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Decorating with Disney Cruise Door Magnets and Decorations

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 with Disney Cruise door magnets. 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.

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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.

A Disney Cruise Line stateroom door

Decorating with Disney Cruise Door Magnets and Decorations

Why Make or Buy Disney Cruise Door Magnets to Decorate Your Door?

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. Disney 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 Disney Cruise door decorations as we walk through the hallways. It’s really a great way to decorate your room and make it feel like your own. But it is completely optional, and you’ll definitely see other doors that aren’t decorated.

Beach bar at Castaway Cay

How Do You Find Graphics For your Disney Cruise Door Magnets or Where to Buy 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, Canva, or Photoshop. Or, for a partial DIY, there are many different Facebook groups with designers offering really fun free printable Disney door magnets. 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 you are getting custom made magnets, you’ll want to make sure that you order them with plenty of time for them to arrive before your vacation.

What Types of Disney Magnets Do People Use?

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. We save all of the magnets from each sailing and reuse them.

So now that we’ve been on five Disney cruises as a family, we have a pretty big collection! If you plan on saving them and reusing them, I’d recommend making smaller magnets so you’ll have room for all of them as your collection grows.

How To Make Disney Cruise 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 have found that the magnet paper sheets aren’t very strong, and can often fall off the door.

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.

Don’t forget to take them off of your door when you leave – we’ve almost forgotten them a few times! It’s always sad when you remove them and see a plain door again. I usually do it the night before I leave so I don’t forget.

The entrance to the Disney cruise port

Where to Buy Disney Cruise Door Magnets

If you’d prefer not to do any sort of DIY, there are still plenty of options. I’ve actually seen Disney magnets in the shops on board, but that’s not always a guarantee. Plus, you’ll probably want something that’s a little more unique and original. I’d recommend searching on Etsy for magnets that you don’t have to print.

You can also purchase a selection of personalized magnets on Amazon. Just make sure that you know if you are getting an electronic file or a physical product in the mail.

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.

In years past, 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, 2018, and 2019) Castaway Club members did not receive this gift, so it’s best to bring your own.

The Disney Fantasy at Castaway Cay

Related: Read our Adventures by Disney review here.

Fish Extenders:

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!

On a separate note: For cruises leaving from Port Canaveral, we stay at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport. Check reviews on TripAdvisor and book here)

How have you decorated your Disney Cruise Line stateroom door?

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Friday 24th of September 2021

What kind of magnet do you use?

Jodi Grundig

Saturday 25th of September 2021

@Jillian, I got magnets at Michaels. It was a while ago, but they are something like this:

Lisa N.

Monday 2nd of March 2020

We have a cruise planned soon on the Fantasy. I read somewhere that not all doors are metal that some are wood. I had planned on ordering magnets, but not sure what I can place on a wood door? Thanks!

Jodi Grundig

Tuesday 3rd of March 2020

Hi Lisa, I'm not 100% positive, but I'm pretty sure the wood doors are in the concierge area. If you have a wood door, I don't think there's anything you can put on it, but I'm not entirely sure.


Friday 3rd of May 2019

Whiteboards were not provided for Castaway Club Silver on my Dec 2014 Dream sailing, either.

Barbara Jones

Friday 22nd of March 2019

We are planning a Disney cruise and my question is ... can I attach a ribbon or fabric bow to my Minnie door decoration?

Jodi Grundig

Friday 22nd of March 2019

Sure, I would just make sure it doesn't make it too heavy so the magnets don't hold.

Sherry A

Sunday 12th of July 2015

Hi, leaving on a cruise 7/19, just wondering if the door decorating has to be Disney related? Are we allowed to put spirited college or local football team logos on the door? Just asking because everything I've seen up until now has been Disney related on the door, and I don't have time to buy Disney magnets at this point :( Thanks!!

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