Beyond the Parks: 8 Magical Disney Memories to Make with Your FamilySunny Chanel
When you think of making magical family memories Disney style do you immediately think of Disneyland or Disneyworld? Most of us do. But over the decades Disney has branched out to include entertainment opportunities from Alaska to Egypt, to stage to screen, and to the sea. There are adventures, productions and tropical locales, something for everyone. There really are some pretty massive and magical memories to be made via Disney! And all of them worthy of capturing on video.
Check out these 8 different ways you can partake in Disney’s non-park pastimes for your family right here:
Adventures By Disney 1 of 8For those who want to have their Disney experience go beyond the parks, there is Adventures By Disney! This travel program by Disney will let you escape to Brave's Scotland, explore ancient Egypt, or live the Old West in Wyoming. They take care of every last detail, making the trip a worry free, educational and totally entertaining exploration. This is somewhere your camcorder will need to be in full effect from visiting castles, riding horses to seeing the pyramids, these magical moments will be with you forever.
Find out more about Disney Cruises here.
Aulani Resort 2 of 8Disney does paradise! A little over a year ago, Disney opened their family resort Aulani on the O'ahu in Hawaii. Think surf, sand, sun, and lots and lots of fun. There a kid's club for the younger set, cultural experiences like learning to hula and play the ukelele, and adventurous excursions like horse back riding, surfing and local hikes.
Find out more about the Aulani Resort here.
Cruise 3 of 8Talk about a place to make magical memories, the Disney Cruise Line which has trips sailing to Mexico, Alaska, the Caribbean and all over Europe is a one stop destination of fun. There are amazing experiences, adventures and fun for all the ages in your family. I went on the Mexican cruise two years ago and my daughter still counts it as her favorite vacation ever and there is so much to do, and video tape (so those memoires will last forever).
Find out more about Disney Cruises here.
El Capitan 4 of 8On the West Coast in Hollywood, Disney restored the movie palace the El Capitan theater to his gold accented and old school glamour. And speaking of glamour, this is where Disney holds most of their movie premiere, rolling out the red carpet for the stars. And speaking of old school, they even have a organ player who will entertain the theatergoers before the movie starts.
Find out more about the El Capitan here.
Walt Disney Family Museum 5 of 8Located in San Francisco, the Walt Disney Family Museum is a must for any Disney fan. The stunning museum pays homage to the man, the myth the legend from his childhood, the beginnings of his company to explaining how he revolutionized the animated film genre. It really is a treat.
Find out more about the Walt Disney Museum here.
New Amsterdam Theater 6 of 8Disney's productions may be big in the movie theaters but they also are huge on Broadway with their live shows. Lion King, Mary Poppins and their newest hit Newsies, all have eared Tonys and they pack them in every night. In New York City, Disney's New Amsterdam Theatre is a wonderful place to see a big show. The theater has been beautifully restored and every seat is a good seat.
Find out more about Disney On Broadway here.
Disneys Soda Fountain and Studio Store 7 of 8There is a sweet treat right next to the El Capitan Theater, the Disney Soda Fountain and Studio Store. Here you can dive into milkshakes, malts, sundaes and even old school phosphates!
Find out more about Disney's Soda Fountain here.
Walt Disney Concert Hall 8 of 8Walt Disney Concert Hall The Walt Disney Concert Hall is a state of the art theater for music with a wide variety of artists coming to entertain the audience with their sounds. The hall hosts performances from classical, to jazz, to international artists to holiday events. It's a great place to introduce children to the wonders of music, especially with their "Symphonies for Youth" series.
Find out more about the Walt Disney Concert Hall here.
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Photos: Sunny Chanel and Disneyland
Also check out our Girl’s Guide to Disneyland: 9 Magical Memories to Make here.