March 9, 2016

1 Day In Disney World

This post was actually a request, and has been in my long list of posts for a while, but I’m happy to finally be getting to it! So what do you do if you only have one day in Disney World? Which park? Well, I can’t tell you exactly what to do, but I can tell you what my ideal day looks like, and tips for making the most out of a single day in WDW.

I'm incredibly happy when I'm standing here!

I’m incredibly happy when I’m standing here!

First of all, go to Magic Kingdom. It’s the epitome of Walt Disney World, and it really isn’t a trip to Walt Disney World without seeing that beautiful castle. My first suggestion? Get there early! And by early, I mean before park opening! If you are only able to go for one day, chances are you are not going to be staying at a Disney Resort hotel. If you aren’t staying at a Disney Resort you can still book Fastpass+ in advance, 30 days before you visit to be exact. If this trip is a last minute thing and you didn’t book in advance, don’t worry! You can still take advantage of Fastpass+ by using the in park kiosks, which is important. Also, I suggest doing some research before you go. Get to know the attractions and shows, the things that you know you would want to do. This will help you prioritize when you get to the park, because there is no way you can do everything in one day.

This is about as good of a picture of the castle I got on my last trip!

This is about as good of a picture of the castle I got on my last trip!

This is where it gets hard. If you’ve never been to WDW before, you are probably not going to want to run around and ride everything, you are going to want to enjoy yourself! Because you are at Magic Kingdom at park opening, wait times are going to be very low. I would suggest riding all of the attraction that appeal to you “thrill wise” (that could be Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad) and Seven Dwarf Mine Train if it looks like something you might enjoy. If you have booked your Fatpass+, you just have to show up to that ride during the times you booked, and head to the Fastpass+ line. If you did not book your trip in advance and therefore do not have any Fastpass+,  find a Fastpass+ kiosk. Select 3 Fastpasses for the day, any attractions that appeal to you. Keep in mind the early afternoon is when parks are busiest, so you may want to have a Fastpass for this time, so you won’t be waiting in line forever. It’s hard to say exactly what to do in which order, but taking advantage of Fastpass+ is a must do.

If you are looking for an exact plan of what to follow, I suggest checking out the Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World (click the picture below to check it out). They have plans that will tell you exactly which ride to do in which order to avoid high wait times. Being prepared is the most important piece of advice I can give you. It will help to avoid disappointment, and you can try to prioritize when you get into the park. Because it is very hard to write a plan that will appeal to everyone, I thought I would write what an ideal day in Magic Kingdom would include for me.

My ideal day at Magic Kingdom includes:
  • Seeing the Welcome Show (which means being there before park opening)
  • Seven Dwarf Mine Train
  • Festival of Fantasy Parade
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Jungle Cruise
  • Haunted Mansion
  • Under the Sea: Journey of The Little Mermaid
  • Splash Mountain
  • Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
  • Space Mountain
  • Tomorrowland Transit Authority Peoplemover
  • Carousel of Progress
  • “It’s A Small World” (only if it has a short wait)
  • Wishes!

Pluto

My ideal day would include Extra Magic Hours at the end of the day, so I can hit some other attractions I enjoy but don’t want to wait in a really long line for (I’m looking at your Peter Pan’s Flight!). It would also include enjoying a Citrus Swirl, and eating at Be Our Guest Restaurant (if I could have anything I wanted), and would probably include lunch at Columbia Harbour House.

A day in the Magic Kingdom has to end with Wishes! You’ll appreciate staying until the end, I promise! Also, even if the park closes when Wishes starts, you can stay in the park. This is when I like to take pictures and just take in the ambience. It also makes waiting in line for transportation smaller! If you stay for 30 minutes after the park closes, keep an eye out for The Kiss Goodnight. It’s awesome.

Wishes

Sidenote: If you have rented a car and driving, to visit the Magic Kingdom you have to park at the Ticket and Transportation Centre (TTC), and take either the Monorail or Boat to the entrance.

Well, as you can see, there is a lot to do at Magic Kingdom, so it’s hard to give you a formula equal a great day. If you are looking for ideas of attractions you might like, check out the Not to Miss series I posted over the last few months. I hope this post helps you if you are spending a single day in Disney, or even just a single day in Magic Kingdom!

An evening in Magic Kingdom

What does your ideal day in Magic Kingdom look like? Let me know in the comments!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
March 2, 2016

Monthly Favourites- February 2016

I’ve been thinking of ways that I can share more of my life, and I thought starting a new routine would be a great way to do that! Once a month I want to post about the things I am enjoying, my monthly favourites. The items will change but it’s fun to think about the things that bring me joy, and I like reading about other peoples favourites each month. Over time I will try to sort the items into categories, but it may take a while to figure out. I’ve linked all the items, so just hover over the text and pictures to click the link! Okay, let’s get started!

