We aren’t leaving our homes much these days, so why not make the most of our home and transform it into a tropical hideaway? Perhaps a place where the birds sing words and the flowers croon? Where, if we weren’t in the show starting right away, we’d be in the audience, too? In the tiki tiki tiki tiki tiki room? (Okay, we’ll stop!)
There’s just something about a tropical oasis that calms the mind and makes us all feel at ease. And if we can’t take a vacation right now, why not bring the destination to us? We’ve got a bunch of fun ideas to share with you today to transform your home into your own ‘enchanted’ tiki room!
So, grab your favorite Hawaiian shirt, pull up a lawn chair, and get ready to chill out!
Whip Up Some Dole Whip
What kind of Disney-inspired tropical oasis would it be without Dole Whip? A pretty sad one if you ask us!
We understand the hardcore love for Dole Whip. Our readers chose it as their favorite Disney snack in our Snack Madness bracket, and to top it all off, Aloha Isle was voted as our reader’s fave fast food spot in Disney World! You all seriously love your Dole Whip! So why not make it at home? Especially when it’s easier to make than you may think!
Disney recently shared a recipe for Dole Whip but we found it to be less Dole Whip and more a weirdly banana-y thick pineapple smoothie. But there’s still hope, friends! Did you know you can get REAL Dole Whip mix online!?
Yes, it’s THAT simple. Once you have your mix, follow along with this simple recipe, courtesy of Mickey Fix!
Sip on Some Tropical Drinks!
It’s time to sip on some sunshine! Many a Disney fan might be conjuring up memories of sipping on a glass of POG juice before hitting the parks. What is POG juice, you ask? Oh, it’s only one of the most delicious fruity beverages you can find at Disney World!
POG Juice pops up all over property under many names, but there are a few places you can always find it: it’s plentiful at the Polynesian Village Resort, where it can accompany your breakfast at ‘Ohana and Kona Cafe (it’s sometimes called liliko’i juice there!). Among other locations, we’ve seen it at Trail’s End at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campsites for breakfast. It’s actually called ‘Moonshine‘ there! And in Animal Kingdom at Tusker House and Dawa Bar it’s known simply as Jungle Juice!
But it’s all the same tasty drink we know and love! And the ingredients are pretty simple. POG Juice is simply a mixture of passion fruit, orange, and guava juices. Stock up on these ingredients at your local grocery store and presto, you have all the makings of a sweet tropical drink that’s fun for the whole family! All 3 juices should be at most local grocery stores in the refrigerated or stock juiced aisles, but it may take a bit of digging!
And if you’re looking for a more ‘adult’ version of POG Juice, look no further because you can now grab a pack of Kona Island Brewing Co’s Spiked Seltzer from your local store!
We tried it for ourselves and definitely noticed that signature POG flavor we all know and love!
Stir Up A Tropical Cocktail For The Adults!
And of course, a tropical cocktail isn’t a requirement, but if it floats your boat, we’re here to help. We’ve come up with some drinks that pair to some of our favorite Disney films, and some even fit the tropical mood perfectly!
From margaritas to Moana and The Little Mermaid-inspired drinks, we definitely recommend you check this article out for some neat ideas!
Stock Up on Tiki Mugs!
Now that you have your beverages and perhaps a cocktail or two ready to go, you’ll need a special supply of glassware for those drinks! And would it be a tropical hideaway if there were no tiki mugs? Of course not!
To start, check out these Thor & Loki tiki mugs! They’re $36.90 for a set of two.
We especially dig the Loki mug! The God of Mischief seems like a perfect vessel for our concoctions! 😉
There’s also this super cute Rocket tiki mug for all you Guardians of the Galaxy fans! He’s $19.90.
Stop the presses because Baby Yoda has arrived and is ready to crash your tropical hideaway party! While this mug seems to be depicting his famous scene from The Mandalorian where he’s carrying a cup of bone broth, perhaps for this occasion he’s carrying his own cup of POG Juice instead! 😉
You can score your very own tiki mug of “The Child” for $25.99.
We’re already humming “Thank You For Being a Friend” in our heads and picturing eating a slice of cheesecake while we drink out of these! You can get a set of ALL FOUR for $98.99.
Pair Your New Tiki Mugs With Other Drink And Dinnerware!
Keep those tiki drinks cool with these reusable Mickey and Minnie-shaped ice cubes. And guess what y’all…these won’t break the bank!
A pack of these adorable cubes is ON SALE for $6.99!
If you happen to have a pool or jacuzzi at your disposal (or perhaps you want to turn your bathtub into a tropical getaway), bring your POG juice or your Mai Tai along with you with these Mickey Mouse Donut Floating Drink Holders!
You can get a set of 4 for $12.00!
