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 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
May 31, 2017

10 Things to do at Walt Disney World Outside of the Parks

Hello everyone! This post is coming to you while I’m on vacation, my first non-Disney vacation in a while! I’m in Calgary, Alberta visiting with family and exploring with Ethan!

Today I thought I would share a list of things to do at Walt Disney World, outside of the parks! Walt Disney World is HUGE, and is way more than just theme parks. On our last trip we spent some time out of the parks (which was a little hard for me because I always want to go, go, go!), but it got me thinking of how many things there are to do! So below I’ve listed 10 things to do outside of the parks, in no particular order. Okay, let’s jump in!

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1. The Boardwalk

This whole area is a great way to escape the parks while still having a lot to see. We spent a few hours here on our last trip, and I really enjoyed it! With a ton of restaurants to choose from, you won’t go hungry, and there’s always entertainment on the boardwalk at night! It very relaxing for being steps away from Epcot and Hollywood Studios. I’d love to stay in this resort area sometime.

Walt Disney World

2. Mini-Golf or real golf

Walt Disney World has champion courses, plus some fun mini golf courses. I’ve received coupons for the mini golf before but have never used them! There are two different ones to choose from, Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. I’ve heard great things of them, and I’m sure they are some of the best themed mini golf courses you’ve seen!

3. Watch a movie at a resort

Did you know that most Walt Disney World resorts show Disney movies every night? Schedules are available at each hotel, but it would be a nice way to end a day, or even just spend the evening at a resort! The movies are generally set-up close to the main lobby where the food is, so you can grab a bite to eat and watch a Disney movie!

4. Disney Springs

Disney Springs has SO MANY shops and restaurants, you could easily spend a day there! If you have kids they would love the Lego Store and Once Upon a Toy, plus the World of Disney store. And since it got a makeover, it’s beautiful! You can see just a few of the dining options in the picture below.

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5. go to the movies

While you’re at Disney Springs, you could go to a movies at the AMC! They even have the restaurant theatres, if you want something special. You’ll have lots of options too, with 24 screens!

6. Hit the pool

If you are staying on-site, have a pool day! They usually have lots of activities for kids at the main pool, plus it’s close to restaurants and food courts. If you want something a little quieter, many resorts have “quiet pools”.

7. Explore a resort

I absolutely love checking out all of the Disney Resorts! No matter what level resort you are staying at, you can always check out something new! We wandered to the Grand Floridian on our last trip for a little while, and it was a lot of fun! You can always make dining reservations at a resort and spend some time there! The picture below is from the Grand Floridian looking back at the Polynesian, our DVC home resort! On our last trip we also spent a lot of time at the resort we were staying at (the Polynesian), and it was really nice to know where I was going all the time!

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8. Watch the fireworks

You can see many of the fireworks from many different resorts! Head to the Contemporary Resort and if you dine at California Grill you can watch the fireworks from the observation decks! Below is a picture from said observation deck :). Head to the Boardwalk or Beach Club to see Epcot/ Hollywood Studios fireworks! At Caribbean Beach you can see the Epcot fireworks from the main pool! We watched Holiday Wishes from the beach at the Polynesian, and it was so much fun. Plus, you don’t have to deal with the craziness in the parks as soon as the fireworks are over :).

9. cirque du soleil

Another fun way to spend the evening at Disney Springs is to see the Cirque du Soleil show! The current show La Nouba ends December 31st, 2017, but I’m sure the replacement will be just as amazing! Ethan and I saw La Nouba on our trip in 2013 for his birthday, and it was amazing! I would definitely recommend it!

10. Have a spa day!

You could head to either The Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, or Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa for a relaxing spa treatment! I’ve never done this, but I’ve heard great things about their spas! I can only imagine how nice that would be on a Disney vacation.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at some of the many things there are to do on Walt Disney Property! Maybe you try something on a day when you aren’t going to the parks, or just a slower paced afternoon! It can definitely be hard to not be in the parks, but with some many other things you can do it can be nice to take a bit of a break! You know, like a vacation from your vacation ;).

What’s your favourite thing to do at Walt Disney World outside of the parks? Let me know in the comments below!

Thank you so much for reading! And don’t forget to enter my giveaway that ends Sunday! You can find it here 🙂

 

Kelsey