Disney Scented Candles That Smell Like Parks and Resorts

Several Disney Scented Candles lined up

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There’s nothing worse than a Disney vacation hangover. And while I haven’t found the cure (except booking that next trip!), there are a few tricks that can help you bring the Disney magic home with you, and one of my favorites is Disney scented candles!

When we got home from our stay at the Polynesian, I immediately wanted a candle that smelled like the lobby. This of course took me down the rabbit hole of other candle scents. I wanted to know what candles had the best scents and most accurate matches to the park. So today I’m bringing my Disney scented candles review to you.

While I wish I could have spent basically the budget of a large television on buying Disney candles, that wasn’t exactly practical. So instead I picked some of my favorite scents at some of the popular candle companies and compared them head to head, plus added a few extra fun scents.

My Favorite Places to Buy Disney Scented Candles

I’m going to go into more detail about all of these options here. But in case you’re looking for the tl:dr, here is a list of my favorite places where you can buy Disney candles.

Why Disney Scents Are So Important

First, let’s talk about what makes Disney scents so important when it comes to your trip and memories.

Disney understands how important the sense of smell is and they use the science of how smell triggers memory to engrain the special memories of your trip even more deeply inside your brain. And to achieve this, they pipe scents into the parks and resorts ALL OVER THE PLACE.

Those bakery and popcorn smells on Main Street? Piped in. The lobby smell of your favorite resort? Piped in. The smell of Rome burning on Spaceship Earth or the dirt when you fly over elephants in Soarin’? It’s all manufactured by Disney to enhance your experience.

Which is why Disney scented candles are such a great way to re-live your experience once you are home!

Best Disney Scented Candles

Magic Candle Company Review

Overall rating for scents: 4.5/5
Overall rating for accuracy: 5/5

First up in our Disney scented candles review is Magic Candle Company, perhaps the most well-known and beloved candle company in the Disney community.

Magic Candle Company candles come in tins and have wooden wicks, which promote even burning and make a nice crackling sound. They offer candles in a variety of sizes and they also have room sprays, wax melts, fragrance oils, and air fresheners.

My first experience here was ordering their Polynesian candle and absolutely falling in love with it. From there, I ordered more Disney scented candles, and while I loved most of them, they aren’t all created equal!

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Polynesian (Magic Candle Company)

Rating: 5/5

I’ll just tell you right now: I think Magic Candle Company’s Polynesian scent is the most accurate Polynesian resort candle out there. And I’ve even gone through two iterations of it.

The first candle I ordered was a little heavier on the green tea scent than the actual Polynesian lobby is. But then I ordered a second one and it is even MORE accurate. They’ve dialed back the green tea a bit and upped something else (the citrus maybe?) and it smells exactly like the lobby.

I HIGHLY recommend this candle.

Magic Candle Company Polynesian Candle

Banshee Flight (Magic Candle Company)

Rating: 1/5

I wish I could say things just as nice about Magic Candle Company’s Banshee Flight candle, but alas. At first this smells nice, taking you back to flying over the sweet smelling ocean of Pandora on Flight of Passage.

But it has an after scent that is not good, y’all. After I burned this candle for awhile I was very confused about why it smelled like someone had spilled nail polish remover all over my house until I realized where it was coming from (spoiler alert: this candle).

Maybe it’s just me and some weird olfactory receptors I have going on. But I do not love this candle and would not order this again.

Beach Resort (Magic Candle Company)

Rating: 5/5

I haven’t actually stayed at the Beach Club (although it’s definitely high on my list), but this scent is also the same scent used for their Floridian, Contemporary, and Yacht candles; and I have to say it smells JUST like the Grand Floridian lobby.

Beach Resort is a lovely candle, fresh and soapy smelling (like standing next to the soap store in the Grand Floridian). And I burn it all the time when I want my house to feel just a bit cheerier.

Haunted (Magic Candle Company)

Rating: 5/5

Haunted is my favorite candle to burn during the month of October!

I’m not sure I could have described to you what the Haunted Mansion smelled like, but as soon as I opened this candle I knew THIS WAS IT. It is musty with some vanilla and berry and it is just perfection. I love this candle.

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Wilderness Resort (Magic Candle Company)

Rating: 4/5

Another great candle, although I’m not sure I can tell you what the Wilderness Lodge smells like. I’ve been there, but I don’t exactly remember it having a strong scent. I love the Wilderness Resort candle though. It’s woodsy and leathery, and it smells like a rich outdoorsy cologne. (And if I had to guess at what I remember from the last time I was there, I think is probably pretty close to what the lobby smells like.)

Main Street Melts Candle Company Review

Overall rating for scents: 4/5
Overall rating for accuracy: 4/5

Next up for our Disney scented candles review are candles from Main Street Melts. I got a sampler 4 pack of little tea lights, which I like because it enabled me to sample several candles.

Main Street Melts uses soy wax. They offer 9 oz. candles for $17.95, 12 oz. double wick candles for $22.95, and 18 oz. triple wick candles for $34.95. They also offer wax melts, fragrance oils, and other Disney scented products.

Overall, I really liked these candles. Some were more accurate than others, but they all smell great.

Polynesian Village (Main Street Melts)

Rating: 3/5

This candle smells more cozy than it does like the Polynesian resort. I really liked it, but not something that makes me feel like I’m standing in the Poly lobby when I close my eyes.

Floridian (Main Street Melts)

Rating: 5/5

This is another great Grand Floridian candle! It smells so much like the fresh Grand Floridian lobby and I have zero complaints about it. Plus it’s a beautiful green color.

Pandora Banshee Flight (Main Street Melts)

Rating: 4/5

I got this candle so I could compare it to the Magic Candle Company Banshee Flight, and I have to say…this one is SO much better. The same ocean-y smell but without the after-scent of nail polish remover.

So if you’re looking for a Pandora candle, I’d go with Main Street Melts!

Splash Mountain (Main Street Melts)

Rating: 4/5

This was a bit of a wild card, and I don’t really have another Splash Mountain candle to compare it to. BUT I’ll give you my thoughts anyway.

I think it’s probably hard to make a good water candle in general because water is cool and candles can’t help but have the smoky heat smell. This candle did what it could to smell watery and bromine-y I think, but it wasn’t quite what I wanted.

I will say though, that as SOON as I blew it out I got a whiff of “Oh! There’s Splash Mountain!” So I think this is probably a good option if you want a Splash Mountain candle.

More Place to Buy Disney Scented Candles

Here are a few more options of where you can buy Disney scented candles!

  • Bowes Signature Candles — This is actually the company Disney has officially partnered with and they have actually opened a store in Disney Springs! Some of their scents include Florida Orange Grove, Pirates Water, and Resort Signature.
  • 1901 Candles — These have a very similar appearance to the Magic Candle Company candles, but in addition to Disney scents they have Harry Potter themed candles and some Marvel themed candles.
  • Homesick — While not exact matches of Disney experiences, Homesick does have a great line of Disney-themed candles. They also have a Star Wars line, and like, I couldn’t have told you what the Death Star smelled like, but after smelling the Death Star Candle I was like…*of course* this is exactly what it smells like. All of their candles are so good!

Note: In a previous iteration of this article, we had listed Enchanted City Candles as a great option, but it appears they are no longer in operation.

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