Finally, if your tropical hideaway includes frozen treats other than Dole Whip, why not make your own with these Mickey Mouse Popsicle Molds? Maybe you can make a frozen POG juice pop!!
The popsicle molds are ON SALE for $9.09!
Play Some Tropical Music
What kind of tropical hideaway would it be without some nice, relaxing music? There are tons of music options out there that could totally fit the mood. If you’re looking for the ultimate Disney experience, we have a few suggestions!
For starters, if you’re a big fan of Disney movies like we are, check out some movie soundtracks that you can play throughout your home in order to make you feel like you’re on a tropical island. Listen to some Moana, Lilo and Stitch, or even the Jungle Book! Check your preferred music streaming platform and look up your favorite Disney films!
Next, there is plenty of music from the Disney Parks that can liven the tropical spirit as well! If you want to feel like you’re at Trader Sam’s, you can play this video here!
Add Some Fun Candles And Scents To The PARTY!
Our sense of smell is SO powerful in creating an environment. Think about all those times you smell fresh popcorn at a Disney park, or that infamous ‘water smell’ in Pirates of the Caribbean (it TOTALLY has a smell, and you can’t convince us otherwise!).
To get all of your five senses involved, add some tropical candles and scents to make your home REALLY feel like you’re stepping into an oasis! To start, this 2-wick Mango Coconut candle is $9.99!
To really jazz things up, why not pick up multiple candles to see which one will add just the right touch to your hideaway?
If you want your home to smell like you’re in Hawaii (perhaps lounging by the pool at Aulani!), pick up this 2-wick Hawaiian Honey candle, also for $9.99!
Decorate Your Home!
It’s one thing to sip on POG Juice and listen to some island music. It’s another thing to IMMERSE yourself in an environment that simply screams “VACATION.” Adding some tropical decor to your home can make it feel like a true island paradise!
One of our favorite souvenirs to pick up when we visit the parks is artwork, and luckily you can find many pieces online! For example, are you someone who likes to collect art? This super cute ”Tiki Stitch” Giclée on Canvas by Tom Matousek may fit the bill!
We know there are a lot of Stitch fans out there! Tom Matousek is an award-winning artist who has an entire collection of Disney Fine Art that we recommend you check out! For your tropical hideaway, this piece of art is priced at $149.99.
For all you wishing that you could be exploring the rivers of the world on Jungle Cruise right about now, this print can be the perfect way to set the scene for your home!
“The 8th Wonder of the World” by Noah depicts a Jungle Cruise Skipper with his boat full of tourists. It looks like they’re surrounded by several iconic characters from this classic Disney attraction, including those dangerous hippos and the ‘backside of water.’
If this print brings a smile to your face like it does to ours, it can be yours for $50.00.
Dress Up In Fun Tropical Outfits!
Next, you’ll all need to dress the part! Take your wardrobe to a whole new level of tropical with this ADORABLE Hawaii-inspired dress. The print features Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy!
This dress is ON SALE for $31.46!
And to match, there is this cute Men’s shirt in the same print! Get the whole family dressed up and snap some photos. It could even make a cute Christmas card idea! Mele Kalikimaka!
This men’s shirt is priced at $45.00.
And if you REALLY want to step up your Hawaiian shirt collection, Disney has a collection of Tommy Bahama shirts that will surely make you the life of the party!
This “Mickey Mouse and Friends” shirt is $150.00.
Watch A Tropical-Inspired Film
Spend a few minutes on Disney+ and you’ll soon realize the wealth of content at your fingertips! In particular, Disney has quite the collection of films out there that can get you into a tropical mood.
Movies like Moana, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Swiss Family Robinson all have some sort of tropical theme throughout! Play them in the background while you party the night away, or host a tropical movie night on the couch!
Check out a full Disney+ watch list inspired by the parks. Scroll down to the Adventureland section for even more ‘tropical’ ideas!
Bring Your Tropical Hideaway Outdoors!
Finally, how about some outdoor gear to give your tropical hideaway some fresh air? These cute Disney beach towels are great for lounging by the pool, or out on your lawn! There are LOTS of fun beach towels on shopDisney, so here are some of our favorites! First, for you classic Mickey Mouse fans, this striped beach towel may become a summer staple.
It’s currently ON SALE for $12.00.
We also found this totally rad Mickey and friends beach towel, which is totally giving us some 90s vibes.
This one is also on sale for $12.00.
Finally, to truly feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical paradise, there is this awesome Aulani beach towel that you can add to your collection.
You can grab this towel for $30.00.
We know that many of our travel plans have had to be put on hold over the past month. While we will one day be able to return to our beloved white sand beaches (of Disney World!) with a frozen beverage in hand, for now, we have to make do with what we have at home! So we hope we’ve given you some fun ideas on how to bring the destination to you and transform your home into your very own tropical getaway.
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What are your tropical hideaway essentials? Let us know in the comments!