Disney is a little different right now. If you’re planning a trip soon; here are 3 things to consider bringing that you might not have thought about yet!!!
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My name is Morgan and I’m a 26 year old living in South Carolina! I’m a dog mom to my little cavapoo, Elsie.
have a mild obsession with Disney Parks... and by mild I mean not mild at all. I love going on adventures with my sweet family and friends as well as a lovely little cozy nights in featuring some Chinese takeout and a snuggly lil’ blanket.
Anyway, enough about me! I’m so glad you dropped by! Swipe for story’s about life, fashion, and fun! 💕
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Planning to Posting: Valentines Shoot
The BTS process of my valentines creative shoot.
Planning and producing “creative shoot” content is one of my favorite things to do! It’s a great way to get your artistic energy flowing and allows you to turn that energy into unique and exciting content to share with the world!
This Valentine’s Day, I convinced my sister to do a shoot with me. Check out the process below!
For me the planning phase begins with an idea or theme! Obviously, this time, the theme of the shoot was to create some super fun Valentines Day content!
After the idea is sparked, the planning begins! I look for inspo pics, posing ideas and makeup/styling images to push the idea or theme forward. I usually create a mood board on my Pinterest specifically for the shoot. Here is a sampling from my Valentines mood board!
As a part of the prep for this shoot I started piecing together outfit inspo for the shoot. I searched Shein specifically to keep my budget lower and was able to find some super fun outfit choices! When I found an item I thought could be cute I would do a mock up of it in my PicsArt app. The image you see here is the final mock up of my outfit and my sister’s outfit!
The mock ups help me to know if the clothes are truly cohesive and fit what I’m looking for in terms of the shoot.
When all the clothes came in and my sister was home for college we took an evening to shoot! I have a white backdrop and 2 box lights that we used for this shoot in particular.
When shooting, we referenced the mood board before starting, then jumped right in! We jammed to music, we laughed and had an absolute blast! It’s so funny how different the vibes BTS can be vs. the actual pictures! Here is a peek at what the shoot really looked like! (Yes I’m wearing a dress, and yes that is a roll of cellophane)￼
After the shoot it’s time to pick which photos we want and then edit! I use Lightroom to edit all of my photos so that’s what you see here! This part is really fun because the vision is finally coming full circle!
After editing the photos, we post our work!
I use Planoly to help figure out the order I want to post.
Swipe to see a gallery of our photos from this Valentines!
Day in the Life: DAK
Jumbo everyone! Welcome to my Day in the Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!
And we’re off!!!
DAK is a place filled with so many beautiful creatures and magical moments! We couldn’t wait to get in! We started our day off early by taking some family pictures by the tree of life, the most iconic picture spot in the park! It was so early, no photo pass photographers were there yet and the area was very clear, which made for a perfectly clear pic!
After we finished up our little photo sesh we moved straight toward the nearest Starbucks to get my mom and sis some coffee, then we were off to Pandora.
Pandora is home to one of my favorite rides in all of Disney World, Flight of Passage! The line was relatively short for this “high profile” ride. We waited 40 min and were on!!!
Exploring the Market
After we left Pandora we headed straight for Kilimanjaro’s Safari. I would definitely recommend doing this ride early in the day. All of the animals were out and active unlike during the heat of the day when they are trying to stay cool in the shade.
During this Safari we saw more animals than ever before, roaming about the savanna. It was absolutely magical.
For the rest of the morning we visited the Africa and Asia, riding Everest and exploring if the Harambe village!
Around lunch time we made our way back to Pandora for Satuli Canteen (menu linked). As you may know by now this trip was to celebrate my sister’s 21st, so not only did we get our delicious lunch we were served some extra magical cupcakes from the amazing cast members working there!
It totally made our day!
During the afternoon we took some time to relax with drinks from the Nomad Lounge (menu linked) and stroll through the Tree of Life Garden. It was wonderful to break up the day with some down time.
As you go farther and farther into the garden you get closer to the tree of life. It makes for some wonderful pictures and a great spot to sit and just relax for a while. Remember a Disney day should include a little time just to soak in the beauty of the world around you!
After day filled with animal treks, lots of rides and so much fun we stopped by one of my favorite spots in DAK, Yak and Yeti. We had dinner on the second story at a window seat overlooking the beautiful trees and street below! We split a variety of menu items family style and got a little taste of everything. My favorite was the Ahi tuna nachos (menu linked).
After dinner we ran to Pandora for one last ride on fight of Passage. We were the final flight of the night. As we left, the beautiful glowing plant life was surrounding us and the streets that once were filled with life stood still. As we left the park we waved and danced down the streets, just the three of us. It was the perfect way to finish our day!
