Disney movies are one of those things that span the ages, making children and adults alike stare on in delight. And, let's be honest, we're speaking from experience. While we're all about sipping coffee from Ariel mugs and sporting dalmatian-print leggings, every once in a while we crave something that lasts more than a couple of hours.
Enter: Disney nail art. While it's not nearly as minimalist as most of the nail ideas we curate and crave, when it comes to giving into childhood nostalgia, it simply can't be beat. (It's worth noting, however, that more often than not, you'll need to head to a salon to get designs like these.)
While we can't take you on a magic carpet ride, we most certainly can show you the world of Disney nail art. Keep scrolling for 40 Disney manicures found on Instagram.
Try out some Mickey Mouse ears that "peek" out of the corner of your nails as an accent, rather than having them take center stage.
These neon hues take Disney magic to a funky new level. We particularly love the contrast of the matte neon color with the overlaying detailed characters.
The fun of these nails is that the Disney reference isn't in-your-face. Instead, the design utilizes references from Toy Story, just on the tips of the nails.
These subtle Disney nails look exactly like the star-printed hat that Mickey wears in Fantasia.
Red and Black Mickeys
A simple Mickey Mouse mani, but make it fashion. Here, the look is practical, thanks to short, filed nails—but fun, thanks to the bold use of color.
This incredibly detailed design features a different Aladdin character on each nail. The extra length allows for more of a statement (and more room on which to create the design).
Baby Yoda nails are a cute way to pay homage to your favorite Jedi. We like the stark white nail with the design relegated to just one nail on each hand.
These long Bambi nails are a particular fave thanks to their textured accents.
We love a minimalist nail look and this is about as minimalist as it gets when it comes to Disney nails. This is also one of the most DIY-friendly looks on our list, though it will still require patience to create.
If you're a major Genie (or Robin Williams) fan, you'll love this blue jelly mani that has loads of personality. here, the nails themselves act as the "face," so the only detail is the expressions.
We can't get over these pastel Mulan nails. Look how cute Cri-Kee looks peeking out from the middle finger.
These villain-inspired nails offer a little something for everyone—there's the Evil Queen, the poisoned apple, and even Captain Hook. The detail here (like the hook on the pinkie finger) is the draw here.
This nail art utilized saturated polish shades to make the details pop. You can easily customize a design like this to fit your personal favorites if you aren't all about Encanto (or don't want to have "We Don't Talk About Bruno" stuck in your head for days on end).
Modern French manicures are super popular right now, making this Dalmatian-spotted version a swoon-worthy addition to our list of favorite Disney nails.
Cruella de Vil Mani
Liven things up by celebrating a villain—or, at least, an antihero—with a Cruella-inspired manicure. This one features all the hallmarks of 101 Dalmations—spots, paw prints—plus miniature portraits of the woman we all love to hate.
Old School Mickey and Minnie
We love to see one of the earlier versions of Mickey and Minnie on this pastel manicure. Here, the detail is concentrated on the middle two nails, which feature detailed portraits of the characters atop pastel-hued nails.
These minimalist multi-colored nails make a major nod to The Little Mermaid in a mostly conceptual design. We don't know about you, but we're here for it—especially since except for Flounder, it's so easy to DIY. To create the scale statement nails, try using a stamping plate or stencil, like the What's Up Nails Mermaid Vinyl Stickers ($4).
If you're headed to Disney for Halloween, be sure to consider this pumpkin-inspired Mickey manicure for your trip. This is a fall theme, but you could try other versions for various seasons.
Dot Tool Mickeys
You can easily recreate these tiny Mickeys with a nail dotting tool (or the end of a bobby pin in a pinch). And if Mickey isn't your thing, use the tool to create a different design.
These pink-themed Mickey nails are too cute. The Disney detail is so subtle, these also work for those looking for a "Hidden Mickey" vibe.
This look is noticeable, thanks to the neon tips, (which alternate colors on each nail). But the fun part is the hidden Mickey, situated on just one accent nail.
If you relate to Disney villains, you'll dig this Ursula-inspired nail look. And, with the help of a toothpick and ultra-thin nail brush, you might even be able to recreate it yourself.
Whether it's for a black-tie event, a Disney-themed wedding, or New Year's Eve, these glitzy Mickey nails are a win in our book.
Winnie The Pooh
A childhood favorite gets a grown-up makeover on these acrylic nails, with details from Winnie the Pooh. This is a style that mixes clip art and text art (we love the "hunny" reference) with portraits of the characters themselves.
Flit lovers will go heart-eyed over this hummingbird-inspired mani that embraces all the colors of the wind. We love how it uses Flit's coloring to encompass Pocahontas' spirit without getting super detailed with a character silhouette.
Mickey With Stars
This look is all about contrast—between the gold stars and the black Mickeys and between the painted detail and the clear base.
Chip 'n' Dale
Every once in a while you'll be lucky enough to find a set of Disney nails that embrace the nostalgia without looking childish. Case in point: These minimalist Chip 'n' Dale nails, pair everyone's favorite rescue rangers with the soft, brown-hued tones of the moment.
These aren't in-your-face Disney, but the red and white dots offer a subtle reference to Minnie Mouse. This is a good look for those who want to embrace their love of Disney, but not have it be super literal.
We love this winter-inspired Frozen manicure, which pairs patterns and colors from the hit movie with unique textures and shapes. The cold never bothered us anyway.
This minimalist Aladdin mani is a must for anyone looking to embrace all things Jasmine, Genie, Abu, and the Magic Carpet—all without fully painting any of them.
One of the most iconic symbols of Disney World is a translucent, Mickey-shaped balloon that is perfect to incorporate into your manicure.
These Pixar-inspired nails offer a different character on every nail. For further interest, the design was created using matte polish, (which allows the details to shine on their own, without the addition of a glossy overlay).
Winnie the Pooh
You and your BFF can each have your favorite character on your thumb as an accent nail. (Or, just keep them both for yourself).
This design is inspired by the infamous glass slipper and the blue of Cinderella's dress. Another less-literal design, this look is all about the sparkle and color.
Lilo & Stitch
This Lilo & Stitch-inspired design is full of detail and bold in blue. We particularly love how each nail is different—and the shock of sparkle is such a statement.
This abstract, blue-hued set is such a fun, artistic take on Mickey-inspired. Even without the mouse heads, this look would be a fun nod to mid-century Americana.
This design offers a Tinkerbell detail, plus the green hue for which Peter Pan is so well-known.
These Haunted Mansion nails are incredibly detailed, with references to the infamous ride sprinkled over each nail. Even if you aren't into the ride, this would be a fun look come Halloween.
These nails offer a different design on each digit—from Goofy to Minnie. In addition to Disney characters, this look features fun, pop art-inspired clip art, like rainbows and smiley faces.
Subtle Star Wars
This is the most subtle nod to Star Wars we've seen—with a different color on each tip, and a small symbol, the Rebel Alliance Starbird, signifying allegiance to The Resistance.