Saturday, January 22, 2011

Disney Magic at Home

Making Magical Memories Column
WDW Daily News
Published December 2010

Some of us are lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World several times a year, but though we all may dream of that, it isn’t possible for everyone. We used to travel every year to Disney, but now with three children and our oldest just starting school, we are planning to start going every other year. So in between trips, there are many things we do here at home to remind of us of Disney. There are some quick and easy things we do everyday, such as wear Disney clothes, use our refillable mugs from our resort and spot hidden Mickeys here at home. We also like to listen to Disney music (you can read more about our favorite Disney music in my post Music to My Ears ~ Disney Music That Is!), watch Disney movies and read Disney books. There are Disney photos, scrapbooks and guide books out year round that the kids can choose to look through to remember previous trips or plan for future ones.

One of the things I personally enjoy is making some of my favorite recipes from Walt Disney World. I have found many online, but have some that I was sent simply by e-mailing Disney once we returned home. You can also request them right at the restaurants in Walt Disney World. One of the places that I have found a substantial list of recipes is at All Ears.  The list includes theme park, resort and even Food and Wine Festival recipes.  If you are looking for more interactive recipes, make sure you check out my fellow Magical Blogorail member, Kristen, at Cooking with Mickey.  She has plenty of videos showing you how to make some of these recipes.  If it wasn't so snowy here, I would be making a recipe from one of her videos - Konk Cooler.  It makes me look forward to summer!

Disney also seems to be the theme of most of our celebrations. Every birthday my kids have celebrated has a Disney theme. For those of you who like to make your own cakes, Wilton sells a castle set that you can decorate to fit any princess. I have used this set to make Sleeping Beauty, as well as Little Mermaid themed cakes. For Emily’s birthday this weekend, I have even used the turrets and transformed them into trees in the bayou for a Princess Tiana themed cake. My son has had a Cars themed birthday every year except his first. Those cakes are much easier – I use his diecast cars to decorate the cake (after a good scrubbing, of course!) and simply make a race track or road to go along with it. This year, he has requested a Monster Truck Mater cake. How easy – a square cake that looks like a wrestling ring and I have been lucky enough to collect most of the “wrestlers” from that tall tale of Mater’s. Finally, even Christmas has plenty of Disney for us. We have two Christmas trees, but one is dedicated to just Disney ornaments. These are ornaments that we have collected on our trips over the years, and I have many from my childhood. They are great keepsakes from our trips to WDW and it is so fun to reminisce with the kids about our favorite moments in the parks.  (You can read more about our Disney Christmas tree in my December Magical Blogoral post Disney Magic and Holiday Magic All in One)

So even though we can’t experience the “in park” magic of Disney as often as we like, we have had a lot of fun keeping the magic alive at home.

What is your favorite way to keep the magic alive between trips?


Carrie said...

I like your ideas! I just posted 200 activities to do with your kids before you go to WDW at Your blog is great and very helpful!

Beth D. said...

Thanks for stopping by!