Top 5 Free or Cheap Ways to Bring the Disney Parks Into Your Home
Top 5 Free or Cheap Ways to Bring the Parks into you Home
Our goal here at MouSeekers is to bring the magic to you, for you to take home. This goal was made for any Disney fan whose heart was aching to be in the parks and experience that Disney Magic whenever we feel the need. We know that going to a Disney park is an expensive task, most feel down heartened until they make another trip. Most are not even near the parks, but their hearts are still there. We call these wanting Disney fans, MouSeekers.
If you are one of the MouSeekers that want more Disney in your home, let us initiate you on our 5 budget-friendly ways to bring the Walt Disney Parks to you!
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Criteria for This List:
- The Parks included are Disneyland and Walt Disney World, for now.
- All items mentioned are easily attainable, meaning there is no special permission or secret to attaining them.
- This list is for those that assumed to possess a cell phone, internet access, and/or the ability to receive mail.
- This list isn’t made in any order of importance.
Sight – YouTube
Ever since my husband and I have gotten back from our Honeymoon to Walt Disney World, we have been itching to go back ever since. We would reminisce about what we did each day, go through our photos, and just continue wishing that we would just wake back up at the Boardwalk Hotel and hear the hustle and bustle of the crowds heading to Epcot. We got the Disney blues, and we just wanted to go back. But since our son was born, our next trip was continuing to be pushed to the far-off future. So, after a small fight with my husband of where a certain place was in the Magic Kingdom, I quickly opened the YouTube app on my X-Box and searched for a Magic Kingdom walkthrough, just to prove my husband wrong.
I was wrong, but that wasn’t the point. What I stumbled upon was a way to sedate my appetite for going to the Magic Kingdom, even if it was just a little taste. First, it was walkthroughs, then POV videos of the rides, to food vlogs, and Disney trips from other families. I was hooked, and what I found was a very large community of Disney lovers sharing what they love about Disney. A whole new kind of magic to share in your home, and it’s absolutely free.
YouTube: Free App available in the AppStore or GooglePlay.
Below are two Disney vloggers that I follow and enjoy watching their videos:
Sound – Disney Sounds/Music
Nothing is better than just the sound of the Disney parks. Do you remember what Main Streets sounds like? Or how about the Carousel of Progress? Miss those tunes from the Paint Night Pride? It’s those sounds, music, and ambiance that brings everything alive and make you feel like you are right there. Did you know those sounds are available to you?
When reading books and going over the same 10 nursery rhymes I only knew didn’t work when putting my son to sleep, I desperately started asking my Amazon Echo for Disney clips. (My hands were full, don’t judge.) Alexia would give me snippets of Disney World CDs that played full audio of rides, and/or soundtracks. I was ecstatic, I bought the mp3s and invited my husband to play guessing games to test out our Disney knowledge.
I talked to my Amazon Echo a lot, it helped a lot in a house that loves music. Although Alexia doesn’t always get your command right, these blunders actually made some new discoveries for me. Those discoveries were Disney radio stations. I’m not talking about the teeny boppy radio that plays hits songs or Disney Channel Star’s singles, Radio Disney. I mean the radio stations that play sounds, soundtracks, music, parades, and audio from the parks themselves.
The first radio station I found was Sorcerer Disney, then Reedy Creek Radio. Both are equally special in their own right, but most importantly they bring you right into the parks.
CD I bought off of Amazon: Walt Disney World Official Album, New Release
$17.99 for Mp3
Disney radio stations I listen to:
Sorcerer Radio: Free. Must Download Tune-In App to listen to.Tune-In App available on GooglePlay and AppStore.This one is my favorite and what I listen to when writing blog posts. Sorcerer Radio has a day to day schedule, and it’s fun to listen along to their schedule. They have a request time during the day. They also played ride audio for Soarin’ after the release of the new Soarin’ The World. Heard Hong Kong versions of some rides, as well.
