Kill/Refurb/Marry: Disney Mountains

So I’m, like, a full 24 hours late on this week’s Kill/Refurb/Marry. No grand excuse; I was on vacation and I forgot about the monthly blog hop. I have had this happen before and just let the month slide, but NOT THIS TIME. Not when we’re talking Disney Mountains!

But first, a question: when we say Disney Mountains, do we mean that in the literal sense; namely, do we mean the traditional triumvirate of Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad found at Disney parks worldwide? Is Expedition: Everest eligible, being as it is subtitled a mountain?* Does the Fantasmic stage count?** Looks pretty mountainous to me.

* Yes.
** No.

Settle in: judgments begin now.

Kill: The Magic Kingdom’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

I’m sorry! I know it hurts. But BTMRR, while adorable and magnificently themed, is a glorified kiddie coaster. (Never mind that both Moon and my mother find it terrifying; they are wimps, wimping along wimpily. 😉 Because of Moon’s aforementioned terror, I did not experience Disneyland’s BTMRR during our Tink trip, so maybe it’s a little beefier?

Refurb: The Magic Kingdom’s Space Mountain

Disneyland’s Space Mountain has music and lights and an overlay and – this is important – CARS YOU CAN GET INTO AND OUT OF WITHOUT FALLING ON YOUR FACE, EXPOSING YOUR UNDERWEAR, OR OTHERWISE LOOKING LIKE A RAGING IDIOT. I want the MK’s version to have cars that don’t make me look like a raging idiot!


Marry: Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain




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The Fairest Week In Review: 7/29

JENN: How’d your training go this week?

MOON: The last part of the week was good! I fiiiiinally have some new music!

JENN: Yay!

MOON: Nothing motivates me more than a good jam. How was yours?

JENN: Okay. I ran outside exclusively this week. The first run went well, but the humidity was so high the next two days that I felt awful.

MOON: Awww. There was one BEAUTIFUL morning last week (of course I didn’t have time to run that morning), but the rest were pretty terrible. 🙁

JENN: I did do four half walking/half running miles while my boyfriend skateboarded with me. Not fast, but kinda fun.

MOON: Oh, that’s fun! At least you had some company. 🙂

JENN: Indeed. Also, I have a story about him that I’m going to tell here because it concerns Walt Disney World.

MOON: Ha, fire away

JENN: Apparently his family went to WDW when he was three and his brother was five. His brother was tall enough for Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but he wasn’t, and this made him SO ANGRY that his dad had to take him away and bribe him with ice cream.

My question: “Did the ice cream actually placate you, or were you just sulking into the cup?”

His answer: “Oh, I was sulking into the cup. The ice cream was not enough to make up for the fact that they let my brother on the ride but not me.”

To the parents of the world: your ice cream bribes are buying you NOTHING.

Artist’s rendering. (source)

MOON: And did you inform him that he missed absolutely nothing but terror?

JENN: Haha, no. He rode it when he was older and he was fine. You’re the only one on earth who finds that ride terrifying. Well, except for my mom, but that’s only because the ride stopped briefly and she spent the rest of the experience convinced we were going to derail.

MOON: Derailment is not as bad as death.

JENN: But you’re still alive!

MOON: For now.

JENN: Well, I guess we’d better head to the roundup before she keels over.

We Run Disney conquers race day anxiety.
Back to Square Zero contemplates Race Face.
Running at Disney counsels NOT running yourself into the ground.
Running Toward the Prize looks at runDisney from a princessless angle.
Will Run for Ears longs for the good old days when runDisney races didn’t sell out in ten seconds.
Run Walk Fastpass Repeat has ways to get FASTER.
– At last, a nutrition article that speaks to me: believe that runners shouldn’t diet.
– DO YOU FEEL THAT? That’s the sound of the Food & Wine Festival galloping this way. Prep with overviews from The Disney Tourist Blog, Beers & Ears, and Eating WDW.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at fairestrunofall@gmail.comSee ya real soon!

