Getting By Without the Disney Theme Parks

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While the Walt Disney World parks are once again open after a long closure due to COVID-19, there are many Disney fans that are sticking to home as this pandemic seems far from over. Not being able to visit or deciding to postpone a Disney trip is a Disney fan struggle for sure! What are we to do? Here are a few suggestions on how to bring Disney into your home until you are comfortable returning in person to the magic.

1. Watch Disney+

What better way to bring a little extra Disney into your life than to watch Disney+? Disney has shared several new releases for our streaming entertainment. This is also a great time to catch up on movies that you haven’t yet seen, or watch your favorites again. There is so much content on Disney+ that you won’t make a dent in the library before the parks open again.

2. Cook Like You’re From Batuu

The food in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge has been a hit for two reasons. First, it has a feel from the galaxy far, far away. Second, the flavors are (mostly) familiar. You can enjoy those flavors and more at home, with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook. You’ll find Galaxy’s Edge recipes such as Fried Endorian Tip-Yip, but there are also new dishes, like Spicy Mandalorian Stew. The cookbook is a lot of fun, with introductions so that you can learn more about each dish. I’ve met one of the authors, and she worked hard to make this feel as authentic as possible. If you don’t have a copy, you can order it online.

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3. Practice Aurebesh

Speaking of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, you might have seen some strange looking symbols the last time you were on Batuu. That’s Aurebesh, which is the alphabet that is used in the Star Wars universe. A quick online search will bring up several different translators. Pick whichever looks the easiest to you, and start learning! Don’t expect it to be easy to learn a new alphabet, but you have time. If you learn Aurebesh, the next time you go to Galaxy’s Edge you won’t need to use the translator in the Play Disney Parks app.

4. Buy Mickey Bars

Put Mickey Ice Cream Bars on your shopping list. While the bars that you can buy at the local grocery store are not quite as good as the ones that you will find at the parks, they still are a good substitute. When stocking up, we’re supposed to buy things that we will use eventually anyway. What better thing to fill your freezer with than Mickey shaped chocolate-covered vanilla ice cream on a stick? Just don’t eat them all in one day, we don’t know how long this is going to go on for.

5. Read Disney Blogs

One great way to get a Disney fix when you aren’t in Central Florida is to live through Disney bloggers. Seeing pictures and reading about the experiences of others can really make you feel like you are there. If you’re looking for a great blog to start with, I suggest DisneyOver50.com, “Because there’s no age limit on loving Disney”! Okay, that’s my personal blog, so it’s a bit of shameless self-promotion. (Don’t forget to like my page on Facebook!) In all seriousness, though, you can find a great blog on just about any subject that has to do with Walt Disney World, Disneyland, the international parks, or Disney Cruise Line. You’ll be able to experience the sights and smells through what the blogger has to say. You also might pick up a great tip or two for your next vacation.

6. Watch YouTube

Similar to reading blogs, watching Disney centered YouTube channels is a great way to feel like you are at Walt Disney World. There are some great vloggers out there, several of which have obtained mild celebrity status. Another must watch on YouTube is Must Do Disney. Stacey Aswad has made people feel as if they are home since 2005! You can look for a recent version, or search for the version from your first trip. When watching the older versions you’ll notice that parts of it are different, while other things are exactly the same. There’s something about seeing the eternally youthful Stacey that makes you feel like you’re at Walt Disney World, even if you are a thousand miles away.

7. Make Mickey Waffles

Mickey Waffles are the best way to start your day while you’re at Walt Disney World, so why not repeat that at home? If you don’t already have a Mickey waffle maker, order one when you order your copy of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge: The Official Black Spire Outpost Cookbook. If you don’t want to wait for the delivery, you can make Mickey pancakes instead. While there are molds to make them, you can also do it on your own. All that it takes is one large pancake and two small ones. Put them together once the batter is cooked. It’s not quite the same, but it’s the thought that counts, right?

8. Stay Safe

I’ve been joking around a bit here, but it’s time to be serious for a moment. Please, do everything that you need to do so that you and your loved ones will stay safe. I know people who are acting like this is no big deal, and others who think it’s the end of the world. The important thing here is that we all use our heads, and do what we need to do to keep everyone healthy. None of us have ever been through anything like this before, and we need to rely on each other right now. Walt Disney World and all of the other Disney Parks will still be there once you are ready to visit again in person. I hope to “see you real soon” at one of the parks.

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.