May 18, 2016

Underrated At Walt Disney World

Hi friends! It’s been a while since I’ve written a Disney post, so I though I would share one today! There are so many things to do at Walt Disney World, and the massive fan following with tons of fan opinions can create a lot of hype. While they are things that I think are overrated (more coming on that later) they are also things that are underrated. Let’s take a look at a few of them!

Attention to Detail

I think the attention to details is what sets Disney Parks apart. It’s great to take a slower pace in the parks, just walking around and seeing things that you wouldn’t notice when you are rushing around! Even just looking around the parks for Hidden Mickeys I’m sure you will notice something you may not have before. So many people are just running from ride to ride that everything just goes over their head, seriously, look around the next time you are at a Disney Park, I dare you!

This Tangled themed area? It’s a rest station and washrooms. That’s it. And look at how detailed!

Spaceship Earth

Yes, it’s the big globe at Epcot, but the attraction inside of it is certainly underrated. It’s relaxing, and you might even learn a little. A travel through the history of communications is a must do for me. People see the line as you enter the park, and get in the queue, but the attraction is so much more than that! I think people give it a lot less credit than it is due.

Spaceship Earth

Living with the Land

Yes I’m talking about the tour of the greenhouse. Living with the Land is a boat ride that takes you through the greenhouses of the Land pavilion, and it’s actually really interesting. If you’ve ever eaten at The Garden Grill, the scenes you are looking at are part of the Living with the Land attraction. The food that is grown in the greenhouses is also served throughout Epcot! Most people wouldn’t think that Disney World would even have a greenhouse, and I guess this is the part I think is underrated. Disney goes so much farther than you think!

Quick Service Options

When heading to an amusement park, you probably think all you will be eating (other than table service) is burgers and fries. While you can definitely find those options, there is so much more available! Especially being a vegetarian, I notice what other options there are. On our last trip, Ethan and I found a place in Animal Kingdom (thanks to the My Disney Experience App), we had an Asian Noodle Salad (currently available at Thirsty River Bar & Trek Snacks), and a Falafel (currently available at Mr. Kamal’s). We both really enjoyed both options, couldn’t believe how different the option were, and found a quiet spot to eat it.

Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover

I have to admit something about this ride, I used to not get it. I thought it was stupid, actually. Then on our last trip Ethan and I gave it a try. It’s a great way to relax and see a new view of the park! The narration is a nice touch, and the display of EPCOT probably goes unnoticed. I think you should go on it at least twice; once in the day, and once at night, when Tomorrowland comes alive with neon lights! This ride can be popular, but I don’t think it gets the credit it deserves, especially because of what I used to think!

Citrus Swirl

While you have most likely heard of a Dole Whip, you may not have heard of it’s friend the Citrus Swirl. I’ve only had a Citrus Swirl (I’m coming for you Dole Whip on my next trip!) but I really enjoyed it and don’t think it gets the attention is deserves. This citrus soft serve is delicious! You can pick one up at Sunshine Tree Terrace.

Sunshine Tree Terrace

Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake

I’m sure you saw that and don’t think that could possible be good, but it is so good! You can also get it in chocolate, which I had on my last trip. This is something that is pretty popular, but not everyone knows about it, or knows how amazing it is! You can grab one if you are dining at 50’s Prime Time Diner, or from the Tune in Lounge at the bar, and get one to go!

50's Prime Time

Animal Kingdom

Of all the parks in Walt Disney World, I think Animal Kingdom is the most underrated. While the list of attractions may not be as long as Magic Kingdom, there is so much to explore that you wouldn’t even know! I wrote all about exploring Animal Kingdom in this post. People give this park a hard time because of the animals, like it’s a glorified zoo or something, but I definitely think it is much more than that. I think you’d be surprised with how much time you could spend there!

Animal Kingdom

Look at that detail!

Carousel of Progress

The message of this show is definitely underrated, but I think the entire attraction is too! I don’t want to just focus on what this attraction was when it was created, but I think the fact that Walt actually touched it means it should be recognized more. I doubt many people even know that, but it has been in Magic Kingdom for how long, so that should mean something too, right?  I hate to think of how many people don’t even see this attraction, because I think it’s great. And I know a lot of people “see” it but actually nap. But you can force people to see something that is right in front of them , so I guess I will take advantage of the shorter wait times! As you may be able to tell it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes something underrated, I hope you get the gist of it through my ramblings!

The Enchanted Tiki Room

Oh, The Tiki Room. I can’t imagine how many people skip this. For me, it’s a must do. When this attraction was created, the technology was amazing! While I understand that the technology is much more advanced now, I think this Classic is just that, a classic! It’s something that fits the Adventureland theme perfectly, and deserves a spot there. I’m definitely a fan of the original and not the “Under New Management” version that forced Zazu and Iago in there, but this show is definitely underrated.

The last two on the list could easily be put into a category of “Classic Disney”, and I think that category of attractions is definitely underrated. Not to put down the attractions that are coming out now, but back then they were different. They weren’t based on the latest film, they were different. I think this is partially what makes the attractions mentioned above classics, and what has helped them to stand the test of time. Instead of just making this a list of attractions, I thought I would include a few, and expand on it a little.

