Discover Disney Magic Outside of Disneyland

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Disneyland in Southern California has been closed since March due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. And with new state health and safety regulations, reopening for the park seems to be getting further and further away.

Related: Disneyland Resort Must Decrease Operations Amid State Order

Thankfully there are ways Disney fans can preserve the magic while Disneyland remains closed. There are plenty of options to experience some of that Disneyland magic right in the park’s backyard.

Magical Lights

Now that it’s the holiday season, we sure are missing those sparkling lights on Sleeping Beauty Castle or the nighttime spectacular that is World of Color. Thankfully, a home in Long Beach, California has brought World of Color to their neighborhood. With dazzling lights, projections of classic Disney films, and the score to the nighttime spectacular — the only thing missing is water! Check it out below!

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♬ It’s Navitrap – Trap King Remix

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♬ original sound – Where Jaimie Goes

Delicious Food

All that excitement can sure make anyone hungry. For Disney fans, we know exactly where to find the perfect Disneyland snack. Just over 10 miles outside of Disneyland proper is the perfect place to grab a Dole Whip.

where can you find dole whip outside of disneyland
Credit: Hula Girls Shave Ice

At Huntington Beach’s Hula Girls Shave Ice, they are serving up Dole Whip in a cup and Pineapple Dole Whip Floats just like Disneyland. They even have Dole Whip Pints that you can take home with you. The best part is that Cast Members and Annual Passholder’s get a special deal on 2 pints for only $10! The owners of the establishment come from 3 generations of Cast Members and have so much love and appreciation for other Cast Members, especially during this difficult year.

Related: Brewery Debuts Dole Whip Beer, Sells Out Almost Instantly

Disney History

A little further south of Orange County, in San Diego, a local museum has brought some Disney magic for their guests. The San Diego Model Railroad Museum has collaborated with Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn and the Carolwood Foundation to present a special display titled The Carolwood Pacific: Walt’s Magical Railroad. This model of Walt Disney’s backyard locomotive helps tell and preserve the legacy of Walt and his love of trains. On a typical weekend, you could find Walt Disney tinkering in his barn or with his model trains.

walt disney's magical railroad
Credit: San Diego Model Train Museum

Unfortunately, the museum is closed in order to comply with health and safety regulations. However, the museum is hosting this event as a virtual experience. Guests will be able to see exclusive artifacts owned by Walt Disney himself! For more information, please visit their website here.

These are just a few ways of preserving the magic during these difficult times. As we all hope that Disneyland can open safely and sooner than later, we hope this brings a little pixie dust your way.

What are some ways you bring magic to you and your loved ones? Let us know in the comments!

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