Top 3 Disney Pandemic Necessities
#1 Cooling Mask
If you’re planning on going to Disney during the Pandemic you know masks are an important thing to consider as a part of your planning. The Florida heat is no joke! That is why I recommend getting a variety of cooling masks. They don’t get as hot as the thick cotton masks but fit all of the requirements Disney has put into place.
I was able to wear mine all day and honestly didn’t even feel like it was there! The brand I linked below is the one that I bought and used during our trip. Currently they are available at Costco in a 4 pack!
If nothing else, remember to bring a few masks with you into the park, In case they get wet, or you need just one that is fresh half way through the day!
#2 Collapsable Tripod
Being in the midst of the pandemic means it’s not always easy to get someone to take your picture. We took a tripod with us to avoid having to ask others or pay for photopass. The one I have linked was super easy to open and close and came in handy numerous times!
I know what you’re thinking, duh Morgan, who doesn’t bring a backpack? I know! But as of right now souvenirs can’t be sent back to your resort, so you’ll have to able to fit them in your bag! I always carry a small sling backpack and didn’t have room for all of our stuff on this last trip! (we were also carrying thick jackets which took up a lot of space) Thankfully my sis, Regan, brought her volleyball backpack to the parks for all of our souvenirs!
Use an old book bag from school, sports, or grab one off Amazon!
*before you go think about how much room you you may need and what all you will carry into the park each day. This will help you determine how much space you have left and if you need a large or small bag!
Day in my Life: Hollywood Studios
Hollywood Studios is a park filled with hustle and bustle, as it features some of the newest Disney attractions WDW has to offer! Come along as I share my experience in Disney’s Hollywood Studios!
Boarding Group 4
It’s was 6:45 am when my alarm clock went off. I was up early to get into a virtual boarding group for Rise of the Resistance! TBH it totally felt like I was back in college trying to get all of my classes approved at midnight! I had my sister pull up a clock online so that we had the exact time (linked below) and when the clock hit 7:00 I started the process! It only took a few seconds and I got it! We received boarding group 4! We couldn’t be more excited! With that behind us we got up and got ready for the day!!!
First Ride of the Day
Upon entering the park we headed straight for Tower of Terror. We got to be one of the first groups of the day! It was so much fun; you never know what’s going to happen on that one! Then we were off to Galaxy’s Edge to ride Rise of the Resistance!
A Galaxy Far Far Away
We rode Rise of the Resistance as well as Smugglers Run and I won’t spoil it for you but both of those rides are MUST DO RIDES! They each invoke a feeling of actually being in the movie or in another world & truly being a part of the action!
The theming of this area is absolutely out of this world! If you ever find yourself in Hollywood Studios with a bit of extra time, Galaxy’s Edge is the place to go!
Ok y’all! If you’re a Star Wars fan (and of age) this is a must do reservation! Oga’s (menu linked) is just like a Star Wars bar straight out of the movie! We tried both of the food options and I opted for an Outer Rim to drink, and everything was phenomenal! 10/10 would recommend!
Time to explore!
After Oga’s we visited Toy Story Land, Hollywood Boulevard and every other little nook and cranny of the park! We got to ride the new Minnie and Mickey’s Runaway Railway, which was incredible as well as ride Slinky Dog Dash! The only major ride we missed was Rockin’ Rollercoaster which was down almost all day. We’ll have to ride that one first next time!
We ended our day back in Galaxy’s Edge looking at the Star Wars universe all lit up! We rode Smugglers Run one last time before heading back to the park entrance! Before exiting the park, we took some time to enjoy a little Starbs and sit on a bench on Sunset Boulevard! We watched the Tower’s Christmas Projections and chatted about our day! It was wonderful!
My First Time Resort Hopping
Join me on each stop of my fist resort hoping day EVER!
We started at our Hotel, The Pop Century! The Pop is a super cute Place to take pictures, and has a lot of Disney (along with other) memorabilia from a wide array of decades.
Resort #1-Caribbean Beach
After exploring our own resort we hopped on the skyliner and headed over to the Caribbean Beach Resort! We took a moment to sit in the hammocks on the beach before continuing our still to the next resort!
Resort #2- Riviera
Now we were at the Riviera Resort! While passing through we took the opportunity Snap some photos by it beautiful Peter Pan and Tangled themed mosaics! If you ever have the change to check them out, do it! They are absolutely magical!
Resort #3- Polynesian
After the Riviera we took the skyliner then the busses over to the Poly! It’s my dream resort, maybe one day right! While there we walked the row of cabanas and I tried my ver first Dole Whip! So fun!
Resort #4-Grand Floridian
After my delicious Dole Whip we walked over to the Grand Floridian! We took time to rediscover the resort, as it was where we stayed on my very first Disney trip, and took some holiday pictures next to their beautiful big Christmas tree!
