Disney in Quarantine

Hi, Everyone!

Not to sound like a broken record about disappearing (AGAIN, I’m sorry, I’m truly the worst), but life really can be wild! This blog died for a little (sorry!) but with being forced to stay inside for almost two months AND my grad degree wrapping up, it is back!

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Just like Mushu, it lives!! (credit: gfycat.com)

What is going on in the world right now has thrown everyone for a loop. And if you’re anything like me, when you’re stressed, you turn to Disney. I quit working for the company in December 2018, but I became a passholder. So I had the luxury of being able to go to the parks at the drop of a hat. Believe me, I took full advantage. There’s nothing like being able to go on Pirates of the Caribbean after a rough day of work and classes. And sometimes after a particularly hard day of criticism from teachers and classmates, the only thing that kept me from crying was a drink in California Adventure while strolling through Cars Land.

I managed to juggle working part time, seeing friends, homework, working out, and an amazing boyfriend with going to the parks at least twice a month. And then, just when I was going to renew my annual pass after a month absence, Disneyland closed.

What? It closed?

This felt like the last straw. I could take classes online, that reduced my daily commute. Not seeing my friends was a bummer, but FaceTime and Skype were great for that. But not being able to go to Disneyland in the springtime? When I’d been planning on taking my graduation pictures there? And celebrating being done with my formal education? I was crushed. To be honest, I still am. I used to work on my thesis in the Grand Californian lobby or at the Downtown Disney Starbucks. I’d sometimes even do my reading in California Adventure. I’m only a little embarrassed to say that I cried.

A few days turned into a few weeks, and now it’s been almost two months since the parks closed. There have been no formal news of opening dates, although the Disney Parks Blog posted on their instagram that Disney Springs in Orlando will be opening some things May 20th. No news on DTD, yet.

So to keep myself sane, I’ve been doing a lot of Disney-related things:

  1. listening to Disney music, particularly parks music and blasting it throughout the house
  2. working on Disney puzzles
  3. redecorating my bedroom to be more Disney-fied
  4. reading Disney books
  5. watching Disney movies and Disney tv shows (thanks, Disney+!)
  6. watching some of the videos that have been posted on official Disney channels showing what the cast members still working have been up to
  7. planning out outfits for when the park does open!

What have you been doing to ease that missing-Disney-ache? Let me know in the comments!