Celebrate National Ice Cream Day the Disney Way at Home

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“I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!”

It’s National Ice Cream Day and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a Disney recipe and craft, both inspired by the sweetest summertime treat.

This recipe for the Disney Island Navigator may already be familiar to Disney Cruise Line fans. The blended ice cream treat is the perfect choice on a tropical Caribbean vacation!

Disney Cruise Line Island Navigator (Courtesy of Disney)

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What You Need:

  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup coconut cream
  • 6 to 8 ice cubes
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream or frozen vanilla yogurt
  • Pineapple triangles, maraschino cherries, for garnish

What You Do:

  1. Combine pineapple juice and coconut cream in blender. Blend to combine.
  2. Add ice and pulse until ice is crushed. Add ice cream and blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish with pineapple triangles and maraschino cherries, if desired. Serve immediately.

Yum! To add even more sweet flavor, top with whipped cream.

Even if you’re just enjoying a staycation in your backyard, this tropical treat will make you feel like you’re a thousand miles away on Castaway Cay.

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Once you’ve got your drink in hand, it’s time to get crafting! Decorate your space with this Mickey Mouse ice cream garland for an extra touch of Disney magic to celebrate National Ice Cream day at home.

Mickey Ice Cream Cone Garland (Courtesy of Disney)

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What You Need:

  • Styrofoam balls
  • Colorful paint (pink, mint, ivory, brown)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Colorful construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Paper clips
  • Hot Glue
  • Craft Glue
  • Sprinkles
  • String

What You Do:

  1. Paint each styrofoam ball a different shade of “ice cream”. Poke a pencil or paint brush into the styrofoam to hold it while painting. That way you won’t get paint on your fingers. Place in a cup to dry.
  2. Print and download the Mickey template. Trace the ears onto construction paper.
  3. Cut out all the ears. If you’d like to paint them to match the “scoops”, you can!
  4. Add details like chocolate chips with paint.
  5. Press mini paper clips into the top of the styrofoam to create a loop.
  6. Glue on ears.
  7. Paint craft glue onto the top of the solid colored “scoops”. Sprinkle sprinkles over the glue and allow to fully dry.
  8. To make the cones, cut out a large circle, cut it in half, then trim off a thin slice off side of each half circle.
  9. Curve it around to create the cone and hot glue in place.
  10. Hot glue the scoops onto the cones.
  11. Thread the string through each loop and hang garland.
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Even if you can’t enjoy a Mickey ice cream sandwich at a Disney Park today, these summery National Ice Cream Day activities will get your family in the mood for fun!

If you want to get out and about, remember many local ice cream shop establishments and national chains offer special deals (like free ice cream!) to mark Ice Cream Day every year.

Are you excited to try these Disney activities to celebrate National Ice Cream day at home?

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