June 28, 2017

How to Stay Cool at Walt Disney World in Summer

Hello friends, and Happy Wednesday! It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve had a blog post that is Disney related, so today I’m sharing some Disney tips! While it still isn’t officially summer yet, it’s definitely hot in Walt Disney World! Today I’m sharing TEN tips that will help keep you cool if you are headed to the parks this summer! I’ve never been to Walt Disney World during the summer months, but I have been when it’s hot, so these tips have come in handy! Okay, let’s get started!

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head to the parks early

Heading to the parks early if possible is great for many reasons. The parks will be less crowded so you can get more done, and have some of the more popular things done before it gets too hot. Combine this with the third tip, and you have yourself my ideal Disney day!

See a show type attraction

Head inside! I love hitting Carousel of Progress during the heat of the day, and shows like Universe of Energy (although it’s 45 minutes long), Voyage of the Little Mermaid, It’s Tough to Be A Bug, Finding Nemo The Musical, Country Bear Jamboree, The American Adventure, Impressions de France, and O Canada! are all good options to get you out of the heat! Nothing like a little break in the afternoon 🙂

 

take a break

Being at the parks from opening until closing can be fun, but exhausting! If you are heading to the parks early in the morning, it’s nice to head back to your hotel in the hot hours of the day to relax a bit, or take a nap. Ethan and I have done that on some of the trips we’ve taken by ourselves, and it definitely helps to break up the day so you don’t feel like you are running on empty by the end of your trip!

hit the pool or water parks

If you are taking a break, you can use that time to cool off in the pool, or head to the water parks for the day/a few hours! The water parks are nice if you have the time, but I wouldn’t suggest taking a day away from the major parks to visit Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach. The nice thing about Disney Resorts is they all have pools, which usually have games for the kids. It’s nice to cool of in the pool during the summer for sure!

drink lots of water

Disney restaurants give free ice water, so take advantage of it! I always carry a water bottle with me (mostly because I hate the taste of Dasani), but we fill it up in the room before we head out, and use the water fountains at the parks! Don’t worry, we use a water bottle with a filter. I’ve linked the one we use (just click on the picture below).

have some ice cream!

If you are on vacation, you might as well eat some ice cream! I love having ice cream in the afternoon when it’s hot. And Mickey shaped ice cream? Even better!

buy a cooling towel

They sell these everywhere, but I’ve linked one from Amazon below (just click on the picture). Basically you wet in and it keeps you cool, which can be really helpful in the summer! And when it stops being colder than the outside air, just wet it again and you are good to go!

make dining reservations for the hottest hours of the day

This tip and the next one involve a little bit of pre-planning, which you are most likely going to do if you are visiting Walt Disney World anyways. Table service restaurants are inside in the air conditioning, so you might want to considering making a lunch reservation to keep you out of the heat during the early afternoon and hottest hours of the day. You can also head to a quick service restaurant, but might end up waiting for a bit depending on crowds. Another suggestion is snagging a lunch Be Our Guest reservations, where you can see the restaurant (especially if you can’t get a dinner reservation), and you get out of the heat and have a less expensive meal. This is what we did on our last trip, (it was pretty hot for November) and it worked really well!

make fastpass+ reservations for the hottest parts of the day

This is also a way to make the most of FastPass+, because regular lines are generally the longest in the afternoon, which is also the hottest time of the day. Especially if you get to the park early, you can make FastPass+ reservations for the middle of the day, so you know you will get on some rides for sure, and be out of the heat!

 

Hit the Attractions with indoor play areas

If you are travelling with kids, this tip will help keep your kids cool, and give you a little break as well! Rides like Dumbo, Spaceship Earth, Mission: Space, and The Seas with Nemo and Friends all have something in common. Either before (Dumbo) or after (everything else) you ride, your kids can play games inside!

The nice thing about Walt Disney World is most of the queues for attractions are inside, where there is air conditioning or fans blasting. At Disneyland in Califonia, most of the queues are outside. They don’t deal with humidity and the storms they get in Florida, but it’s something to be thankful for in Walt Disney World!

Have you ever been to Walt Disney World in the heat of summer? What are your tips to stay cool? Let me know in the comments!

That wraps up my tips for how to stay cool Walt Disney World in summer! If you are headed there this summer, hopefully you can use some of my tips for and enjoy a cooler day! Thank you so much for reading!

 

 

Kelsey
June 21, 2017

Trip Recap: Calgary 2017!

Hello everyone! As you may know, Ethan and I took our first non-Disney vacation together a few weeks ago! We headed to Calgary, Alberta to visit family and explore the mountains! My Aunt and Uncle were kind enough to let us stay with them the entire trip :). I thought I  would share a trip recap with lots of pictures from the trip, as well as what we did every day! Pictures are randomly added to break up the text, but the captions say where it was taken :). We were super lucky with the weather, and only had about 5 minutes of rain! Okay, let’s jump in!

