If you’re missing the Disney experience, fear not! The happiest place on earth has gone virtual.
Hey, there's a reason it's called the happiest place on earth, but even Disney World isn't immune to the COVID-19 pandemic—for now Disney’s theme parks have closed indefinitely. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy Disney's magic moments ... right on your couch! On the Disney Magic Moments website, users can virtually experience popular rides, see the parks, try park recipes, and even download Pixar-themed video call backgrounds, reports CNBC.
For those missing the rides, here's how you and the kids can take a virtual one! Disney parks may be closed around the world right now, but it turns out that many of the coolest rides can be experienced at home. You can take a virtual ride through the popular “It’s a Small World.” From Disneyland Paris to Hong Kong, different shots of the ride through the popular “It’s a Small World” are included in the virtual experience. And to add a touch of authenticity, Disney reminds users to “keep your hands, arms, feet and legs inside the boat,” in typical fashion. “And off you go to the far corners of the world visiting every continent while being sung to by the children of the world.” If you’re looking for other virtual rides, like the famous Space Mountain roller coaster, tons of visitors have posted their own videos of the rides on YouTube too.
Disney is also adding many other experiences you can enjoy, virtually! The company posted a viewing of its “Magic Happens” parade, filmed at the Disneyland Park in California. The parade includes nine floats, according to the Disney Magic Moments site, including characters from Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Frozen 2, and Moana. The site adds: #DisneyMagicMoments lets you experience the magic of Disney wherever you may be. Enjoy Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic with stories, videos, and activities to inspire imagination and discovery among kids, fans, and families alike. Disney also posted videos of the Magic Kingdom Park in Orlando, Florida, and other shots of the Walt Disney World Resort. They're even putting up tutorials to help you learn how to draw many Disney characters. So let out the inner artist in you!
From storyboard to final frame: Aladdin and Abu in "One Jump." 🎨: Walt Disney Animation Research Library pic.twitter.com/vstUoSnsXp— Disney Animation (@DisneyAnimation) May 12, 2020
More of a chef that an artist? Check this out! Disney has shared park recipes for popular treats, including its famous Dole Whip and Churro Bites. The even shared the recipe of their popular Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets! The Disney Parks Blog recommends, "These beignets are the perfect snack to eat while watching Disney’s animated classic The Princess and the Frog on Disney+. All you need is this recipe, a heaping helping of powdered sugar, and a love for our favorite pal, Mickey!" Looking to make ten large Mickey Mouse-shaped beignets or two dozen small beignets? Fans on Twitter were delighted to be able to recreate some Disney magic in their own kitchens. User @classymommy wrote: Thank you @DisneyParks for sharing the secrets to all these delish treats so we can make them at home. @luvmyfidgets reminisced: Thank you @DisneylandAP! I can’t wait to try these. But more than that I miss Disneyland and I can’t wait to get back!
Today, we’re serving up the recipe for the popular Mickey Mouse Beignets from New Orleans Square at Disneyland Resort and Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter at Walt Disney World: https://t.co/EwSVA1EpyR #DisneyMagicMoments pic.twitter.com/3hoa4TEslR— Disneyland AP (@DisneylandAP) April 24, 2020
And that's not all! If you're a working professional here's how you can add a touch of Disney to your work-at-home life. Disney has created various Pixar backgrounds that can be downloaded for video calls too. How cute is that? We love that the company is trying to keep Disney magic alive in one way or the other. As of now, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are closed indefinitely amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. They originally planned to reopen March-end, but it looks like it will be a while before they do. "While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remain The Walt Disney Company’s top priority,” the company shared in an official statement.
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