Grab your map, and let’s head into the park(s)! No need to read height requirements – everyone can ride when it is virtual!
We started our virtual Disney day with a hearty breakfast to get us ready for the busy day.
There are so many POVs on YouTube and we gathered our favorites, got them queued up and ready for a ride marathon. I do not have associations with these accounts, there are just our favorite rides and POVs.
Splash Mountain – Front Row seats, feels like you are there, minus getting wet and holding onto dear life onto the then brave five year old!
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh – Skip to 1:46 to be on the ride, but the before part of the queue allowed us to discuss how much fun we have had on this ride as a family.
Big Thunder Mountain – Get ready for the wildest ride in the Wilderness! (Totally heard that with the accent in my head). This ride is both tracks.
Space Mountain – Please secure your hats and ears and keep all hands up for the entire ride 😉
Hyperspace Mountain – A favorite version of Space Mountain – it’s been Star Wars attacked!
The Enchanted Tiki Room – Wake up from your siesta to enjoy the musical stylings of our favorite animatronic birds!
Matterhorn – The Yeti doesn’t seem as scary on the tv screen!
A Small World Holiday – Love the holiday lights and additions to this classic ride.
Storybook Land Canal Boats – Bonus, have the kids “sit on the bow” just like they do on the real ride.
Haunted Mansion Holiday – Chose the holiday version for DL since it does get the makeover, and we can do the regular haunting spooks at World. Skip to 1:00 to join the queue. This is the real ride experience complete with the ride stopping because those ghosts are meddling 🙂
Pirates of the Caribbean – Fun fact: the longest Pirate ride is at Disneyland.
Sleeping Beauty Castle Walkthrough – A unique feature to Disneyland, this “hidden” gem is a favorite of ours, especially a break from the crowds.
Disney California Adventure
Soarin’ Over California – Get your feet up for this favorite of ours. Totally opened an orange when over the orange groves to get that smell of the orange blossoms.
Radiator Racers – Gather all the racers for a family fun race in Radiator Springs!
Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters – So glad they changed to this version of the ride after the opening of Carsland. Lets-a ride!
Mission BreakOUT! (at night!) – If only we could ride this ride over and over with the different parts!
Peter Pan’s Flight – Only sad part is I can’t find a video with the amazing interactive queue. Skip to 1:21 to hop aboard your ship!
Under The Sea – Journey of the Little Mermaid – Queue and ride. The ride is essentially the same as the one at Disney California Adventure, with a detailed ocean-themed queue.
Seven Dwarves Mine Train Ride – AKA in our house as “the hi-ho ride”
The People Mover – No longer at Disneyland, we make sure to ride the People Mover over and over when visiting Disney World. A virtual visit meant this had to be on the list.
Buzz Lightyears Space Ranger Spin – It feels like a real rendezvous with Buzz!
Haunted Mansion – Those happy haunts just want to come out and socialize!
Spaceship Earth – Ah….a classic EPCOT ride, and while it has been updated since the beginning, the sentiment continues.
Test Track – I feel the need, the need for speed…wait, that is the wrong franchise.
Figment – Journey into Imagination – Don’t skip the queue on this one! Love the nostalgia of the pictures of Robin Williams from Flubber and Rick Moranis from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. Ah, the 90s.
Living With the Land – I am not completely sure why we enjoy this ride so much, but it is not to be missed when we visit.
Soarin’ Around the World – **Now Boarding**
The Seas with Nemo and Friends – Because it’s a big blue world!
Frozen Ever After – Aw, Sven got his tongue stuck to ice again.
**Break for lunch – eat any cuisine and you’ve travelled “around the world” at EPCOT **
For an additional virtual experience, I downloaded the FREE KidStir Spring Break Virtual Tour. Day one of the virtual vacation to Europe was to Britain. We didn’t have all the ingredients for the sun tea, so we made some of our loose leaf Merry Tea. Enjoyed some cucumber sandwiches as a snack. The Stonehenge video from KidStir was watched while we enjoyed our snack, a break from all those energizing rides!
Expedition Everest – A first for both girls since neither was tall enough at our last visit. I wonder why there are so many Yeti at Disney parks…
Dinosaur – Another ride the girls hadn’t been on before.
Disney Magic Moments from Home – Kilimanjaro Safaris – a cast member and driver for the ride remade the ride at home, and Disney shared it on their Instagram! Their favorite part was the reminder to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!
Kilimanjaro Safaris POV – Jambo! After the sweet at home version, we enjoyed watching the POV and reminiscing on our last visit to the Animal Kingdom.
Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railroad – this was a treat because we haven’t been on the ride yet (it isn’t opening at Toon Town in Disneyland until 2022). It was fun to experience it all as a family!
Star Wars – Rise of the Resistance – This includes the “pre-show,” aka the full experience of the ride.
Smuggler’s Run (Millennium Falcon Ride) – This video gives a view of the biggest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the entire queue and then ultimately the ride. For the pilot’s view of the Falcon, check it out here.
Toy Story Midway Mania – You’ve got a friend on this ride…somewhere. This POV goes through the entire queue, enough to get nostalgic listening to the music.
Slinky Dog Dash – Hey Howdy Hey! – Skip to 0:40 to jump in the queue. It looks like this was taken at a media day or just at opening with the mass of cameras in the first few seconds.
Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy – We haven’t seen this in person yet, but oh my goodness, it felt like we were riding along with him on training.
Fantasmic! Show – Many a night at Hollywood Studios, MGM Studios or Disney Studios were ended with fireworks and a show, and it seems fitting to end our day of Disney adventure here.
Dapper Dans – The Dapper Dans virtually gathered and sang from home in this beautiful rendition of their croonings. If you close your eyes, it feels like you are there.
EPCOT’s JAMMitors – we have watched these fab three jam out in the parks, and they made an “at home” version to be enjoyed from everywhere!
“Magic Happens” Parade – Another magical moment from the Disney.com website of virtual viewing of the parade!
Peanut Butter Square: True fact – this is by far my favorite treat from Disneyland. Also fact, still had a sliver of one in the fridge from my last visit there. We made them after “exploring” Disneyland in the morning so they could set up. They are truly quarantine peanut butter squares as we had to substitute and make do with what we had, but it was fun to make together and they were delicious!
Dole Whip: With the help of our Vitamix, we mixed crushed Pineapple, coconut cream and ice together to make our version of the Dole Whip. It doesn’t have the same ambience as being in Adventureland, but aren’t we all in our own version of Adventureland now? Blended the below ingredients up in the Vitamix, poured into cups and put in the freezer to firm up a bit.
- 2 cans (20 oz) of crushed Dole Pineapple (emptied and frozen overnight)
- 1 can of coconut cream
- 1/4 cup of ice (3 ice cubes)
- 2 TBSP Sugar
- Splash of Lime Juice
Much to hubby’s chagrin, I often plan out our outfits for Disney trips, and this trip at home was no different. Complete with ears for all of us girls.
Keeping up with our nightly activity of coloring as a family, printed this Lightning McQueen coloring sheet for each of us to color.
Make sure your display is on “best” so you can get the video clarity on your tv.
There will still be commercials, which obviously do not exist on a real trip to Disney, but time wise it is less than walking and waiting in line.
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