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If you are anything like me, then if you aren’t at Disney, you are trying to find ways to bring some of the magic to your home until you can visit again. Disney movie nights at home with fun snacks or playing a Disney playlist on Spotify while you work are some ways I’ve talked about on the blog before. Did you know that you can make your home smell like Disney? The Columbia Fragrance Co. has a special Magical Memories Collection that highlights some of the most iconic scents throughout Walt Disney World.
How Smells Connect with Our Memories
Our sense of smell has the ability to evoke strong memories. It is often able to immediately take us back to that place where you smelled a scent for the first time. These memories are usually the most emotional when compared to the other senses.
How Disney Uses Scents
Using specific scents is one of the pieces Disney uses throughout their theme parks and resorts that helps make their storytelling so special. Have you been on Soarin’ at Epcot and smelled the grass as you are flying over the savannah or the beautiful beaches of Fiji? Or if you have ridden Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, did you smell the freshly baked baguettes in one of the scenes? I love that they have added this technology on some rides to really give you a complete experience! Disney also uses devices called “smellitizers” to place scents in front of strong airflow that basically pumps this certain smell into a particular area.
The Columbia Fragrance Co.
I found The Columbia Fragrance Co. several years ago when I was searching for a candle that smelled like the lobby of Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort. They have a whole catalog of products and fragrances (more than just the Disney inspired ones), as well as a new monthly subscription box. Dorene is the owner and we have been able to work together on many collaborations after we connected on social media.
They hand pour all of their products and everything is created with a focus on containers and packaging that be reused or recycled. Look on Pinterest for some cute and creative ways to reuse the glass jars or spray bottles in other areas of your home after you’ve used up all of the product or burned the entire candle!
The candles are a custom blend of paraffin and soy waxes. Using paraffin allows the colors and scents to hold together and the soy is a more environmentally friendly option to create a high quality product for your home.
Types of Products
- Diffuser Oils
- Wax Melts
- Fragrance Sprays
Featured Walt Disney World Resort Fragrances
I was gifted products from Columbia Fragrance Co. to review featuring fragrances inspired by four of the resorts around Walt Disney World property. These are some of my favorite resorts so I was excited to open the box of items and use them in my home. While I’m busy at my home office planning Disney vacations or creating content for my blog, these help inspire my creativity and create a happy home away from home! Disney inspired candles or room sprays are the perfect hidden touches for any Disney lover’s home. Take a look at the Disney resort scents I tried out below.
Port Orleans Riverside Resort
If you’ve stayed at the Port Orleans Riverside Resort and just adored the smell when you walk in the lobby to check in, you are going to love Riverside Rendezvous. Riverside Rendezvous is the scent of Cotton Blossom with notes of jasmine, violets, gardenia, lemon and vanilla. This a clean and fresh scent that I have been using in a diffuser for the living room of our home. I saw that someone else used the diffuser oil on dryer balls to toss in with your laundry, so I will definitely be trying this too!
When my husband and I became Disney Vacation Club members, the Riviera Resort became our “home” resort. It is such a beautiful property with delicious restaurants and the lobby and coffee shop area has a beautiful signature fragrance. Riviera Reverie is a crisp and clean fragrance, with notes of bergamot, thyme, and cotton. In between our stays, this fragrance spray is the perfect way to smell our happy place while we’re in our own home.
Heading over to the Polynesian Resort to grab a Dole Whip or meet up with friends in the evening for drinks at Trader Sam’s isn’t complete without taking in the beautiful lobby of this resort. The Polynesian Paradise scent combines the floral scents of tiare flower and plumeria; the sweet aroma of banana, mango, and papaya; and blends these with the soft spices of cloves and ginger. It is a beautiful, fruity, fragrance and perfect for your own tropical paradise at home.
Grand Floridian Resort
We have so many special memories from our Disney wedding tied to the Grand Floridian so I think the Walt’s Wonderful World scent will always be one of my favorites. We got married at Disney’s Wedding Pavilion and took our wedding photos on the grounds and in the lobby of the Grand Floridian. We also spent a few more nights after our wedding there to soak in just a little more magic! Walt’s Wonderful World is made up of green clover and aloe with hints of jasmine and musk. This is a candle I use in my home office that instantly boosts my mood and makes me happy when I light it.
Get Your Own Disney Inspired Scented Products
Want to spark your own special Disney memories at home? Make sure to go check out The Columbia Fragrance Co. and smell the happy! Check out all of the different fragrances they offer and bring some happy into your home! All of the items I have tried over the years have been high quality, feature the perfect fragrance notes, and I love being able to support other small business owners.
What other scents remind you of Disney? Tell me in the comments!