For most of us, we are not able to spend all year at Walt Disney World. Money, work obligations, time off, school — all of these conspire to keep us away from the place where the Magic is.
So, what do you do when you are not visiting the parks? Here is a list of things that I like to do to keep a bit of the Magic going.
- Google Earth
- One of the coolest things that Google Earth has going for it is the Walt Disney World layer you can turn on. If you have never done so, take a look at it. To turn it on, go into the “Layers” section, then navigate to “Gallery”, then “Travel and Tourism”, and check the box by “Walt Disney World® Resort”. Also make sure that 3D buildings is turned on — that will really enhance your experience!
- I read a lot of blogs, and have been recently following various accounts on Twitter. Here is a list of the blogs and sites that I like to follow:
- Disney Twitter Friends
- I don’t post much to Twitter, but I do follow some, so if you are interested in who I follow, check out my Disney list in Twitter. You do need to have a Twitter account I think to view this list (I’m no expert, though, so I could be wrong).
- Every few days or so I sit down with my iTunes and download the latest podcast from WDW Radio. Lou Mongello is the host of the show, and does a really great job of bringing in exciting stories about the parks and also informing the listeners about the news of the day regarding Disney.
- On a side note, Lou is also the author of the “Walt Disney World Trivia Books”, and the producer of the “Audio Guides to the Magic Kingdom®”. There are currently five of them, and each one is related to a land of the Magic Kingdom. I highly recommend them!
- The best memories, of course, are the photographs that we take when we visit the park. Just playing a slideshow, or working on a movie of pictures brings me back to when we were there!
- Walt Disney World® Moms Panel
- This unique site, hosted by Disney itself, is perhaps the greatest site out there for getting answers to your Disney questions! The Moms Panel is so big, it even has blokes like me applying for it! Several of the panelists are ones that I follow on Twitter, and even on Facebook as FB Friends. The information they are able to pass along is amazing!
So, for those of you that are starving for some Disney Magic, I hope that this list of resources helps you to find your Disney fix away from the parks!