The Most Popular Instagram Photos of 2014 on “Where’s Amanda?”

Diagon Alley Universal Studios Orlando

I heart you Instagram. You’re my favorite social sharing platform. You’re the first thing I look at when I wake up in the morning and the last thing I check before laying my head on the pillow at night. Don’t you ever change!

Do you love Instagram too? It’s a legit way to look back and reminisce over all the epicness you did over the past year. Here are the most popular “Where’s Amanda?” Insta posts as voted on (with likes) by you in 2014.

Disney Seven Dwarfs Mine Train Magic Band

Likes: 100

Location: Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort

Date: April 30th, 2014

Story: After months and months of waiting, the crown jewel of the Magic Kingdom’s Fantasyland expansion was revealed at a three day media extravaganza. These Magic Bands were given out to members of the press invited to cover the opening of Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.  Later in the year the attraction caught on fire when the wind was blowing just right during “Wishes” fireworks.


2014 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Final Runners Cross Finish Line

Likes: 100

Location: Epcot Parking Lot at Walt Disney World

Date: February 23, 2014

Story: The finish line of the 2014 Disney Princess Half Marathon. The last three runners are accompanied across the finish line by Goofy, Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse. At runDisney events, the first finisher is celebrated just as much as the last. This is why I love to runDisney.


Funny Half Marathon Spectator Sign in Epcot

Likes: 103

Location: Epcot at Walt Disney World

Date: January 11, 2014

Story: Spectator holding this sign was just before mile 13 of the 13.1 mile Walt Disney World Half Marathon. I needed a laugh at this point in the race as I was running the inaugural Dopey Challenge. I had run a 10K the day prior and a 5K two days prior. Also I had a full marathon (26.2 miles) to run the next morning. Yes, that’s why it’s called the Dopey Challenge. That distance is just Dopey.


Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2014

Likes: 104

Location: Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Date: November 7, 2014

Story: Snow was falling on Main Street U.S.A. as my friend Sarah and I made our way out of the Magic Kingdom after an enchanted evening of hot cocoa drinking and Christmas cheer at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. See more on this hard ticket event here.


2014 runDisney Wine and DIne Half Marathon Race Medal

Likes: 109

Location: The Waldorf Astoria Orlando Resort

Date: November 9, 2014

Story: I was happy to be back in my bed after the most grueling half marathon I’ve ever run. It was 50 degrees at the start of the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon and it rained on us the entire time. I logged my worst finish time of 3:45 and vowed to never run another race in the rain. The next day my medal broke. You gotta have the bad runs to appreciate the good. Read more on my stay at the Waldorf here.


2014 Holiday Wishes Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Likes: 112

Location: Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World

Date: November 7, 2014

Story: Another shot from the 2014 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom. Holiday Wishes over Cinderella Castle presents party guests with perimeter fireworks that light up the sky as bright as the midday sun. This was Sarah’s first time witnessing them from the ground. We usually view them from Top of the World Lounge at Bay Lake Tower. See more pictures from this event here.


Mickey Mouse Chocolate Cupcake
Likes: 115

Location: Disney’s Boardwalk Resort

Date: March 29, 2014

Story: This little cupcake was purchased at Boardwalk Bakery on the Disney Boardwalk at the Walt Disney World Resort. I was here accompanying my girlfriend Susan on a conference trip. You can read about our Epic Girl’s Weekend here.


Sunset California Grill at Walt Disney World

Likes: 124

Location: Disney’s California Grill at the Contemporary Resort

Date: October 8, 2014

Story: This sunset was captured as me and my pal John sipped cocktails, noshed sushi and talked blogging at the Contemporary Resort’s California Grill. The lake you see is the Seven Seas Lagoon whose shores also hug the Polynesian Resort, Grand Floridian Resort and the Magic Kingdom. Read more about dinner at the California Grill’s lounge here.


Amanda Tinney Inaugural 2014 Dopey Challenge Medals

Likes: 158

Location: Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa

Date: January 12, 2014

Story: After quitting the full marathon in 2013 at Mile 21 during my Goofy Challenge this was my redemption song. 48.6 Miles completed in the Inaugural Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World. Four races, six medals and one sore and ecstatic runner. (Left to Right) Goofy, Dopey, Half Marathon, 5K, Full Marathon and 10K.


Hogwarts Express Diagon Alley Universal Orlando Resort

Likes: 334

Location: Universal Orlando Resort

Date: June 20, 2014

Story: My friend Rick made a dream come true as I shed tears of joy riding the Hogwarts Express from Hogsmeade in Islands of Adventure to London Kings Cross in Universal Studios. This was all part of the Diagon Alley media preview at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and I was his guest. The night was capped off with a ride on The Escape from Gringotts. You can see more photos from this event here.


To catch up on all of my travel and foodie adventures, you can find me on Instagram at @amandatinney.