February 17, 2016

Not to Miss at Walt Disney World: For the Walt Disney Fan

I hope you have enjoyed the Not to Miss Series, I have certainly enjoyed writing all of the posts! But sadly, the series is coming to an end today. I thought I would finish things off with what I believe is Not to Miss for the Walt Disney Fan. If you missed the previous posts, you can read what is not to miss for Little Ones, the Classic Disney Fan, Thrill Seekers, Character Lovers, Show-Goers, and First Timers. If you’ve never been to Walt Disney World before I also suggest checking out this post, it is the home page of all things related to planning a Disney vacation! Okay, let’s get on with the final list!

Magic Kingdom

This detail can be seen before you enter Magic Kingdom

This detail can be seen before you enter Magic Kingdom

Carousel of Progress- Walt created this attraction for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, and is one of the only attractions in Walt Disney World that Walt himself touched. This rotating theatre show is a nice break from the heat and generally has a short wait time. I personally love this attraction, and try to “ride” it at least once per trip. Fastpass+ is not available, but the wait time is only that of the first scene, as the next section of seating opens.

The Tomorrowland Transit Authority PeopleMover- This car systems takes you around Tomorrowland, and is powered by magnets! You go inside space mountain and see models of what Walt envisioned of EPCOT (in capitals because it stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow). The PeopleMover was created to be a way of transportation in EPCOT, which unfortunately never happened. The PeopleMover is continuously loading and rarely has a long wait. I definitely recommend this for a nice break!

Jungle Cruise- While the ride is a little outdated, the Skippers make it fun! I’m a big fan of puns, and this attraction has a bunch of them! Ride at night when there are less likely to be kids, for an even funnier version. Fastpass+ not needed, just check the My Disney Experience app and head over when wait times are short.

Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room- Also with a version in Disneyland, this classic attraction showcases bird AudioAnimatronics Walt engineered. I love the songs, the birds, the flowers and the tiki gods! The line for this isn’t usually long (usually only until the next showtime), so I suggest it for a break from the hot weather.

Walt Disney World Railroad- Take a trip around the Magic Kindgom on the railroad! With a few stops along the way you can get on or off wherever, or complete a full circle. Walt Disney loved trains, and wanted to have the presence of trains in his parks. Ethan and I went on the railroad for the first time last year, and had a lot of fun! It is very nice to take a slower pace in the parks once in a while.

Keys to the Kingdom Tour- Ethan and I took this tour last year and loved it. Still to this day I am so happy we did, because it helped us to notice the details in the park. I wouldn’t suggest this tour for your first trip to Walt Disney World, but if you’ve been a few times I would highly recommend doing it! It’s a half day tour, with a meal included. Seriously, I can’t say enough good things about it! I learned a lot about Walt Disney and his vision of Magic Kingdom, and the level of details that should be in the parks.

During the tour we talked about the history of this tree, I won't spoil it for you!

During the tour we talked about the history of this tree, I won’t spoil it for you!

Epcot

While the Epcot we see today was not the EPCOT Walt envisioned, the Future World section of the park is something I think was taken from his plans. Walt was always thinking about the future, and I think this area works with that. Walt didn’t have a direct hand in the creation of any attractions there, but I think it’s important to see what he wanted, and what Epcot could be.

Our Spaceship Earth

Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios was not a park Walt had envisioned necessarily, but there is one attraction dedicated to his life.

Mouseketeer Hat

One Man’s Dream- this walk through exhibit is near Toy Story Mania, and I found it very interesting. There is a lot of information about Walt’s life as well as the technologies he invented. Even just walking through it I’m sure you’ll learn something new! There are models of the different parks around the world which are really neat to look at, hopefully I can make it to some of them in my lifetime! There is also an optional film at the end about Walt, but I’m not sure if it is running right now. I’ve heard a Zootopia preview has been playing, but I’m not sure if once the movie is released the Walt film will return. I will try to update this post once I know!

