by Disney Magic Diva
We all need a little magic these days. As we deal with all the uncertainty and disruption, we try to find the small blessings in our lives. #DisneyMagicMoments is just what we need.
While Disney Parks worldwide are closed due to the global pandemic, Disney is still finding ways for us to smile. To focus, if only for a while, on happier times. They are still creating magic for us – even when we’re at home.
Whether you’re a fan of Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, or even National Geographic, #DisneyMagicMoments has the content you’ll enjoy. Music, backdrops for your video conferencing, a new animated digital series, ride-throughs, animation lessons, and even storytime – there are all kinds of ways to experience #DisneyMagicMoments.
Sure to bring a smile to everyone needing a warm hug right now, “At Home with Olaf” is a digital series of 20 adorable new vignettes sure to make you melt. Created by Hyrum Osmond, the supervising animator of Olaf from the first Frozen film (working from home of course!) and voiced by Josh Gad (also working from home) these shorts will definitely help us get through tough times.
Suddenly find yourself home-schooling? Pixar in a Box has lessons your kids will love. This collaboration between Pixar Animation Studios and Khan Academy allows your future Imagineers to sharpen their math, science, language, and computer science skills. In a lesson called “The Geometry of Dinosaur Skin” you can work with patterns to design your own dinosaur skin. Ever been jealous of all that beautiful hair Merida has? Learn how it was created in “Hair Simulation 101.” Discover what “rigging” is. Question the science of color. Find out what makes a good story. These lessons are sure to keep your Mouseketeers engaged for hours!
Working from home? Share the magic with a breathtaking background for your video conferencing. Imagine your coworkers surprise when they see you in Andy’s room. Or Ratatouille’s kitchen. Love the outdoors? Choose the forest of DunBroch or Nemo’s Reef. Work has never been so much fun!
One of the things I always enjoy the most at the parks is the music. Obviously, you can still enjoy the sounds of Disney at home with your favorite playlist. But with #DisneyMagicMoments you can do even better! Ever have the chance to see the JAMMitors at Epcot? (Wishes Diva has! They are in her article “From American Adventure to Zipping through Space: The ABC’s of Epcot”) As part of #DisneyMagicMoments, these amazing musicians perform a concert from their homes. And not to be outdone, the Dapper Dans also have a special performance sharing music from their homes. Just hearing their voices lifts my spirits, even if it’s not on Main Street, U.S.A.
What’s a visit to a Disney Park without a trip on the happiest cruise that ever sailed? Thankfully, even when the parks are closed, we can still cruise the world. #DisneyMagicMoments has a virtual ride-through of “it’s a small world” that literally takes you around the world! With snippets from each of the parks across the globe, this is a cruise like none other! And yes, the soundtrack is there, so you’ll be able to hum that tune all day long!
If you prefer parades over attractions, you can find that too on #DisneyMagicMoments. “Magic Happens” opened just weeks ago at Disneyland, and now you can see a virtual performance right from the comfort of your home! This fabulous parade has nine floats, two original songs, over 90 performers and tons and tons of energy. The music is a wonderful upbeat, contemporary twist to the songs we love from Disney films. You’ll definitely want to watch!
A popular activity for Disney guests is the Animation Academy. (Tinker Belle Diva tells you about it here.) When you can’t make it to the Animation Academy, the Animation Academy comes to you! With #DisneyMagicMoments you can try your hand, so to speak, at drawing some of our favorite characters. And since it’s on video, you can stop and rewind to go at whatever speed is perfect for you!
Disney is all about storytelling, so naturally there are storytime videos on #DisneyMagicMoments. You can hear Disney Legend Ming-Na Wen, the voice of Mulan, read “A Place for Mulan.” Or maybe you’d prefer to listen to John Stamos read “A Kiss Goodnight” (you can read my article about the book here). For Star Wars fans, you can hear Ashley Eckstein read “The Galaxy Needs You.” Keep checking the website for more celebrity storytimes.
If you’re searching for ideas for family activities, be sure to check out the National Geographic section of #DisneyMagicMoments. Whether you’re looking for crafts, science experiments, entertainment, education or silly music videos, NatGeo@Home has something for you!
So until we can be together again at the parks, we can share in the magic by visiting #DisneyMagicMoments online. It’s hard to not be there in person, but thankfully with #DisneyMagicMoments, we can all enjoy a little bit of the magic at home.
If you’re ready to start planning your return to Main Street U.S.A., be sure to contact Patricia at All for Dreams Travel. Her services are FREE and she’ll be sure to create many magical moments for you!
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