Families Recreating Disney World Magic at Home Amid Coronavirus Park Closures


When you can't go to Disney World, you bring Disney World home.

The coronavirus outbreak has had a detrimental effect on the travel industry with many dream vacations and family trips, including anticipated trips to the "Happiest Place on Earth," getting cancelled.

However, Disney fans proved that they can rely solely on their imaginations when times get tough.

One family recreated a whole theme park day at home after their trip was cancelled. The kids grabbed their magic bands and scanned into the park by tapping a makeshift Mickey Mouse-shaped scanner on the wall.

Once inside, they dressed up in costume, ate Mickey Mouse ice cream bars, and even took in a fireworks display with sparklers.

Another woman missed Walt Disney World’s “Festival of Fantasy Parade,” so she made her own using dolls and other stuffed toys tied together with string.

The Hearn family from Texas, who are Disney regulars, also recreated the magic at home, according to CNN, using previous photographs from their trips to make props like the train and castle. They even recreated the flight to Disney by sitting on benches next to airplane window printouts taped to the wall and took the kiddos on a walk down the block with oversized (and overpriced) Disney balloons attached to the strollers.

And the lines for rides were no shorter at home. "Then there's a scene of one of my twins being a character attendant and holding up a sign that says the wait time is 300 minutes to go on the Frozen Ever After ride," Hearn said. "And we have us sitting in front of the TV watching someone else's home video of the Frozen Ever After ride and pretending we're on it."

A third Disney lovin’ family, the Thornock family in Utah, combated the quarantine blues by recreating the park’s beloved “Pirates of the Carribean” ride using household items like a sled as a boat, fake skeletons, sword fights, and more.

"My mom saw a homemade Splash Mountain video that Chip and Co. posted," Brin Thornock told Syfy Wire. "She thought it was funny and shared it on Facebook. Her friends all commented, 'We totally see you guys making one.' So, we took it as a challenge. Pirates of the Caribbean is one of our favorite rides."

"We already had some pirate stuff from Halloween and such," Brin explained. "We are very familiar with the ride, so we picked out some of the key parts and brought it to life using items lying around the house."

Jess Siswick also created Disney rides from DIY objects when her trip was canceled. She impressively used an Amazon Echo as the magic band scanner and spun on a desk chair to mimic the effects of the Mad Tea Party spinning cups ride

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, both Disney World in Florida and Disneyland in California shuttered operations till the end of March.

Many Disney superfans have also been getting their fix by virtually experiencing some of the park’s iconic rides. You can find plenty of rides on Youtube that come in a 4K point of view so it feels like you’re really there.

Facebook | Twitter | Instagram