Disneyland Attraction Poster Display & Tiki Garden

So…. a lot of things are conspiring to keep me from blogging these days, not the least of which are the recording and editing of my weekly Disney Wedding Podcast and lingering disenchantment over the destruction of the places and experiences I loved most at the parks and resorts. But one of the biggest distractions has been settling into and decorating our new apartment over the last year or so. And since some of that involves finding homes for our Disney collections, I thought you might like to see what I’ve been up to!

The Old Place…

When the Disney bug bit me out of the blue in 2001, the only thing I allowed myself to collect was art. I amassed a pretty big collection of attraction poster art, and finding the prints in different sizes was the biggest challenge. Who has the wall space to display 18 full-size attraction posters? I splurged on two big framed prints at the original Disneyland Gallery and filled in the rest by scouring eBay for smaller posters, notecards and a fabulous desk calendar that the Gallery released years ago. I framed them by ordering inexpensive custom-cut mats from Light Impressions and buying frames during Aaron Brothers’ penny sales.

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I did something similar in my old bedroom, where I had a Haunted Mansion wall, a Tomorrowland wall and a New Orleans Square wall.  Maybe I’ll do a separate post showing where some of these ended up.

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…The New Place!

When we moved to our new place, I didn’t want to put ANYTHING on the walls. I was over it—the hassle of hanging things and just that cluttered,  encroaching feeling of having a gallery on every wall in your house. Finally, after months of cajoling and outright pleading, Patrick sat me down in each room and got me to decide where some of the art could go.

The attraction posters ended up mostly in the foyer/tiki garden. That’s right, we now have a TIKI GARDEN! The foyer is actually what sold Patrick on our place the first time we saw it. He spotted these rock “gardens” and was convinced there were planters underneath them.

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He was right! We dug out all the rocks, lined the metal planters with waterproofing, put in these rad self-watering inserts (they only need to be refilled every 5 months!), and planted a bunch of indoor plants we got cheap at the Los Angeles Flower Mart. Over time we’ve added colored lighting and even a motion-activated speaker that plays the flowers’ song from the Enchanted Tiki Room!

The Roots kindly took some nice photos of the place on their recent visit:

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Finally! A place to display our Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily tiki stuff (plus my dad’s fake monitor lizard)!


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Patrick got this Stitch off eBay about 10 years ago, back when Disney’s “Big Figs” were actually big!

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Chip and Dale were Patrick’s souvenir from Aulani.
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Only one set of attraction posters made it into the rest of the house. I figured the corner just inside the living room door would be innocuous enough.

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It doesn’t have any Disney in it, so I’ll just stick in one shot of the rest of the living room.

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Tiki Garden… After Dark!

Tiki gardens are even more magical at night, so here are some shots that Patrick took!

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Now if only we could figure out how to fix our Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily Tiki Room fountain! The pump just won’t work, even with new batteries and a whole new motor. Any ideas?

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  • PDT
    December 4, 2016

    Where did you get your fireplace screen? Love that and the posters of course

    • Carrie
      December 5, 2016

      Amazon, amazingly!

  • Nicole
    October 28, 2015

    Hello Carrie: I’ve been wanting to tell you since forever how much I enjoy reading about your adventures with Patrick through your fabulously entertaining trip reports, blogs and assorted posts, peppered with an always amazing slew of photographs. Congrats on the new place, and wow, your very own Tiki Garden! *Queue the “Tahuwai la a tahuwai wai la”*. I wish you both much happiness there, and look forward to your next trip report!

    • Carrie
      October 29, 2015

      Gosh, thanks! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our adventures. I’ll try to get some more written up!

  • samantha
    October 21, 2015

    LOVE the new place! And can we talk about that magenta chair?! And that wallpaper in the living room?! Amazing decor all the way around!

    • Carrie
      October 21, 2015

      Hey thanks! I love both those things too, and they still make me smile whenever I see them!

  • Ashley
    October 9, 2015

    Oh my goodness!! Your new place is absolutely gorgeous!! The Tiki Garden is amazing and the art looks really wonderful, thank you so much for sharing! I’m sorry that you are disenchanted with Disney right now, I love your trip reports so much, they are absolutely hilarious and have helped me to plan some very wonderful vacations!

    • Carrie
      October 9, 2015

      Hi Ashley! Thanks so much for the encouragement! We did have a pretty rad trip last Christmas. I wonder if it’s too late to start writing about that one…

      • Ashley
        October 10, 2015

        A Christmas trip report would be glorious! This is is the perfect time of year for it ???? I’m sure it’s very time consuming going through all the pictures and doing the actual writing. I love the blog though and will read whatever you care to write!

      • Nancie
        October 15, 2015

        Never too late for a trip report (esp. if it’s a Christmas trip!)

  • Jennifer
    October 8, 2015

    Wow, your place looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing. I miss your blog posts too!

    • Carrie
      October 8, 2015

      Thanks! Maybe I can eke a few more blog posts outta these fab photos the Roots took of our house. 😀

  • Erin
    October 4, 2015

    I miss your blog posts & was thrilled to find a new one. Congrats on the new apartment. The tiki foyer beautiful !

    • Carrie
      October 5, 2015

      Thanks for reading!

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