Unfortunately, so many of us have had our Disney holidays cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus. So with that in mind, I hope to offer some ideas in terms of how you can bring a little magic into your home and rebuild up the excitement for your future postponed trips or trips to plan to have in the future.
Not only is it fun for the kids, but it is also a great way to count down until your holiday as well as get the kids super excited! Even if you decide not to tell the kids you are going (a lot of people do a Disney reveal), then you can still do all the below!
Design matching T-Shirts or jumpers for the family
We did for our first Disneyland Paris holiday as well as when we visited WDW last September. My daughter and I had matching personalised T-shirts made, and my son and my husband had matching T-shirts from Ebay. I also sourced a fair few tops for us all from Primark which sells so much Disney stuff! It’s a great way to feel united as a family when visiting and a fun way to get excited leading up to your trip. Perhaps ask the kids to get designing some T-shirts for their future trips – whilst they may not be able to go very soon, they can have fun planning their future trip.
2. Watch Disney films. I mean, the classics. Many of the rides at Disney are based around some of the classics; Peter Pan, Snow White and Pinocchio to name a few. It’s great to remind yourself of these amazing films (if you haven’t already) and also get your kids involved too. Whilst the new films are fantastic too, it’s even better when they actually know what the rides are all about. I’d also suggest getting the kids accustomed to the Toy Story films, Star Wars and any Disney princesses films too.
3. Listen to the Disney CD’s. As soon as we booked our first trip to Disney, we brought the multipack Disney CD and we still listen to it 2 years later during our car journeys. They know all the words and its so uplifting and such feel good music and a great way to learn the songs without having to watch the films. As they play a lot of the music around the parks, as well as in restaurants and in the Village, its a great way for the children to get used to the music.
4. Watch Disney vlogs. Ok, so if you haven’t already done this or started doing this…then do it NOW!! I am obsessed (of the healthy kind) and just love watching and learning all about the parks, restaurants and hotels via Youtube. It really is a great way to research Disney and find more about how your trip can be better planned and ensure your prepared, especially if you are Disney virgins.
5. Buy Micky ears. Yes, you can buy Mickey or Minnie ears in the Parks but I think it’s always lovely to buy some before and wear them while you travel! You can get really cheap (and comfy) ears from the likes of Ebay and Etsy and some sellers can even make personalised ears for you. Some of the designs are just beautiful! Perhaps get the kids to make their own designs and cut some Mickey and Minnie ears out of cardboard.
6. Download the Disneyland Game App. We did this prior to our first trip to Disney in 2016 and still have the app! It’s another great way for the children to get to learn about the characters, especially the traditional ones like Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto. My kids love the game (and so do I!) You build your own Disneyland theme park and add rides, parades, food stalls and characters. It’s really interactive and a lot of fun!
7. Disney dress up. Aside from the Disney matching Tee recommendation, I’d recommend you take or buy any Disney dress up’s your children may have. It’s a great way to get interaction from cast members and characters. If you dress up as a character related to a ride, you also can miss the queue and enter the ride without queuing! For example, my daughter wore Snow White and we were able to go on the ride without queuing by entering the ride at the exit. The cast member will let then you on the ride! You can do this with Peter Pan’s flight, Star Tours, Buzz etc. In the meantime, if you already have dress up at home, perhaps get the kids to make up their own parade show or float and get dressed up, or have a disney princess afternoon tea!
And what about your feet? Check out Yorkshire Wonders post on the best shoes for Disney!
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Thanks for reading xxx
Hi and welcome to The Willow Tree. I’m Michelle, also known as Shel and I am a mama to three beautiful crazy kids – I have two handsome boys and a wild and wonderful girl.
I really wanted a concrete place to share my love for travel, in particular Disney and offer my readers a chance to gain some knowledge around what we love to do as a family of 5.
I share our family adventures which include days out, travel advice and tips, holiday reviews, restaurant visits and of course, our love for Disney, including Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney World.
Life is about creating memories, and here we are sharing them with you