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Six Ways to Keep the Disney Magic Alive at Home

The worst part about a Walt Disney World vacation is leaving, but unfortunately it’s a day that will come. There is so much excitement leading up to the trip, but then it is over in the blink of an eye. While leaving Central Florida is hard, there are ways that you can experience the Disney magic after you’ve left the parks. Here are six suggestions on keeping that magic alive for a long time after you’ve returned home.

 

6) Start Planning Your Next Trip Immediately

What better way to remember your vacation than to start thinking about the next one right away? While in Florida save an attraction or a couple of restaurants for the next time. That will make you more likely to want to return as soon as possible. Order the latest DVD from the Disney website. Read up on the hotels and plan where you will want to stay. Pick a date as soon as you can. As soon as you start planning your next trip, you’ll start looking forward to that more and will be missing your last trip less.

5) Disney-fy Your Kitchen

The kitchen is a perfect place to show your love for all things Disney. You can use a Minnie apron and pot holders. Buy a mold so that you can make Mickey waffles or pancakes. Eat off of Disney plates and drink out of Disney cups and mugs. You can make Mickey shaped ice cubes, have a Mickey pattern on your toast, and even use a Goofy oven timer. If there’s an item that you use in your kitchen, there’s a good chance that you can buy a Disney version. If you’re surrounded by Disney in your kitchen, you’ll feel the magic.

4) Display Your Pictures

Chances are that you’ll take hundreds of pictures while on your Walt Disney World vacation. Don’t let all of those pictures sit in your camera or cell phone. Pick a dozen or so of the best ones and display them around your home; in Disney frames, of course. Place the pictures of Tigger and Pooh with your kids in their rooms near the nightlight so that they’ll be able to see them even in the dark. Take the shot of your family on Space Mountain and keep it on your desk at the office. You don’t have to make large versions as long as you keep them out where you can see them all the time.

3) Scour the Internet

One of the nice things about a site like YouTube is that you can see a bit of the Disney Magic anytime that you want. When you’re missing It’s a Small World, do a quick search and see the ride from another guest’s point of view. You can catch the parades, see the fireworks, and even tour the resorts, all without leaving your computer. You can also find out all of the latest information on Walt Disney World through sites like Disney Dining. Podcasts are a great way to catch up on what has happened since you left, and to make you excited about your return. If you’re going through Disney withdrawal, a quick Internet search can place you right back into the middle of the magic.

2) Schedule Disney Nights

One fun way to keep the magic alive for the entire family is to regularly plan Disney Nights. Start with a dinner that resembles something that you had in the parks. From there invite all the Disney plush toys that you have in your house. Play Disney games or put on a Disney CD and dance to the music. Make popcorn, serve it in Mickey popcorn containers, and then watch a favorite Disney movie. Get the kids in on the planning (pick a theme and decorate if you want) and everyone will have a great time.

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1) Dress the Part

While you were at Walt Disney World you had no problem walking around wearing a Donald T-shirt and a hat with Goofy ears, so why should you stop just because you’ve returned home? While you’re “I’m Grumpy” shirt may not be proper office attire, you can change back into it once you’re home for the evening. If your daughter wants to wear her Cinderella dress to the mall, let her! There’s a good chance that you spent a fair amount of money on Disney attire, so don’t pack it all away once you return home. Feel like a kid again and wear those Mickey ears while you’re watching your favorite football team on a Sunday afternoon. Wearing your Disney-themed items is a great way to keep the Disney magic alive long after you’ve returned home.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.