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.

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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!

Walt Disney World

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.

Walt Disney World

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!

Walt Disney World

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
May 17, 2017

Disabilities & Disney: Accessibility at Animal Kingdom!

Hello, friends! Today we are finishing up the Disney & Disabilities series, and I just wanted to thank you for joining me! Today we’re talking about the accessibility requirements at Disney’s Animal Kindgom! Keeping in mind that all of the animal “exhibits” are wheelchair accessible, this list might be pretty short! Animal Kingdom is more about the animals then it is about rides. In any case, let’s jump in!

 

Guests may remain in wheelchair

It’s tough to be a bug

Wildlife Express Train

Kilimanjaros Safaris*

Festival of the Lion King

Finding Nemo- The Musical

Flights of Wonder

Character Meets

Rivers of Light

Tree of Life Awakenings

 

 

 

 

 

 

*guests in ECV’s must transfer to a wheelchair, and can ride in a wheelchair. Sidenote- it’s very bumpy, so you should take into consideration if you might be more comfortable in the regular seat or in a wheelchair!

 Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

Guests must transfer to Ride Vehicle

Dinosaur

Expedition Everest

Kali River Rapids

Primeval Whirl

NEW! Avatar Flight of Passage*

NEW! Na’vi River Journey

TriceraTop Spin

 

 

 

 

 

*guests in ECV’s must transfer to a wheelchair, then transfer to ride

NEW- Pandora- The World of Avatar opens May 27th!

Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

 

I have to say I am excited for Pandora to open, from what we could see when we went in November, it’s going to be pretty cool! As you can see, the accessibility information for the two new attractions is already on the website, which is great! I also watched a from The Tim Tracker where he goes into Pandora before it opens, so if you are interested in seeing inside, check out the video here. He and his wife give really honest feedback, and do a great job of showing you around. Spoiler alert: Pandora is gorgeous!

Animal Kingdom is such a fun park to wander and explore! If you think of this park as a half day park, try staying all day next time! With the Tree of Life Awakenings, and Rivers of Light, I think you’ll have a great time! There are so many trails and paths to explore, and everything is so lush and beautiful! I always notice new things.

Accessibility at Animal Kingdom

Other posts in the Disney & Disabilities Series:

Disney & Disabilities: A GREAT Relationship

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Magic Kingdom

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Epcot

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Hollywood Studios

Disney & Disabilities: Accessibility at Animal Kingdom (you’re here!)

If there’s something accessibility related you’d like to see on the blog, please let me know! I’d love to help share as much information as possible, because it might help someone. If you know someone who might find this information helpful, please help to spread the word!

Thank you again for joining me this week!

 

 

Kelsey