Top 10 Ways to Raise a Disney Addict
Disney Addiction doesn’t have to wait until adulthood or even childhood. I’ve enjoyed my son’s first two years of life turning him into a Disney addict, starting the addiction even before he was born. Here are my top 10 ways to create my little Disney addict. And, every time he sees something that looks like a Mickey Mouse or asks to watch a Disney movie, I smile and I’m also oddly proud. Hope you can have fun raising Disney addicts, too!
- Start before your child is born, if possible. Decorate the nursery, play room, or other living areas in Disney themes
- Having a baby shower? Give that one a Disney theme as well! Mine? Mickey Mouse. Just like the nursery (pictured above)
- Sing/Play Disney music to your child. I’m a pianist, and found two piano books filled with theme park music that I play on a regular basis. Not into singing? There are dozens of Disney radio stations free online! One of the first songs to ever be calming to my son? The theme song to Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Now our favorite – I’ve turned “This Little Piggy Went to the Market” into “This Little Piggy went to Disney World.” My son helps by choosing which character the 3rd little piggy meets, and sometimes where the first little piggy goes (sometimes Epcot, sometimes the Monorail)
- Visit Walt Disney World as regularly as possible. At 2 years of age, we’ve taken 4 trips to Walt Disney World.
- Plan for said trips by introducing characters early and regularly. With many different “plushes” (they’re not stuffed – that would imply they’re dead!) of different Disney characters, he sleeps with, travels with, and plays with Nemo, Mater, and more Mickey’s than I care to admit.
- Can’t get to the parks regularly enough? Youtube brings the park to you! We prepare for attractions and shows – our favorite being the Magic Kingdom Welcome Show (rope drop).
- Teach them to look for Hidden Mickeys. Hide actual Mickey heads in dark places – stickers/wall decals, or even better – have them notice those special groups of 3. In one week, my little one found them in the sesame seeds on a hamburger bun and later on with fruit. He even noticed a “hidden mickey” on a non-Disney related toy! So proud.
- Teach the answer to “where are we/you/airplane/car going” to “Disney.” Without a trip planned for 9 months, it’s a little less exciting, but leading up to a trip? A great way to build excitement!
- Have their wardrobe as Disney-inspired as possible. Shoes, socks, shirts, hats, skirts, dresses, pajamas – all of it. I’ve found a lot of great Disney apparel at discount stores such as TJ Maxx and Marshalls. Target also regularly carries adorable Disney clothing for boys and girls!
- When they’re old enough, have them help in the planning. Which resort looks best – pools are a great way to decide. Dining is another option that young Disney addicts can help in the planning. Which characters do they want to eat with? Fab 5? That narrows down your options. Have Disney Junior fans? There is a great character meal with them, too!
- 10 Signs You May Have a Disney Addiction. (chipandco.com)
- 10 Tips on how to Spread the Disney Addiction (chipandco.com)