by Beth Keating
April 17, 2020
I am of a certain age that I remember being able to call into NORAD in the weeks before Christmas to listen to Santa each night, telling me about one of the countries he would be visiting on Christmas Eve. It was immensely exciting as a kid to hear Santa’s voice, and I would wait all day, barely finishing dinner before begging to make that night’s phone call.
Beginning on April 17, and running until April 30th, you can add that kind of excitement to your children’s bedtime routine. The Disney Bedtime Hotline will help bring your kids a magical nighttime message from either Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, or Goofy. Parents dial in to (877)7-MICKEY, and punch the appropriate menu selection to hear the character of their choice wishing the kiddies (or you!) goodnight. (The number is only available in the United States.)
Brought to you by shopDisney.com, you can also go to the shopDisney website and download free sleep activity cards and sleep progress charts for those of you that (ahem) might be having a little challenge getting everyone into new routines these days. One set is based on Mickey Mouse and His Spaceship and the other is Minnie Bow-Bot Robot. It’s a little like the ubiquitous gift shop at the end of the rides at Disney World, however, as there are the adorable PJs, storybooks and plushies at the bottom of the page for your consideration. (The free activity cards are also a convenient sample of what’s available in the Disney Bedtime Adventure Box, available as a subscription service.) Either way, the activity cards will provide your family with a way to turn “bedtime into fun time.”
Beth Keating is a regular contributor to DisneyBizJournal.