If you are going on a Disney Cruise Line cruise for the first time, you may not realize that many cruisers decorate their stateroom doors. The doors are magnetic, and with just a little bit of work, you can put together some great things to decorate your Disney Cruise Line stateroom door. It’s a fun way to celebrate your family vacation, and an easy way to spot your stateroom door. If you are traveling on the Disney Magic, Disney Dream, Disney Wonder, or the Disney Fantasy, here’s everything you need to know about Disney Cruise stateroom door magnets.
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Disney Cruise Door Magnets
Cruise door decorations aren’t required at all. In fact, I’ve cruised a few times without them, because I’d either forgotten to pack them, or I didn’t realize they were an option. Cruise door magnets do make it easier to spot your door among a sea of doors, and they are so fun to look at. My kids love looking at all of the decorations as we walk through the hallways.
Finding Graphics For your Disney Cruise Door Magnets
Thinking about doing a Disney cruise door magnets DIY? You can certainly create your own graphics, especially if you are familiar with using PicMonkey or Photoshop. Or, for a partial DIY, there are many different Facebook groups with designers offering really fun designs (often for free). Just search Facebook for the different groups. You can also choose to purchase custom graphics from the many sellers on Etsy that offer them. Some of the sellers offer digital files that you need to download, while others will ship you the magnets already made. Make sure that you look at the item descriptions carefully.
If this is your first Disney Cruise, you may wonder what stateroom door magnets most people use. The sky’s the limit! I’ve seen so many wonderful creative stateroom door decorations. Many people make a magnet for each family member. You could choose each family member’s favorite character as an inspiration for their magnet. Others make a magnet for each cruise that they’ve been on – adding a new one with travel dates for each new cruise. It’s fun to add the cruise itinerary to these magnets too – especially for those ships with lots of different itineraries. When we traveled on the Disney Fantasy a few years ago, it was on my son’s birthday. So we had a big Happy Birthday magnet for him on the door.
Printing and Preparing Your Graphics For Your Disney Cruise Line Door Magnets
Many of the resources listed above will provide you with a digital file to print out yourself and make into a magnet. While some people choose to print them directly on magnetic paper sheets, I prefer a stronger magnet. I print out the graphics on regular printer paper, laminate them with my laminator, cut them out, and then attach magnets. I put all of my custom stateroom door decorations in a folder to keep them from bending. On the first day of our Disney Cruise, I carry my Disney Cruise cabin door decorations in my day bag so we can decorate our door as soon as we were able to get into our stateroom. Don’t forget to take them off of your door when you leave – we’ve almost forgotten them a few times!
White Board for Your Disney Cruise Door
Wondering what other things to put on your Disney cruise room door? A whiteboard is great to have, especially if you’ll have family members headed off in different directions. You can easily leave notes on the board. This year, silver, gold, and platinum Castaway Club members received a small whiteboard as a gift, but if this is your first cruise, you’ll want to bring your own. (Note, in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) Castaway Club members did not receive this gift, so it’s best to bring your own.
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If you are also interested in decorating with a fish extender and participating in a fish extender exchange, check out my fish extender post for more information!
How have you decorated your Disney Cruise Line stateroom door? If you are planning a DCL vacation, check out all of our Disney Cruise Line tips and reviews here.