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Sunday May 28th

Our trip started at 4am when our alarm went off. It was early, but there was zero traffic, and we made it through airport security the fastest I ever have! Our flight was at 8 am, and landed at 10am Calgary time (12pm for us). We spent most of the day relaxing, and went for a walk with my Aunt to the grocery store. We got to meet her new puppy Teddy, and so we spent lots of time hanging out with him!

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Teddy!

Monday May 29th

My Aunt had to work a little bit on Monday, so we spent the day relaxing! I read two and a half books while we were away, so I spent a lot of time reading! Ethan and I walked to Starbucks for a treat, and enjoyed the gorgeous weather! My Aunt and Uncle have a gazebo in their backyard with a sofa and chairs, so we were comfortable :).

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I love traveling with him 🙂

Tuesday May 30th

Tuesday was another relaxing day for Ethan and I. Unfortunately a few weeks before we arrived my Aunt and Uncle’s puppy Teddy broke his leg! He’s all good now, but he had to go to the vet and animal hospital Tuesday morning to make sure everything was okay. After lunch, we headed out with my Aunt to Bragg Creek, and got some ice cream! After that we visited Elbow falls before heading home. It was beautiful! The water during our trip was very brown with the run-off from the mountains, but we got that and lower crowds so we were okay with it!

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Elbow Falls

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More of Elbow Falls

Wednesday May 31st

Wednesday was the first of our days in the mountains! We headed out around 8:30 am for the 1 1/2 hour drive to Banff. I loved driving through the mountains! We explored the Banff Springs hotel, walked along the Bow River, and walked into the town centre of Banff. We enjoyed lunch on the rooftop patio at a pub, and I think it was one of the best views I’ve ever had at a restaurant! Funny story: when we got up on the roof, we saw some scary looking clouds coming at us, and were worried we would have to dash inside! The clouds parted and went all the way around us, which was wonderful!

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The Banff Springs Hotel

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The Bow River

After lunch we headed to Sulphur Mountain and went up the Gondola! My Aunt decided to stay inside the visitors centre up there, while Ethan and I walked the path to the very top! It was amazing how much you felt the altitude while up there! We spent about an hour between walking to the top and at the visitors centre, before heading back down. I stopped at the Starbucks there to grab the Banff “You Are Here” mug (my collection is growing!).

Trip recap

at the Visitor’s Centre on Sulphur Mountain!

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Look at that view!

After that we headed out to Lake Minnewanka. I remember going up Sulphur mountain on a previous trip and seeing mountain goats, but I didn’t see any up there on that day! Wouldn’t you know it, that as we were walking to Lake Minnewanka and there was a mountain goat staring at us! I was so excited!

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“high on a hill was a lonely goat-ah”

The lake was beautiful and crystal clear!

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Lake Minnewanka

After that we headed home, and got ready to do it all again tomorrow!

Thursday June 1st

On the road again to Lake Louise, which was about a 2 1/2 hour drive. We definitely noticed how much they are preparing for the summer season, and Canada’s 150th birthday celebration. Lake Louise was beautiful as always, although still mostly frozen. It’s amazing how popular of a spot it is, considering that’s about all that’s there!

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Lake Louise

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The fence at the Chateau Lake Louise

After that we drove the 11kms to Moraine Lake (the picture at the top of the post), which was just as beautiful and surrounded more closely by the mountains! It is really hard to explain just how beautiful everything is, so hopefully my pictures do the beauty justice!

After that we headed back into Banff for lunch, before heading to Johnston Canyon, the one thing Ethan said he wanted to do while we were there! The water was flowing, and it was a pretty easy 1 1/2 mile hike. On our way walking back, we got the 5 minutes of rain, but we took it!

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Johnston canyon

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The Falls at Johnston Canyon

We then headed home again, after two whirlwind days in the mountains!

Friday June 2nd

Friday was a more low-key day. We got to see my Aunt’s new office downtown, and visited the Calgary tower. We had lunch at a really nice spot, and all three of us got the veggie burger! It was delicious, and huge. After that we went to the local mall so I could buy some more books (I had already read the 2 I brought at this point), and so my Aunt could get her phone screen repaired. We also grabbed some Marble Slab. Yum!

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The Mountains at Moraine Lake

Saturday June 3rd

Our last full day! We visited an outlet mall, and everyone got something but me! I’ve been looking for a new spring/fall jacket since the one I have now is also from Calgary, so it’s at least 7 years old. Unfortunately what I liked they didn’t have in my size. We spent the rest of our day relaxing and enjoying the beautiful weather!

