by Soarin’ Diva
Have you noticed “those” windows and doors at your Walt Disney World Resorts? The ones where the guests have decorated with cute pictures and lights? Our family finally started taking part in this particular decorating idea a couple of years ago, and we love it. We have always visited Walt Disney World in the Fall, and had previously noticed quite a few windows decorated in Halloween or Christmas decorations, depending on the month we were there. We talked about how cute it was and mentioned that we should do that too. Somehow, though, it took a few years to get started.
We decided we wanted our window to depict something we all loved, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. It’s our family’s favorite event to attend at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, so we wanted to reflect that love in our resort window. I started by searching online for free templates for the Hitchhiking Ghosts from The Haunted Mansion. Sadly, the template I found last year is gone, but I did find another one here. This is just the outline of the Hitchhiking Ghosts, but you can get a black marker and color them in if you are looking for a silhouette like the one I did.
Next, I scoured the internet yet again. This time for free printable templates for those adorable Mickey Mouse ghosts. I found a great coloring page here. The Mickey ears are already black, and of course the ghost doesn’t even need to be colored in, because it’s supposed to be white. I took this one a step further, playing with resizing the ghosts and making four large ghosts, which I personalized with each of our first names, two printed on orange paper and two on plain white paper. I then sized them down, making several small white ghosts. All of these ghosts, as well as the Hitchhiking Ghosts, were then cut out and laminated.
The cute stuffed skeleton Mickey Mouse in the window came from none other than Wal-Mart. They ran out of these quickly, now I can only find the Dracula Mickey. If you are interested in the Dracula Mickey for your family, order quickly, they sell out FAST!!! The Halloween lights, which are just orange bulbs on your average Christmas light string, came from Michaels craft store, but they can be found at most any department store or craft store around the Halloween season.
I was determined to have some really cute Disney gel clings for the windows as well, but unfortunately, was not able to find any. The closest I came was at Hobby Lobby. They aren’t Disney, but one set does say Trick or Treat, and another set actually says Boo To You. If you have been to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you know the parade at the party is called the Boo To You Parade, so I was very happy to find this set. We also found a couple of glow in the dark ghost clings as well.
This pretty much sums up all the decorations we put on our Walt Disney World Resort window. If you are interested in decorating your window, rest assured, it’s easy, and you don’t have to stop with just Halloween or Christmas. You can decorate for any season, at any time of the year. There are always TONS of free resources online to help you out. I do want to offer a few Disney Diva Tips though.
Tip #1: Don’t leave a mess behind for Mousekeeping to clean up. They have enough to do.
Tip #2: Use the easily removable Command 3M’s to hang your lights or anything else you want to hang. The tape for 3M’s pull off quickly, easily and leave no residue behind. The best part is, you can throw them away when you are done.
Tip #3: Bring at least one, maybe two extension cords if you plan on using lights. The light cords don’t reach the outlets without an additional extension cord. Also bring some clear tape, we use double sided) to tape any of the paper laminated decorations on your window that you are using.
Tip #4: Be creative and have fun, but make it simple as well. You don’t want to waste precious park time decorating your window.
I hope you have fun with your windows. Next time you are at a Walt Disney World Resort, pay attention to the other guests windows, enjoy them, they are really cute and creative. Last time we were at Walt Disney World, I only noticed one other window at our resort that was decorated. I hope this has inspired you and we get to see a lot more personalized windows and doors next time we are there.
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