With theme parks around the world closing, fans are having to get creative to experience their favourite rides at home.
Disney parks around the world and Universal theme parks in Orlando and LA are closed because of COVID-19, and people are taking to twitter to create #HomemadeThemePark rides. With so many people recreating this trend, it’s easy for people to park-hop their way around the parks and experience their favourite ride from the comfort of their own home.
For all those Jurassic Park fans, prepare to be scared by a tiny plastic dinosaur.
Jurassic Park: The Ride!*
— Phobos (@HiPhobos) March 22, 2020
And with videos this creative, you might not feel like you need to visit Universal Studios Orlando in person.
I’ve joined the quarantined-at-home #HomemadeThemeParks creative craze by recreating my very own beloved MEN IN BLACK ALIEN ATTACK at @UniversalORL, which turns twenty this April 14th!#HomemadeUniversal #UniversalAtHome #HomemadeDisney #MenInBlack #MIBAlienAttack20yrs pic.twitter.com/QjljsnJFya
— Dave Cobb 🏳️🌈 (@davecobb) March 27, 2020
— Rachelle Lucas (@TravelBlggr) March 21, 2020
Disney from your house
The majority of the #HomemadeThemePark videos are about Disney rides. This Disney family, for example, are obviously huge Pirates of the Caribbean fans. The level of detail is incredible, and they even recreated the drop (maybe don’t try that at home).
— Brooke (@Brookie_disney) March 20, 2020
Perhaps the only thing that will help you get through your time at home, is being on a banshee and being able to, uh, fly.
If you’ve been missing WDW, I gotchu: pic.twitter.com/bWXBlVkaFl
— Sarah Sterling (@SarahSterling_) March 21, 2020
If you’re disappointed that you never managed to ride Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run before the parks closed, have no fear. Rob Yeo has recreated the ride for you (900-minute standby wait optional).
Smugglers Run is without a doubt one of the rides at Star Wars Land pic.twitter.com/68WMOyaHS5
— Rob Yeo (@robjyeo) March 22, 2020
— Roby Brown (@RobyMB) March 29, 2020
Maybe it’s not the rides at Walt Disney World that you miss, but the Festival of Fantasy Parade? Well, look no further because this twitter user has recreated it for you.
— Lindsay Brightman (@Dame_Champagne) March 17, 2020
Some families are going even further and recreating their entire Disney holiday at home. From ‘flying’ to Walt Disney World, to walking down Main Street, having a Starbucks outside the castle and going on their favourite rides, this family fit a lot into their holiday!
What cancelled trip? The parks may be closed, but the Coronavirus can’t steal our Disney joy!
And for some twitter users, it’s really the simple things that remind them of the happiest place on earth.
— Mary Poppins (@MaPoStormborn) March 23, 2020
According to The OCR, the loss of attendance in Disney parks globally could cost the company more than $500 million. Meanwhile, the WTTC estimates that one million jobs a day are being lost in the tourism and travel sector because of COVID-19.