We love all things Disney in our house, so I knew Disney Week at Camp Anderson was sure to be a hit!
I’m so grateful that we went to Disney World last September. We had an amazing time, introduced Jack to the happiest place on Earth and made wonderful memories that we will cherish until we can safely go there again.
Although we aren’t comfortable going to Disney any time soon, there is nothing stopping us from bringing the magic of Disney to our own home. Since we are big Disney fans, this week came together almost effortlessly.
If you’d like to try creating your own Disney Week for your kids, start by looking around your house for any Disney activities or toys that you may have.
Here are some suggestions to get you started:
Disney Castle with Small Figures – We’ve had this Disney castle for years, and we have a million little Disney figures. I put the castle and the figures out on a table in the play room, and the kids had a great time playing with them. The older kids also built their own castles for the figures using Magnatiles, so it was fun for all ages.
Disney Coloring Books & Stickers – We have so many Disney coloring books and stickers in our art storage bin, and I put them to good use during Disney Week. I taped white butcher paper down to our patio table, and the kids all enjoyed creating beautiful works of art with the stickers and markers. They also enjoyed coloring in the coloring books as part of the “Art Club” they have created together.
Disney Play-Doh – Another really easy, no-prep activity is playing with Play-Doh, using any Disney Play-Doh toys and/or cookie cutters that you may have.
Disney Puzzles – If you have Disney puzzles at home, you can easily incorporate those into Disney Week, too. We have a bunch of them at our house, and the girls love putting them together. My daughters and I love Ravensburger puzzles like this one.
Disney Mad Libs – We had so much fun doing these together and, added bonus, it’s great practice for learning various parts of speech!
Disney Ceramics – We ordered these adorable Disney ceramic pieces from a nearby ceramic shop. Local friends, call Jill’s Ceramics if you want to get something similar for your kids. She includes paint and glaze with your purchase of a ceramic piece, and she offers curbside pickup. The kids had so much fun painting them, and they are proudly displaying the finished products in their bedrooms!
Recreating Disney Magic at Camp
In an effort to bring some Disney Magic to camp, we recreated some of our favorite Disney World experiences and snacks. Here are a few ideas:
Take a Virtual Trip to Disney World – Both of my girls’ amazing teachers arranged virtual field trips to Disney World during the last week of distance learning in June. The girls enjoyed the “field trips” so much, that I knew we had to “visit” Disney World virtually during camp. Simply go to YouTube and search for “Disney World rides”, and you will be able to watch many different rides and attractions. We watched them on our television so that everyone could watch together, and the kids all loved it! They each took turns choosing the next “ride to go on”. These Mickey and Minnie ears are the perfect accessory for your virtual trip.
Bippity Boppity Boutique at Home – One of my daughters’ favorite experiences at Disney World was getting pampered at Bippity Boppity Boutique. We recreated that experience at camp by doing the girls’ hair, makeup and nails after they dressed up in their favorite Disney costumes. I got these little tiara combs and colored hair extensions, similar to the ones they use at Bippity Boppity Boutique, and the girls have been wearing them all week!
Chocolate Chip Mickey Waffles – The kids enjoyed chocolate chip Mickey waffles, just like the ones at Chef Mickey’s, as a special lunch one day.
Mickey Ice Cream – These Mickey ice cream bars were the perfect end to camp one day. I found them at Wegman’s (through Instacart), but they’re available at other grocery stores as well.
Dole Whips – This classic frozen Disney treat is one of my favorites when we visit the Magic Kingdom. It’s so easy to recreate at home and equally as delicious. In a blender, combine 2 cups of frozen pineapple, 1 cup of vanilla ice cream and 1/2 cup of pineapple juice. Serve immediately.
Cinnamon Rolls – My daughters both love the cinnamon rolls from Gaston’s Tavern, so we made cinnamon rolls one day at camp. While they weren’t quite as big or as delicious as the ones from Gaston’s Tavern, we didn’t hear any complaints from the campers!
That’s a wrap for Disney Week at Camp Anderson! I hope you’ve found some inspiration to create Disney magic at home with your children.
I’ll be back next week with ideas for STEM Week!