Happy Anniversary

Andrew and I started our blog one year ago, on May 12, 2007. He had just returned from an amazing week-long family vacation and really wanted to share his experiences with the world. We had both seen the family meltdowns, tantrums and people walking around the parks mad–we knew we could make a difference for other people going on vacation.

On May 12, 2007, we published our first article. Over 400 posts later and here we are. A lot of things have changed over the past 365 days that you have shared with us. We have seen an explosion of Disney-related blogs and we welcome each one with open arms–like a huge, extended Disney family. Andrew and I have always been about building community and we are proud to have so many friends and fellow Disney Geeks.

Highlights from the past year:

  • Attending MouseFest 2007 and meeting hundreds of like-minded souls. (And taking 2000 pictures, riding rides, eating, not sleeping and having an awesome time.)
  • Walking down Main St. USA with my brother.
  • Listening to the MouseFest 2007 Roundup on the WDW Radio Show. I am so glad we didn’t pay PER mention. Funniest. Show. Ever.
  • Spending 4 days at Disneyland with Lou, Jeff and Eric. No sleep, food, the Space Mountain line, losing Jeff in Toontown and riding the Indiana Jones Adventure 8 times with Eric.

  • Getting to know so many amazing people: Big-Brian, Ryan, Richard Harrison, DOC, Princess Fee, Cory the Raven, Jennifer (Broke Hoedown) and Sambycat, Jeff B, Disney Dean, Honor Hunter, Walt Disneyana World, Bryan Ripper and Jonathan Dichter, Matt Hochberg, Fred Block, Brian Fee, Andy, and the amazing Vintage Disneyland guys (Matterhorn 1959, Jedblau, Chris Jepsen, Kevin Kidney, Major Pepperidge, Outside the Berm, Viewliner, Progressland, Dave L.). I know I have missed some, but everyone that we have linked to is a friend.
  • Working with the talented FoxFurr and the unstoppable Daveland (he posts more than we do!).
  • Getting the opportunity to appear on the WDW Radio show THREE times (Lou…Andy is still waiting on that call!).
  • 22 book reviews!
  • 404 Posts (including this one).
  • A very special meal at Yakitori House with Lou and Jeff, followed by some running.
  • Riding the Gran Fiesta Tour with my four-year old FIVE times.
  • Having my nine-year old take more pictures than me on our first day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park this time.

A special thanks to my wife. Not only for putting up with me for the past year, but for helping me get all those amazing books, for actually wanting to vacation at Walt Disney World and for graciously letting me visit Walt Disney World and Disneyland for research. And for countless other things that are impossible to put into words.

Oh yeah…thanks to Andrew, too! For being my partner in crime and my best friend.

Don’t forget to stop by our site and leave some Disney Geek love!


19 thoughts on “Happy Anniversary

  1. Happy 1st Birthday Imaginerding!! Thank you for also helping my love and appreciation of Disney to grow – the world wouldn’t be the same without this blog.

  2. Congrats on your first year! Here’s to many more to follow. I am sure Disney can supply enough content. As for me, I look forward to finally meeting you in person at this year’s MouseFest! Again, congratulations!

  3. wow. i thought you guys were WAY older than me!!! only a year?? boy all that disney goodness was just waiting to come out in a useful forum, huh?!

    thank you both for a year of entertainment and information, oh about a hundred bucks (easy) worth of disney books i HAD to buy, sites and people i had to read everyday and meet to (if i were brave enough to say hi!). oh – and at least one t-shirt created in your honor!

    thanks so much for continuing to crank out these columns that – like mr. peppers and ALMOST everyone on your blog roll – are informative, well written and utilize capitalization (i myself am still working on that…).

    i’ve loved reading your writing, george! and thanks for including jennifer and i amongst your friends! happy anniversary, boys!!!

    now get over to SWW and MM, mmmmmkay?

  4. Kudos on the first year—it has been a real treat to get to know you in the cyber world. One of these days hopefully we will meet in person over a Dole Whip or Tinkerbell Twist!

  5. Congrats on your first year! Time sure flies when you’re a Disney Geek! I’m so honored to be adopted as the very first Taylor sister. 🙂

    Keep up the great work, and here’s to many more years of Imaginerding!

  6. Not sure what to say first – Congratulations or Thanks!

    I can’t believe it’s been a year already, so a big congrats on this milestone. I hope it is the first of many, many more years to come!

    So now on to the thanks:

    Thank you for giving me something to look forward to reading every day.

    Thanks for the laughs that came along with it.

    Thanks for joining me on the show for what have been fun, funny, (and often scary as my finger hovered over the “edit” button while recording) shows.

    Thank you for bringing a fresh, new insight to the WDW world that we all love so much.

    Thanks for your time and efforts in bringing us such great book reviews, and thank you for digging through the George/Andy archives for some great photos.

    Thank you for your support of the show and my other efforts.

    And most of all, thank you for the friendship you both have extended to me. It’s really been the best part of it all.

    Great job, Nerdy Boys – keep it up, and domo origato!

    (isn’t it time we all take another “Research Trip”!!)

  7. Hey! Congratulations! I didn’t know this was such a young blog, but I won’t hold that against it. Imaginerding is one of my must-reads (having survived at least two purges of my bookmarks by now ^_^). And thanks for the support of my own blog amongst the Disneysphere, which I think is my highest class of clientèle!

  8. Congratulations, guys!

    Unlike most others here, I’ve had the joy and privilege to live right down the road from George and Andrew. In a short time they have not only become fellow bloggers/podcasters/travelers but also very close and dear friends.

    The Disney online community is much richer for their presence!

  9. As I’ve said before, Grumpy’s Hollow wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for George.

    George and I started out as forum buddies, then moved onto IM buddies. Then we just became good old fashioned friends. Friends who only talk on the phone and IM….haha

    George and Andy have become a great source of advice, a sounding board and a place to go to vent and that is with things both inside and outside the Disney community.

    I’m happy to count them among my friends. Keep up the great work and once again congrats Andy on the birth of your twins.

  10. Congrats!

    Thanks to your blog I cannot look at my Disney books without thinking of Imaginerding.

    I really appreciate all the work you put into the blog. You are doing a great service to Disney fans.

    And not to mention, I always start here when I cruise the blogosphere.

  11. I can look at my Visa bill without thinking of Imaginerding. I have added six books to my library in the past three months. Thanks guys. A few more late nights at work and I will have them paid off.

  12. Congrats for a terrific 1st year! You guys are a must read everyday to see what you came up with – from research to reviews it is always a fun read.

    Your reviews have prompted me to add more titles to the bookshelf and trade in more hours of sleep to reading! Not to mention that you guys are a nonstop inspiration for The Backside of Water.

    So here’s to plenty more great Nerdy years down the road, er, monorail track! Por favor mantenganse alejado de las puertas…

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