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20 Ways You Can Still Visit Disneyland

Disney parks around the world may be closed, but you can still recreate the magic from the comfort of your home.

You may be wishing upon a star right now for a Walt Disney World vacation. With COVID-19 closures meaning all Disney parks won’t open until further notice, there’s still plenty of ways to capture a little magic. As Cinderella says, “They can’t order me to stop dreaming!” Just take a look.

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Watch Classic Disney Films

WHERE: Disney+, Netflix, Your Movie Library

Everyone has their comfort movies, and luckily, you can stream the majority of the Disney vault. Whether you want to snuggle up to old classics like Mary Poppins, be a kid again with animated favorites like The Lion King, or marathon the entire Marvel universe, you can find it online. Here’s the full list of what’s on Disney+, and what’s still available on Netflix.

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Ride Your Favorite Rides

WHERE: YouTube

Virtual Disney World’s impressive YouTube library offers virtual reality videos for every single ride ever made, including a few no longer around (RIP the Great Movie Ride). These 360-degree videos even take you through the interactive lines so you can really feel like you’re there.

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…Or Watch Hilarious Recreations

WHERE: TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube

True Disney fans stuck at home have taken to recreating their favorite rides with hilarious results. Watch this accurate representation of Pirates of the Caribbean, visit the Hundred-Acre-Wood, or float along with on Soarin’, complete with misted scents!

INSIDER TIPFollow #HomemadeDisney for more videos of recreated rides, parades, and more as the Disney community comes together.

 

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Stroll Down Main Street USA

WHERE: Google Street View

Immerse yourself in the parks with Google Street View. You can visit locations in both Disney World and Disneyland, including Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom’s Pandora, and Disney’s water parks. You’ll be able to visit your favorite rides, shops, and restaurants with plenty of crowds.

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Step Inside Life at Disney

WHERE: Disney+

Ever wonder what a day in the life for Disney Cast Members is like? Now you can follow them with the One Day at Disney documentary. Follow Imagineers, animators, actors, and more. And if you’ve ever dreamed of a princess-perfect happily-ever-after moment, you can watch the extremely binge-able Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings on Disney+.

 

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Get the Best View of Magic Kingdom Fireworks

WHERE: DisneyNow

Forget jostling strollers and cramming yourself in front of Magic Kingdom’s castle for a view of Happily Ever After, the new fireworks show. Catch it online here, complete with the dazzling castle light show—there’s so much more detail when you can see it up close! Put it on at 9 p.m. and get some glowsticks and giant popcorn buckets for the full experience.

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Get the Main Street USA Experience

WHERE: YouTube

When you walk up and down Main Street USA, you’re treated to old-fashioned harmonies and dance routines from performers throughout the day. The Dapper Dans, a barbershop quartet, wow the crowd with tap dancing, harmonies, and chimes. Watch them come together to perform for everyone at home on YouTube here, or watch past performances from the unofficial Inside the Magic YouTube account.

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Sing-a-Long to Your Favorite Disney Songs

WHERE: Spotify, Apple Podcasts

“Disney” holds an entire music hub in the Spotify library with playlists for every mood. Whether you want to immerse yourself in John Williams’ Star Wars (Best of Star Wars), channel your inner princess (Disney Princess), or just sing along to some favorites (Disney Sing-Alongs), you’ll find every Disney song you can think of.

INSIDER TIPIf you’re more of a podcast person, check out the For Scores podcast, where host Jon Burlingame interviews great film score composers like Alan Silvestri, Harry Gregson-Williams, Randy Newman, and more.

 

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Drool Over Disney Cuisine

WHERE: The Disney Food Blog

AJ and her team at the unofficial Disney Food Blog put together comprehensive overviews of every Disney World restaurant, snack, and dessert imaginable. Take a tour of the archives and dive deep into your favorite restaurant menus—you’ll pick up plenty of insider tips along the way.

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Become an Imagineer for a Day

WHERE: Khan Academy

Imagineers bring Disney magic to life. They’re the people who create anything new for Disney parks, resorts, and cruise ships—both big (like new rides) and small (like the hidden Mickeys across the park). If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to build a theme park, take the Imagineering in a Box course from Khan Academy. It’s a completely free behind-the-scenes look at what they do every day.