Reedy Creek Radio: Free. Must Download Tune-In App to listen to. Tune-In App available on GooglePlay and AppStore.
DPark Radio: Free. Must Download App. Available in GooglePlay and AppStore.
Touch –Park merchandise – Sub Boxes
I have recently have gotten into subscription boxes. I have a post back in June of me opening a subscription for the first time. These are fun little boxes of surprises, usually taken right from the Disney parks to your front door. How great is that? There are many different companies out there that will provide this service for you. Although some can get really expensive the more you request or how big of a box you want. If you are a savvy enough shopper, you can find something that will suit your needs without crashing your wallet. The box I bought from Mickey Monthly was only $19.00, and it was one-time only.
Here are some subscription box options for less than $50.00.
Disney Treasures by Funko: All options are $30 and under.
Tsum Tsum Subscriptions: The Disney Store actually does this the subscription box, and it is a monthly fee of 24.95. Each box you have a surprise of what a group of Tsum Tsums minis and plushes.
Taste – Disney Food – Disney Cookbooks/Snack boxes
The food. Have you been craving a Disneyland churro, or have a sweet tooth of theDole Whip? Can I give you access to these sweet treats? Sadly, no. There is a reason why you have to go back. Although we can always try to recreate the tasty treats that we found in the parks.
The most popular solution to get your favorite recipes, for those who haven’t been to the parks, is Pinterest. All of you bakers and cooks have been trying to replicate Disney masterpieces. I even tried doing a Dole Whip recipe I found off Pinterest. But unfortunately, all they are just mimic recipes. They are fun to try though.
Pinterest: Free. Available by app in the AppStore or Googleplay.
Another route is to purchase Disney cookbooks. I love to cook and try new recipes. My husband and I snagged two cookbooks from Epcot and the Magic Kingdom, and the recipes are wonderful.
These books claim to have recipes from the International Food Festival, and the Walt Disney World Restaurants. They aren’t just available in the parks either, you can purchase right from Amazon for your own collection. Kindle prices are much more budget friendly and I highly recommend them.
Kindle Price: $14.99
Hardcover: $33.51 + tax
Unfortunately, you can not buy the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival cookbook outside of the parks. Maybe add it to your wishlist for the next time you go to Disney World.
Bonus Tip: Another tip for when you go to the parks the next time. If you are dying to have the recipe for something you ate at the parks. Ask your server for the recipe, most of the time they will give you a recipe card from your chef. I also heard you can go to guest services in the parks, and you can also ask for recipe cards there.
Smell – Melting Candles Park Smells
For those who aren’t fans of the Disney parks will think this one is a little odd to bring up. They obviously don’t know or remember the smell of Main Street USA when you first enter the park, the smell of the water from Pirates of the Caribbean, or the oddly satisfying smell of metal in Space Mountain. Smell is most often linked to our memories, and vice versa.
Want to have those smells in your home?
Well, I could yank your chain and say just bake some sugar cookies and your kitchen will smell like Main Street, but I’m not that mean.
There are candles that are being sold that smell like your favorite attractions in the parks. I came across an advertisement on Sorcerer Radio of a site called Magically Scented. They have both candles and wax melts are three of my favorite smells: PotC Water, Main Street, and Soarin. I already purchased them and hoping to try them out as soon as I can.
There are a lot of Etsy shops that sell similar candles, but I was also referred to Spireside. Spireside has a lot more attractions and more products including a room spray. I think I am going to try both.
Wax Melts: $4.00
Wax Tarts: Pack of 4 $25
Room Sprays: $18.00
So, there you have it the 5 senses of Disney Parks that you can bring into your house on the cheap. I guess now you can create your own mini Disneyland or Disney World right in your home if you are willing to immerse yourself.
Tell me if you have tried these options? Do you have any to add to this list? Which one is your favorite? Let me know down in the comments!
-Kasi the MouSeeker