Finding Disney: Themed Parties

Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life

by Blake Taylor

I am pleased to introduce a new series!  In the midst of trying to infuse bits of Walt Disney World into our own lives to pass the time between vacations, sometimes it inevitably does the opposite and finds us. “Finding Disney: Extraordinary Magic in Everyday Life” will examine how Disney magic spontaneously shows up when we least expect it. It will include helpful tips for how to maximize the Disney magic from your own home, as well as humorous narratives of real-life encounters with such surprises.

Sometimes those special Disney feelings need some prodding to get going.  When I graduated high school, I fashioned a night of magic of my own—it started out as a small idea I thought would be fun, but it turned into something really special.  There was that general consensus in the air that I suspect occurs in all graduating classes: we really enjoyed our time together more than we let on, and we’d miss having the same company we had had for the last thirteen years in the halls every single day.  Not to go all Troy-and-Gabriella on you, but everyone would soon be going in different directions very quickly, and who knows when we would all be together again.  I wanted there to be something to mark the end of our time together, or at least the end of it in the way that we were used to.  I wanted something that people could look back on and really remember.

An end-of-summer party seemed like a natural solution, but I didn’t want it to just be a random get-together.  Theme parties are always fun, so I thought up a few possible ideas… and eventually I settled on (ok, I kind of knew I would end of with this one all along)… Toy Story.

Toy Story 3 was unlike any other Disney movie released in the past several years in that almost everyone saw it.  Usually Disney films are fairly successful, but I’m talking everybody went to see this movie, and not only saw it, but had a genuine attachment to it.  The characters mean something to people, especially for kids of my generation who really did grow up with Andy.  I couldn’t think of a more perfect way to wrap up the summer and, in a way, my high school experience.

It wasn’t a party in the way that you probably think of teenage parties (ok, there were food and friends, so, what the heck, let’s just call it a party).  Nonetheless, what went down was really neat.  Everyone came with one favorite high school memory to share, and some even brought their favorite childhood toys, and then we all watched Toy Story 3.  Despite that the film had been out for several years and everyone in the room had already seen it, there was a certain realization that this college thing wasn’t just an abstract concept anymore—it was real, and it was coming, and we were about to leave home.

That’s how I added a little magic to that get-together.  The vast settings and characters of Disney movies present endless opportunities for similar party ideas—whether for graduation, a holiday, or just because.

Have you ever added some Pixie Dust to a family or friend gathering?  What did you do, and what Disney moments did it spark? I’d love to hear your stories in the comments.

Blake is a college student focusing on Creative Writing and Media Studies. He enjoys making his family of six watch the parade on Main Street and then sprint to Frontierland in time to see it again. You can follow Blake’s random Disney ramblings on Twitter at @blakeonline, or at