With the news that Walt Disney World, Disneyland and Disney Cruises have temporarily closed, a lot of questions are still up in the air. How long will the kids be home? How long will travel plans be cancelled? While no one knows for sure, one thing we can be certain of is that staying home doesn’t have to be a bad thing and can actually be quite magical! We have an entire Disney Lifestyle section on this blog to help you make the most of magic at home when you can’t go to Disney. Whether it’s a fun movie night, a Disney DIY, streaming Disney music or binge watching your favorite Disney movies on Disney Plus, there are so many ways to enjoy the magic at home.
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We are no strangers to not being able to go to Walt Disney World, as we aren’t locals; so we tend to fill the time at home with magic in any way we can. Here are a few ideas to help you make magic at home. We’ve written before about not being able to go to Disney, so be sure to check out our post on What to do When you Can’t go to Disney.
Disney Movie Night Ideas
We love Movie Night! And we love a good theme. Movie nights have always been a fun activity for us. What’s not to love about fun snacks, drinks and a great movie while curled up in your favorite blanket.
One of our favorite movie nights have been our Haunted Mansion movie night, which to us, is perfect any time of year! Or why not try our latest creation for Mardi Gras, the beignet milkshake, along with some man catchin’ beignets, cook up some jambalaya and watch Princess and The Frog? The possibilities are really endless when it comes to having a Disney themed movie night! To see all of our movie night ideas click here.
Our friend Esther from A Magical Kingdom Called Home has some of the most magical movie nights we have ever seen, so be sure to check out her blog for more ideas and inspiration. Her creativity is just amazing and we think you’ll love her too.
Mickey Shaped Foods at Home
Speaking of recipes, we love Mickey shaped foods. Making Mickey shaped foods doesn’t have to be complicated either. Sometimes it can be as simple as whipping up your favorite waffle mix in a Mickey Mouse waffle maker. Try making flavor variations with different toppings and just have fun with it! We made a Pumpkin Mickey Waffle Recipe during fall and it is quite possibly one of my favorite breakfasts to this day!
Experiencing some gloomy or rainy days? Why not cozy up with a Cinderella Pumpkin Chai and Mickey Shaped Scones? We love this for chilly mornings or anytime you’re looking to add a little comfort to your day.
Maybe hot cocoa is more your style and that’s ok because we love a good Hot Cocoa Bar and we share some tips here! And if you’re feeling ambitious, take a day and make some yummy homemade Mickey shaped marshmallows to go along with it. They’re not as difficult as they might sound and you just need a day for them to sit.
Even if you don’t think you’re “creative” or talented when it comes to baking, sometimes just using a Mickey shaped cookie cutter is all you need to make your goodies a little more magical! We love using ours for everything from brownies to rice crispy treats to little sandwiches! To see all of our Magically inspired recipes, click here.
Magical Game Night Ideas
We recently discovered the strategy board game, Disney Villainous and we love that we can now add this to our game night lineup. We are big fans of game night and especially since we come from a large family, we love games that can accommodate a lot of people. This one takes a bit to learn, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty great. We had a Villains-tinesday themed game night this year and loved creating fun Villains snacks to go along with it.
If you need something a little more kid-friendly, Amazon has lots of fun choices too!
We are also huge Harry Potter Fans and have long been fans of Wizard Chess and Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit. We love being a little over dramatic like Harry, Ron and Hermione in the Wizard Chess scene in The Sorcerer’s Stone, complete with British accents. You know, for theming. And while you’re in a Harry Potter mood, you can easily whip up a few Harry Potter themed treats to go along with it. We also love Harry Potter Scene It? and you can find many versions of this game depending on the theme that you’re going for.
Disney Magic At Home
The magic really is in the details, and that’s definitely some of the science behind why Disney Parks and Disney Cruises make you so happy. We love a Disney scent that makes us think of staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin or Flight of Passage or Soarin‘.
Missing those Park moods? Turn on the Ambient Worlds YouTube Channel to find sounds from Main Street U.S.A. , Pandora, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Lord of The Rings and much much more! Sometimes just adding a bit of music can lift your mood and create a happier space.
Make Magical Crafts at Home
Even if you’re not crafty, there are plenty of ways to create something fun without having to go too crazy. Sometimes just finding a cute print and framing it to add to a space can really brighten the mood! Or why not put together a puzzle, we love these Thomas Kinkade Disney themed ones, and frame those for an easy, beautiful piece of artwork. You can find instructions on how to frame a puzzle here.
Really all it takes is a little creativity to make some magic at home when you can’t travel. We know it might not always seem ideal to be stuck at home, but sometimes, magic is what you make of it! And we believe a positive attitude is the first step in achieving a little magic anywhere.