Welcome to those of you joining me from Disney Living and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.
This month we are sharing ways we keep Disney Magic Alive at Home. This is such a fun topic! There are so many ways we keep the magic alive between our Disney vacations. We aren’t able to go to Walt Disney World as often as my middle son and I would like to, so we have to find creative ways
to keep the magic going between trips. Here are five ways we are able to do that:
1. Watch Disney Movies or Disney Junior. We do this on a very (probably too much) regular basis. Each time a commercial comes on Disney Junior that shows any character or part of a park my son says, “Hey! We saw him/ did that at Disney World!”
2. Look at past vacation photos. I’m not a scrapbooker, but I do have our past three trips photos in a Disney themed photo album. We often look at these pictures and my son tells me about the pictures: who is in it, what we were doing and what he likes about it. This not only keeps the magic alive, but it helps him with story telling and recalling past information.
3. Disney parties! We don’t do this as much as I’d like, but we have celebrated several characters in the past- most being part of a virtual party with my Blogorail friends! We’ve had a Rapunzel party with Tiana, Mickey party, Minnie party and C-man’s 3rd birthday was Jake and the Neverland Pirates! We are already talking about the 4th birthday… will it be Woody or Buzz?!
4. Talk about future trips. C-man is already talking about when we take Big E to Walt Disney World for the first time. While it will probably be well over a year away, we’re already talking about it. C-man talks about the characters he wants Big E to meet and the rides they will ride together. I, on the other hand, are talking to daddy about how many Chase Visa points we’ll have by that time and which resort we’ll stay in! I am also already talking about which restaurants and snacks I want to try for the first time.
5. Add to the bucket list. This is the best way I keep the magic alive. I read magazines, books, blogs and web sites to see what is new that I haven’t tried yet! My list continues to grow with resorts to stay in, restaurants to try, new attractions to experience and characters to meet. There are parties to attend, races to run, shops to shop in and off the beaten paths to walk down. There are sports to play, waves to surf, courses to put and boats to ride. The list of things to do at Walt Disney World seems to be endless which means my bucket list will continue to grow and my need for Disney will never end!
Did you know on your child’s birthday your child can receive a special phone call from Mickey, Minnie or Jake? Since C-man was having a “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” Birthday party this year, I signed up online for him to receive a birthday wish from Jake! You can choose the character, the date, the time of day and the phone number where you want the phone call to happen. I chose 9:00am since I knew we would be up and we wouldn’t be too close to crunch time for the party! I set a reminder alarm on my phone at 8:55, so I would be ready for it. As soon as the phone rings there is a message saying you signed up for a phone call and you have to press a specific number/ symbol (sorry, I can’t remember which!) to retrieve the message. Once you press that number the character starts talking, so have your little one near by to pass off the phone!
C-man was shocked to have a personal phone call from Jake on the day of his Jake party! It was a rather long message and C-man got bored with it, but he still liked it!
I would suggest any parent with kids who are fans of Mickey, Minnie or Jake to sign up for this service. It’s free and it can help make your child’s day complete!