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Can't Go To Disney? Bring The Magic Of Disney Parks Home

Missing Disney World and Disneyland? These activities, snacks, and crafts bring the mouse magic home.

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

It turns out that you don’t have to travel all the way to Florida or California to experience that Disney magic. Thanks to a variety of online resources and videos, it’s pretty easy to recreate a day at Disney from home. Check out some of the at-home activities below and don’t forget your mouse ears! 

All About the Music

Disney Parks Songs


Start the day off by bringing the tunes of Disney right into your home. Disney has released a playlist full of songs that play throughout the parks. The playlist is available on most major music streaming services, so go look for the Disney Parks Collection or the Disney Parks Background Music playlist.

If you are looking for something to sing along with, head to Spotify and check out their curated Disney playlists. The Disney Sing-Alongs and the Disney Princess playlists are popular options.

Time for Those Rides

Disney Park Rides


With virtual rides on YouTube, you can forget all about that fast pass. Now, your family can skip right to the front of the line and grab those front-row seats. Must-see rides to check out virtually include Splash Mountain, Expedition Everest, and The Haunted Mansion.

If you want to make the ride even more immersive, prepare a spray bottle for your family’s ride down Splash Mountain or dim the lights as you head into the Haunted Mansion. If you want to experience the thrill of every twist and turn, cast the 360-degree ride videos right to a Google Cardboard headset.

Snacks on Snacks

Disney Snacks


You’ll probably work up quite an appetite on all those rides. Luckily, Disney has shared some of their classic recipes online, which can easily be recreated in your home kitchen. Don’t fret if you need some assistance with the recipes. Disney's YouTube page has step-by-step videos for you to cook right alongside with. Some favorite recipes to check out include Tonga Toast and the iconic Kitchen Sink dessert. 

If your family is looking for some more classic concessions, head on over to the Disney Food Blog. They have recreated many fan-favorite desserts such as Dole Whips, Churros, and even that “Grey Stuff.” 

Bringing The Characters To Life

Meet Disney Characters At Home


You might not be able to meet your favorite characters at the moment, but you can find another way to bring them to life. The Disney YouTube page has put together a playlist on how to draw some of their most popular characters. Some favorites include Olaf, Donald Duck, and Mickey Mouse. For this activity, grab some paper and markers to follow along with the tutorial. Have someone else sign the artwork as the character to create your own at-home autograph book.

The Big Finale

Magic Happens Parade


Now that you’ve had a busy day exploring the rides and concessions, it’s time to relax with a Disney parade. Pull up the YouTube app on the big screen and hit play on Disney’s newest parade, Magic Happens. Get ready to see some of your favorite characters and hear “Let It Go” at full volume. 

After the parade, it's firework time. Since you already have the best seats in the house, all you have to do is dim the lights and press play. Then, sit back and watch the incredible firework display in front of Cinderella’s castle. Looking to switch it up from the traditional show? Head over to Disneyworld Paris to see what they have up their sleeves.

Continuing the Magic With Movies

Disney Parks Documentaries


Don’t want the magic of the day to end? Check out Disney+ to continue the fun. Disney+ is full of classic movies and even more behind-the-scenes shows about the parks. Want to know more about building the theme parks? Check out The Imagineering Story. Or maybe you're interested in learning about the different jobs at Disney? Then One Day at Disney is a perfect choice.