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How to Make Every Day Disney Magical ... An Introduction

by Mommy Frog on October 30, 2012

Update: Thanks to everyone who shared their own suggestions for how they make every day Disney magical. Keep those comments coming! Judy B. of Canfield, Ohio -- who uses Disney cookbooks to make her favorite foods that she enjoys at WDW -- is the winner of a Captain Hook Christmas ornament!

We know that many of you following this blog are in some stage of planning for your Orlando trip. Some of you are making your first visit to Disney World. Some of you are just beginning to do research and maybe trying to decide which ticket to get. Others are further along in their planning and looking for tips inside the parks. A few of you may have just returned from your trip and are looking for ways to extend “the magic” you experienced while you were in the parks. This post is for those of you in the latter group.

Entrance to Magic Kingdom® Park at Walt Disney World

It’s very simple, really. While we are awed by our experience at Walt Disney World, after the trip is over, we oftentimes return to our hectic lives. Yep, even the Frog Family. For me personally, I get so caught up in getting Tad and Lily from one place to another, that I sometimes forget this is time we should be enjoying being together. I know it sounds corny, but I forget that we don't have to wait until our next Disney trip to make every day Disney magical. This post is about sprinkling a little pixie dust on every day, so to speak, because every day truly is magical, and we should celebrate it!

My inspiration for today’s post actually came while we were in Magic Kingdom® Park for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. While not everyone was in a costume, it was wonderful to see so many parents dressed up alongside their children. Some of the families went with a theme and their costumes were as elaborate as those worn by their favorite characters! Now, I am not suggesting that you come up with a theme for the entire family. This would never work with Tad and Lily since they so rarely agree. I am also not advocating that everyone spend hundreds of dollars on costumes.

Goofy HatI am simply suggesting that this Halloween, you make the effort to dress up in some way along with your children. For some of you, this means starting small. Maybe just a silly Goofy hat or a made-up face (cat whiskers or a ghost face are pretty easy to pull off). For others, it can be a full-blown outfit, either cobbled together or bought straight from the store. The point is to have fun! Get creative! Your kids will love that you decided to take part in the holiday with them, beyond your normal role of supervision.

Last year, I wasn’t planning on dressing up at all, but I stumbled upon the perfect, circa-1980 white lace and blue lamé prom dress on a sale rack outside of a vintage store while I was window shopping with Tad and Lily, and it just called to me. Now, the royal blue lamé clashed a little against my green skin, but the dress fit perfectly, so I snatched it up without fully knowing how I would wear it! Tad and Lily could hardly believe that I, their normally straight-laced Mommy Frog, could actually let her hair down! I think it was actually as fun for them to see me dressed up -- in this case as the dejected runner-up to prom queen -- as it was for me. This year, instead of just talking about it, I persuaded Leap to get dressed up with me. We're going as the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts!

Stay tuned, because we'll be sharing other ideas for sprinkling a little pixie dust on the every day in the coming weeks. In the meantime, let us know the ways you make every day Disney magical. 

Happy Everyday!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Oct 31, 2012 at 9:26 p.m.
Teresa Giorgio Says...

Read books together! Fairy tales, scary tales, animal tales, any genre of literature. It's one of our favorite things to do, especially living in the north when it gets dark early and stays cold for months. I've been a mother for over 21 years and have ten kids, ages 2-21. We've always made every-other-week trips to the library, where the kids can check out as many books as they wish. The number we haul home now is a mere 100 but it used to be around 150 when all the kids were young. The kids gather a large stack most nights, we'll snuggle on the couch or in front of the fire, and work our way into faraway and often magical places through the stories. The group gathered round is smaller now, but the older ones will often walk by and pause as they hear one of their old favorites being read. We just returned from our first trip to Disney last week, and I have all the more reason to work on keeping the magic alive :).

Oct 31, 2012 at 6:59 p.m.
Toni Nuttall Says...

I pull out my Disney vacation photos and think back to the time they were taken. It's always exciting to plan the trip, even though I've been many times before. I have many guidebooks that I re-read, and look for more tips and tricks on the internet to get ready for my next adventure at Disney. Disney World will never lose its magic for me!