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Lake Louise

Sunday June 4th

Sunday we pretty much got up and relaxed for a while before heading to the airport around 10am. The time in the airport flew by, and all of a sudden we were on our way home! We lost 2 hours on the way back, so that day felt like it went by quickly! We watched Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates on the plane, and I thought it was pretty funny! We got home around 7 and couldn’t believe how fast the week went by.

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A view from the top of Sulphur Mountain!

The trip really came up quickly, and I think we really did a lot for not having planned every minute (like I do when I’m going to Disney). Shout-out to my amazing Aunt who let us stay with her! I don’t get to see her very often, by we Skype all the time and it was so much fun to spend the week with her! People say we look more alike than I do to my parents!

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do you see the resemblance?

If you wanted to see more of a look of the mountains, check out the Travel Vlog I posted last week below! If you want to receive notifications when I post a video to YouTube (I now have over 70 videos posted :O ), subscribe to my channel here!

I hope you enjoyed today’s trip recap, because I definitely enjoyed sharing it! When I created my blog I thought about sharing adventures like these, so I hope you liked coming along!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
June 14, 2017

Monthly Favourites- May 2017

Happy June everyone! I can’t believe summer is almost here! I love the warm weather, and being outside instead of inside! It’s monthly favourites time again, and I’m sharing some of my favourite things from the past month. From entertainment, clothing, beauty, and a few Disney things, I’m sharing it all! Okay, let’s jump in!

monthly favourites

Entertainment

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2- I’m going to admit that I haven’t seen the entire first GOTG, but I enjoyed the second one! If someone could find Baby Groot and tell him to come live with me I’d appreciate it :). I think the story was a little predictable, but it continued the feeling the first one delivered (from the parts of the original I saw).

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn- This is a book by the author of Gone Girl, and I flew through it! It’s more of a murder mystery (which I guess Gone Girl was), but even darker. I won’t give too much away, but after kind of numbing my brain of the fact the book was about children being murdered, I couldn’t stop reading until I found out what had happened!

It’s Not Okay by Andi Dorfman- I read this right after Sharp Objects, and this one definitely had a lighter subject matter. Andi wrote about her experiences on The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, and talking about what went on after filming wrapped and she was engaged. I remember watching Andi’s season, and when she and her fiancé Josh went to the premiere of Chris’ season, then announced their split later that week. It was interesting to get the backstory. Of course I’m only hearing one side, but I can definitely picture everything she said happened, happening.

Clothing

Café Forty Seven “I Like My Coffee Gilmore Sized” sweater Okay I know it’s June and I’m talking about a sweater, but it’s SO SOFT, plus I ordered it back in February and got it now. It was also fairly cold in May. Plus, it’s Gilmore Girls inspired! I love the colour!

Monthly favourites

Robe– My Aunt spoiled me and picked up a robe from the Banff Springs Hotel for my birthday! I’m a lucky girl! I’d been wanting a nice fluffy robe to wear and this is perfect! It’s super soft!

Beauty

Sweet Peach Glow palette by Too Faced- I picked this up in the Sephora Spring Sale, and I’m definitely using it! More the blush and the highlighter (I’m a little scared I’ll get too intense of a look with the contour), but I’m really enjoying it! plus, it smells like peaches. That just has to make you happy!

Sephora Spring Sale

Fitness

Nike+ coach- If you have watched my weekend vlogs, you’ll know that Ethan and I have signed up for a 15K race in October! My boss suggested the Nike+ coach section of the app (which I already use the app), and I’m loving it! It takes all of the guess work out of a training schedule, and I’ve been doing pretty well! It’s based on the date and distance of your race, plus how many miles per week you run, and how many times per week you run. You even get a progress report at the end of each week!

Disney

May was a month of change at Walt Disney World, and I thought I would mention a few things that have me all the feels last month.

Wishes- Wishes left the Magic Kingdom near the beginning of May, and it was really sad for me! Wishes is the only Magic Kingdom fireworks show I remember, and I’ve seen it at so many points in my life! I’m definitely going to miss it. Ethan and I attempted to watch the final show live via Periscope!

may monthly favourites

Happily Ever After– While I’m not going to comment much on the actual replacement show (because I haven’t seen it on person), I am mentioning how obsessed I am with the song! It’s so good! Disney just has a way of moving you when it comes to music.

monthly favourites

 

If you’d like to hear more about my favourites this month, check out the co-ordinating video below!

 

 

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I’d love to hear what you enjoyed in May, let me know in the comments! I’m definitely on a reading kick as well, so if you have any good book recommendations I’ll take them!

Thank you so much for joining me today!

Kelsey