Are you bummed about canceling your Disney vacation? Find out some easy ways to do Disney at home with your family to recreate some of the magic. Scroll down for all our recommendations!
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There are many reasons to try and capture the magic of Disney at home. Maybe you are prevented from going to the parks. Perhaps you have visited and have a wistful fantasy of returning.
You may even be preparing youngsters for their first-ever trip to the happiest place on Earth, The Magic Kingdom or whatever else you call it.
No matter the reason, we all have that urge once in a while to get that Disney magic at home. Disney Plus makes that a lot easier to do now than ever before, but there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy Disney at home with kids.
We’ll start with Disney Plus and why it’s such a wonderful option.
How To Experience Disney Magic With Your Kids at Home
Watch Disney Plus as a Family
If you are a Disney fan who was holding out on your Disney Plus subscription, chances are you’ve signed up in the last month. If you’re new to the streaming service you might be overwhelmed by everything on the platform.
While not everything Disney owns is on the site, it can certainly feel that way.
To experience Disney at home with kids you almost have to turn to Disney Plus. There are alternatives, but the streaming service is your premium one-stop-shop for Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm content you crave.
The Disney Channel, whether vintage or modern is essentially what this new platform amounts to. It includes Fox productions and National Geographic as well.
Disney Plus is a great way to watch Mickey Mouse cartoons, Walt Disney Classics, Disney produced documentaries and game shows, and there is also lots of weird lesser-known content to discover.
Watching DisneyNature documentaries with the family, for example, is a great way to enjoy Disney at home. Be Our Chef is a reality/game show version of family fun only at Disney Plus.
Shop Class is another exciting and fun show to enjoy, especially if you want to capture the fun of Disney at home with kids. However, it doesn’t always have to be about watching together.
Sometimes in the Parks, you have to split up and do separate things. You can do the same thing at home on up to four devices simultaneously.
Incorporate Disney into Schoolwork
If you are doing schoolwork at home with your kids, why not add a bit of Disney magic?
We’ve been doing a bunch of Star Wars activities, worksheets, and workbooks the past few weeks and my kindergartner is now finally interested in reading and writing.
Disney Learning has a whole line of Disney-themed workbooks, flash cards, STEM books, activity books, and more!
Play at Disney Game
We’ve been spending a lot of time playing games together as a family. From casual Disney trivia games to full on board games, it’s be fun sharing our Disney knowledge with our kids.
Disney at Home: Curate a Kid-Friendly Youtube Playlist
Disney Plus isn’t the only streaming platform to enjoy Disney content on. There are all kinds of great Disney shows, clips and vlogs to enjoy from the comfort of your home via Youtube.
Youtube has a huge variety of different kinds of content from the popular to the obscure. While I wouldn’t recommend starting a playlist and leaving children alone to watch, I do recommend curating a playlist of your own. It’s a fun activity for you and you are fully aware of the content your kids will be watching.
Your DIY Youtube playlist for Disney at home might include Disney park vlogs of YouTubers visiting the parks and resorts at Disneyland or Disney World.
You might find some classic cartoons, attraction POV videos, Disney food reviews, Disney news, or any other facet of the Wonderful World of Disney you would like to explore, such as behind the scenes scoops, or Disney history.
Work on a Disney Puzzle
Another fun way to enjoy Disney at home is by doing a Disney puzzle as a family. Depending on the ages of your kids, you can go with an easy puzzle like this Disney Princess floor puzzle or this Disney Friends diner puzzle.
But, if you really want to have an epic Disney puzzle night, you should aim for a puzzle with at least 1,000 pieces. These are my top picks:
- 1,000 piece Cinderella Puzzle
- 1,500 piece Disney Stained Glass Window Puzzle
- 1,500 piece Mickey Mouse Movie Reel Puzzle
- 2,000 piece Mickey Mouse Movie Poster Puzzle
Disneybounding at Home
One of our favorite things to do in the Parks is Disneybounding! Basically you choose your clothing based on a Disney character or movie.
I have a closet full of Disney dresses I usually wear in the Parks, but there’s no reason I can’t wear them at home. It’s especially fun during Zoom hangouts or FaceTiming with friends!
And my kids get into it, too. Last week, my youngest dressed in all yellow and told me he was Simba from The Lion King. And my oldest wore dark blue shorts, a light blue shirt, and a red belt and said he was the Genie from Aladdin.
I know this year, people are celebrating Dapper Day at home, too!
Cooking with Your Kids
One of the most cherished types of memories you take away from the Disney vacations in your life is those fantastic Disney restaurants.
There is nothing like complete immersion into a Disney inspired theme while indulging in inventive park food. Disney food is so memorable that there are several different cookbooks online with official Disney recipes.
From Walt Disney’s personal favorites to meals found at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge there is a cookbook for just about any Disney foodie.
Cooking with kids is one of the best ways to bond and have fun together, especially combined with having Disney at home. You can use an official cookbook, or have fun experimenting together to recreate some of your favorite Disney treats.
Can you make a Dole Whip that tastes just as good as the ones at Aloha Isle? How about a fresh hot churro that matches the yumminess of the ones at Disneyland? What’s your favorite Disney food? Can you make it at home?
Read a Classic Disney Book
So many Disney movies and attractions are based on books that most kids haven’t read.
My kids love riding Peter Pan’s Flight at Disneyland, so earlier this year, we read the original Peter Pan book before bed each night. Then, we talked about how the movie was different from the book.
If your family loves the Seven Dwarfs Mining Train and Snow White’s Scary Adventures, try reading the original Snow White book by the Brothers Grimm.
And if Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is a family favorite, try reading the original Adventures of Pinocchio by C. Collodi.
Or if you can’t get enough of Mad Tea Party or the Alice in Wonderland ride, try reading the original Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.
Sing and Dance to Disney Songs
Another great way to fill your home with kids’ laughter through the magic of Disney is to stream Disney Music from your favorite music platform.
Whether you purchase the official Disneyland or Walt Disney World album or curate a song list of your favorite Disney tunes, the music of Disney parks is a fantastic way to brighten up the home with a little bit of pixie dust.
From Sherman Brothers to Michael Giacchino there are a ton of tracks that will evoke memories and nostalgia from past visits to your favorite Disney parks.
Kids will enjoy hearing the songs they recall from visiting the parks or get excited by the prospect of going on their very first trip. The songs are lots of fun to sing to and it’s also a good way to get the kids moving with a little bit of cardiovascular exercise.
Getting artsy with some crafts is an excellent way for kids to let their creativity out in the true spirit of Disney. This activity works great when paired with Disney music in the background.
You can find any medium such as Play-Doh, or paper with markers and create a Disney inspired art piece. There is no limit to what you can use, or what you can create. Have a blue sky session right in your dining room. Come up with a fun theme to explore and create something magical.
This can be a great way to collaborate and have fun teaching art to your kids, or just see what they do on their own. Stretching those creative muscles encourages kids to grow and helps them to put the magic of Disney into practice so that maybe one day they can make some magic of their own.
Disney Movie Night
And when all else fails, a good old fashioned Disney movie night is always a winner!
We like to start early and watch double features (like Finding Nemo and Finding Dory) or watch trilogies (like Cars, Cars 2, and Cars 3.)
We usually order pizza (or heat up a frozen one) and enjoy popcorn and other snacks. Sometimes they kids like to sit in boxes and we do a “drive in” movie.