Need a Disney Virtual Vacation from the comfort of your own home? From grabbing a few Disney snacks to experiencing magic around every corner. Here’s a round up of our favorite ways to experience more Disney from home.
If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our Disney Homebody posts. We share How to Make Magic at Home When You Can’t Travel with Disney Movie Night Ideas, Recipes and DIY crafting. And 30+ things you can do When You Can’t Go To Disney. Of course if you need to “feel” like your’e at Disney, then head to our Disney Happiness Secrets post, to get your house ready for a Disney Makeover. But if you’re in it for the Ultimate Virtual Disney Experience, we’ve got some ways you can make that happen from home.
Your Disney Virtual Vacation Checklist
- Disney Snacks: You can grab Mickey Bars at Target and Incredibles Ice Cream at Grocery stores near you. Or whip up a batch of our Nightmare Before Christmas Popcorn, Get the recipe here.
- Disney Music: Grab our playlist of Disney Parks Music to help you get in the mood. Or grab the playlist on Spotify.
- Disney Style: Be sure to grab your best Mickey Ears and favorite Disney T-Shirt for your “day in the parks.”
- Disney Mug: Grab your favorite mug and fill it with something great. You’ll need to stay hydrated!
- Disney Smells: Grab a Disney scent that makes you feel like you’re staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin or riding Flight of Passage or Soarin‘.
Disney Online Experiences
Disney has been pulling out all the stops to make sure there is plenty to do at home. Here’s a roundup of fun experiences to get in on!
A Self-Guided Tour of the World’s Most Mystifying Attractions for #halfwaytohalloween can help you be in the middle of the magic! Without leaving home. more about this Disney self-guided tour.
Disney Parks Blog: Finding Zen with familiar Disney Icons. We love the raining on Tower of Terror.
#DisneyMagicMoments: A new initiative online Disney has combined learning, play and community.
Disney Family: Crafts, DIY, Recipes and more.
Imagineering Mondays on Instagram: Hosted by Disneyland VIP Tour Guide Philander Butler.
Virtual Disney Vacation Apps
If you’re up for some nonstop game play, check out these apps. And remember it’s important to have the Disney Parks apps loaded on your phone with notifications Turned ON! Why? Because even during non-vacation time you can learn to draw, play trivia and more! What other ways can you maximize your app lineup with a bunch of fun Disney things to do? Here are our favorites.
For Game Play
- Disney Play
- Sorcerer’s Arena *NEW*
- Kingdom Hearts Union
- Disney Magic Kingdom: Build your own Magical Park!
- Where’s My Water?
- Disney Getaway Blast: Vacation virtually.
- Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse
- Disney Emoji Blitz
- Disney Heroes: Battle Mode
- Star Wars
- Disney Coloring World
- Princess Majestic Quest : Matching Puzzle Adventure
- Disney Story Realms
Video Games for New Adventures
Yes, this will be the ONLY game you will need to feel amazing and like you’re at Disney again. Everyone and their grandmother is playing it right now, creating their own little islands for friends to visit. And it really is all about the happy. Plus a super great way to connect with friends and family while Disney Parks are closed. Grab it here to see what all the fuss is about. Or read the review.
Disney Imagineering in a Box
Want to elevate your chances at becoming a Disney Imagineer? Check out the Kahn Academy, good for all serious academics. We love Imagineering in Box for all things engineering, structure, design and everything you can think of that goes into designing a theme park.
Disney Plus, how do we love thee, let us count the ways. Seriously, if you have not gotten Disney plus yet, now is the time. While it may not be bringing you back to the parks, in the virtual sense, it will be bringing you back to your other favorite places like Childhood and The Good Old Days. In the age of binge watching, we like to think of this as ritual building. Those Mickey shorts they show on Disney Cruise Line? Yeah, they’re on Disney plus. All your Disney Channel Favorites, you watch at the Disney Resort after your late night in the parks? Yeah, they’re on Disney Plus too. The one show you saw the premier for at D23 last year? Yeah- Disney Plus is showing those too. Check out all the Disney+ info in our post here, and get started.
Frankly, there is no better journey than the one taken int he pages of a book. We love reading and traveling new places from the comforts of home. Check out our favorite Disney Books for Kids, the best books for Tweens and Teens and even Disney Adults. Let us know your favorites!
Sign up for D23!
As Disney’s Official Fan Club, D23 sends magazines quarterly and a yearly gift to make you feel like you’re in the know! General membership is Free to get access to the website. Or if you want the goodies, go for the Gold Membership! Read our review of the D23 Membership Program.
Disney Ride Point of View Videos
We get kinda picky when it comes to a good Disney POV ride or parade experience. Thankfully, Disney Parks themselves have uploaded the best videos for you to enjoy from home. And we added a few front seat vids from Coasterforce too, for all you thrill seekers. If you plan on watching these all day, head over here, to see even more videos. We included our favorites below.
Slinky Dog Dash ( Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World)
Splash Mountain ( Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World)
Big Thunder Mountain (Disneyland)
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train ( Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World)
Expedition Everest ( Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World)
Wild Africa Trek ( Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World)
Soarin’ Around the World 360 ( Disney Parks)
Happily Ever After ( Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom)
Everything you need for a Virtual Disney Vacation
There you have it! Everything you need to help you feel like you’re a little more at Disney Parks, and less at home. It’s easy to add more Disney to your day. Enjoy this time at home as a time when you can discover new things. Here’s hoping you find a new hobby, a new game, or a new point of view of your own. Let us know your favorite ways to have a Disney Virtual Vacation and we’ll add em to the list!
Rochelle Mariah is a writer, designer and photographer with an MLIS in Information Science and a B.S. in Arch and Design. Determined to make Planning a DIY Disney Vacation easier she makes lots of lists and drinks lots of coffee. When not designing apparel at Polka Dot Pixie Shop, she's watching old movies and planning the holidays. She has been traveling to Disney destinations since 2010.