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!

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The Sharks of WDW: Toy Story Midway Mania

Have I ever mentioned my favorite animal here? Well, it’s the humble shark. Because they are AWESOME. So whenever I see them in WDW, I combine two loves in one place and become super excited.
Sure, there are the obvious places – The Seas with Nemo and Friends has a whole play section dedicated to Anchor, Chum, and Bruce. And they get their own song in Finding Nemo: The Musical, so there’s that.
Plus the Coral Reef, of course, and I hear you can swim with them in Typhoon Lagoon, although I think they might have closed that attraction? Anyway, yeah, they show up a lot in any Nemo or ocean related exhibit, but sometimes you can find them in unexpected places, too.
To that end, I have dedicated my life, my time, my talents to the goal of locating all the random sharks in WDW. Let’s start here, in the main queue for Toy Story Midway Mania:
I don’t know what game this is supposed to represent – Go Fish? Or some super-aggressive aquatic version of Magic: The Gathering? – but I like it.

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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!