Right now, the world is in turmoil over the Covid-19 outbreak. Disney World has closed temporarily, and the CDC recommends we practice social distancing in order to help control the spread of disease. To say this is a crazy time is an understatement.
Social distancing can be difficult, whether you’re a single adult with roommates, living at home with your family, or have small children.
So to help combat the inevitable “what should we do now?” question, I’ve come up with some ideas to help fill your time while you’re staying home! Even better, they’re Disney themed!
Binge on Disney+
Okay, so this is the obvious one that everyone is already doing, but I still have to mention it. Watch all the Disney movies on Disney+!
There’s so much content on Disney+ to get through, and you really can’t go wrong with anything. If you want to watch through all the Disney classics, that’s a great choice!
If you’re looking to relive some childhood favorites, all the old Disney Channel shows are available to stream, as well.
Of course, if you’re specifically missing Walt Disney World in your social distancing (and while it’s closed), there are plenty of options that feature the parks. I highly recommend The Imagineering Story. If you’ve already seen it, just watch it again. It’s worth it.
I’m also a huge fan of Disney Fairytale Weddings—and there’s plenty of Disney Parks magic in the two seasons, plus a special and a holiday edition.
If you’re looking to spruce up your Disney movie watching (especially for kiddos), make it a true movie-going experience!
Print up some movie tickets and create a concession stand, complete with candies, popcorn, and sodas. Then gather up all the blankets and pillows you can, get super comfy, shut off the lights, and let the feature presentation begin!
I’m not going to lie to you, I don’t have any children, and this still sounds like a great experience. You could even do this totally by yourself. I know what I’m doing tonight!
Play Disney Board Games
I love to play board games, and I love Disney, so Disney board games are completely my style. Playing board games is a great way to bond with your family (or whoever you’re living with during social distancing), and it allows for some fun conversation and friendly competition.
There are plenty of Disney themed board games out there, especially if you’re looking at favorite games with an overlaid Disney theme, like Frozen Monopoly, Pirates of the Caribbean Battleship, or Disney Princess Candy Land.
I own all three and enjoy playing all of them. Plus, each are great for different age and experience levels! You can buy these on Amazon (linked above)!
If you have young children, Color Brain is a great one (though I play it with my boyfriend and my family, and we’re all over 25). The box states it takes 20 minutes to play and can accommodate 2-20 players (you play in teams).
The object is simple. You draw a card, and it says the name of a character or thing from a Disney movie.
For example, it may say Woody’s Bandana, from Toy Story. It also tells you how many colors you need to guess. Each team has color cards, and everyone guesses what color that character or object is. It’s harder than it sounds!
Disney Codenames is great for older children and adult groups alike. I think you could play this with young children, but the concept might be harder to explain and execute. Though, this game comes with some extra cards to make an easier version for children.
This is one of those games that has a normal edition, but the Disney “skin” is used to change it up. There’s also a Marvel edition (and many others, not Disney).
A grid of cards is laid out in front of the teams. You can decide if you want to play with pictures or words.
Each team appoints a Cluemaster, and it is their job to get their team to guess which cards are theirs before the other team can guess all of theirs. The Cluemaster can only say one word to describe multiple cards!
There’s a bit more to it than that, but that’s the idea. I think it’s really fun, and there’s a challenge in coming up with one word to describe several things, without your team guessing the other team’s cards.
Finally, I’d suggest Disney Villainous. This game is more complex than the other two I suggested, so if you’re a group with teenagers or just a group of adults, this is a great choice.
The game lets you play on the side of the Disney Villains. You want the bad guys to win here!
Each player gets to pick a different villain, and each villain has their own set of rules and a unique winning condition. There are even expansion packs so you can add new villains, and the packs are self-contained, so you can play them on their own as well!
Okay, okay. I think you get the idea that I love board games. If you read through all of that, kudos. But let’s move on to the next idea to make social distancing more bearable!
Learn To Draw: Disney Style
If you’re a little more artistic, spending some time drawing is a great way to get through our time of social distancing! Maybe you want to draw your favorite Disney movie scene or do a beautiful watercolor of Cinderella’s Castle.
Or maybe you’re just starting out and need a little more help. The good news is there’s plenty of ways to learn how to draw Disney style.
During this time of social distancing, Disney animator Michael Woodside is doing live YouTube series he’s calling Social D̶i̶s̶t̶a̶n̶c̶i̶n̶g Drawing. So far, he’s done Mickey, Olaf, Stitch, and Pascal, with even more to come.
