Can’t get enough Disney? We hear you! We can’t spend as much time at the actual theme parks as we’d all like, so here’s how to bring the magic into your home.
Disney may be the most magical place on Earth, but most of us don’t get to go there every day. So when you love the Disney atmosphere and can’t go to it yourself, you need to bring it to your apartment!
The characters and theme parks are so popular that people worldwide plan entire vacations around a trip to Disney. Couples choose to get married in their favorite parks. And the Disney Plus streaming channel is quickly gaining more popularity than Netflix.
If you’re a big Disney fan, decorating your apartment is the next best thing to immersing yourself in the park itself. You don’t have to go overboard unless you want to, but Disney products can get expensive.
Mickey, Minnie, and all the other favorite characters can come to life in your home. You can get a thrill without the theme park experience — even if you’re on a budget. Use these tips to bring the magic to your apartment and make your own Disney at home!
1. Start With Your Walls
Are your walls simple and bare right now?
It’s an easy upgrade to make them Disney-centric, instead!
Turn each room in your home into a Disney-themed wonderland with your choice of wallpaper to get you started. Whatever it is you love the most about Disney can surround you every day.
The iconic Cinderella castle is the first most people think of when they imagine the Disney theme park. You can put the castle in your background with wallpaper that looks like a mural, like these Disney-themed wall murals.
If wallpapering your room isn’t your thing, use framed pictures and posters to cover the bare spaces with Disney icons. Instead of multiple random prints, find a large canvas print that you fall in love with and cover one wall with it. Then build the surrounding empty areas in the room around that image.
2. Bring in the Senses
Walking into any Disney theme park is a sensory overload. The sights, smells, and sounds all come together to create part of the Disney experience. You can’t walk down Main Street, U.S.A., and not get excited!
The entrance of all Disney’s theme parks, Main Street, U.S.A., looks like a small town, with bakeries, shops, and restaurants. The City Hall is here, and Cinderella’s Castle is at the end of the street.
It’s where the big events, like the parades and fireworks, all take place. While you might not feel all the same excitement, you can still bring in some of the sounds and smells to your apartment.
Play some Disney music in the background while you’re cleaning, cooking, or relaxing.
Then, light some candles with fragrances that transport you straight to Disney World, like:
- the apple cinnamon fragrance of the Philhar-magic pie
- the vanilla cake scent of the Main Street Bakery
- the musty but nostalgic scent of the Haunted Mansion
- Main Street’s sweet, sugary confectionery shop fragrance
You may not be able to have the rides in your apartment, but you can bring in the atmosphere of Disney with these scents and sounds.
3. Get Cozy With Linens
If you can’t put your arms around Mickey in a great big bear hug, let him embrace you in a cozy fleece blanket.
Don’t stop there, though!
Load up on your favorite characters anywhere you have fabric materials, like:
- bed linens
- kitchen towels
- bathroom towels
- area rugs
One of the great things about Disney’s popularity is that it’s so easy to find your favorite characters in just about any item you’re looking for. You can always order custom-made designs, too, or buy the material and DIY!
4. Decorate Your Doors
The first prominent thing guests see when they come to your house is your entryway. Yet, many people forget that this is the perfect place to start decorating their apartments!
But you can spread your love of Disney to the world, starting outside and working your way into the house. When you do this, every time you come home from a day out, the magic of Disney welcomes you into your apartment.
Inexpensively decorate your entryway with Disney doormats and welcome signs or wreaths. Most people choose not to go overboard on outside decorations since the weather eventually wears things down. How in-depth you go is up to you and the location of your apartment.
Once you open the door, though, your inner sanctuary can be as detailed and Disney-centric as you want it to be!
5. Eat and Drink With Your Favorite Disney Characters
At the theme parks, there is something called an “eat and greet.” These experiences let you eat a meal with a particular Disney character.
The dining experiences are some of the most popular, in-demand events at Disney.
It’s not uncommon for people to celebrate their own special occasions by booking a meal with their favorite characters, like:
- Some of the Disney princesses at Cinderella’s Royal Table in the Castle
- Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, too (and Eeyore) at the Crystal Palace on Main Street, U.S.A.
- the Harvest Feast Dinner with Chip and Dale, Mickey, and Pluto at Epcot’s Garden Grill Restaurant
- Disney’s younger characters like Jake and Sofia for Disney Junior fans at Hollywood Studios Play ‘n Dine
People book these character dining experiences (and more!) well in advance. Maybe you can’t dine with your favorite character, but you can still bring them to your meal. With Disney cookware, dishes, glasses, cloth napkins, and placemats, every time you sit down and eat can be a celebration!
Disney movies and characters have been around for less than a century. In that time, though, the Disney name has become known in almost every home in the world.
There isn’t a cultural icon more popular and agreed upon than all things Disney. If you consider yourself a mega fan, but can’t get to the park regularly, decorating your apartment in your favorite Disney theme is the next best thing.
With these tips, you don’t have to wait until your next vacation to get the thrills of Disney World. Bring the magic of Disney into your home every day!
Janey Ha, Business Manager at Mariposa on 3rd, has over eight years of experience in property management. She has a strong background in hospitality and is local to the Koreatown/DTLA market. Mariposa on 3rd is a stylishly designed boutique apartment community at the threshold of LA’s budding metropolis, located within the hip neighborhood of Koreatown while just moments from DTLA.
in the hip neighborhood of Koreatown while just moments from DTLA.