This time last week I was losing my voice on California Screamin’, waiting in the long line for Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy and trying to be the one person in the boat to not get soaked on Grizzly River Run. That’s right my friends – I was in Disneyland. It was a big family trip which included me, my husband, my daughter, her husband (technically on their honeymoon!), my son and his friend, who was a Disneyland newbie. It was VERY hot, but we all had a fantastic time, and I’m still finding myself Disney dreaming now and then. Since I’ve still got the mouse on my mind, I thought I’d share a few crafts today that relate to some of my favorite rides.
Pirates of the Caribbean
This one has always been one of my very favorite rides. I think they did a great job of incorporating the movie aspects into the ride without ruining it. This simple Felt Pirate Hat from Simple Simon and Company will have you feeling like a rowdy rapscallion in no time. Also perfect for Talk Like a Pirate Day today!
It’s a Small World
The kids suffered through this one for me and my husband. It’s a must-ride for us on every trip. What would a day at Disneyland be without that song stuck in your head? You’re welcome. If an occasional vacation isn’t enough for you, check out this It’s a Small World Kids’ Room Mural from Merryweather’s Cottage.
Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters
My son was a huge Buzz Lightyear fan when he was a little guy. We have a photo of him, beaming, next to the Space Ranger on a previous Disney trip. He loves this ride now, but back then he would have flipped. I remember at least one DIY Buzz costume, but this one from Fun at Home with Kids is really impressive.
Sleeping Beauty Castle
We didn’t manage to get a photo out front or go inside the castle on this trip, but even without that it remains an unmistakable focal point in the park. It’s also home to my favorite Disney villain: Maleficent. I think I just like that she turned into a dragon. When you visit Paper Dolls by Cory’s Facebook page for this free download, you have to check our her other paper dolls. They are incredible.
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
One of my favorite rides is my daughter’s most hated. We started calling it the Tower of Terrific just to get her to ride it once. After that we took a couple of turns sitting out with her so others could ride it again. Yes, she hates it that much. Maybe we need this iPod TV Dock from SHIFT! on Instructables so we can watch Twilight Zone instead of living it.
The Haunted Mansion
We’ve been to Disneyland many times, but somehow we’ve always missed the Halloween holiday season. This time we arrived on Tuesday and it started on Friday, which also happened to be my daughter’s birthday. We managed to get through the Haunted Mansion with it’s special Halloween decorations only once, and the ride wasn’t even working right then. I guess we’ll just have to plan another trip for the fall one of these days. Darn. In the meantime, we can get our scary fix with this Haunted Mansion 13 Hour Clock from DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Props.
Radiator Springs Racers
Last time we were at Disneyland, Cars Land had opened less than a week before. It was crazy. My husband and I finally got to ride this by settling for the single rider line and happening by when it had just reopened after being down. It was a little better this trip, but not by much. It’s a popular ride, and for good reason. Disney really did it right with this one. Love him or not, Mater is a key component in bringing the world of Cars to life, and you can enjoy a bit of that at home with this Adirondack Chair from Jefferson Woodworks.
Indiana Jones Adventure
Our son bought an Indiana Jones hat on our last Disney trip. He brought it along again this time and wore it all week. He even had people comment on it. I think we’ve joked about him needing the whip to go with it, and now he can have it, thanks to Skip to my Lou’s Duct Tape Bullwhip tutorial.
Peter Pan’s Flight
This is another required ride whenever we visit the House of Mouse. There’s just something special about flying in a pirate ship over London that makes you feel like a kid. This Peter Pan’s Escaped Shadow Costume from Tikkdo is a stroke of genius, and it would keep trick-or-treaters from eating candy before they get home.
The Enchanted Tiki Room
The line for the pineapple treats outside this ride never let up while we were in the park. The nearly 100 degree weather could have played a part in that, but I can tell you the pineapple float I enjoyed while watching the show inside the air-conditioned building never tasted better. Now I can make them at home with this recipe from Finding Bonggamom.
Stay tuned for the Disney craft I made the night before we left – coming soon!