Resort #5- Contemporary
Now it was time to hop onto the monorail and head on over to the Contemporary Resort. While there we took some cute pics and explored the different levels. But we made it quick so that we could make it back to our resort on time to prep for dinner!
Back to the room
After the Contemporary we headed back to the room to change for dinner! Regan chose to Disneybound as Lightning McQueen and and I chose to Disneybound as simba!
Resort #6- Art of Animation
That’s when we headed over to the Art of Animation! At the AofA the have amazing photo taking spots which match the theme if for each building! We were obsessed!
That may have been our final resort but it wasn’t our final destination! We finish our night off at Enzos Hideaway, celebrating Regan’s 21st which is what I originally planned this trip for! (Then rescheduled after the closure)
Even outside of the parks this day was so exciting and wonderful! We enjoyed every moment of our resort hopping day!
The joy of spontaneity in a world of over analyzation
Written by Morgan Duty
In today’s society a there is a plan for everything. We plan our social media feeds so that they look perfect, consistent, and themed. We plan our days, months, and years far in advanced so that we know exactly where our future is headed. We plan the right words to say & the right things to do before we take action on most things in life. Collectively we’ve become a community of planners & organizers. It’s is almost as if it has become engrained in our DNA. But long before our hyper organized society came to be spontaneity was in our nature.
I, myself, am a huge planner, but recently I have learned the joy of allowing spontaneous adventure into my life. There is something’s so beautiful about taking time outside of your scheduled plans to enjoy something new, something different, something fresh. It can bring a sense of excitement into your life that you otherwise would not have experienced. It’s as easy as learning to say yes to new, to different, and to the adventure ahead.
A year ago I would never have said yes to some of the things I have recently agreed to. One example is that I agreed to travel to San Francisco to meet my friends on a whim one night. We talked about the idea at dinner and then bought the tickets a few hours later. The decision was spontaneous, I had never flown, I had never traveled that far, and we were in the middle of a pandemic ( so the future was unforeseen) but I did it anyway. I flew across America to a new city, stayed with people I had never met before. We explored the city with minimal to no plans, just exploring what came about or peaked our interest upon arrival. It was one of the best decisions I made and a huge blessing.
When we are children spontaneity comes so easily. We break out into spontaneous play, singing, and dancing. We burst with silly ideas and conversations that are as quickly entering our brains as they are rolling off of our tongue. As an adult I understand the importance of planning, but am slowly learning that spontaneity is just as important. It brings joy & gladness in a way that “planned” never could. The choice of allowing spontaneous adventure into your life is a gift. How will you use it?
Photographer: Regan Duty (Instagram: @reganvic_1)
Model, Hair, Makeup, Editing: Me (Instagram morgan_e_duty)
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Day in my Life: Sunday in ATL- October 20, 2019
What a beautiful day to be alive and in Atlanta!
This weekend I had the opportunity to travel to Atlanta for a shoot! Come along with me as a share my weekend experience!
For links to the food and locations click the corresponding box!
First things first we did the shoot! I met a wonderful local photographer @morganhayesphotography on Instagram and we decided to meet up in the big city of Atlanta and shoot a few fun fashion looks!
We met out side of the high museum and took some awesome shots!
After the shoot wrapped my sweet mom and I went down the street to a cool little pizza place called DaVinci’s Pizza! We got this AMAZING pizza called The Bianco! Is was big but the two of us ate the whole thing! I definitely would recommend their pizza!
High Museum of Art
With our bellies full we headed back up the street. We decided to visit the art museum before we left ATL! The art teacher inside of me was so excited! I got to see an O’Keeffe and a Monte! I also got to experience the work of some more modern artists! It was amazing!
Coffee and a Ride
With our time almost up in Atlanta we headed over the the closest coffee shop and grabbed one caramel latte, one hot chocolate, and a pecan brownie bar, because what’s a road trip without something to snicky snack on? And with that we were off, back to the BURG!
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Disney inspired designs for the Disnerd in you!
Check out these fun designs I’ve made and published on Red Bubble! They can be printed on stickers, coffee mugs, wall art, tote bags, leggings and more!
This lil’ cutie is ready for a full on Disney day!
She comes in a variety of hair colors and a couple of skin tones! Click the pic to check it out!
To all my childless Millennial Disnerds our there! This ones for you! This design features one of your favorite picture walls, some classic Disney treats, and those ears you just can’t live without! Click the pic to check it out!
Blue Milk Babe
Introducing the new drink craze that has swept the galaxy! BLUE MILK! Weather you love blue milk, green milk, or are just a huge Star Wars junkie I’ve gotcha covered! Click the link and explore my page for this design and more!