Thursday, April 13, 2017

GRADUATION CRUISE 2017 || Magic Kingdom Day {Day 2}

Hello All,

I can't think of a catchy opening so I'm going to jump right into the post. If you missed the first day of this trip you can read it by clicking here

We decided that our goals was to leave Port Orleans: French Quarter around 10AM. I work up around 8:30 so I could get ready and we could stop in the quick service restaurant for breakfast. Mama Judy was moving a lot slower because she hadn't had a good night sleep. But eventually we got on the road. We got breakfast at the quick service restaurant there. I had beignets for the first time and they were sooo good. 

Finally it was time to head to the park. We didn't have to wait to long before the bus showed up. When we there we had to stop at guest service to buy tickets as well as redeem the points we had earned from being Disney Visa cardholders. Once that was all sorted out we headed in with our first stop being the Main Street Bakery which now offers Starbucks. I got a drink and then had a mini photo shoot in front of the castle.

Quote on the shirt: There's nothing a little Starbucks and Disney can't fix
Shirt: YouNameItEmbroideryG

After that we made our way to "new" Fantasyland because Mama Judy hadn't been to Disney since it opened. When we got there we saw that Gaston was meeting so we decided to hop in line. I will say that my meet and greet with Gaston was kind of boring. I'm not sure if he was tired after being out for a while or if he is just better with young kids but it is still always fun to meet him.
View of the castle while waiting
Side of Gaston's Tavern

Mama Judy testing out my camera

After that we decided to hop in line to go on the Little Mermaid ride which is always a cute ride especially if you love the story. 
View of Prince Eric's castle

Posing in front of my favorite Prince's castle

Cute Disney detail

After that we headed over to the Tomorrowland so that we could ride the People Mover. A favorite for both of us. 
View of Astro Orbiters form the People mover line

Did you really ride the People Mover if you didn't take a shoe pic?
When we got off the people mover we had some time to kill before our reservation for Be Our Guest. Since Donald is my favorite character we were going to try and meet him in Storybook Circus unfortunately the line moved a lot slower then predicted and we had to hop out of line.

We had lunch at Be Our Guest. The food was good but Mama Judy did say that she probably wouldn't eat there again unless we were on the Disney Dinning Plan because it was super expensive. My favorite part is that it looks so much like the rooms in the 1991 version of The Beauty and the Beast. And the food is pretty good. Especially the grey stuff...don't worry I asked the dishes. 

After lunch we headed over to Liberty Square to see the wait times for some Adventureland rides but got stuck by the parade. I got a few pictures but our view was pretty terrible.

Mama Judy got a call from work and by the time she was done we decided to stay in that area and see The Hall of President before Trump gets added in. While we waited we got to see the new muppets show. 

It was cute and great time to rest your feet. We watch Hall of Presidents and then headed back to Tomorrowland to Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor, which is one of the corniest and cutest shows at Disney and I totally recommend it. 

After the ride we hopped back in line to meet Goofy and Donald in Storybook circus. Donald is always on my list and it's always so much fun meeting him. Later in the trip I have a great interaction with him but you'll have to wait.
Me and Goofy

Me and Donald
Mama Judy had pretty much hit her Disney wall at this point so we used our last joint fastpass and went to see Phillarmagic which if you like Disney music you'll love the show. Mama Judy left after that while I stayed. 

The first thing I did was go over to Princess Fairytale Hall where I had a great interaction with both Rupunzel and Tiana. 

After that interaction it was almost time for my Haunted Mansion fastpass. If you don't know Haunted Mansion is my favorite ride every! Like I am obsessed with it! I even have an obscure Haunted Mansion quote on my laptop. 

After that ride I headed over to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad to see how long the wait time was and ultimately decided to hop in line because it was only about 50 minutes. Normally I love doing solo Disney time but in this particular case it kind of sucked because I was in between two groups of people my age and it was a little lonely. But when I got to the ride it was worth it. I never asked to be in a specific row on a ride but this time I was put in the back row. And it was so much fun!  One of the best experiences ever!

After that I left the Magic Kingdom and headed back to the hotel. I took a quick shower and repacked my bag to get it ready to go in the morning. Then I crawled into bed and went to sleep dreaming of the cruise starting the next morning. 

And that is the end of day 2. I will be back (hopefully soon) with more of these posts plus posts from another vacation I just back from.

*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own 
and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***

Tuesday, April 11, 2017


Hello All,

I have officially finished book 4 of my 2017 reading goal! In case you've missed the reviews so far this year you can catch them there ---> Since You've Been Gone & As Old As Time (I didn't write one for the second book I read because I was so busy right around the time I finished it). According to Good Reads I am 27% of the way through my 2017 reading goal of 15 books! But that's not why you guys came here, you came here to read a book review so let's get started.

The fourth book I read this year was Just One Day by Gayle Forman (I added the Good Reads link because it tells you places where you can buy it).  Which follows the character Allyson through one year of her life. It starts at the end of her summer trip the summer between high school and college. The biggest and most exciting summer of your life. On the last day of the trip she meets a Dutch boy named, Willem and the two of them go to France for just one day. The next morning she wakes up and Willem is gone and she spends the rest of the year attempting to find Willem again as well as find the girl she was that day in France. 

This book has been on my To Be Read list for such a long time. Mainly because I loved the books If I Stay and Where She Went by the same author, Gayle Forman (You can read the joint review I wrote here). I had heard in a few different places that these books was not as good as the fore mentioned novels. But I still wanted to give this book a chance. And to be honest I agree with the opinion I've seen floating around the internet. 

I guess I should start with my biggest issue, I didn't like the main character of the novel. I felt like she spend the majority of the novel complaining instead of doing something about her issues. She also came across as very judgy in my opinion. In fact I think the only character she didn't judge harshly was Willem. 

After reading the back summary of the novel I knew that the majority of the book would follow Allyson life post the day with Willem but she spend 100 of the 360-some odd page novel with Willem. Which was good to build the love connection between Allyson and Willem but it made the rest of the book feel rushed. There were pieces of her life post that day that I would have loved to learn more about. 

The ending to me also felt like it drew on forever. Like I kept thinking I was at the end and there was still like twenty more pages. Maybe if I had liked the character more then I would have like how drawn out it felt but I just wanted her to figure it out what she wanted.

As much as I didn't like the book I do plan to eventually read it's sequel, Just One Year which follow Willem through the same year. Maybe I'll like Willem more. Although I won't be reading it right away because I need a break from these characters.

I'm not sure who I would recommend this book to. I don't want to say no one because there is a very huge chance that because I didn't like the main character I wasn't able to see the positive side of this book. I feel that this book has the potential to be read by someone at that exact time in their life when they need to read it and have the message help them through whatever hurdle they are struggling with. So, maybe I would recommend it to anyone who is sitting on the edge of who they were and who they are going to be, people going through a huge life change.

I like to rate the books I read on a scale of 5. I've gone back and forth about what I was going to rate this book and I have decided that this book is getting a 3.25 on my scale. The writing was good and the story was a good concept I just didn't love the other elements. 

Have you read Just One Day? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below.


*This post was not sponsored by any of the linked sites. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own 
and I was in no way compensated for mentioning them ***