Listen to podcasts- There are a lot of podcasts about all things Disney. Our favorites are The Unofficial Guide's Disney Dish done by Len Testa (author of the Unofficial Guide), and WDW Radio by Lou Mongello. Both of these podcasts are packed with Disney history and trivia tidbits and are a wonderful way to learn about the parks.
Watch Youtube Videos of rides or parades- Youtube is your friend when it comes to getting a quick Disney fix! Check out videos of parades and rides. I'd be lying if I said I've never had Main Street Electrical Parade playing while I cooked dinner. You can also find videos of the various firework shows and the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show.
Watch Disney movies- This one should be a no-brainer! Beyond the standard Blue-ray and DVD, there's also dozens on options available on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. Download the Disney Movies Anywhere app for your favorite characters on the go. And when you do buy the Blue-ray or DVD, don't forget to enter it into a Disney Movie Rewards to score points.
Throw a Disney Themed Party- Any kid would love a birthday party themed after his or her favorite Disney movie. But what's cooler than a birthday party? An UN-birthday party! Channel your inner Mad Hatter and throw the ultimate Disney party! Get tons of party ideas here.
Read a Biography of Walt- Take the time in between Disney trips to learn more about the man behind it all. Click here to find a variety of biographies about the original Imagineer!
Frame Pictures from your last trip- You took a million pictures on your last vacation, but chances are they are still taking up space on your phone. Choose your favorites and display them proudly in your living room, entry, hall, stairwell, you get the idea. Happy family pictures from Disney are guaranteed to make you smile! Take it up a notch by using a few Disney themed frames. If you didn't pick some up on your last vacation, find some here.
Stock up on Character Merchandise- Wearing clothes with your favorite character is one of the best parts of a Disney vacation. But don't feel pressured to pay the inflated in-park prices! Buy your duds before you leave to save some serious cash. Click here to find your new favorite vacation tee!
Learn to Draw Disney Characters- After you've scoured Youtube for firework videos, turn your attention to how-to videos on drawing your favorite characters. Make your own Animation Academy at the kitchen table! Kids will love this how-to draw Olaf.
Make a Disney Get Psyched Playlist- Compile a playlist from your favorite Disney movies to keep your spirit up while running errands. It also helps amp up energy during the long road trips or plane rides it takes to get to Orlando. While you're sifting through the classics, don't forget about the non-animated goodies like Pirates of the Caribbean, Mary Poppins, or even the Broadway hit, Newsies.
What are your favorite ways to keep the Disney magic going at home? Leave a comment with your magical tips!