New Year’s Disney “Days”

My husband and I have a long-standing New Year’s tradition that began during our college years. After a holiday week filled with shopping, family, and birthday celebrations, we’re ready to spend a quiet night in on New Year’s Eve. But really, if a quiet night in is good, two are better. Let me introduce you to the “Days.” The year-end “Days” are an embarrassing display of sloth and gluttony filled with movie-watching and junk food. A theme must first be chosen. It can be a movie genre, an actor, or a made-for-television movie series; the more creative the better. Next, actual days must be selected. Once the movies have been procured (ideally twenty hours or so of play time) and the days have been blocked out on the calendar, a trip to the grocery store is in order. Hot h’orderves are a favorite of ours along with cheese, crackers, and anything else that falls into the category of snack food. Lastly, the furniture must be rearranged for optimal lounging. Pajamas are encouraged, email is discouraged, and the phone must not be answered.

So to get your started on your own Disney “Days”, I thought I would offer up Disney film suggestions for a few different themes.

Disney Pixar
A Bugs Life
Finding Nemo
The Incredibles
Monsters, Inc
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Wall E

Animated Classics
Alice in Wonderland
Beauty and the Beast
The Jungle Book
Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Peter Pan
Sleeping Beauty
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Movies with Oscar-Winning Soundtracks
Beauty and the Beast
The Lion King
The Little Mermaid
Mary Poppins
Monsters, Inc.
Song of the South

Disney Movies with a Relationship to Walt Disney World Attractions
Beauty and the Beast
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Finding Nemo
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Lilo & Stitch
Pirates of the Caribbean
Song of the South
Swiss Family Robinson
Toy Story

However you decide to celebrate 2011, have a safe and happy 2011.

Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.

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