By Courtney Potter
There’s no time like the present to start a new hobby—or even recommit to one. (Don’t worry, we’ve all been there.) Thankfully, there is plenty of inspiration to be found around the worlds of Disney. From the joys of reading, cooking, and knitting, to learning how to play an instrument, and everything in between… there’s a ton of Disney-related fun to be had right inside your very own home. And the best part? All these films are available to watch on Disney+ for further motivation!
Read on for some of our favorite inspirations for at-home Disney fun:
Belle in Beauty and the Beast
If there’s a Disney “poster child” for all the incredible things that can come from reading—empathy, a keen imagination, a sense of right and wrong—it’s Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The opening song even finds Belle at her favorite place in town: the book shop! There’s nothing like a good book to sweep you off into thrilling worlds of adventure. (Don’t forget: You can often read excerpts of brand-new Disney Publishing books right here at D23.com!)
Remy in Ratatouille
You’ve seen it all over your social media—folks making their way to the kitchen for some good, ol’ fashioned foodie fun. So if you haven’t already given that recipe for pesto or that sourdough starter a go, why not be like Remy in Disney and Pixar’s Ratatouille and don an apron, bring out some pots and pans, and make something amazing? We expect to see some gorgeous food photos on your social media shortly…
Ralph and Vanellope in Wreck-It Ralph
What if you could hop into a candy-colored car and race off into the sweetest world you ever saw? Unfortunately, you can’t do that in real life… but you can certainly experience it—and all kinds of crazy worlds like it—through video games. Make like Ralph and Vanellope in Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph and take some time out to enjoy a new video game or two; they’re available for all ages, and some can be played by the whole family.
Miguel in Coco
While it’s some at-home fun that certainly needs a bit more practice, we’d be remiss in not including “learning a musical instrument” on our list—the most recent Disney example of this being Miguel in Disney and Pixar’s Coco. There are all sorts of online tutorials available, for all manner of instruments. But don’t worry… we’re pretty sure learning the guitar won’t eventually result in your interacting with previously deceased relatives and visiting the Land of the Dead.
Ariel in The Little Mermaid
Do you like searching through online auctions for all kinds of trinkets? Is there a beloved item from childhood you keep forgetting to launch a search for? Treasure hunting from the comfort of your couch is possible nowadays, and it’d mean you have a lot in common with Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid. She couldn’t get enough of her incredible collection of “whozits and whatzits,” and—in her case—they actually helped her completely change her life. Ya never know!
Rapunzel in Tangled
Last on our list but certainly not least is the veritable champion of at-home fun: Rapunzel in Disney’s Tangled! What hobby hasn’t she tried? Reading, cleaning, baking, knitting, painting, darts (that one could be a little dangerous), candle-making, a bit of ballet and chess, even ventriloquism… There’s something for every taste in Rapunzel’s usual morning lineup, and we’re suitably inspired.