The First Photos: WDW & Disneyland, 2013 – 2016

Finishing up the Disney portion of my First Photos series. (And catch my Last Photos series here.)

The year: 2013
The companion(s): Moon
The title of the album: I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While
The why: An otherwise mundane photo, but Moon and I tremendously enjoyed that our Magical Express driver’s name was Rockland Steel. ROCKLAND STEEL.

The year: 2013
The companion(s): My mom
The title of the album: Look for the bare necessities
The why: I was all confused and out of sorts stepping away from my beloved Pop Century, so I grounded myself with a snap of All Star Music’s gift shop.

The year: 2014
THE PLACE: DISNEYLAND!
The companions: Moon
The title of the album: You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!
The why: Moon’s version of this photo is way better; in it, Disneyland comes out of my head. (Moon says: It may as well.)

The year: 2014
The companion(s): Many wonderful bloggers and buddies
The title of the album: Y’know, for a clownfish he’s not that funny
The why: I took this photo out the window of our Magical Express bus as we entered WDW proper and immediately texted it to my boyfriend, a portent of things to come. Which brings us to…

The year: 2015
The companion(s): My boyfriend
The title of the album: Thank you, Florida (where my Silicon Valley peeps at?)
The why: I’m walkin’ right down the middle of Main Street, USA! It’s the heart of America; the heartbeat of a holidAAAAAAY-AY-AY-AY! NO YOU SHUT UP.

The year: 2015
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: The thingamabob that does the job
The why: Behold the mighty runDisney expo! IT WILL CRUSH YOU AND NOT EVEN CARE.

The year: 2016
The companion(s): None!
The title of the album: A very merry unbirthday to me
The why: Blogger rule #1: when you eat food, ALWAYS TAKE A PHOTOGRAPH. Anyway, this is sushi from Morimoto Asia. It was okay.

Next up: Universal Studios!

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 First Photos: Walt Disney World, 2008 – 2012

Having finished up my Last Photos series for the time being, let’s take a look at the First Photos of my Disney albums. Because are not first photos just as telling?

Once again, apologies for the quality; these range from old to quite old.

The year: 2008
The companion(s): Moon, Elizabeth, and mutual friend Megan
The title of the album: Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me?
The why: Awww, look at Moon and Liz and Megan, playing around in post-ride Test Track show room! You know, kids, in OUR day, it was sponsored by General Motors.

The year: 2008
The companion(s): Moon
The title of the album: Second star to the right and straight on ’til morning
The why: Slight cheat as my first photo was in BWI, and who wants to look at an airport that isn’t event a Floridian airport? BORING. Anyway, here’s a shot of the Grand Floridian’s life-size gingerbread house. I did not buy a shingle and have yet to decide whether or not a regret that. I mean, yes, it’s a rite of Disney passage, but pre-packaged frosting is never that good, y’know?

The year: 2009
The companion(s): Unofficial Guide people
The title of the album: Por favor mantengase alejado de las puertas
The why: Hey! Remember my Sharks of WDW series? Yeah, me neither. Anyway, here’s an entry: sharks on display in the Polynesian. Or anyway they were back in 2009; I have no idea if they made it through the recent refurb.

The year: 2009
The companion(s): My grad school friend Diana and her sisters
The title of the album: Practically perfect in every way
The why: Get in line for a shot with Mulan? Psh, why waste time when you can just take a picture of her with some rando and move on with your World Showcase adventure?

The year: 2010
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: it’s a small world after all
The why: Another no-one-cares-about-BWI-so-let’s-skip-it cheat. Instead, let’s examine that inner workings of Orlando’s own MCO. Fun fact: convenience store newspapers are labeled Disney! (I still have those Chucks and they rock.)

The year: 2011
The companion(s): My ex-boyfriend
The title of the album: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
The why: My ex and I snagged first-day ADRs at the Biergarten in the Germany pavilion to kick off our trip. The employees were very amused to discover my last name is German. No, literally.

The year: 2012
The companion(s): Elizabeth
The title of the album: A magical kingdom with lots of witnesses and great security (yeah Burn Notice!)
The why: The Dapper Dans are appropriately outfitted against freezing Florida winters.

The year: 2012
The companion(s): Sometimes my cousin and his friend, sometimes random people, sometimes just myself!
The title of the album: There’s a great big beautiful tomorrow
The why: “You won’t be able to finish this,” the bartender at Raglan Road told me as he served me the famous Ger’s Bread and Butter Pudding. “This is my dinner,” I countered. “Oh,” he said, “then you’ll be fine.”

That’s it for this installation. Up next: 2013 – 2016!

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!