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How to "Disney Up" Your Quarantine

A lot of us are in uncharted territory right now both in our personal and professional lives with social distancing and self-quarantine to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Disney Parks, Disney Cruise Line, and Adventures by Disney are all also doing their part for social distancing, temporarily suspending operations. For many of us (myself included), this was heartbreaking news that resulted in rescheduling upcoming vacations, potentially by a few months or even until next year.

However, there are still ways you can put a little Disney Magic into your life at home during this time.  Here are a few things I've been doing over the past month or two to put a dose of Disney and some "vacation" relaxation into my routine.

1) Put down your phone and watch a Disney movie.

Disney+ has been a game-changer on watching childhood favorites and current favorite Disney movies.  Share your favorite childhood movie with your family, or maybe there was a movie you missed coming out into theaters - now is your perfect chance to catch up!  If you don't have Disney+, dig into your old DVD or VHS collection and pull out a favorite.  You can also look at digital movie rental options online.


Putting your phone down is the self-care and relaxation part here.  There is a ton of media going on right now, so a thoughtful break from it can give your mind a rest while you focus on something you enjoy.

Isolated at home alone? Organize a "virtual friend date" where you both watch the same movie, then FaceTime to chat about it.

Some of my favorites I am planning to watch: High School Musical, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Tangled, Toy Story, Guardians of the Galaxy and Frozen II.

2) Do some Disney arts and crafts

The internet is a wondrous place full of fun arts and crafts projects for all ages and skills levels.  Try a quick Google search of "Disney Coloring Pages" or "Disney Craft Projects" for simple things like print and color, or more complicated paper and other fun projects for kids. What about making a photo album or scrapbook?  If you don't already have supplies you can design a digital one that they will print for you which can be a ton of fun!

Disney even has their own official set of crafts you can find at https://family.disney.com/crafts/

Are you already crafty?  Maybe it's time to personalize something you own with a nice Disney touch.  Or, you can order some blank wine glasses or tumblers on Amazon and get creative!  I personally love my Cricut for this task but there are tons of fun great tools and ways to customize. Try "Disney DIY Tumblers" for some ideas.

If you aren't super crafty, this might be a great time to break out a Disney puzzle if you are lucky enough to have one!


3) Break out your Disney souvenirs

Okay so maybe you, like myself, already have your fair share of Disney wine glasses, tumblers, mugs, etc. sitting in a cabinet or box somewhere.  Pull them out!  Start using them or use them more.  Make every drink, meal, moment special with a touch of Disney magic!

Plastic wine glass from the 2019 Epcot Food and Wine Festival
Who says you can't wear mouse ears at home?  Break out your favorite Disney shirt, accessory, whatever really and throw on some ears - snap a selfie and share it!  Bling out your MagicBands! Let's see them too! This is another great way to virtually connect with those who share your love of Disney!
Agent Maci Disneybounding as Rapunzel for a Zoom Hangout
What about those Disney-themed board games?  This is a great option if you have others at home with you!  Time to pull those out and have some fun.


4) Make some Disney food

I personally love to buy cookbooks, and have several Disney themed ones that are perfect to break out at a time like this.  The recipes and books range from simple (Princess Cupcake Cookbook) to more complicated (Food and Wine Festivals Coast to Coast). This is another time our good friend Google can come into play, as some of the top favorite Disney foods have recipes floating around the internet.  Disney has released a few of their official recipes to try at home too. You can find them here https://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/topics/disney-recipes/

Churros from Disney's recipe
Kona Cafe's Tonga Toast from the Delicious Disney Cookbook
Not an experienced chef? Totally fine! Grab some pancake mix and make them into Mickey shapes, it's just 3 circles. Or, circling back to the number one item on this list, make a theme night out of movie night!  Cook up some spaghetti to watch Lady and the Tramp or order broccoli pizza and watch Inside Out. How about gumbo and benigets for Princess and the Frog?  There are tons of possibilities here!

5) Plan your next trip

When all is said and done, Disney Parks will open again.  We will travel again. Reschedule your postponed trip and give yourself something to look forward to.  Pick out some restaurants to try, rides to ride and plan out your trip.  Your Kingdom Konsultant Agents are here to help as well!  Ask us your questions, we will find the answers!

What have you been doing to bring a little magic home during your social distance time?  We'd love to hear in the comments!


Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks.  You can email Maci at maci@kingdomkonsultant.com.

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