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Challenge Your Disney Knowledge

WHERE: Oh My Disney, Buzzfeed, Play Disney Parks

Think you’re a true Disney fan? Put it to the test with Disney-themed quizzes on Oh My Disney and Buzzfeed. Find out your true inner Disney princess (or villain!), test your knowledge of obscure song titles and Pixar Easter Eggs, match quotes and songs to characters, and more.

For park-specific trivia, download the Play Disney Parks app, which offers virtual guides, trivia, and add-ons for parkgoers.

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Learn Disney Dances

WHERE: YouTube

If you haven’t already memorized the entire We’re All in This Together dance from High School Musical, now’s your chance. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube, but this one breaks down a solid beginner version. Mix it up with Kyle Hanagami’s gorgeous choreography to How Far I’ll Go from Moana or Club Mickey Mouse’s dance battles for something more advanced.

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Check on Animal Kingdom

WHERE: DisneyNow, YouTube, and Disney+

Baby flamingos, gorillas, porcupines, and more! Check out all the cuteness from Animal Kingdom’s residents on the kid-focused channel from DisneyNow or meet the newest additions to the Animal Kingdom on Disney Parks’ YouTube channel.

For more wildlife, watch the wide variety of animal documentaries on Disney+, like African Cats, Chimpanzee, and Born in China.

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See Your Favorite Parades

WHERE: YouTube

Disney films many of the shows and parades around the Disney Parks, and their Disney Parks YouTube channel just released Disneyland’s Magic Happens parade, a swirl of color, song, and dance. You’ll feel like you’re there on the streets of Main Street USA watching snippets of Moana, Coco, Frozen, and more. You’ll want to get up and dance yourself!

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Recreate Classic Disney Meals

WHERE: Disney Family

Put your service to the test with the kid-friendly recipes at Disney Family. Most of the recipes have video tutorials, too, so you can follow step-by-step. Recreate your favorite Mickey-shaped treats like pretzels, cinnamon rolls, and waffles.

For even more fun, turn your kitchen table into a Disney restaurant. Play an old sci-fi B-movie and make burgers and shakes for the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater, have a rambunctious napkin-throwin’ hootin’ and hollerin’ barbecue like Whispering Canyon Café, or make your own Bella Notte spaghetti dinner like at Tony’s Town Square with your canine companions.

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Learn How to Draw From Disney Animators

WHERE: YouTube

Disney animators bring the movie magic to life. Learn how to draw Stitch, Elsa, Joy, and more with this tutorial series on YouTube. Or stroll down memory lane with this series of tutorials on Mickey’s various drawing styles through the years, from 1920s Steamboat Willie to the perfect “pie-eyed” version we know and love today.

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Join a DisneyBound Challenge

WHERE: DisneyBound, Instagram, and Your Closet

DisneyBound began as a way to express love for characters and movies without violating the strict costume rules for adults at Disney, and it’s grown into a movement. Creator Leslie Kay posts regular challenges on Instagram @thedisneybound—get creative with your closet and become your favorite character for a day.

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Listen to Storytime with Disney Stars

WHERE: Instagram and Spotify

If you’ve exhausted all your storytime books at home, follow @savewithstories, a nonprofit started by Jennifer Garner and Amy Adams (an honorary Disney princess!) which partners with Save the Children and No Kid Hungry to offer bedtime stories to kids around the world. Listen to Captain America (Chris Evans) read If You Give a Dog a Donut, Starlord (Chris Pratt) read Maverick and Me, and Maz (Lupita Nyong’o) read Not Quite Narwal.

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See the Newest Disney Movies

WHERE: Disney+

Disney’s dropped several new movies on Disney+ early. Step into the unknown with Frozen II, the follow-up to the worldwide phenomenon, Frozen. Or catch the brand-new Pixar film Onward. More highly anticipated releases, like the live-action version of Mulan and Black Widow, may follow.

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Throw Yourself a Very Merry Unbirthday Party

WHERE: Disney Family

If there’s one thing to learn from Disney, it’s that life is worth celebrating. The time is always now for cake and a tea party—just watch Alice in Wonderland for some inspiration and make your own un-birthday cake with this tutorial from Disney Family. You deserve it.

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