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional, you could also consider purchasing a “How To Draw” book on Amazon.
There are plenty of Disney options out there, like this Learn to Draw Disney’s Classic Animated Movies or Learn to Draw Disney’s Mickey Mouse and His Friends.
Is drawing not your thing? You could also get a Disney coloring book and relax with your favorite colors and Disney. My mom has this really extensive Thomas Kinkade one that has remove-able, poster-sized pages of Disney scenes.
DisneyBound… At Home
I know DisneyBounding is typically something we only do at the parks, or when we’re going out. It’s not something you’d do if you plan on sitting inside your house all day long, social distancing.
But hear me out. You’ve got plenty of time on your hands, so why not go through your entire closet, comb through all your accessories, and dig around in your makeup?
This is a great time to put together the perfect DisneyBound for when social distancing is over and we can go back to the parks (or wherever you want to wear your Disney outfit).
Pick out a few characters you want to DisneyBound, and pick out the best outfit for them. Even better, shops aren’t closed on the internet! Go out there and do some online shopping and get the perfect piece to complete your Ariel DisneyBound.
If you need some inspiration, we have some great ideas on our blog, like this post all about Princess DisneyBounds, while you’re at home!
Once you’ve put together your outfit, there’s no reason you shouldn’t show it off. Put it on, go all out! Do your hair and makeup (or whatever you want to do for your look), and do a photo shoot.
Find a nice place next to some windows, or go out in the front yard and take a bunch of photos of the look you worked hard to put together.
Then share your look on social media. This is a great way to connect with others and show them what you’re up to while you’re cooped up. Be social even while social distancing!
Plus, you get to channel your favorite Disney characters and get your fill of Disney magic.
Bake Disney Treats!
Baking or cooking is a great way to exercise your mind and your creativity in a different way. Plus, you can bump it up a notch and make it Disney-fied!
You don’t have to get too crazy on this one. Use what you have already in your house, and make cookies or cupcakes that you can decorate in a fun Disney way. If you’re missing some ingredients, try pick-up at Wal-Mart or order it on Amazon!
Here are some cupcakes I made a couple of years ago for my mom’s birthday. They’re just simple vanilla cupcakes, with vanilla frosting. I used candy melts for the bows and mini Oreos for the Minnie Ears.
For the bows, melt the candy melts in the microwave, transfer it to a plastic baggie, cut a tiny hole in the corner, and then pipe your design onto wax paper. Cool it in the fridge for a bit and you’ve got your own Minnie Mouse ears!
Sugar cookies with frosting to decorate is also a great option. Make the cookies and then let everyone decorate them how they want. Have a contest and see who can make the best Disney themed cookie!
For dinner, Mickey pancakes or waffles are a great idea, and super simple. You just make your pancake or waffle mix however you typically do, and then bake it into a Mickey Mouse shape!
For waffles, you’d need a special waffle maker, like this one. But for pancakes, all you need to do is pour two smaller pancakes onto a bigger circle.
There are so many great Disney themed crafts out there on Pinterest. I’d suggest searching through there and finding something take strikes your fancy, then get out there and do it!
A great craft idea is to create your own Minnie Mouse ears for the next time you head to the parks.
Our Marketing Manager, Tatjana, has done several tutorials over on our Subscriber Facebook page, but if you aren’t a subscriber, you can check out her Instagram (there’s one tutorial in her story highlights).
If you’re wanting to relive your Disney memories, I suggest making a Disney scrapbook.
I’ve made a few scrapbooks in my time, and I always love seeing how the pages come together, and flipping through the pages of memories. It’s way more fun to look at all your pictures if they’re in a scrapbook.
However, scrapbooks can take a lot of materials to put together, and it’s not super easy to run out to the store and grab what you need while we’re supposed to be social distancing.
If you can’t get what you want online, you could try making a digital photo book.
I’ve made several of these books through services like Shutterfly, and I love how they turn out. You can even use the Disney website to create one (like the one I have pictured)!
Subscribe to WDW Magazine!
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If you’re not already a subscriber, you should become one! Get our print magazine, and you’ll have magic delivered to your door monthly.
Or, subscribe to our digital edition and have access to all our previous issues to peruse while you’re stuck at home.
Better yet, get both and you can hold the magazine in your hands and flip through the pages, while still getting access to our back issues and exclusive digital content.
All our subscribers also get monthly activities (a word search, coloring page, and word scramble). These are great things to do alone or with your kids while you’re at home social distancing!