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Disney Channel Movie Night: Copycat Park Food, Games & Dress Up

Covid or not, sometimes you just can’t go to the Magic Kingdom. 

When you can’t, and you’re longing for a little Disney magic for you and your kids, don some mouse ears, bring on the princess dresses and break out the blender. 

Because you’re doing Disney at home!

Dole Whip

You can’t do Disney without having a Dole Whip. This recipe comes from Bellyfull and uses ice cream like the original park treat (Disney now uses non-dairy creamer to make the Dole Whip dairy-free). Try your favorite creamer or use a non-dairy frozen dessert ice cream replacement.

If you don’t have a hardcore blender like a Vitamix, let the frozen pineapple soften a little first.

Serves 2

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1 big scoop vanilla ice cream (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (optional but recommended)
  • splash of lemon juice
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender (in the order listed) for about 3 minutes; blend until smooth and ultra creamy, pushing down the pineapple chunks if necessary.
  2. At this point, you can pour the mixture into dessert cups. But I like to freeze the mixture for 30-40 minutes, then transfer to a piping bag with a 1M “star” tip (to get that iconic Dole Whip swirl.)
  3. Swirl into glasses, and serve.
  4. To help the soft serve hold its shape even longer, freeze the swirled Dole Wp another 20 minutes.

Ask the Family

The Dole Whip is iconic, of course, but what about churros, Mickey caramel apples, waffles, cookie fries, corn dogs and grilled cheese sandwiches?

Ask your family for their faves and plan your Mickey-inspired menu. Click here for a source of Disney copycat recipes, but don’t be discouraged if you don’t see your family’s favorite. Google away. It’s out there, somewhere!

Games

1. Name That Tune

Play a few bars of Disney songs and whoever guesses first wins that round. You can do teams or individual players.

Another way to play is to write down a snippet from the lyrics, and whoever can sing the line plus the line that comes after is the winner.

2. Disney Charades

Write down the titles of Disney movies on individual pieces of paper. If your kids can’t read yet, use pictures. Mix up the papers and watch the family act out their favorites. The younger they are, the more you let them get away with--if in their excitement they say actual lines, maybe let it count.

3. Definitely Not “Bored” Games

We know that what you really want to do is climb into a boat at Pirates of the Caribbean or ride by those creepy ghosts popping out from behind tombstones in the Haunted Mansion. These board games can help. This Haunted Mansion game has all the coolness going on.

Also, check out this Jungle Cruise game or Amazon’s exclusive Candyland, the Disney Princess Edition. 

Nothing says Disney quite like fun and games with the family.

The Parade

Maybe what your family really misses is the Disney parade. Pull out those princess dresses and pirate mustaches. What’s better than watching a parade? Being in one, of course!

Throw a blanket over the couch and turn it into a float. Have everyone dress up as their favorite character and take turns waving from the couch. Everyone watching is required to cheer like mad.

End the night by watching a Disney flick, eating popcorn and snuggling together on the couch that was once a parade float in its former life.

Have fun!

And don’t forget the mouse ears!