Monthly Favourites

 

Entertainment

Books- I am a bookworm. I definitely don’t read as much as I would like to, but I am always reading something. Right now I’m re-reading the Harry Potter series (currently on the Goblet of Fire), and I’ve also been reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I have yet to actually go through anything, but reading the book is getting me ready. Let me know if you would be interested in my experience with the Kon-Mari method! I also am interested in the “sequel” Spark Joy, and hope to read that soon.

 

Music- I always look forward to visiting Ethan’s Parents, and because they are a 2 1/2 hour drive away, I look forward to spending time in the car with Ethan. When we went up Valentine’s weekend we listened to both of Christina Perri’s cds. We saw her when she opened up for Ed Sheeran last year, and bought her cds after enjoying her set so much! I forgot how much I enjoyed her music, and loved listening in the car.

T.V.- Ethan and I have been watching Suits on Netflix lately, and I really like this show! We are on Season 3 now, and are watching it fairly quickly (for us anyways). It’s filmed in Toronto so I like to spot easter eggs of the city I visited daily for school a few years ago. If you haven’t watched it I would recommend giving it a try! I’ve also been watching some of my all time favourites, Gilmore Girls and How I Met Your Mother. I haven’t watched HIMYM all the way through since it ended, and I’m not sure if I will (I hated the ending). I’m currently on Season 2, and I enjoy the earlier seasons more than the newer ones.

Clothing

Wishes Shirt– I was so excited for this shirt to come I posted on Instagram as soon as it came. (Not following me yet? Click here to start!) I actually saw it on Instagram and knew I had to have it. If you like subtle Disney merchandise, definitely check them out!

Old Navy Go Warm Compression Leggings– I wish I could live in these! They are so comfortable and surprisingly warm. I like to wear them while I lounge around the house or during light workouts. I got them on sale, and am so happy I did. I buy a lot of stuff at Old Navy, mostly because they always have sales on. I love to shop online, and I use Ebates when I do! If you’ve never heard of Ebates all you do it log in, search the store you are looking to shop for and click to start shopping. You get different percentages of cash back, but it actually works. Click here to sign up if you are interested.

Beauty

Revlon Eyeliner- I want to start by saying I know pretty much nothing about makeup! I’ve started using pen eyeliners, and find them easier to apply. I thought I would try this one as it was thinner than the one I had, and I really like it! As much as I like ordering from Sephora, it’s nice to be able to grab something from the drugstore when you are close-by.

Nail Polish- I surprised myself with wanting to paint my nails. When I went to chef school we weren’t allowed to wear nail polish, so I hadn’t really wanted to in a long time. Now I’ve been doing my nails once a week and it’s nice to have some “me” time. It’s also a bonus that I’ve very slow, so I get even more “me” time ha!

Bath and Body Works Body Cream– Unfortunately I couldn’t find the Strawberry & Bourbon Vanilla one I’ve been loving, but they have so many scents available! This cream soaks into my skin and smells so good! I’ve loved the True Blue Spa creams but they were a little pricy, so the body creams are a great replacement. There are always sales and coupons to use, so I love stocking up!

Miscellaneous

Crispy Minis! Salt & Vinegar specifically. I love potato chips (they are my weakness) and since I’ve been doing the Tone It Up Challenge, I’ve been looking for a treat that was healthier. I found them!

February Favourites

Guys. I’m super excited/nervous to share that I started a YouTube channel! Please bear with me as I get used to editing videos, but my first video is up! If you are more of a visual person, I talk a little more about all of the products listed. I’m not sure exactly how often I will upload videos, but it’s something I’m excited to do! Please like my videos, and subscribe! 😀 Also let me know in the comments if there are any videos you’d like to see me make!

I’d love to hear what you are enjoying lately, so let me know in the comments if you care to share!

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Thank you so much for reading!

Kelsey
February 24, 2016

Happy Birthday Ethan!

Today’s post is a little different, because it’s Ethan’s Birthday!

Ethan at Cali Grill

In case you didn’t know, Ethan had never been to Walt Disney World before he met me. Since then he’s been three times (in the last five years) with plans for another trip this year. We went in 2012 with my whole family, and just he and I went in 2013 and 2015. So thank you Ethan for putting up with my Disney obsession. I know it can’t be easy, but thank you. I’m so glad you enjoy Disney, and I enjoy exploring the Disney details together. Thank you for supporting this (crazy) venture I started 6 months ago, and letting me use your photos :). I’ve loved the trips we’ve taken so far, and I can’t wait to take more with you. You’ve taught me so much about myself, and the last almost five years have been more than I could have ever hoped for. I hope you enjoy your day and your ice cream cake!

this time last year, we were in Epcot!

this time last year, we were in Epcot!

I know this post is sappy, but Ethan deserves it! Wish him Happy Birthday in the comments!

Ethan, I love you with all my heart!

Kelsey