ONWARD Disney Day

Disney Pixar’s ONWARD has officially been on Disney + for THREE DAYS! If you haven’t been able to watch this magical movie yet, go now. We were able to see this in theaters before theaters shut down and it was so worth it. All my dragons (8, 4, and 2) were mesmerized and sat/behave through the entire film! How’s that for a review? Not to mention, there were tears shed (I won’t say by whom…but it could be the person writing this).

With this magical movie came lots of ideas, and I just couldn’t sit still another minute without planning a day dedicated to ONWARD. Or, let’s be real- our “day” spanned over a week. That is also because my boys caught a common cold (at least, we think that’s all it was), so they took their time doing these crafts and activities. But they weren’t disappointed.

We started off by making Wizard Hats and (mini) Staffs. Like Ian Lightfoot, these kids had the touch of a wizard and made up their own names. This lead to so much role-play and make-believe. It was amazing to watching their imaginations come alive. For more on this craft, visit this post.

After dressing them up as Wizards, they naturally had to go on a quest. This scavenger hunt was easy enough but still required some brain power to solve the clues and find the Phoenix Gem at the end. Our Phoenix Gem lead to one more thing: a treat!

If you want to make a yummy lunch or dinner after wearing your kids out with the crafting and play, Laurel Lightfoot’s Pigs-In-A-Blanket With Special Dipping Sauce is the perfect choice! When we cuddled up to watch the magic of ONWARD at home, we made these like Laurel does for Ian’s birthday party. We also served them with Cheetos, because this is a snack that helps the Lightfoot boys a lot in their quest to spend more time with their Dad.

There were two things I loved most about the movie: the brother’s bond, and their mighty warrior Mama. The Lightfoots are a family that come together to make sure every person is safe and loved. This is done through tests of trust, protection, love– and so many laughs.

Disney Pixar’s ONWARD is now available to buy, or view with a subscription on Disney +!

Did you have an ONWARD Disney Day? Tag DIY Disney Days on social media- we’d love to see!

ONWARD Quest Scavenger Hunt

You have to take risks in life to have an adventure.

The Manticore in Disney Pixar’s ONWARD

Taking risks feels like going to the grocery store these days, am I right? But I thought creating an ONWARD adventure would be much more fun than deciding if I should order groceries or try and take all three littles with me to go grocery shopping. (A Mom’s gotta do what a Mom’s gotta do.)

Scavenger hunts are way too fun when you’re younger. Whether you’re searching for things (leaves, purple hats, yellow baskets… whatever) or searching for the next clue- it’s a fun way to keep kids moving and find a fun surprise at the end.

Waiting to start the hunt.

This quest took place mostly inside. Thankfully our rainy days cleared up and the kids were able to do the clues that involved them going outdoors (#7 & #8), but if you’re having inclement weather of some kind- it can always be changed a little!

I also incorporated the boys Wizard Staffs that we made, because what fun would the ONWARD quest be without a little magic? If you haven’t made the staffs, make sure to check out the post for an easy craft that will make this quest even more fun!

The Phoenix Gem we hid was actually an Easter Egg, and inside was the last note leading them to me for a magical unhealthy snack (aka Cosmic Brownies– thank you, pregnancy cravings). I always think ending the game with a fun snack to tie it all together is so worth it! If you want something ONWARD themed, check out Laurel Lightfoot’s Pigs-In-A-Blanket with Special Dipping Sauce!

Another fun idea for the end of the quest would be to hide the gem from one of their Wizard Staffs or a painted rock that resembles it!

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All Clipart courtesy of Disneyclips.com

Check out DIY Disney Days Instagram stories to see these dragons doing part of this quest!

Laurel Lightfoot’s PIGS-IN-A-BLANKET with Special Dipping Sauce!

Are you a mighty warrior?

Laurel Lightfoot certainly is. This Mama Elf goes to great lengths to make sure her two boys are safe during their quest for more time with their dad. And who can blame her! I think every Mama has that mighty warrior inside of her- something many of us are especially learning right now during COVID-19.

In the beginning of the movie, Ian opens the fridge to find pre-prepared pigs-in-a-blanket for his birthday party. Let’s take a moment and admire how Laurel is making sure her son’s sixteenth birthday is underway before it’s truly underway.

Pigs-in-a-blanket are an easy thing to make. Whether you’re making a snack, appetizer, or want an easy finger-food-friendly dinner- they’re something we probably have a little too often in my house. My dragons love to dip them in ketchup and mustard at the same time, while my husband is a purest with mustard.

I, however, love to make a special dipping sauce- which I am sharing with you below! It’s a real crowd pleaser, too. (Once we can congregate again, that is.) Hope you enjoy!

Laurel Lightfoot’s PIGS-IN-A-BLANKET with Special Dipping Sauce!

Inspired by Disney Pixar’s ONWARD



(Makes around 48)

  • 2 packages of Li’l Smokies (your choice on beef, turkey, etc.)
  • 2 packages of Pillsbury Crescents (original or butter are our favorite!)


  • 3-6 TBSP Ketchup
  • 3 -6TBSP Worcestershire Sauce

*Optional: Add 1-2 tsp of Frank’s Hot Sauce to add some spice to it!


  • Preheat your oven to 350 (or the temperature for your crescents if you didn’t buy Pillsbury).
  • While your oven is preheating, coat your baking sheet with parchment paper (makes cleanup so much easier!) and roll out your crescents. Cut each triangle into three sections, then wrap a li’l smoky in each smaller section.
  • Once finished cutting and wrapping your pigs, place the sheet in the oven for 12-15 minutes.
  • While your pigs are cooking, mix the ingredients for your special dipping sauce! Base the amount of each ingredient on how many people will be partaking and your tastebuds. Personally, I always do equal amount ketchup and Worcestershire sauce (3 & 3) with 1 tsp of hot sauce.

Want to make these extra special? Use sword toothpicks like those pictured in the movie! You can find them on Amazon.

Ian and Barley enjoy some Cheesy Puffs (aka Cheetos Puffs) along their quest, and they go great with pigs-in-a-blanket.

Don’t forget to make your Wizard Hats and Staffs for even more magic!