Experience the Magic of Disney Parks at Home
Recently, I shared about how to experience Disney history while at home, as well as Star Wars activities you can enjoy at home. I thought for my latest virtual round-up, I would share about ways to experience the magic of Disney Parks at home. Including ride-through and Disney Park’s show videos, things to watch on Disney+, crafts, official park recipes, and more. If you use any ideas or to look up even more inspiration, you can share or look up pictures using #DisneyMagicMoments. This is Disney’s official hashtag for sharing the joy and magic of Disney at home!
Disney Parks Attraction & Show Videos
I have been loving that Disney Parks Blog has been releasing so many of their Park’s shows/parades available to watch! Even a couple of ride-through videos complete with fun facts about the attractions that pop up throughout:
- Watch the fireworks show “Disney Illuminations” at Disneyland Paris
- Watch a ride through video of Disneyland’s and Disney Hollywood Studios attraction Rise of the Resistance along with fun facts.
- Watch a ride through video of the Disney Hollywood Studios attraction Slinky Dog Dash along with fun facts about the ride.
- Watch the Disneyland Paris show “Welcome to Spring“
- Watch Magic Kingdom Park’s fireworks show “Happily Ever After“
- Watch a ride through of the Disney California Adventure attraction The Incredicoaster
- Watch Disneyland’s newest parade, Magic Happens from home
- Watch ride through video of Disneyland’s it’s a Small World
- Watch scenes from Disney Cruise Line’s stage production of Beauty & the Beast that is from the Disney Dream cruise ship
- Watch a ride through of Big Thunder Mountain along with fun facts about the attraction
- Expedition Everest learn & ride through
- Sunrise timelapse of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris
- Halloween castle show featuring Jack Skellington at Magic Kingdom
Disney Parks Cast Members Creating Magic
Of course what helps make the Disney Parks so magical are the amazing cast members! I have loved seeing videos featuring cast members making and sharing the magic while at home:
- The Dapper Dans of Disneyland sing “Grim Grinning Ghosts”
- The Dapper Dans of Disneyland sing “When You Wish Upon a Star“
- The Dapper Dans at Walt Disney World sing the Carousel of Progress song “Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow“
- The JAMMitors from Walt Disney World perform from home in this video
- A rare tour (virtually of course) of Walt Disney Imagineering’s HQ (Part 1)
- A virtual tour of Walt Disney Imagineering Part 2
- A virtual tour of Walt Disney Imagineering Part 3
- Virtual Tour of Walt Disney Imagineering Part 4
- Virtual Tour of Walt Disney Imagineering Part 5
- Aulani cast members share the Aulani hula
Disney Parks Copycat Recipes
Disney Parks and D23 has also been sharing some recipes of their dishes in the parks for you to try at home, including:
- Veggie Tater Casserole from Flo’s V-8 Cafe
- Plant-based cookie fries from Beaches & Cream
- Disneyland’s Mickey-shaped beignets
- Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Banana french toast from PCH Grill
- Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Toy Story Land
- Disney Parks’ Churros
- Plant-based Dole Whip recipe (from Dole)
- The Grey Stuff from Be our Guest Restaurant
- Tonga Toast from Disney’s Polynesian Resort
- Lamplight Lounge PB & J rolls
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Milkshake from 50’s Prim Time Cafe
Disney Parks Games
- Imagineering in a Box: Khan Academy in partnership with Disney is offering a free course (but an interactive, educational type course) where you learn about Imagineering and engineering. It is open to any age and skill level but hearing the typical age range is 8-18 years.
- One of our favorite games to play on XBox is Disneyland Adventures! Your character walks through a virtual version of Disneyland (that is very exact). You can meet characters, go on missions, and each attraction has a themed game within the game.
- Disney Play App: The Disney Play App is an app you normally use while you’re at the parks, but you can play games for free themed to Disneyland or Walt Disney World attractions, as well as play theme park trivia and listen to theme park-inspired playlists.
- Disney Magic Kingdoms App: Create the Disney Park of your dreams within the app (think Roller Coaster Tycoon but for mobile and with Disney characters)
- Droid Depot App: Launched on May the 4th, the Droid Depot app allows you to play games and interact more with droids purchased at Droid Depot at Disneyland or Walt Disney World.
- Disney Parks themed Candyland available on shopDisney
- Disney Parks themed Monopoly available on shopDisney
- Disney Parks themed Perfection available on shopDisney
- In the DisneyNOW app, you can virtually experience the new attraction Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway in your home!
Things to Watch on Disney+
My favorite things to watch on Disney+ about (or that feature) the Disney Parks:
- The Imagineering Story (6-part documentary series about the history of all Disney Parks)
- Disneyland Around the Seasons (Television special about Disneyland in 1966)
- Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic (shows how the Parks and Cruise ships are decorated for Halloween and Christmas)
- Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (Behind-the-scenes look of couples tying the knot at Disney Parks and Disney Cruise Line)
- One Day at Disney (Shorts about Disney cast members)
- Saving Mr. Banks (I just love the scene where Walt and PL Travers visit Disneyland!)
Disney Parks Inspired Crafts
- I get asked very frequently where I get my daughter’s Disneyland name sign (pictured above). It was a felt DIY that I created for Disney Family! You can find the tutorial here.
- Create Magic Kingdom’s Cinderella castle out of cardboard and scrapbook paper.
- Another DIY made by yours truly for Disney Family is this retro Disneyland inspired Felt Ticket Book.
- Create a scrapbook of your old Disneyland maps! I love to put Disneyland maps in scrapbooks next to photos of my family at Disneyland to represent that time period we visited.
- DIY felt Disneyland map toy for kids
- Free printable it’s a Small World coloring page
Plan a Future Disney Vacation!
And last but not least, give yourself something fun to plan and look forward to. Get Away Today, who I book my travel with, are booking Disney vacations for fall, winter and early 2021. I used them for my Aulani vacation as well as my Walt Disney World vacation, and love their inclusive concierge service (where they book your FastPasses, dining reservations, etc). You can visit these forms to get a quote and submit interest for a trip with my agent I use Brooklyn using the Google forms below:
Or to book a Disneyland vacation using one of their layaway plans, visit their site here.
I hope you and your family enjoy the magic at home with these Disney Parks at home ideas! And remember to use #DisneyMagicMoments when sharing how you’re showing your love at Disney, or look up the hashtag on social media for more magic at home inspiration!