We are wrapping up our Virtual Spring Break tour with Disney – a bit of each of their parks
It is spring break week here in Ann Arbor. But, with stay at home orders in place, no one can travel for the spring break. So we are holding a Virtual Spring Break visiting a different destination or themed set of destinations each day. Be sure to check out our Virtual Spring Break article which will link to each place we have visited and include upcoming destinations.
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Dress For the Park
Make sure you are dressed for your Disney day.
Let the kids wear their favorite Disney costume. When she was younger, my daughter would have had a different princess outfit every 1/2 hour. Or, break out their favorite Mickey/Minnie, Star Wars, Marvel, or other Disney themed shirt. Or make it a Disney PJ day – it is a stay at home spring break after all.
Don’t be shy about joining in with your own Disney themed wear.
Don’t forget the accessories. My daughter and I are big fans of Minnie Ears headbands. Mickey or Minnie Ears can easily be made by adding ears to an existing headband or hat. The Magic Band is an essential. At Disney World it is your room key, park ticket, Fast Pass Ride Entrance, Meal Plan, and Room Charge.
Virtually Explore Disney Parks
Now that we’re dressed for our day, it is time to head for Disney
Virtual Rides & Shows
Disney Parks has shared a number of Virtual Rides videos.
- Let’s get to the park first with a virtual Monorail ride. This Disneyland video includes the driver’s view. I remember riding in the front at Walt Disney World (no longer allowed).
- Let’s visit the roller coasters
- Time for some thrills – a Mountain Mashup at Disneyland. Enjoy a mix of the POV from Big Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain, Matterhorn, and Space Mountain.
- With some Disney Magic, we are going to hop across to Florida’s Hollywood Studios for Slinky Dog Dash.
- And we’ll wrap up with the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train – do you
- Now for the Shows:
- Watch the new Disneyland Magic Happens Parade without having to stake out your position – or block me from getting through the park (I am not a parade fan).
- Disneyland’s Dapper Dans are still harmonizing from home. Check out their songs and pretend you’re walking down Main Street
Draw a Favorite Character
Have you ever tried to draw a Disney Character? There used to be regular character drawing classes at Hollywood Studios in the Animation building and at Disney’s California Adventure. They have ended those, but still offer classes at Art of Animation Resort. And with the Skyliner it is easy to get there. (I was skeptical about the Skyliner, but we really liked using it in November.)
Check out this Minnie Mouse Tutorial from Hollywood Studios a few years ago:
You can find tutorials for many other characters on the Disney YouTube channel. Some popular characters are:
- Chip from Beauty and the Beast
- Olaf from Frozen (I have done this one)
- Baymax from Big Hero 6
- Jack Jack from Incredibles 2
- Simba from Lion King
Other Disney Activities
Recreate a Disney Attraction or Show
Have the kids recreate their favorite Disney ride, parade, or show. Check out this recreation of a Kilimanjaro Safari ride by a cast member for some inspiration.
Which ride will you be recreating?
- Frozen Ever After – A boat ride in Epcot’s Norway – Frozen fans like my nieces probably have lots of different Frozen toys to recreate the different scenes
- Mad Tea Party – I suggest recreating this with a toy tea set instead of your regular teacups.
- Jungle Cruise – Don’t forget the corny jokes.
- It’s a Small World – Can you hear the song yet?
Experience An Attraction at Home
One of our favorite Wii games was Toy Story Mania which is based on Toy Story Midway Mania. It was also available for XBOX. At home, we can play some of the same games that are on the ride. From a quick search I couldn’t find it for download on newer systems. But, if you still have an old copy, get it back out.
Recreate the Frozen Sing Along at home. Frozen was available as a Sing Along version. Frozen II’s BluRay includes a Sing Along. But, I bet many of your kids can sing along even without the words.
With a 14 year old, I haven’t been to the Disney Junior show in close to 10 years. It is currently a dance party with characters from Vampirina, Doc McStuffins, Mickey & the Roadster Racers, and the Lion Guard. Crank up your kid’s favorite songs from these shows and let them dance around the family room.
Relive A Past Trip
Do you have souvenirs you purchased at Disney? My daughter made a droid at the Droid Depot in November. It’s the perfect day to get it out and take it for a spin.
Have you bought a Disney puzzle, time to work on it.
Also, take time to look through photos from past trips and look at your autograph books.
Books Featuring Disney Parks
Check out these books about Walt Disney World:
- The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Trivia
- A Kiss Goodnight – Plus check out a video of John Stamos reading A Kiss Goodnight
The Kingdom Keepers books are a middle grades magical fantasy series set in the Disney Parks with kids fighting against Disney villains
In 2014 we were at Disneyland the day they celebrated the 50th anniversary of It’s a Small World. Our trip was highlighted by a sing along with original song writer Richard Sherman. The sheet music is available for piano on Kindle. Let your pianist learn to play.
Foods from Disney
Dining is always one of the highlights fo our trip to Disney. My photos from Disney World last November, are almost all food or Galaxy’s Edge.
When browsing the recipes on the Disney Parks Blog, I found the recipe for Pongu Lumpia (a pineapple cream cheese spring roll) which is available at Pongu Pongu in Animal Kingdom’s Pandora. My daughter and I LOVE these. We actually decided to share a lunch from the nearby Satuli Canteen so we could also have Pongu Lumpia and a smoothie. I almost added spring roll wrappers to my grocery order this week. Now, I wish I had. Maybe next time I order groceries.
In November, we tried the Jungle Skipper Canteen for the first time. The restaurant is inspired by the nearby Jungle Cruise and keeps the same corny humor. My daughter and I shared the S.E.A Shu Mai appetizer and Sankuru Sadie’s Seafood Stew. Shortly before the Canteen opened, Disney Parks Blog shared the recipe for S.E.A. Shu Mai.
Check out a few of the other recipes we found: