Friday, April 8, 2011

Disney Magic at Home


I am very excited that we are sharing how we keep Disney magic alive at home between trips.  That is the basis of my entire blog ~ finding Disney magic!  But as I started thinking about it, I had so many things to add, you would be stuck here at the Pursuing the Magic stop for quite some time had I added everything, so I decided to share my top three ways we "pursue" Disney magic here at home.


All three of my kids love to cook.  We have such great family moments when we are working to together to create a special snack or dinner.  The recipes we make the most often are from Walt Disney World.  Our favorite Disney recipes are the honey-lime dressing from 'Ohana, the cornbread from Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue and the Canadian cheddar cheese soup from LeCellier.  If you want to find one of your favorites, I have found many ways to obtain Disney recipes :
  • An online search will give you many results, though I find some are people's attempts to recreate the recipe themselves and some are authentic, but there is definitely a lot out there.
  • Head over to Cooking with Mickey (yes, you just visited her in the loop today!)
  • You can request a recipe while in Disney from the restaurant itself or from Guest Services
  • You can contact guest services after returning home to request a recipe by phone or e-mail. 
I have used all these methods and found they are great resources to get my favorite Disney recipes.


Hayley's 3rd birthday ~
Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Birthday parties here always have a Disney theme.  My children are Disney fanatics like myself, and I don't even have to ask what their birthday theme will be each year, they tell me well in advanced.  If you have a princess in your family, I have found my most used item for every party has been the Wilton Romantic Castle Cake Set.  It is by far my most versatile cake decorating item.  Both my daughters have had a Disney princess themed party every year. Even our holidays are decorated with Disney items, whether it be Christmas, Halloween or Easter. 

 I will admit my most favorite way to keep Disney magic alive here at home between trips is to look through our photo albums, watch our trip photo montages on dvd and create scrapbooks of our trips.  Looking back over our favorite moments has many benefits for us.  My kids love talking about what they are looking forward to on the next trip, and it is always interesting listening to what they remember as magical moments.  Of course, this always leads to the planning of our next trip, which I love too!

What is your favorite way to keep Disney magic alive at home?

16 comments:

DisneyBabies said...

I didn't know you could request a recipe from the restaurant! Do you think this applies to restaurants from that aren't Disney owned?

DebºoºS said...

Cooking is one of my fave ways to keep the magic alive as well. I've amassed a huge collection of recipes over the years that I'll never cook through but enjoy reviewing:) The O'Hana dressing sounds so good. Thanks for posting it I'll give it a try:)

Amanda said...

We watch our trip DVDs every few months as well. It brings back great memories!

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

That's a beautiful cake! Amazing job :)

Kristen Hoetzel said...

That is an amazing cake! Thanks for the mention Beth.

DisneyBabies, I spent several year working in restaurants and I have never had one that would give you the recipe. Many restaurants go so far to prevent this that seasons come prepackaged from the company with basic names so that the staff can't give out that information.

Some of the recipes you can get by asking the restaurants but some you can't. Sometimes, they give you a vague recipe, for example, I was recently told "a mixture of white cheeses". :) So even some recipes Disney likes to keep secret.

Beth Green said...

I too love to look at past photos!! It keeps the memories alive and keeps the disney magic going! I think I have a disney photo album or at least a photo in each room of the house!

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Cake decorating has become a hobby of mine, since having kids. I've made a Little Mermaid version too. http://www.pursuingthemagic.com/2011/01/disney-magic-at-home.html

The honey-lime dressing is so easy to make and so delicious! Besides the delicious Disney drink recipes on Kristen's site, the dressing is recipe I make the most often.

Beth, we have Disney photos everywhere, even in the kids' rooms! But I love making the videos of our photos. The kids love to see themselves on the TV too!

Jodi Whisenhunt said...

OMGsh! My daughter wants that cake for her birthday in October! It's almost too pretty to eat, though ;)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Thanks, Jodi! The funny part is that it is pretty easy, it is just time consuming. The pink flowers took the longest. I cut them from fondant, but I think it may have been just as easy to use frosting. For the turrets, you frost them with royal icing, same with the windows and the door. Hayley has already let me know she wants a Sleeping Beauty party again this year, only this time she wants the castle pieces blue. :-)

Kelly said...

I just LOVE the cake! I am not very creative but would love to learn how to do that!! :0)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Kelly-It is actually pretty easy. If you have the castle cake set, they supply the practice pieces and you just frost them and attach them to the cake. For the flowers, you roll out the fondant, cut them out and then press the centers so they have some dimension. My mother inlaw gave me the castle set and I have made, I think 5 cakes with it. The best buy for it is at Michael's or Joann's and use one of their 40% off coupons.

BruceWDW said...

I actually made the Wilderness Lodge recipe for Corn Bread last night. And we're off to Michael's now to take a look for that cake set.

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Bruce, you'll love it because you can make all kinds of castles -medieval, fairy tales, Christmas, etc. If you make a castle cake, you'll have to post pictures!

Magical Days with the Mouse said...

That cake is unbelievable!! Thanks for the tip!

pink_tink_neverneverland said...

That cake is awesome! I'm the same as you, I love looking through all the photos and videos from trips! :) I also love listening to the music ... I love the wedding cds for night time, they are so relaxing :)

Beth Doda ~ disneymom2jhe said...

Thank you, Pink Tink! I haven't listened to the wedding cds!! I will be looking into those today. Sounds like something I need to add to my collection! :-)