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New Vinylmation and Dooney & Bourke Items Celebrate 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon

posted on January 7th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


I admire those who participate in marathons. I tried running once but didn’t find as much enjoyment as I do with taking photographs. My girlfriend likes the runDisney events, so I think I’ll stick with taking pictures of her while cheering at the finish line. Soon, thousands of fans will be cheering for those participating in the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna on January 10-13, 2013. There will be a variety of 20th Anniversary merchandise items available during the weekend. A few items, however, caught my eye due to their unique designs.

Vinylmation is no stranger to the Marathon Weekend. This year, Disney artist Maria Clapsis designed one 3-inch figure that resembles Mickey Mouse in running attire. The figure has a space where a participant can write in her or his finishing time. The things I loved the most, however, are the new mini-medals for the Full Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge that can be added to the figure. Each medal is sold separately from the figure.

Maria will be meeting with guests during the Downtown Disney Cool Down Party being held on Sunday, January 13, 2013. She will be at D Street in Downtown Disney West Side from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Two new Dooney & Bourke handbags will make their debut at the Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. I spoke with Disney Design Group Artist Susan Foy who created the artwork for these bags.

“I enjoyed mixing the Mickey Mouse silhouettes with a variety of patterns for these new bags,” explained Susan. “The navy ground color really makes the design pop. I even added a silhouette of Mickey running as a nod to the marathon. These two items will also have a special leather hangtag attached with the marathon logo.”

If you already ordered these bags when you registered, don’t forget to pick them up at the Playstation Pavilion at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex starting January 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Additional quantities of bags will be released at the Expo for those who missed the pre-order.

I wish all participants the best of luck!

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Shannon on January 7th, 2013 at 10:24 am

Oh my goodness those bags are amazing! Wish I was running this year. Good luck to all the participants.


Julie from CA on January 7th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Any chance that the runDisney vinyls will make it out to Disneyland for either the Tinker Bell half or the Disneyland half?


eric on January 7th, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Medals are extremely cute! Good luck to everyone running!


JENNIFER on January 7th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

LOVE this D&B design!! I hope they eventually sell this on disneystore and in more handbag styles. I would be first online to buy it!!


Tom on January 7th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

These are great. Will they be available for the Princesss Half? My wife is a dedicated Disney Runner and thsi would go great with her Medals


Steven Miller on January 7th, 2013 at 4:39 pm

@Julie and Tom – Yes! The Vinylmation figure will be released at the upcoming Tinker Bell and Princess Half marathons. There will be mini-medals released for those marathons. Look for another article about them coming soon to the Disney Parks Blog.


Carrie from AZ on January 12th, 2013 at 5:16 pm

Hey Steve! What about the Dooneys? I’m not a runner but need to add this pattern to my collection! How do we get access to these without participating in the event? Thanks.


Crissy on January 14th, 2013 at 8:44 pm

I agree with Carrie! I want to know how to get the Dooney!


Summer from OH on January 23rd, 2013 at 4:16 pm

I would run a marathon for that bag!!! So cute! I saw a few ladies sporting these beauties last week at Disneyland for the Tinker Bell Half, and they are even better in person!


Debra on February 1st, 2013 at 6:03 pm

I love these bags. I am at WDW now. Where can I buy one here?