The Jenn Method of Haranguing Moon Into Riding Roller Coasters

JENN: Okay, so today’s topic is one that is near and dear to my heart: The Jenn Method for Haranguing Moon Into Riding Roller Coasters.



MOON: … Okay.

JENN: Annnd that’s it! Thanks everybody for your time.

Nothing a good punch in the face can’t cure.

No, but seriously: First I would like us all to cast our minds back, back, back to 2008, and our very first WDW trip of the modern era. Moon has never been a roller coaster sort of person, but because WDW coasters tend to (mostly) be on the milder side, we (Liz and Megan were with us too) collectively and I promise you GENTLY pressured her into trying things. Because you may as well try things, right?

Well, let’s try a little free association. I’m going to say a phrase, and Moon is going to react to it.
Ready? Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.

MOON: Haaaaaaate. This ride is dangerous. Stay back.

JENN: Yeah. She had a tremendously violent reaction to that one… which none of us understood because it’s Big Thunder and… I mean, it’s Big Thunder. It’s barely a step above the Barnstormer. ] Nevertheless, that was a bust. Space Mountain made you cry but then you said you thought you liked it?

MOON: Tears of triumph?

JENN: And you went on Everest but missed the yeti because you refused to look up. So really I don’t know how well our campaign went, in summer of 2008.

We hadn’t even begun our ascent through the first temple yet.

MOON: Hey, at least I got on it!

JENN: True!

Now flash forward just a bit, about six months later, to December of 2008. Moon and I had gone on a last minute trip, and because it was just the two of us (and/or because I’m a terrible person?) I dragged her back onto Expedition Everest. And so occurred one of my absolute favorite exchanges of all my WDW memories.

We had just completed the last pass through the mountain, escaped the yeti, and were pulling slowly around the corner toward the station.

Moon turned to me and said, in absolute seriousness, “Is the big drop coming?”

To which I replied: “… The ride’s over.”

“Oh. Let’s go again!”

I don’t know. A flip switched or something. I got her onto Everest again. Then we went on Space Mountain three times. Then we went on Splash Mountain I don’t know how many times because she decided she loved it. It was pretty awesome.

Sometimes we just have to stop in the middle of whatever
we’re doing and gaze lovingly into each others’ eyes.

MOON: I blame it on the cool winter (Floridian) air.

JENN: And not the awakening of the lion that is the core of your soul?

MOON: Um… I think at the core of my soul is something more akin to a turtle.

JENN: Now, all of this is very impressive – a non-coaster person developing a fondness for Disney coasters. However, as I mentioned, WDW coasters tend to be on the tamer side. The exception? The Aerosmith Rock ‘n Roller Coaster. Moon, would you like to tell the nice people what you rode last trip?

MOON: Your mom.

JENN: That must’ve been awkward.

MOON: I feel like an Aerosmith pun would be appropriate here, but Jenn can tell you what I think of Aerosmith.

But you did it! You rode the beast!

MOON: I did! But, I think I made the ride a little unbearable for the people in front of us, with the screaming. >_> And I can’t tell you how many times I’ve waited through that line with every intention of getting on and then at the last moment, I leave. It’s watching the cars take off into darkness. In my mind it is a car taking off into death.

JENN: My favorite part is about how you thought I was lying to you.

MOON: I cannot be held responsible for anything I said under duress.

JENN: I TOLD you there weren’t any drops. It’s gentle and honest coercion I dole out, I swear!

Moon has now been on almost everything, enjoys most things, and claims she will ride RnR again. But she still puts the kibosh on Big Thunder.

MOON: I did a rather nice picture of the ride, though! Even if I can’t find it. I hated it from a safe distance. 😀

JENN: Haha, that’s what counts! So, when the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train opens up, will you ride it with me?

MOON: Sure. At least twice. Then I’m OUT.

Don’t forget, you can follow us on Twitter @fairestrunofall. To see how our training is going, check out Jenn’s dailymile here and Moon’s dailymile here. If you have any questions for us, leave a comment or email us at See ya real soon!