When you are a kid, you wish that every day could be Disney day.
When I grew up in Southern California, it kind of was for me.
Disney kept life magical.
Unless relatives are visiting in August and want to go to the Magic Kingdom. At a saturday. In August. Nothing magical about melting in the heat just to make three trips.
But otherwise pretty magical. They would get the resident pass and go all the time. Fireworks, parades, roller coasters, pirates and Disney-style Christmas.
But right now there’s a pandemic and while Disney World is open, Disneyland isn’t and most of us just want to survive.
In the meantime, if your kids are jonesing for Mickey time but you’re also not leaving because of COVID-19 or it’s just out of budget, here are some fun things to do to bring Disney home.
1. Make Dole Whip
You don’t even need a copycat recipe because the good people at Disney felt bad for us at the start of the pandemic and that’s why they released some of their legendary recipes including the dole whip. Dance to the Tiki Room song or watch a Youtube video of it.
2. Watch a Disney movie.
How is that different from what the kids want to do every day?
Make it an event!
Cook up a Disney-inspired churro popcorn and dress up as your favorite characters. Google behind the scenes facts about the movie and creates some true or false questions to be asked throughout the movie or at the end depending on your children’s personalities. (Some will freak out if you stop the movie, others may get restless.)
The winner gets to wear the Mickey ears!
3. Karaoke time
If you don’t have a microphone, use a whisk or wooden spoon and turn on the flashlights of your cell phones to wave as a concert-goer.
Good singing is not required. Minnie Mouse Ears, on the other hand, are an absolute must. I don’t know how this company makes Disney-inspired dress up and Disney-esque ears so affordable, but they do, so yeah – buy the ears.
You can also wear them to the park when you leave and save a pretty penny.
4. Play a game
Play a board game based on the Magic Kingdom.
Make sure you choose an age-appropriate game that the kids can actually play. If you have large gaps between age groups, switch off between the easier and more difficult games and let the younger kids be on the parenting and older kids’ teams. Make it a night out and serve Mickey pancakes or waffles dusted with powdered sugar. Yum!
5. Play pirates
Who doesn’t love the Pirates of the Caribbean? Learn the song, dress up like pirates, engage in sword fights with safe, non-injurious foam swords and create clues that lead to buried treasure. You can always watch the movie when the kids are old enough.
If you are creative and try, you can make Disney at home even more memorable than the Magic Kingdom itself. Take lots of pictures and videos. You won’t want to forget that Dad in full pirate gear was Yo, Ho! and the epic Frozen Trivia battle.
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