Friday, April 8, 2011

Bringing The Park Magic Home

Welcome to those of you joining me from "Pursuing The Magic". I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail.

For many people, trips into The Parks are just not something that happens on a regular basis, but rather something that comes once in a while bringing with it much anticipation and excitement. Your trip dawns, you go and before you know it, your trip is over and you're own your way home. Kind of depressing, right? I know it used to make me sad before I was an Annual Passholder at Disneyland. So what's a person to do to diminish the letdown as much as they can? Find some way to bring the magic home, of course! There are many different ways in which people choose to bring the Disney Magic home with them, based on personality and preference. Today I'm going to share just a few of the ways in which I bring the magic home with me, because let's be honest, even as an Annual Passholder, I'm always interested in making each day as magical as I can. Your mileage may vary, but hopefully you'll see something that will spark your interest and help you bring the magic into your home.

#1 - Music: 
I've talked about it before, but music from The Parks is a huge and very important way in which I bring The Park Magic home with me. Literally. I listen to Park music on the way to The Park, I listen to Park music on the way home from The Park, and lately if I've listened to music on my living room stereo or in iTunes on my PC, it's been Park music. Occasionally I will branch out and listen to soundtracks and music from Disney movies, but lately it's been almost solely music from The Parks whether it be from an attraction, show, or anything I can get my hands on. And let's not forget the beauty of a little invention called podcasting. What better way to bring some of that Magic into your home than by listening to other like-minded people with a love for The Parks talk about them? We love them so much we even started our own recently, although we don't really listen to ourselves after; but we were inspired! I know that they're not technically music, but they kind of fall into the same category in my mind. Definitely worth checking out some if you're not already.

#2 - Movies: 
This one is probably too easy, but so what? It deserves including! One of the best ways I know of to keep the Magic alive at home is the way that I was introduced to the Magic in the first place, through the medium of Disney films. I grew up inhaling Disney movies, and now that I have three little boys all of my own, I'm definitely pushing them to do the same. And we don't watch just the new stuff, either. Our collection runs the gammut from the very first Disney film all the way to the must current, animated or live-action, DVD or Blu Ray; it doesn't matter. There's nothing more magical to me than grabbing a soda, popping some corn, and sitting on the living room floor with my family for a movie.

#3 - Video Games:
I'm a gamer. I play loads of video games. All manner, all types, from games rated E (for Everyone) to M (for Mature) so it was only natural that I gravitate to something that I love, Disney gaming. And there are some amazing ones out there. One of my favorite things in the world to do is sit down and play games with my boys. They are just like their daddy in their love of games, and it's some kind of magical for sure to be sitting on the floor with the little ones playing games that make me think about Disney. Amazing subject matter, fantastic story-telling, safe for the kiddies; what more could you ask for?

#4 - Collecting:
One of my all time favorite pasttimes is collecting things. I have an obsessive type personality anyways, so if I see something I like I tend to buy the thing up in droves. It seems only natural then that one of the ways I enjoy bringing The Magic home is by doing it literally and bringing things home The Parks. Lately, and if you read our blog regularly you will know this, Vinylmation has been big in my home. But it's not just that. We buy stuffed toys from The Parks for the boys, t-shirts, hoodies, purses, candy, books; you name it. Some of the things we buy might seem like a necessity, but really it's just one more piece in what is a very large collection of Disney paraphernalia we have, fun or necessary. And we don't just collect the things that cost money, either. Parking stubs from Mickey and Friends and the Toy Story Lot, Park maps, pamphlets and handouts about special events, napkins (like the one I have from Club 33), et al are all things that we like to collect that remind us of some great memory we had in The Parks. They don't just sit idly on a shelf, either. Many times I will catch the boys sneaking into my room to look at these things, and sometimes I even sneak in with them and sit and look at it all and talk about when, where, why or how we got it. The memories just keep on going aided with a little help from our magical friends.

