We brought the Disney magic home with a Disney Playdate Party to celebrate all the fun things happening at Walt Disney World Resort this Summer. #NowMoreThanEver, families can make memories for young believers (kids ages 3 to 5) with new experiences such as Mickey & Minnie’s Surprise Celebration (Magic Kingdom), Party with Pixar Pals (Disney’s Hollywood Studios), Festival of the Lion King (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and more!
Have you ever been to Walt Disney World? I have (before the kids were born) but only the Animal Kingdom. We’re hoping to go one day soon but being in SoCal, we’re very fortunate to have the Disneyland parks close by!
Disney Playdate Party
There’s no doubt that Disney brings so much happiness to kids of all ages. The MAGIC is real and you can easily recreate it anywhere.
Since this upcoming school year is a big deal (Ronan will be entering E.T.K.=Early Transitional Kindergarten at Caiden’s Spanish Immersion school), I wanted to host a Disney Playdate Party with his preschool friends. He has made wonderful friends during his time at “Little Learners” and I wanted to celebrate that at our local park…with a little pixie dust of course.
Our friends at Disney sent us a special party kit filled with all the magic needed for our party. I shared our unboxing experience on Instagram: #NowMoreThanEver Disney Playdate Party.
How to Throw Your Own Party
Choose A Theme
When it comes to planning a Disney themed party – the choices are endless. We had a Lion King/Lion Guard themed playdate to coincide with the Festival of the Lion King happening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Which was perfect for an outdoor setting.
Regardless on how big or small your party is – send online invites. It’ll keep you organized with all the party info in one place. Plus it allows guests to tell you exactly how many kids and how many adults are in their RSVP.
I like to keep the decorations simple, especially with an outdoor setting (less things to transfer from home). Since I held the party on a weekday, I was able to easily secure two picnic tables. One was for the food/drinks and the other for the activities. I also placed a picnic blanket for kids to sit, eat and mingle.
Our party kit included licensed products such as the Lion King tablecloth, paper plates, cups, and more! So going with the Lion King/Lion Guard themed party I added palm leaves and animal print favors/crafts on the table for a more safari look. And since I couldn’t hang things over the tables – I cut out the “swirl decorations” and just placed them on the tables.
Remember, the decor doesn’t have to match perfectly. If you can’t find products that say “Lion King” or “Lion Guard” you can always print them out and shop for safari-themed colors/products to coordinate. I found all of my safari products at Oriental Trading Company.
You don’t need much if you’re hosting at a park. But preschoolers love to craft together! So for this Lion King/Lion Guard Disney themed playdate I had wooden safari animals to color and DIY binoculars to make. The kids had so much making them! We also had a pull string piñata that made clean-up easier.
[ DIY Binoculars for Kids ]
- Cardboard Craft Rolls
- String, Yarn, or Twine
- Glue dots
- Decorative pieces (wash tape, makers, stickers, etc.)
- Give each kid two cardboard craft rolls to decorate.
- Once they’re done, attach and secure with glue dots.
- Use the hole – punch to cut a small hole on the outside edge of each roll, about 1/2 inch from the top.
- Take a string to thread through the holes.
- Go on a SAFARI.
Food & Drinks
Keep it simple and mess-free as possible. I had snacks like GoGoSqueeZ Apple Sauces, chips from The Good Crisp Company and fresh fruits & veggies. I also made things easier for myself and had Fresh Brothers pizza delivered to the park. Fresh Brothers is a favorite of mine because of their Kid’s special pizza sauce that you can request – its pureed with veggies and fruit. Shh.
With all the outdoor fun, don’t forget to stock on water.
For a sweet treat, I had a Disney inspired popcorn cake thanks to Popped Passion. I added the gummy worms for a little Lion King grub. Hakuna Matata.
Check out the Disney Playdate Party on YouTube:
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