Walt

Animal Kingdom

Again, Animal Kingdom was not a park that Walt had a direct hand in, but his respect for animals was something that was important to him. When he came into Florida to build Disney World, he made sure to dedicate 1/3 of the land to wildlife conservation. That’s true today, and that land will never be touched. It’s the little things that make a difference, and something so small to the company has such a big message.

AK Sign

This list was surprisingly hard to write, because unfortunately Walt died before Walt Disney World opened and didn’t get to create as much for Walt Disney World as Disneyland.

Did you enjoy the Not to Miss series? Is there something else you would like to see on the blog? Let me know in the comments!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
February 10, 2016

How I Stay Organized

Today I wanted to take you behind the scenes! I wanted to show you how I stay organized with working full time, having a blog, and doing cakes on the side. This is my planner, and I love it.

How I Stay Organized

I am a huge fan of to-do lists and physically writing things down. When I was in college I had an agenda that I used to keep track of everything. Once I graduated, I fumbled around trying to keep track of things in my phone, and it just wasn’t working. Then a vlogger I watch regularly posted on Instagram about a planner she just bought, by Erin Condren. So I went on YouTube and typed it in. Holy cow. It’s like a cult, there were so many results! Then I saw another vlogger that I watch regularly has one, so I really wanted one.

I caved and bought the vertical life planner for 2015-2016 (July 2015-December 2016.) One of the things I love about it is there is space for everything. I use a box for personal things, a box for the blog, and a box for any orders or baking I have to do. And it’s pretty! Below is an example of the weekly spread:

Weekly Spread

As you can see I decorate it a little, but definitely don’t go as far as some people where you can’t see any paper there are so many stickers! I like to spend some time on Sundays filling out the week with the workouts and meal prep I want to do, cleaning around the house, things I want to do for the blog, and baking (look at the adorable mixer sticker!).

Monday-Wednesday

Thursday-Sunday

Since I got the planner in July I have notice a huge difference! I feel more organized and on top of things (I have anxiety and need to know what’s going on) and even Ethan has noticed a difference.

If you are interested I laid out all of the accessories I have for my planner, including pens and stickers, washi tape and other accessories I’ve bought from Erin Condren.

Carry-all Clutch

I bought the carry-all clutch for my planner to protect it because I take it everywhere! I actually convinced my sister to buy it for me (thanks Alex! :)) and love it.

The pens I use are and they are erasable! I like using pens because I can use a different colour in each section, plus if I make a mistake I can easily fix it. For a while I used pens by Staedtler, but they didn’t write as nicely as I liked, and I had to use whiteout when I messed up.

Pens

I have a fairly small washi tape collection, and always want more. I’m making myself use some of it up before I buy more, because I won’t be able to fit it all in my little bag! I got the holiday ones from Michaels, and I believe the rest are from DeSerres.

Washi Tape

I actually bought a Cricut Explore so I could make my own sticker because shipping to Canada on Etsy is expensive! I made all of the ones on this weekly spread except for the mixer and the grocery bag (they are from Paper Loving Mommy on Etsy, I love her stuff but just can’t justify the shipping cost!) I look forward to seeing what else the Cricut can do, so let me know if you are interested in seeing the things I create with it!

I also have a few covers for the planner, to switch out for holidays and other occasions.

Planner Covers

Yes I realized this whole post is about my planner, but it is the secret to staying organized! A lot of people don’t really understand how much work it is to have a blog, so I wanted to let you in on my secret! (I guess it’s not really a secret anymore, ha!) If you are looking at my planner and thinking it might be for you, click here to check them out, and receive $10 off!

How do you stay organized? Let me know in the comments!

If you are interested in seeing more behind the scenes things, or want to know about something in particular,  please let me know and I will try and post about it!

PS I hope you are liking the blogs new look!

Thanks for reading,

Kelsey
February 9, 2016

Surprise! A Disney Obsession 2.0

Surprise! The blog has had a makeover! Welcome to A Disney Obsession 2.0! I was definitely ready for a change, and I feel like the new look suits me a lot better. The green ever reminds me of my favourite mermaid, Ariel! I hope you like the new look, and take a minute to look around!

Thanks for checking out A Disney Obsession 2.0! 🙂

Kelsey