Decorating Your Resort Room

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Lights, window clings, and paper mickey decorations for Halloween
Lights, window clings, and paper mickey decorations for Halloween

Whether you’re planning a vacation to celebrate a holiday, birthday, anniversary, first trip, or some other special occasion, sometimes it is fun to prepare a little extra magic. There are plenty of ways to add that extra touch, but one of my own favorites is decorating the resort room. Coming back from the parks at night to a room decked out in lights and other little embellishments is such a wonderful feeling. Decorations can help you find your room at night and really make you feel at home.

Before we get to the good stuff, let’s set some ground rules. First and foremost, safety is the number one priority at any resort. Don’t do anything that puts you or anyone else at risk. And speaking of other people, be mindful of those around you. While that motion activated ghost yelling “Boo!” might be funny the first time or two, your neighbors probably won’t be feeling too neighborly after they hear it for the thirtieth time. Stay away from anything permanent or that leaves damage, and please don’t leave a big mess and expect housekeeping to deal with it. Follow the rules of the resort you’re visiting as well. For example, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has strict rules about hanging things outside your room since animal safety is a priority.

Alright, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s talk about some decoration ideas.

Halloween Window Clings for under $2
Halloween window clings for under $2

Window decals or clings: These are the simplest option because they are convenient to buy, pack, and use. Holiday themed ones are easy to find for as little as $2 anywhere holiday decorations are sold. Online shops make it easy to purchase Disney or Universal themed ones as well. A quick search on Amazon brings up Frozen, Star Wars, and Marvel themed clings to name a few.

Lights: Lights are my favorite decorations because of how easy they are to spot from afar and how warm and welcoming they feel when you come back from the parks at night. However, they are also probably the most logistically challenging. Not only do you need to find a way to hang them, but you need to make sure they can reach an outlet as well. When I decorate with lights, I bring command hooks and extension cords or surge protectors. Between the lights and extra items for set-up, these decorations can eat up some serious suitcase room.

It's easy to find your room at night!
It’s easy to find your room at night!

Stuffed animals and other toys: Some rooms have a window ledge that fits smaller toys and stuffed animals perfectly. I love walking by rooms decorated this way to see the items kids chose. From construction trucks and action figures to plush Minnie and Mickey, these can really make your room stand out. It’s also another fairly easy decoration because they can be squished in a suitcase and plopped on the window ledge upon arrival.

Colored paper was perfect for making Mickey window decorations
Colored paper was perfect for making Mickey window decorations

Paper décor: On the plus side, paper is excellent because you can create whatever you want to customize your decorations. First trip or bride to be? Print out a big sign announcing the special occasion. For a fellow Harry Potter nerd’s first trip to Universal, I printed out all sorts of Harry Potter décor for the room: a Ministry of Magic entrance sign to go above the toilet, a picture of Moaning Myrtle to peek over the towel rack, and a Gryffindor Fat Lady portrait with a bubble asking for ‘Password?’ to hang on the door. She thought it was hilarious, and the only downside was that I had to pack very carefully so as not to ruin the decorations.

Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations

Holiday decorations: If you’re planning to visit during a holiday or special season, you can bring all sorts of holiday decorations for the room. Jack-o-lanterns, Christmas trees, or even little flags for the Fourth of July are great ways to add some extra holiday theming. I’ve even seen people cover their door in wrapping paper like a big present.

On-site items: Even if you don’t plan ahead to bring decorations with you, you can easily purchase them while on vacation. Sites like Amazon will ship to the hotel quickly, and many of the gift shops have decorations available for purchase as well. Just make sure you’re prepared to pay a bit more than pre-purchased decorations and that you have enough room in your suitcase to get your new items home.

Do you usually decorate your room, or do you think it’s too much work? Did I miss any fun ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

Liz Mangan

Liz Mangan got her start in the trip planning business at the spry young age of five by color coding her mom’s Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with highlighters and post-it notes based on what she wanted to see and do on their upcoming trips. Over the last two decades since then, she’s enjoyed spending her spare time helping others plan their Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort vacations.

6 thoughts on “Decorating Your Resort Room

  • November 2, 2016 at 3:44 pm
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    Great ideas, but be aware that using extension cords is most likely a violation of local fire codes. Using a power strip with either a fuse or circuit breaker is fine, though you have to find one with a long enough cord to reach an outlet.

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    • November 3, 2016 at 9:21 am
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      A good idea is either Solar Powered, or battery powered 🙂

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      • November 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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        Yes! Battery or solar would definitely be easier, thanks for the tip!

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    • November 3, 2016 at 1:23 pm
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      Great point, thanks!

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  • November 2, 2016 at 10:19 pm
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    How about window markers, to draw on the window? Also gives kids something to do!

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    • November 3, 2016 at 1:26 pm
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      That’s a fantastic idea! I’ve seen them before but never used them. I’d have to test it out first, otherwise I’d be too worried that it wouldn’t wipe off 🙂

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