Oct 30, 2012 at 8:37 p.m.
Judy B. Says...

I like to use my Disney cookbooks & other recipes I've gotten off the web to make some of our favorite foods that we enjoy at WDW. Thanks for the chance to win :-)

Oct 30, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.
Amy Says...

Playing and singing along with Disney songs is the best way to get through housework or a daily morning routine!

We also love to put a Disney inspired twist on meals - pancakes are the easiest (and I always find them the hardest to eat - I'm eating Mickey's ears!!).

Oct 30, 2012 at 5:50 p.m.
Tim Howell Says...

My wife and I don't have children, but that doesn't stop us from keeping a little Disney magic at home.

Whenever we're suffering from a rough week at the office, we'll put some park soundtracks on (we love making playlists of queue music from our favorite attractions), relax on the couch, and maybe enjoy a home-made Dole Whip, or some fried turkey legs.

Even simulating the park experience can put us right back in a Disney frame of mind.

Oct 30, 2012 at 5:22 p.m.
Heather Says...

My kindergarten classroom is full of Disney from my Mickey calendar to the word to the birthday board to my various Disney lanyards. St home we watch you tube videos, pause and sigh everytime a parks commercial comes on. Dreaming about our next trip keeps the magic alive.

Oct 30, 2012 at 4:52 p.m.
Kristy Buda Says...

We love to do Disney movie nights. Usually once a week we pick a movie and make a dinner themed around it, put up decorations and play games/do crafts. Sometimes the kids (and grown ups) get dressed up. Since it's Halloween we've been doing all Halloween themed movies lately.

Oct 30, 2012 at 4:41 p.m.
Cheryl Says...

My kids are all grown now and my grandkids are in Florida while we are in Maryland. I lived in Florida most of my life and remembering visiting the Disney preview center before they built the park. I have always loved Disney and miss being able to visit the park. Lots of memories from the time I was a kid through bringing my own four kids and, most recently, my grandkids. My big dream these days is for my husband and I to get the chance to stay at one of the Disney World resorts someday. We were hoping to do it for our 20th anniversary this year but it didn't work out. I still watch Disney movies (my 19 year old son and I went together to see Brave when it came out) and my husband and I both have songs from many of the movies on our mp3 players. One of our wedding songs was "Kiss the Girl"! You truly never outgrow Disney!

Oct 30, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.
Karen Soifer Says...

Oh I forgot,My kids love to go back and look into all the photo albums from when we went.Last time it was sixteen of us and it was so fun.My boys still wear the PJS we took there however they are quite small on them now!

Oct 30, 2012 at 4:28 p.m.
Karen Soifer Says...

I so look forward to all the new animated movies that come out.As a kid I was a crazy Chnderella fan everything I had was named cinderella like my turtle,cat etc.I cant wait to take my kids to Disney again one day hopefully it will be soon! I cry upon entering.

Oct 30, 2012 at 4:03 p.m.
FrogBlog Says...

Great ideas, everyone! Keep them coming!!

-- Mommy Frog

Oct 30, 2012 at 3:55 p.m.
Martine Rose Says...

Since we are Disney fanatics, we always try to keep the magic alive. Sometimes it's listening to the CD with music from the parks, sometimes I add Mickey shaped sprinkles to cookies, and have even just put them in the kids' lunchboxes to be added to yogurt. We use our Disney mugs from the resorts to take our beverages on the road with us, and I even use the "extra" Disney Parks napkins that end up in the bottom of our backpacks. I place them in the kids' lunches as a mid day "HAPPY" memories moment. They always come home and say it helped to get them through the day!

Oct 30, 2012 at 3:51 p.m.
Jackie Emrick Says...

My 6 year-old grandson and I relive our trips to both WDW and DL/DCA by watching YouTube videos of our favorite rides and pretending we are on them.

Oct 30, 2012 at 3:49 p.m.
Pam Shoot Says...

I listen to disney park music while doing my housework. It just brightens my spirits and brings back great memories.


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