Dooney and Bourke is introducing a BRAND NEW PATTERN! (I'm just a little excited, can you tell?) Featuring a pale pink background and various Disney images such as Cinderella Castle and Minnie Mouse, they are available in a tote, a shopper style, and a letter carrier bag. Each of the bags has an embossed leather Princess Half Marathon tag with the year 2014 to commemorate your accomplishment! With a new pattern offered this year, they are likely to sell out quickly at the Expo!
Letter Carrier $197.95
After the year where bags ended up on eBay rather than in the hands of racers, Disney did make adjustments to the purchasing process, and bags are available for pre-order! If you really want that bag, registered race participants can purchase their bag ahead of time to avoid a possible sell out at the Expo. You are allowed to pre-purchase one of each style to add to your collection.
I was able to pre-order my bag, though I thought it was a bit complicated to find. In theory, you should be able to click on the link that came in the January runDisney email for race participants. For some reason though, that link doesn't always work.
If it is not working for you, try linking directly HERE to the Active.com Princess Half Marathon registration page. Or you can go to the Princess Half area of the official runDisney website. Under the menu option of "Registration", go to "commemorative keepsakes", and click on any of the choices. You can also scroll down until you see the photos of the handbags and double click on the photo. Any one of these links should take you to the Active.com sign-in registration page for the weekend. Sign into your active.com account that you registered for the race with, and you will see the available options. Near the bottom are.... Dooney and Bourke bags. Follow the prompts to order your bag!
Do be aware that Active.com is charging a processing fee, which added $15 to the price of the tote, and will add around $12 to the other bags. Also know that during the pre-order, there are no discounts available such as AP, DVC or Disney Visa. Despite paying a bit more, I know I will get my bag, and I can spend my valuable Expo time waiting in line for a New Balance shoe appointment!
|Photo courtesy of Marge G., @RNawaymama at Tiny Bits of Magic|
If you are planning on purchasing your bag at the Expo, I would recommend getting there sooner rather than later. While putting those winter miles in on the treadmill, I am dreaming of sporting my very special Princess Half bag around town (preferably in warmer weather)! Who else is planning on purchasing one of these awesome purses?