runDisney, Dumbo and Disneyland: A Memory Keeping Plan















Author's note: Polaroid style photos created using PicMonkey. Handwriting font used is Ali Edward's CK Ali's Hand.

I consider myself a WDW verteran and have a couple of runDisney experiences under my belt thanks to the Princess Half Marathon. But coming up at the end of August is a unique trip I booked months ago, and it is now time to get my act together with a solid memory keeping plan. I am running two races at Disneyland – a challenge that comes with a special medal called the Dumbo Double Dare (10k on Saturday, half marathon on Sunday). It will be my first runDisney event at the west coast park and my first two-race challenge event; I will be both solo and with my sister (no kids or husband will be there); and it will be only my second time visiting the Disneyland Resort. I want to make the most of the trip, and I know I will treasure any and all photos I manage to take while I am there. Below is an outline of my approach to document this special trip.

Pre-Trip Photos + Notes

  • Continue with my training – I follow the training schedule outlined by Jeff Galloway, found on the runDisney site. Photo ideas: screen shot of the training plan, screen shot of my actual runs (I use MapMyRun+), running selfies (especially when I wear my runDisney shirts!).













  • Pull together running outfits for the two races. Shop, sew, craft; add finishing touches. Photo ideas: supplies, Pinterest screen shot of costume ideas, #flatrunner (the hashtag used by anyone for any racing event of their outfit laid out for a photo, usually pre-race).













  • Packing – use Evernote or other list-making app to make sure I have everything. Photo ideas: screen shot of my packing list; the actual packing process; my suitcase and other items when packed in the car. 













  • Miscellaneous notes – my MUST HAVE items besides my iPhone and Nikon camera for capturing my memories:
  1. folder or bag to hold ephemera
  2. iPhone external charger
  3. hashtag for trip for Instagram
  4. PhotoPass+ voucher
  5. Capturing Magic App


While at Disneyland | a photo wishlist
  • Paradise Pier Hotel – staying on property means I'm doing a happy dance – pics galore!
  • from where I stand perspective, from multiple locations
  • food and drinks – specifically Starbucks, unique dining, and snacks!
  • runDisney – expo, race events, medals
  • commemorate the Dumbo Double Dare – Dumbo ride, Dumbo statue
  • with my sister, and any friendly encounters
  • Elsa and Anna meet and greet? (I need to find out, would be fun with my sister being there!)
  • modeling with special jewelry, accessories
  • character selfies
  • fireworks and World of Color
  • random details
  • balloons! (I have no balloon photos in my Disney photo archive – oops!)
  • magic shots and ride photos

























Writing this post has helped me get my thoughts in order so that I can better prepare for my trip. It is a great exercise, so consider writing your own list and action plan for your memory keeping strategy before your next Disney adventure. And notice that I wrote my photo list as a wishlist. This helps me frame my expectations, since I may forget in the excitement of it all to get every single shot. After all, it is a vacation and I don't want my head looking down at my phone the entire time. (I will add that I tend to post to Facebook and Instagram mostly at night when I am settled down and relaxed – it's just a process that works best for me.) Below are a few other posts by Capturing Magic writers sharing their thoughts and strategies prior to their next Disney trip. Plenty of insight and great suggestions for getting ready to capture magic on your next Disney vacation.


Do you have a memory keeping gameplan for your trips to Disney? What are your “must have” photos for your vacations? Share with us in the comments below.


A scrapbooker and collector since childhood and long time fan of Disney parks and media, Beth ventures into the blogging world at Any Happy Little Thoughts where she shares her approach for preserving personal Disney memories, one story at a time.