We’re taking advice from the Queen of Quarantine herself, Tangled’s Rapunzel. Check out these 5 great Disney quarantine tips!
If you told me at this time last year, that a year later we’d still be in the pandemic, I wouldn’t have believed a word. And yet, here I sit, Disney mug in hand, Frozen II blanket wrapped around me, still in quarantine, writing this article.
While we’re coming up on the one-year anniversary of quarantine, there is one Disney princess who knows a thing or two about staying inside for an indefinite period of time, and she’s got seventeen years up on the rest of us.
I am, of course, talking about Rapunzel from Tangled, who finally made it out of her tower just before her eighteenth birthday.
For those who don’t know, I am a Disney cosplayer, and I decided to break out my Rapunzel costume to get some inspiration from this artistic dreamer. So if you’re wondering (and wondering, and wondering, and wondering) when will your life begin, read on for what I bet Rapunzel’s tips for quarantine would be!
1. READ A BOOK (OR MAYBE TWO OR THREE)
Diving into a new story is a magical way to escape without needing your passport or suitcase.
What Rapunzel wasn’t able to do was share her favorite books with anyone (besides her chameleon bestie Pascal).
We, however, do have the benefit of the Internet, and platforms such as Zoom to be able to virtually see and speak with loved ones.
If you have fellow Disney-loving pals (I’ve made Disney friends all over the world through cosplaying, Disneybounding, and on Disney Cruise Line), why not start a weekly Zoom book club with some great Disney-related reads?
It’s a fun way to delve into something new and exciting, and you get to connect with friends as well.
Some suggestions for your reading pleasure include
- Ride of a Lifetime by Bob Iger (former C.E.O. of the Walt Disney Company)
- The Twisted Tales series, a Y.A. collection of classic Disney stories but from another character’s perspective, (usually that of the villain)
- A Subscription to WDW Magazine If you want bright, colorful monthly reading magic delivered to your door.
2. GET CREATIVE IN THE KITCHEN
Rapunzel loves cooking and baking, and as we know, her favorite dish (according to Mother Gothel) is hazelnut soup.
Last year, I took it upon myself to create it from scratch, and it turned out oh so delicious. In case you missed it, here’s the recipe. I even got into cosplay and did a little video tutorial, just for fun.
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Whether you want to try out a new dish or cook a comfort classic that you haven’t made in years, remember to have fun with it, even if it doesn’t turn out perfectly!
Some of my best “nailed it” (aka failed miserably) kitchen stories are the ones I remember most fondly and laugh about now.
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3. PICK UP A NEW HOBBY
When Rapunzel sang ‘When Will My Life Begin’, she listed all the hobbies that helped her pass the time. They included:
- Playing guitar
- Paper mache
- Candle Making
So there are just a few suggestions for you. What have you always wanted to try?
To be totally candid, I bought myself a sewing machine two and a half years ago. It’s so beautiful, and I still don’t really know how to use it.
Especially within the last year, it’s only natural that motivation has become as scarce as toilet paper at the start of the pandemic.
So I understand the hesitation to start a new hobby, especially one that involves skill-building such as sewing, but try it! You may just surprise yourself (I think I’ll take my own advice and set a goal to use my machine once a day).
4. START A DREAM JOURNAL
If there’s one thing Rapunzel believes in, it’s dreams. So much so, that she convinced a tavern full of seemingly menacing ruffians to share their dreams too. Rapunzel didn’t just believe in her own dreams.
She believed in theirs too, and wanted to help people reach their goals.
As Flynn Rider (aka Eugene Fitzherbert) said to Rapunzel after she pondered how she might feel after she achieved her dream of seeing the floating lanterns, the best part is that you get to find a new dream.
A dream journal can be interpreted literally, where you keep a journal next to your bed, and after you wake in the morning, you write down everything you can remember from the visions dancing in your head while catching some z’s.
Or, a dream journal could be more of a goal-setting diary. Fill the pages with inspirational quotes that speak to you, write down your goals and why you want to achieve them, and when you see yourself achieving them.
Take the time with your dream journal, even five minutes a day, and visualize yourself achieving those dreams.
5. GET OUTSIDE FOR SOME EXERCISE
Trust me, I know it’s cold. At least up here, it is. I live in Canada where we’re experiencing temperatures below zero.
Even ten minutes a day can make a world of difference. If it’s safe to do so, try setting a walking goal.
The thing that coaxed me to start walking in the cold was taking along a yummy hot beverage in an insulated travel mug.
If you can’t get outside, there are plenty of ways to get exercise inside. In fact, I’ve been loving these little Disney dance workouts on Youtube.
They’re ten to twenty minutes in length, and you’ll feel so accomplished afterward, while still being able to feel a little of that pixie dust we all crave so much.
What’s been your favorite thing to do in quarantine? Have any more Disney tips to make quarantine magical? Tell us in the comments on our Facebook page!