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The 9 Best Disney Virtual Rides and Tours You Can Enjoy at Home

9 Best Disney Virtual Rides and Tours
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Disney might be closed right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their rides. Videos of just about every ride are available online now, and even better you don’t have to wait in line! With so many to choose from, it’s hard to narrow down, but we’ve come up with a handful of our favorites. (Maybe one of these will even inspire you to create a DIY Disney ride experience for your kids.)

Star Wars Millennium Falcon

Turns out a galaxy far far away was actually only Florida. Galaxy’s Edge opened last year and has proven to be enormously popular. The best ride is undoubtedly Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run, and with this video, you can see why. As Chewie says….actually no I have no idea what he says.

Pirates of the Caribbean at Walt Disney World

You shouldn’t watch pirated videos at home – unless it’s this one. This ride is always popular and a firm favorite and this video nicely captures the magic.

It’s a Small World at Walt Disney World

Another essential for younger kids, and even better this will keep them entertained for 13 minutes and 7 seconds, which really is Disney magic!

Space Mountain

It’s one of the best and most iconic Disney rides. There are a number of videos that use night vision to capture the real experience but we enjoy this one, the lights are on and it’s cool to see what you’re screaming about!

Splash Mountain

You can’t ride Space Mountain without its bigger, wetter brother. Enjoy the relaxing first section through the caves before that incredible drop, when my stomach introduced itself to my feet.

Expedition Everest

Another classic, this time from Animal Kingdom. Kids will love the part when the track unexpectedly ends, resulting in a thrilling backward plummet. And watch out for the Yeti!

Slinky Dog Dash at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

As it is the best ride in Toy Story Land at Hollywood Studios, the lines are usually pretty long. But online they’re not, and you get right to the front! Get ready for that boost start midway through! To infinity…and well, back to the start.

The Seas With Nemo & Friends

If you can find Nemo, this ride is an under-rated gem at Epcot, and you can see here what a fun, colorful experience it is.

Test Track

A Dad favorite – designing a car, and then testing it out on the track? We’re all in. Do not wear driving gloves though. People laugh. Don’t ask how I know.

The 10 Best Live Streams of Animals to Liven up Indoor Life

10 Best Live Streams of Animals
(YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium)

As we all adjust to social distancing, sadly that means taking a hiatus from trips to the zoo. Animals, though, can be the best distraction for all of us, especially kids. Thankfully, we can still watch pandas, penguins, lions, and even polar bears from our own homes via some pretty cool live streams.

We’ve rounded up the best ones for you, and encourage you to check ’em out with your wee ones.

San Diego Zoo’s Live Cams

Elephants Live Cam
(San Diego Zoo)

The San Diego Zoo website has live cameras for a whole range of animals, including tigers, pandas, elephants, and koalas. There’s even a baboon cam. I watched a little creature scratch his own butt for 5 minutes but that’s kids for you. Maybe watch the baboon cam instead.

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo’s Virtual Classroom

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
(Facebook/ClevelandMetroparksZoo)

This one is particularly cool because not only will it entertain your kids, it’ll educate them too (while you take a well-earned rest!). Every weekday, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is hosting a virtual classroom on Facebook Live. The zoo has promised there will be new animals and adventures every day (which is also how I describe my homeschooling).

Georgia Zoo Virtual Tour

Georgia Aquarium
(Georgia Aquarium)

Want to see beluga whales? Want to see puffins and piranhas? Want a million dollars? I can’t help you with the last one but if you answered yes to the first two questions, this is the website for you.

Cincinnati Zoo’s Daily Live Streams

Cincinnati Zoo Live Stream
(Facebook/Cincinnati Zoo/Lisa Hubbard)

Another new Facebook Live show, which will air every weekday at 3 pm EDT. Each installment will feature a new animal and an accompanying at-home kids’ activity, which you can see on the zoo’s website. I’m hoping for sloths and sleeping.

Smithsonian’s National Zoo: Panda Cam

Panda Cam
(Smithsonian Zoo)

Pandas are not known for their dynamism, but even if they’re just sitting around, they’re still pretty awesome. And that’s all I do these days anyway. There are two giant pandas you can watch in their habitat. If nothing else, it’ill make you feel active in comparison.

Polar Bears Exploring the Canadian Tundra Virtual Tour

Polar Bear Cam
(Discovery Education)

Brought to you by Discovery, this is probably as about as close as we’d want to get to polar bears anyway and watching them explore the frozen tundra in Canada will brighten your day.

And you don’t need to miss out on aquariums either; here are some awesome websites for you.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

 Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams
(YouTube/Monterey Bay Aquarium)

If you want to watch otters, sharks and penguins (and who doesn’t?), then check out California’s Monterey Bay Aquarium, which has a number of live cams for your viewing pleasure, including live feedings several times a day.

