With all the Disney parks around the world being closed due to COVID-19, it is hard for a Disney park fan to know that they can't go to their magical place, especially during a time they may need it the most. In addition, we have to stay home as much as possible to protect ourselves and others around us. So, in order to help fill that Disney void until the parks re-open, here are 7 fun activities you and your family can do at home.
1. Go Through Old Disney Photographs and Videos
If you are feeling nostalgic for the parks, find those old photos and videos from past trips. Break out the old VCR if you can, and enjoy looking back. Share it with loved ones in your house and relive those beautiful moments. Laughter and smiles will ensue!
2. Watch Disney+ for Park Inspiration
Disney+ is the perfect place to enjoy the Disney classics that inspired the rides. Movies like Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid, and Winnie the Pooh are some of the popular ones. There are lesser-known movies like The Three Caballeros, which is the inspiration of the Mexico pavilion's Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros ride at EPCOT. There's also The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad that brought us Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland California. Of course, there is The Imagineering Story for all of us who love the parks. It is about the Imagineers, the incredibly talented people who created all the magic that is in the Disney parks, starting with Walt Disney himself. It's fascinating and moving. I believe it will spark a new love, respect, and appreciation for the parks and their history.
3. Disney Game Night
Game night is a perfect bonding moment, and a way to keep active for yourself and your loved ones while cooped up in the house. Play Disney game versions of the classic Monopoly, or one of the many Disney trivia games. Also, there's video games like the Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing Tour, which is an old game similar to Mario Kart. You get to race as one of the Disney characters through attraction locations. Try to do a game night, and maybe it'll become a tradition for years to come.
4. Dress Up!
Represent Disney by putting on your favorite ears, costumes, and accessories. Take out that old Walt Disney World millennium t-shirt you don't wear anymore. Get the kids in their princess dresses or pirate outfits. Dress up Disney style and have a lovely breakfast together. Make some Mickey waffles! Be silly and pretend you're doing character dining with the kids. "Oh, wow! Belle's coming to our table!"
5. Listen, Sing and Dance to Park Music
Thankfully there are several ways that you can find music from the parks. YouTube or iTunes are just some examples. You can listen to music from an area, ride, or fireworks. You'll feel as if you transported right into the parks. Another way to make it more fun for you and for the kids is to sing and dance. Sing along to your favorite songs like "Everybody's Got a Laughing Place," "Grim Grinning Ghosts," or "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow." Set up your favorite parade music and dance like you're in the parade. Dance like Mickey in Fantasmic!
6. Read Books About the Parks
There are several books out there about the parks, the people involved, and about Walt Disney. Take this time to read and gain new knowledge about Disney that you didn't know before. It may intrigue and captivate you for your next visit to the parks when it's safe to re-open.
7. Tune Into Disney Podcasts
Like DIS Unplugged here on this website, there's a lot of content that you can watch about Disney. You can get advice on park tips, the best restaurants, hotels, and much more. You can even learn about the history of the parks with Connecting with Walt. By the time the parks open, you'll be geared with more information and feel better planned about where to go, what to eat and where to stay thanks to DIS Unplugged.
This can be a scary, frustrating time for you and your family, but you can make the best out of the situation. Dress up, sing and dance, play games, go through those old photos, watch movies, read or listen to a podcast. Have fun, be silly, and sing "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" together in your home. Most of all, be safe, stay positive, and keep the magic alive!