#5 - Writing:
Sort of like my "Movies" one, this might seem a bit too easy or like a bit of a cop-out. But it's the honest truth, one of the ways I bring home the Disney Magic is to write about, most of the time on a daily basis. The entire reason my friend Mark and I started this blog and have kept it up this long (believe me, six months is a long time for us) is because we love The Parks so much, and we wanted to have some way to keep the magic alive when we weren't wandering around there in the most literal sense. Hence, Days In The Park was born. I'm not saying that you should go out and start your own blog necessarily, although if you want to "there's always room for one more", but you might honestly consider writing about it. As a writer, words are something that I very much believe in and I'm a big proponent of everyone writing their thoughts down, even if it's in a journal or diary or whatever. Love Disney? Want to keep it alive but you're not quite at the point where you want everyone to read it? That's okay! Why not take some time just to jot down some thoughts and share it with your family or friends? Heck, keep it for yourself if you'd like and read it periodically and see if it brings a smile to your face. You'd be amazed at just how magical it can be to go back and read about things you've done in your own words. There's nothing quite like it.

These are just a few of the ways that I choose to keep the Disney Magic alive in my own home. There are few others, but these are the ones that are nearest and dearest to me. What about you? Do you have any suggestions you'd like to share? We'd love to hear from you; we're always looking for new and fresh ways to keep the Magic alive!

Thank you for joining us this month. We will be back May 13th with an all new theme, though keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

4th Stop ~ Meet the Magic


Amanda said...

Great list! Hearing Disney music makes me teary so I usually have to avoid it! lol

Lucinda said...

Way cool! I'm always looking for ways to bring Disney into my home. I can't some day decorate my Disney dream home. Happy Friday!

Tricia from Return to Disney said...

I couldn't agree with you more on writing - I started my own Disney blog because I needed something to keep me sane and to keep a little magic going. I love how blogging about Disney lets me immerse in the magic!

Days In The Park said...

Thanks, Amanda!

I don't know that I've ever gotten teary, but it definitely makes me want to go back. Usually just bring a great big smile to my face. :)

Days In The Park said...

Thank you, Lucinda.

A Disney dream home sounds like a pretty cool idea to me. :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks for the comment, Tricia.

Blogging and thinking about it on a daily basis, although tiring sometimes, really helps to keep it alive. :)

Beth Green said...

I LOVE the photos!!! I peeked at your post earlier today before y'all started publicizing it and those weren't there... were they!?!? if so, I'm losing my mind- which is very likely! ha!

Days In The Park said...


No, Beth, you're not losing your mind; they weren't there. I was playing catch up all day yesterday and published it without them originally. I added them in this morning. :)

But thank you - I'm so glad you liked them. :)

Crystal and Bryan said...

One of these days I'm gonna pick up a used Playstation and the Kingdom Hearts games. Once Epic Mickey is done frustrating us, anyways!

Jodi Whisenhunt said...

Whoa, that's a great Vinylmation collection! We just started collecting at our last visit - only have 4...for now!

Days In The Park said...

Definitely worth doing, Crystal and Bryan! They're amazing games and a lot of fun. Difficult, though. But well worth it. :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks, Jodi :)

Yeah, we pretty much wasted no time in becoming full fledged Vinylmation addicts LOL - we only really buy the sets and types we're interested in, though. We started collecting back in November, so I supposed we've done well considering what we have.

Thanks for the comment! :)

Kelly said...

I am in love with the Vinylmations even though I do not own 1 of them. I plan to get my family hooked in September when we travel.

BruceWDW said...

I do wish I had more space around the house to display. But after work and several hours of Disney research and writing, don't know where I would find the time anyway. Love your collections.

Deb said...

Hi from a newbie member of the Orange Magical Blogorail {waving} Wowza, that's some music collection and movies..and games!!I love the way you keep the magic alive! Great blog!

Days In The Park said...

Hi Kelly!

Sounds like a good plan to me. :) They're so much fun to collect, but SO addictive :)

Days In The Park said...

Thanks, Bruce.

I really don't have a lot of things - I just keep em all in very little space so that it appears that I have more than I actually do ;)

Days In The Park said...

Hi Deb!

Welcome aboard the Blogorail! I'm already reading your site. Can't wait to see more!

Thanks so much! :)

pink_tink_neverneverland said...

Awesome post! I can't believe how many vinylmations you have! :O wow!
I'm the same with music ... I LOVE music from the parks, I shut my eyes and I'm there! I also love the Disney Wedding cds for night time, they are so relaxing :)

Days In The Park said...

Thank you so much, pink tink :)

Glad you stopped by! Yeah, I do have a few Vinyl LOL and the collection has grown some since then. I plan on doing an update quite soon.

And YES on the music. Such an integral part of bringing the magic home. I may have to check the wedding CDs out sometime; I'm sure my wife would love them. :)