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There’s no denying that it’s a time of uncertainty, so I thought it might be helpful to share a light-hearted post. Now that many can’t, and understandably so, enjoy the Disney magic in person for a select period of time, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a way to bring Disney parks into your home.
I’ve compiled a list of different ways you can still enjoy the most magical and happiest places on earth, while you’re at home and practicing social distancing. (Check out my post for more information on the Disney parks closures due to coronavirus concerns.)
These at-home activities might even take your mind off scary times and will hopefully lift your spirits in the process. Remember, it’s important to give your mind a break and focus on yourself.
With that, here’s a variety of ways you can enjoy the Disney parks goodness at home.
1. Watch Disney+
If you have a Disney+ subscription, try taking time to watch a TV show, documentary, or a movie. Not only did Frozen 2 just drop a whole three months early, but there are so many great selections. My favorite? The Imagineering Story, which is perfect for Disney parks fanatics like myself.
2. Check Out Walkthrough Videos
Did you know there are all kinds of walkthrough videos of the Disney parks on YouTube? It’s a great way to get that fill of magic. I watch them all the time when I’m missing my happy place. Just search “Disney parks walkthrough” and you’ll have plenty to choose from.
3. Make Some Disney Recipes
What makes the parks so special is the food. Why not try and make versions of your favorite drinks, meals, desserts, and snacks at home? I highly recommend checking out Jenny Flake’s (aka Disney Hungry and Picky Palate) many Disney-themed recipes. She’s a pro, to say the least.
4. Listen To Disney Music
There’s nothing better than Disney parks music, specifically the music that plays on the TVs in the rooms at Walt Disney World. Yes, you can listen to the room music on YouTube. Just search for “Walt Disney World room music” and you’ll be good to go.
You can also listen the music that plays on a loop throughout the parks and the different areas. From Epcot’s entrance music to the Disneyland esplanade to Cars Land to Tomorrowland, you can listen to it all.
Another great music option is Ambient Worlds on YouTube. Accompanying the music is beautiful images and the ambience is beyond comforting. This Peter Pan video is one of my favorites.
5. Read Books About Disney
Whether you want to learn about Disney history, Walt Disney himself, the women of Disney parks, there are so many books about Disney. One particular read that’s been on my radar for awhile is The Queens of Animation: The Untold Story of the Women Who Transformed the World of Disney and Made Cinematic History by Nathalia Holt.
6. Watch Disney Shows On YouTube
Another thing I enjoy doing is watching shows, like Happily Ever After, on YouTube. You can pretty much find every Disney show, so your choices are pretty much unlimited.
7. Plan Your Next Trip
Finally, planning your next trip is a great way to bring Disney parks into your home. Yes, it’s OK to think ahead and plan a potential trip. You don’t have to book anything, but just thinking about a Disney vacation could put you in a happy mood. Like travel host Samantha Brown shared on Instagram on March 11,
“A little fact I love is that simply the act of PLANNING travel puts us in the same psychological happy place as BEING in a destination. Did you know that? So dream + PLAN your next trip for this spring+summer because right now your Mental Health is just as important. What makes us happier makes us healthier.”
All of this certainly doesn’t take away from the seriousness that the world is facing right now, nor does it mean I’m taking it less seriously. I just thought this would be a good way to make some of my fellow Disney lovers feel a little lighter, put a smile on your faces, and help you destress as much as possible, even if it’s only for a short time.