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How to Celebrate Walt Disney's Birthday on December 5

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Walt Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago. When he was just 21, he started an animation studio;
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Disneyland opened in 1955. He passed away in 1966, and Disney World later opened in 1971. Honor the extraordinary life of this man by celebrating his birthday on December 5. There are a variety of ways to pay homage to Walt Disney while you're in NYC.

Make Disney themed recipes

What's better than Disney cookies? Eating them of course. But while they're on the plate, they can at least look adorable. Considering Christmas is right around the corner, these recipes are perfect to make on December 5 to make sure they'll come out right for the holidays. The first is the Mickey Snowman Cookies, which are little snowmen wearing Mickey Mouse hats. The next recipe is the Mickey and Minnie Peppermint Swirl Cookies, and the third are Minnie's Polka Dot Cookies, which are heart shaped cookies that have red icing with white dots on them.

See Disney on Broadway

There are two wonderful Disney shows on Broadway in NYC. The first is The Lion King, which is currently at the Minskoff Theatre on West 45th Street. Mary Poppins is currently at The New Amsterdam Theatre on West 42nd Street. Both are excellent options whether you're a kid or a kid-at-heart.

Watch Disney Movies

There are so many Disney movies it requires a multitude of hours just to see them all. This is an incredible list of Disney movies; it includes the title of each movie along with the year, length and rating. There are even movies listed which haven't been out in theaters yet. Run through the list and see which ones you haven't watched yet, then on December 5, have a movie night and catch up on some of the ones you missed.

Visit the Disney Store

The Disney Store, which is located on Broadway in NYC, is quite the experience. If you were to step into your biggest Disney dream, this would be it. It's normally crowded with quite a few people, but during the holidays, it can get seriously packed. The one good thing is that the staff is actually courteous and the lines move quickly, so although you're probably not going to go right in and out, it'll go a lot more quickly than at some other places.

Plan a trip to Disney

Whether you're going with another adult or you're going with kids, there's something about Disney that just makes you happy. If you haven't been to Disneyland or Disney World in awhile, consider booking a trip for yourself and friends or with your partner or family. If you can't afford the trip right now, then use December 5 as an excuse to do some research and find out the cost, then start putting money aside for a trip in the future.

Anything involving Disney always makes you feel like a kid, so in honor of Walt Disney's birthday on December 5, be a kid-at-heart whether you're by yourself, with family or with friends. Bake some cookies, put on a pair of Mickey Mouse ears if you so desire, and pay homage to the man who brought joy to so many people.

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Why? Walt Disney gave everyone the ability to feel like a kid regardless of their age.
When: December 5
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