I urge you to try some of these things especially if you never have, you might be pleasantly surprised! What do you think is underrated at Walt Disney World? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
May 11, 2016

Monthly Favourites- April 2016

It’s monthly favourites time! I’m sharing my favourite things in entertainment, clothing, beauty and everything in between! Let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites April 2016

Entertainment

Sex and the City 1&2- The movies recently made their way onto Netflix, so I had to revisit them! I forgot how good the first one was, and how bad the second one was! I definitely enjoyed watching them both, and seeing Carrie, Samantha, Charlotte and Miranda again.

Room by Emma Donoghue- This month I read the book and watched the movie! I really enjoyed both. I read the book fairly quickly, and enjoyed the story. It’s hard to believe that the story isn’t that far fetched, and actually happens. I enjoyed the movie and thought Brie Larson did a great job in her role.

Zootopia- I finally saw Zootopia and loved it! I thought it had a great message, and the characters were great! The song by Shakira was totally stuck in my head after too.

Beauty

Beauty Blender- I may be the last person to try a beauty blender, but I am a convert! I am really enjoying applying my foundation with the BB, and it does a great job. I used to apply it with a brush, and found that I would get brush strokes on my face, and who wants that! After trying the BB, I definitely noticed a difference.

Tattoo Liner by Kat Von D– I know I mentioned my favourite eyeliner in my February Favourites post, but I have found a new favourite! The Revlon one is still my top pick from a drugstore, but the Kat Von D one is amazing. It glides on like a brush and I can get much closer to the lash line. I feel like I can apply it much faster, and make fewer mistakes which is awesome!

Full Lash Bloom Mascara by Covergirl- I am really loving this mascara! It spreads my lashes and doesn’t clump, and the formula isn’t too wet. It’s amazing how when you find a product you enjoy how much you realize what you were using wasn’t the best. That is definitely how I felt when I found this mascara! I hate to throw out things that I haven’t used up, but my old mascara might have to go.

Rose Gold Nail Polish by Joe Fresh- This was definitely a spur of the moment purchase, but I’m loving it! at $4.99 it was a great deal and the colour is beautiful! It changes in the light and doesn’t have a sparkle that makes out hard to remove. I’m sold! I couldn’t find a link, but put a picture below:

Rose Gold Nailpolish

Miscellaneous

Avocado Toast on Squirrely Bread by Silver Hills– I talk more about this in the video below, but I’ve surprised myself with my slowly changing eating habits. Avocado Toast was something that sounded kind of gross, but once I tried it I found a new favourite! I have a piece of toast with a 1/4 of mashed avocado, fried egg and cheese on a piece of Squirrely Bread. The bread is made with sprouted grains so it has more protein and keeps me full for hours. The Squirrely one specifically has seeds so it’s much more flavourful, and the slices are a little thicker.

Watch the video below for a closer look at my favourites this month:

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I hope you enjoy taking a look at some of my favourite things each month, because I really enjoy sharing them! What were some of your favourite things this month? Let me know in the comments!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
May 4, 2016

Birthday/Outlet Mall Haul

Hi friends, happy Wednesday! As you may or may not know, it was my birthday a few weeks ago. I thought I would share some of the things I received with you. I also made a trip to the Toronto Premium Outlets last weekend, so I though I would put this small haul in there as well! Take a look in the video below to see what I got in this birthday haul!

Details on the goodies!

Celebrate by Lauren Conrad- I’m a huge Lauren Conrad fan, and I love her book, so I’m happy to have gotten her newest book! I’m enjoying it so far, and can’t wait to put the knowledge to use.

If/Then Soundtrack- Ethan and I went to see this musical a few weeks ago, and getting the soundtrack helps me remember what happened after I’ve seen it! I’m enjoying getting to know the musical a little better, plus I get to listen to Idina Menzel. Idina= QUEEN.

Disney Goodies- On my next trip I’m getting a few things as belated birthday gifts. One is a surprise, one is Memory Maker, and another is a Stitch MagicBand! Unfortunately the Disney store won’t ship the MagicBand to Canada (and it’s not available online in the colour I would like), so I’ll be picking that up while I’m down there! I won’t be announcing the date of my next trip for a while just in case, but know that I do have a trip coming up, and I am counting down the days! 😀

Kate Spade Purse- I have been wanting a new purse for a while, and I knew I wanted a Kate Spade one. I was thinking of getting black so it will go with everything, and I like the style that can be a crossbody but also has straps for wearing on your arm. I decided to get a colourful wallet as well, and I’m so happy with my new selections! You can find the purse I got here, and the wallet here (I just got it in the beautiful blue you can see in the video)!

I also went to National Sports on the way home from the outlets, because the shoe stores didn’t have great deals. My Saucony running shoes were nearing a year old, and they were a little uncomfortable on one foot so I was looking for something else. I was also looking for a new pair of shoes to wear everyday, because although I was loving wearing my converse again, they are so bad for your feet! I got a supportive pair of Saucony’s that is mostly black and I really like! For my new running shoes I thought I would try out a pair of Asics, and while I haven’t worn them yet for working out (I’ve been working extra hours this week!), they are so pretty!

I hope you enjoyed this small birthday haul, let me know if you’d like to see more of this type of content in the comments!

 

Thank you so much for reading!

 

 

 

Kelsey