A few months ago, I shared my favorite places to pick up some Disney art pieces to bring home (or give as gifts if you’re more selfless than I). If you want to brush up on art sources, check out that post from early in the blog’s life here! Over the past couple of years, Ben and I have picked up a few pieces of Disney art from the parks to bring some magic into our home (and my office!). I want to share with you the ones that made the cut and why.
While it might be tempting to fill your home with anything and everything Disney, sadly, space isn’t infinite (and neither are funds), so it’s important to make your choices wisely. If you want some advice on how to pick good souvenirs generally, Jack’s got you covered here. His tips definitely apply when it comes to picking out Disney art for your home – maybe even moreso than with other Disney souvenirs because art can be both big and expensive, so a wrong choice can haunt you in more than one way.
After deciding on a price point (and once you make that decision – stick to it!! Be a responsible adult! If you’re responsible now, you can treat yourself to a snack that’s really bad for you, later. That’s how adulting works.), I ask myself one question when choosing art: “What will make me happy every time I look at it, no matter how many times I look at it?” Each of these pieces was the answer to that question, and thankfully, at least so far, they continue to keep me happy with every glance.
Donald and Daisy
These classic treats came from the Art of Disney store in Epcot, and we brought them home one year apart from each other. There’s no doubt that Mickey and Minnie are classic (Disney’s OGs), but Ben and I have always connected more with these troublesome ducks. They’re not afraid to show a full range of emotion — including very human negative emotions — but they are still wholeheartedly loyal to one another. We chose these two prints because the vintage art style and their debut dates paid homage to the long history these characters have had with Disney. They’ve withstood the test of time and continue to bring joy and laughter to their fans of all ages today. They’re the real deal. I wish I knew who the artist was for these prints!
The Wilderness Lodge
I’ve talked about the Wilderness Lodge more than once, and even discussed one of these prints before (the one shown as the
featured image for this post hangs in my office at work — a discrete nod to Disney that nobody thinks twice about, except me.). I absolutely love the resort prints that Disney offers. I haven’t seen one that isn’t stunning, and the resorts can have just as strong of a tug on the heart strings as the parks can. Ben proposed in the Wilderness Lodge and it really feels like home for me, so it was a no-brainer having these prints, one at home and one at work, to remind me regularly of one of the best days of my life in one of my favorite places on Earth. The featured image print is by Larry Dotson and the one in this section is by David E. Doss. Both were purchased at the Wilderness Lodge Mercantile
I bought this print at the International Festival of the Arts back in January of this year as a Valentine’s Day gift for Ben. If you haven’t been to this Festival, try to schedule a future trip during it because it’s an incredible experience. Art and artists pour into Epcot to show you Disney in ways you’ve never imagined. I must have given myself whiplash trying to see it all. From the stacks upon stacks of paintings, this print called to me. Sometimes, love is extravagant dates, whirlwind adventures, and exciting journeys together, but sometimes love is just sharing a windowsill with your soulmate. Sometimes, the best moments are the simple, quiet ones, where your heart beats with somebody else’s and you feel pure contentment.
This print is by Rob Kaz and I was lucky enough to get it signed by the artist himself!
This little beaut was actually a birthday present from my friend, Tracy (Thank you, Tracy!!!). While Alice in Wonderland may not pop to the forefront of my mind when I’m naming my favorite Disney films, I can’t deny that I love it every time I see it, no matter how many times I see it. Sure, some may see it as a way to experience a bizarre trip into topsy-turvy world, but I see it as a reminder that we should question everything, and that it’s perfectly ok to be unusual or bizarre. What is “normal” anyway?
This piece also sits at work as a reminder not to take myself too seriously. Sometimes, silly is right.
Unfortunately, I don’t know who the artist was for this, but thank you, whoever you are!
Honestly, there’s no big story here. Epcot is Ben’s favorite park at Disney World and we both love spending time there. This beautiful print was an unassuming size and we had the perfect spot in mind to hang it back at home. Not all art has to be chosen for some deep, profound reason, so I definitely wanted to take the time to discuss this one — we just bought it because we liked it, and there’s nothing wrong with that! This is another piece by Larry Dotson and was purchased at Art of Disney in Epcot.