I don’t know about you, but personally I tend to get really antsy in the months/weeks leading up to my Walt Disney World vacation, and while nothing can really cure this (except for WDW itself!), I have found some ways to help make the waiting time less painful – one of them is to host a Disney Game Night! It’s a great way to get you in the “Disney” mood, and there are a lot of different games to try:
If you have Young Kids, I recommend heading to Target or Wal-Mart and grabbing Disney Memory, Disney Princess Yahtzee, or a deck of Disney playing cards for Go Fish. Or, while you’re in WDW, head over to “Once Upon A Toy”, located in Downtown Disney, where you can not only create a custom Mr. Potato Head, but you can also pick up the Disney Parks Edition of Candyland!
Older Kids/Teens will enjoy using the creepy/fun Nightmare Before Christmas deck of cards, or the Muppets version of Yahtzee found at “Once Upon A Toy”. A personal favorite of mine is the Haunted Mansion version of the game of Life – it’s a great twist on a classic game. Of course there’s always the world of video games too – like Epic Mickey, Lego Star Wars, and more – these might be harder to apapt to a family game night, but if you can get your kids to share it with you, they will definitely get a kick out of watching mom and dad play along!
The Whole Family will love Disney Trivial Pursuit – the questions range in topics – from Disney Channel shows to classic movies to Park trivia, and the level of difficulty would work for those of all ages! My family and I play this one a lot, and it’s a great way to get yourself thinking about the Parks and all that you will get to enjoy on your next WDW vacation!
If you aren’t heading to the Parks soon and you want to get your hands on some of these great games, then I recommend you check out the Disney Store, Amazon, and Ebay, where you can find all of these and a whole lot more
And of course, no game night would be complete without food and drinks! You could always do a theme – have Tea like Alice In Wonderland, or recreate a Disney Parks favorite dish with the help of a Disney Cookbook, or simply serve some chocolate Mickey cookies and milk!
Still feeling homesick for Disney? Then you could try hosting a Disney Movie night, or have your kids help you do a Disney craft (like a Vacation countdown perhaps?)
What types of fun things does YOUR family do to get ready for your next WDW vacation?