Vancouver Aquarium’s Jelly Cam

Vancouver Aquarium
(Vancouver Aquarium)

Personally, if a chilled-out blob in the water was my thing, I’d get in the tub. But for jellyfish fans, this cam, set in deep blue water, will give you hours of enjoyment.

And while it’s fantastic to see all kinds of animals, we still have plenty of love left for dogs and cats, and we can even virtually visit them too:

Kitten Rescue Sanctuary’s Kitten Cam

Kitten Sanctuary Cam
(Kitten Rescue Sanctuary)

Here you can watch a live stream of a room at the Kitten Rescue Sanctuary in Los Angeles. While kittens obviously top the billing here, keep your eyes out for a dog named Birdie who makes a few cameo appearances.

Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary’s Senior Dog Gathering Room

Senior Dog Sanctuary
(Explore.org)

Imagine a soap opera but with dogs. That’s essentially the premise here, where live cameras show dozens of very old dogs lie around, walk in circles, and vaguely acknowledge each other. Don’t worry if you missed earlier episodes, it’s a pretty straightforward plot. The stream comes from the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary, a very worthwhile senior dog paradise in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.

The Mandalorian Approves of the LEGO Mandalorian Trailer

The Mandalorian LEGO trailer
(Youtube/Joebor1777)

The launch of Disney+ last year generated a lot of excitement, especially among Star Wars fans, with the news of The Mandalorian, a TV show set in the world of our favorite space saga. Often when shows are built up with big expectations they fall short, but The Mandalorian was so satisfying and fun, we can’t wait to see the second season. The good news is that it was recently announced that production has wrapped! The unfortunate news: we won’t see it until October.

Until then we must fill the gap. Enter Legendary YouTuber Joebor1777. He’s well known for expertly recreating trailers and famous scenes just with LEGO pieces. It is a genuine labor of love that is evident in all of his videos; they are detailed, accurate, and hugely enjoyable.

He recreated The Mandalorian trailer in his usual iconic way, and it is a triumph. It’s so good that The Mandalorian himself, actor Pedro Pascal shared it on Twitter and we think it’s safe to say he likes it.

Of course, as this is a faithful recreation of the official trailer, it does sadly mean there is no Baby Yoda – but you can always just build your own LEGO Baby Yoda.

We also highly recommend checking out Joebor1777’s other LEGO youtube videos, including Justice League, The Avengers, and John Wick! As Pedro would say, Oh wow. Wow wow wow.

Here’s How to Make Your Own LEGO Baby Yoda

How to Make a LEGO Baby Yoda
(YouTube/hachiroku24)

The Rise of Skywalker was supposed to be the Star Wars phenomenon last year. The final movie of the celebrated saga was intended to be the iconic moment fans had waited decades for, but it was actually The Mandalorian, Disney+’s breakout hit, that saved the Star Wars universe.

The show itself is very fun and enjoyable and feels more like the sci-fi western we wanted, but a big reason for its success is one of the cutest and memorable new stars we’ve had for some time: officially known as The Child, but we refuse to call him anything other than Baby Yoda. Already the subject of endless memes, Baby Yoda is already one of our favorite Star Wars characters. Actually, maybe any TV character!

Of course, Star Wars has become synonymous with LEGO over the years, and while there is one official Mandalorian LEGO set, it sadly lacks a Baby Yoda figure.

Fortunately, Reddit user u/hachiroku24, is the hero we deserve right now. He specializes in making and documenting unofficial Lego builds. Thankfully, he created a custom-built Baby Yoda, and the accuracy is very impressive, especially the floating carriage!

The great thing is that all the parts are unaltered official pieces of LEGO, and even better, Hachiroku24 has posted a video on YouTube showing exactly how to build it!

And just in case you’re daunted by having to delve through your mountain of LEGO bricks to find the right pieces, you can go to Bricklink for a detailed breakdown of all the pieces you’ll need.

Pretty cool, it is!

Dad-to-Be Suffers Ironic Groin Injury When Gender Reveal Backfires

Gender Reveal Nut Sack Mishap
(Facebook/pstuard1)

Deciding to do a gender reveal party can take some cojones, and this one certainly did.

Parker Stuard and his girlfriend, Micah, from Tennessee, recently invited their family to watch as they opened smoke canisters to announce the gender of their first (and possibly last!) child. As they stood smiling at each other on the deck, their family counted down to the special moment, but as soon as Parker opened his canister, he was unable to celebrate his baby boy given the cannister’s cap was launched into his groin.

The stunt backfired. Literally.

Parker decided to share the hilarious event, and his pain, on Facebook, where it has received hundreds of thousands of views. He captioned it with “I reckon one child will be enough!”, with one of his friends commenting, “I laughed way harder than i should have!”

Micah posted another video to Facebook shot from an alternate angle, this time in painful slow-mo. She captioned the post “guess we’re never having kids again!”

At least when this dad looks back on his 15 minutes of fame, he can definitely say he had a blast.

Check out how another family in Florida used an alligator for their gender reveal.