March 16, 2016

My Disney Book Collection

If you are following me on Instagram, you may have noticed I’ve bought a few Disney books lately, and I realized I have a bit of a collection forming! I thought I would share the books I have, if I have read them, and what I think (for the few I have read). Let’s dive right in!

My Disney Book Collection

I should probably start by saying that I am very interested in the history of the Walt Disney Company, and the theme parks, which is part of why I have so many books. While I may have a weakness for Disney merchandise, I don’t just go out and buy book because they have Mickey on them. All of the books I own cover topics I enjoy learning more about. Let’s call that the disclaimer for this post, haha!

 

Poster Art of the Disney Parks

As I was gathering all of my books, I actually forgot I had this one. I love walking under the train station as you enter Magic Kingdom, and I love looking at the attraction posters they have in the tunnel. Ethan knows how much I love them so he actually got me some posters of them for Christmas! (You can see some pictures here). This book has so many beautiful pictures of these posters, and I love looking through it.

 

Walt Disney Imagineering

I believe is the most expensive Disney book I own, but it’s gorgeous and worth every penny. It goes into so much detail as to how everything was created, from the parks to the attractions in the parks. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve quickly glanced through it and can’t wait to read it.

The Disney Book

I just bought The Disney Book and can’t wait to read it. It goes through the history of the company and has sections dedicated to all of the Disney films. It covers just about everything Disney, which I like as well. While it is nice to have some books that cover specific areas, it’s also nice to have one that encompasses everything. I was actually watching a Disney Vlog by Ellie Steadman and at the end it showed a clip of another video, and she said that every Disney fan needs this book, so I got it!

 

Walt Disney’s EPCOT Center

A while ago I went on a little Amazon kick and bought a bunch of second hand books for really cheap. (You can probably tell which ones by the conditions in the picture at the top of this post). I find the history of Walt Disney World fascinating, and especially the version of Walt Disney World I saw when I was little and don’t remember. This book goes into detail as to what EPCOT Center was, and a lot of the attractions that unfortunately no longer exist.

 

Around the World with Disney

While I may not get a chance to visit all of the Disney Parks around the world, I thought this book would be interesting to get a little insight to some of the other parks. I did read this one, and really enjoyed it! It compares some rides that have different versions throughout the different parks, which I find pretty cool. For instance, each Disney park around the world have a version of “The Haunted Mansion”, and they have different names. Each attraction is also located in a different land in each park. You can find it in Liberty Square in Walt Disney World, and New Orleans Square in Disneyland. Neat huh?

The Making of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

I’ve watched a few videos on YouTube about Animal Kingdom, and have loved them, so I purchased this book all about it on Amazon. I haven’t read it yet, but I hope to soon!

 

Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark

This is the only fictitious Disney book I own, and I saw it and bought it because I was interested how it incorporated the Disney Parks. The storyline seems a little far fetched, but I used a gift card for it, so if I don’t like it I didn’t lose anything.

 

The Haunted Mansion: Imagineering a Disney Classic

One of my favourite Disney attractions is The Haunted Mansion, so of course I have a book all about it! If you missed the posts where I count down my 10 favourite attractions, make sure to read Part 1 and Part 2!

 

The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World

I have three copies of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World. I actually read part of one in a rental house on my trip in 2012. I own the versions from 2013, 2015 and 2016. I bought the 2013 one because I wanted to try their strategy in the parks (my strategy is adapted from theirs), then bought the 2015 one to get familiar with the new FastPass+ system.  I’m the type of person who likes to be very informed, so I guess I bought the 2016 one so I can know of any changes. No you do not need three copies, because they change very little throughout the years. I guess I’m just that obsessed! I think reading the 2016 version will get me through the days until my next trip! I would definitely recommend these books because they go into an incredible amount of detail and cover absolutely everything.

 

Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination

This is the only Walt Disney book I own, and I haven’t read very much of it. Ethan read it about a year ago, and proceeds to tell me that he knows more about Disney than I do (seriously?!). But I really do need to read this one, because Walt was an amazing man, and I’d love to know more about his life. One warning though, it’s hug! It also goes into a lot of detail of his earlier life, and doesn’t focus much on the creation of the parks.

 

Everything I Need to Know Learned From a Disney Little Golden Book

I’ve seen this book on Instagram and YouTube, so I thought I should get it! I’m sure some of you remember the Little Golden Books from when you were a kid! This book goes over all of the lessons we were taught in them, with the help of some Disney characters! I loved those books, and thought this was such a cute idea.

 

As you can see I definitely have some books to keep me busy! Do you have any Disney books? Let me know in the comments! I am also open to any recommendations! Also let me know if once I do get around to reading these books if you’d be interested in book reviews.

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Thank you so much for reading!

 

Kelsey
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