How to Decorate With an Amusement Park Theme

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Amusement parks are popular vacation destinations for guests of all ages. Bring a little bit of the excitement and thrill of this type of getaway back home with you by decorating a playroom or bedroom with elements from your favorite park. Instead of plastering company logos and repetitive images of the same popular characters all over the room with commercial products, turn the room itself into a scene from the park with vast murals and creative details.

Things You'll Need

  • Latex paint in several colors
  • Popcorn cart or bar
  • Framed amusement park memorabilia
  • Vintage travel and amusement-park memorabilia
  • Choose a favorite theme park or park attraction to use as the basis for your decorating scheme. Disney fans may want to use the iconic Magic Kingdom park from Walt Disney World as inspiration. Thrill seekers could bring elements from their favorite roller coasters into the room. Browse pictures of your park of choice for ideas of elements that can be incorporated into the room’s decor.

  • Create a mural on one of the walls depicting a scene from your favorite park or ride. A silhouette of Cinderella’s Castle against a starry sky will create a whimsical view instantly recognizable as a scene from the Magic Kingdom. The silhouette of twisting roller coaster tracks against a bright red or yellow wall will add excitement to the room.

  • Place a “concession stand” in the room if you’re working with a basement or playroom. A vintage popcorn cart or brightly painted bar filled with soda, ice cream bars and salty snacks will offer up fare worthy of any amusement park.

  • Use bedding and window coverings in simple colors and styles that compliment the theme of the room. Fabric in shades of jungle greens and browns work with a room themed around Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Universal Studio’s Jurassic Park attraction. A room decorated around “It’s a Small World” should include lots of bright colors and geometric designs.

  • Select furniture that blends into the room’s overall theme. For a roller coaster theme, pieces with smooth metal parts such as metal bunk beds or a minimalist desk with metal legs are ideal. Pitch a canvas tent over a bed situated low to the ground for a room designed around a more rustic attraction like Jurassic Park.

  • Hang framed posters, postcards, park maps or photographs of the park or attraction on the walls. Vintage promotional posters are available for some classic Disney attractions. Original movie posters can be used for rides inspired by films.

  • Scour antique stores and online auction sites for one-of-a-kind pieces that will add authentic details to the room’s decor. Theme park gift shops can yield some interesting finishing touches as well. A miniature of the Partners Statue that sits in front of Cinderella Castle will perfect a Magic Kingdom-inspired space. Vintage travel trunks stacked in a corner with binoculars on top compliment decor centered around Disney’s Jungle Cruise or Kilimanjaro Safaris.

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