We are certainly living in strange times and it’s weird knowing that our “home away from home”, our place of security, comfort and happiness, is closed for the short-term. Soon enough we’ll all be back and loving every minute of our park visits, but in the meantime, we have to social distance to help stop the spread of this awful virus! Even though the parks and resorts are closed, that doesn’t mean the we can’t sprinkle magic into our every day!
Disney has done a remarkable job keeping all of their fans entertained during this time of separation. From behind-the-scenes stories, to free Disney animation lessons, to virtual tours of the parks and attractions, Disney has opened their doors wider than they ever were before.
Here is a full list of all of the incredible entertainment provided to us (for FREE)! Be sure to take advantage of it!!
- Happily Ever After Fireworks – Last week Disney presented a pre-recorded virtual viewing of the Happily Ever After fireworks show over Cinderella Castle. If you missed it, check it out here.
- Mickey Mouse-shaped Beignets – Ever wonder how to make those infamous Mickey Beignets? Well wonder no more! Disney shares the recipes with us. Find it here!
- Walt Disney Animation Studios– Visit Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTube channel for countless videos, trailers, clips from movies and a series called #DrawWithDisneyAnimation. Here a Disney Animator teaches you step-by-step how to draw a Disney character. Join in on the fun!
- Journey Into Imagineering – Take behind-the-scenes tours into all things Imagineering.
Episode 1: A Virtual Tour
Episode 2: Sculpture Studio
Episode 3: Digital Immersive Showroom (DISH)
Episode 4: Research & Development
Episode 5: The Art Library
Stay tuned for more to come!
- Imagineering in a Box – Imagineering in a Box is a series of interactive lessons in theme park design and engineering, designed to give a behind-the-scenes peek into Imagineering’s development process. There are 32 videos for you to enjoy, absolutely free!!
- Disney+ Early Releases – Because we are all “safe” at home and watching a lot of tv (I suspect), Disney has graciously released movies and programming earlier than anticipated to ease the pain of not being able to visit the parks. So far, Frozen 2, Onward, Elephant and Dolphin Reef have all been released earlier than anticipated. And we also recently found out that Artemis Fowl will go straight to Disney+ rather than be released in the theater. Visit Disney+ for more!
New Disney Release Announcements:
Prop Culture – starting May 1
Disney Gallery: The Mandalorian – starting May 4th
Rise of Skywalker – Releasing on May 4th
- #DisneyMagicMoments – Disney launched www.DisneyMagicMoments.com, a website where you will find fun and engaging Disney content, stories and resources — for free! — from Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars, to Walt Disney Animation Studios, National Geographic, Disney Parks and beyond. Or click on the #DisneyMagicMoments and discovers resources and family-fun activities for all ages! Learn & Create, Fun & Play, Care & Community. That’s what Disney is all about!
- Disney Mobile Sorcerer’s Game – Disney also announced a new Sorcerers game called The Sorcerer’s Arena. This looks super cute based on the trailer video that was released. You can download the app to your phone and find more information here.
- Disney Parks Recipes – Disney launched Disney Parks Recipes on the Disneyland and My Disney Experience mobile app! Log in to the app to take advantage of the recipes Disney shares from some of our favorite foods and drinks in the parks!
- Now this one is not sponsored by Disney per se, but it is curated by the legendary Disney Imagineer, Joe Rohde. If you follow Joe on his Instagram page, you already know he’s been sharing photos (from his own personal archive) and behind-the-scenes stories of how Animal Kingdom came to be. Follow along for a fascinating look at Animal Kingdom. Each photo and story allows you to experience the park and its culture in a whole new way. Impress your friends and family next time you are at Animal Kingdom with the incredible knowledge you’ve gained from Joe’s historical and cultural walk through the park. For my full story, click here. Here is one of Joe’s posts…
Enjoy all of these wonderful resources! As more are added, I will certainly update this list. Stay tuned!