As I write this, it has been 326 days since my feet were on Main Street, U.S.A. My park is Disneyland, and with a reopening date still likely months and months away, I spend my time looking for ways to ease my Disneyland blues.
Washing Away the Blues Tip #1: Listen to Disneyland music. My phone or computer plays various songs from the soundsofdisneyland.com almost every day. The music on this free website (and no ads!) is sorted by seventy different areas or themes of the park. Each area/theme then has several songs within that theme. My absolute favorite is Haunted Mansion Holiday – it has eleven different songs from the Nightmare Before Christmas Overlay, including the full-ride – “Don’t pull down the bar. It will float down with ease. And remember, no flash photography please!” This site is just amazing! I have not added up how long it will take you to get through all of it, but it will be hours and hours. If you want more ways to listen to Disneyland music, just read this article.
Washing Away the Blues Tip #2: Eat a Disneyland Snack. You may know that my favorite Disneyland snack is a churro. Disneyland churros are made by Tio Pepe’s Churros, and I am able to purchase a box in the frozen food section of my local Smart & Final. But if you don’t have a store near you that carries them, they are on Amazon and come in a box of 100! Baking them in my oven makes my home smell like Disneyland, and I enjoy one while also listening to Disneyland music (see Tip #1!). There are so many other ways to enjoy Disneyland snacks at home, so read this article on all the snack choices.
Washing Away the Blues Tip #3: Have Disneyland Merchandise Delivered to Your Home. I am sure your credit card has been nearly as hard at work as mine purchasing Disneyland Merch on shopDisney.com. There are a few other fun ways to separate you from your Disney funds. If you live close enough to a Disney Store but do not want to leave your home, you can order from your local Disney Store through Instacart and have your items brought directly to you. You will need to insert your zip code to see if this service is available to you. The El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood has a “Concessions to Go” program happening while they are closed. Concessions to go in the past have included Mickey ice cream tubs, popcorn buckets, and glow cubes. As of this writing, the current offering is a Madame Leota Glow Sipper or a Disneyland Resort Snowglobe Castle sipper. Both are $20 each plus shipping and a $3 service fee.
Washing Away the Blues Tip #4: Follow #DisneyMagicMoments. Disney has a website dedicated to the hashtag #DisneyMagicMoments. Here you can find storytime videos, animation drawing videos, and ride through videos. For anyone that has always wanted to ride the Incredicoaster, but just couldn’t strap yourself into the seat, here is that ride video.
Washing Away the Blue Tip #5: Create a Disneyland Meal at Home. To celebrate the 65th Anniversary of Disneyland back on July 17, 2020, Disney Parks Blog posted Walt’s Chili Recipe from Carnation Café. I have since made this recipe multiple times and vary the ingredients each time to match our mood. You can read about how to make this and many more Disney recipes that the Divas have written about for you at these links:
- Making Walt’s Chili and Beans at Home
- Cooking Up EPCOT’s Gourmet Mac and Cheese at Home
- One Way to Bring Oga’s Cantina Home: Enjoy a Cliff Dweller
- Take Your Taste Buds to a Galaxy Far Far Away with Ronto Wraps at Home
- Making Woody’s Lunch Box Grilled Three-Cheese Sandwich
- Making Disneyland Churro Toffee at Home
- Making Jack-Jack’s Num Num Cookies at Home
- Making a Homemade Dole Whip
If you just can’t wait for Disneyland to open and you want to create a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida, be sure to contact Patricia at All for Dreams Travel. She provides expert advice, and her service is FREE!
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