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A Mini-Disneyland In Singapore

Disney movies are not just for kids

The movie Frozen was released in 2013 by Disney to rave reviews. It became one of the most successful animated films ever, grossed US$1.3 billion globally at the box office and more than three times that figure in merchandise sales, and even won two Oscars.

Incredibly, with almost US$1.5 billion in receipts, its sequel Frozen 2 (which opened in Singapore on 21 Nov 2019) outdid it at the box office.

What made the series so mega-popular? Let’s ask a fan: “Frozen is one of my favourite recent Disney movies because it feels like new generation of Broadway musical brought to the screen through animation.”

This is no ordinary fan, though. This fan is Singapore’s No 1 Disney fan. This fan is the biggest Disney merchandise collector, from memorabilia to merchandise, in Singapore. This fan’s home is a mini-Disneyland. This fan is a 38-year-old Singaporean male, David Hilman.

Calling David a fan is a huge understatement. The man is hardcore: he lives and breathes the franchise, especially the classic Walt-Disney era. Evidence comes from his Instagram account, with close to 40,700 followers, which shows his massive Disney set of collectibles. Further proof comes from a Straits Times interview in which David revealed that he spent S$30,000 on Disney merchandise, S$6,000 of that going to Frozen merchandise alone! Then when Frozen 2 was released, he updated his collection because he wanted to stay current. He bought the limited-edition Elsa doll (only 2,500 pieces of which were made available worldwide) when Frozen was released — then ‘upgraded’ to a Hasbro doll of Elsa in her new dress as part of a general updating of his collection when the sequel came out in 2019. And in case you still had doubts: David memorised the lyrics of all the new songs in Frozen 2.

That kind of loyalty is hard to beat, and it began in childhood.
“Disney has always been a part of my life. I grew up watching all the Disney movies, from the short animations such as Mickey and Friends to full-length animations like Snow White, Cinderella, Peter Pan, and more.”

And then David visited Hong Kong Disneyland in 2005 — and was utterly and permanently captivated. There was something about Disneyland theme parks that brought him alive, that made him feel he wanted to live there.

And that’s how it began. From that day, David began to resolve that he would one day model his home on Disneyland. He began to find out everything he could about Walt Disney, the founder of Disneyland, and the concept behind the theme park. (Disneyland is based on Tivoli Garden in Copenhagen, Denmark; Marceline, Walt’s hometown in Missouri; and an idealised, turn-of-the-20th-century (c. 1910) American town.)

For him, the magic of Disney lay particularly  in Fantasyland and Main Street USA. The modern Victorian theme so prevalent in Disneyland, so widely present in every building at the resorts, grew on him. The wooden floors, the simple but modern cornices on the ceiling, the stained glass windows providing a charming and whimsical look to a space, the wide use of white and bright colours, etc … all these and more became his inspiration.

By the time he was ready to redesign his house and began speaking to interior designers and renovators he found on VEHS.com, he knew exactly what he wanted, from theme to colour to material. All he needed was someone reliable to execute.

“I still get goosebumps every time I enter my home, just like how I feel when I go to the Disneyland theme parks.”

Need inspiration for your upcoming renovation but not sure where to start? Check out VEHS.com, a home renovation platform. VEHS.com connects aspiring homeowners with local interior design firms with the click of a button. Genuine reviews by other homeowners ensure you get only the best selection of contractors, suppliers, and vendors for your dream renovation project.

VEHS.com is also launching, this November, Singapore’s first Mobile Showroom, a travelling showroom concept that brings the showroom to a neighbourhood near you! Spend at least $10,000 in renovations to receive free fire and theft insurance. What’s more, you stand a chance to win a Mercedes A200 with every $100 spent with participating merchants on the VEHS website! Contest lasts till 31 December 2021.

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Are you looking to renovate your dream home, but don’t know where to start? Having too many interior designers and renovators to choose from and no idea who is the best suited for you? Heard too many stories of shabby jobs from contractors?

VEHS.com is a renovation platform where home owners can browse through many home designs in order to get some inspirations for their home project. You can request to get matched with local interior design firms by simply requesting for non-obligatory quotes here.

If you are the more hands-on type of person, you can also read up on the many articles that is carefully researched and written by our in-house staffs, professional writers and volunteer editors. To cap things off, you can read the many reviews left by fellow home owners who have engaged our interior designers, renovators or contractors.

With so many ideas and contacts to choose from, one will think that it will be easier to decide on the design of your dream home but ironically, it can be otherwise! With hundreds of interior design firms in the market to choose from, who will be the most suitable for you?

We will help you to look through the many interior designers and find the ones that suit you best. We will connect you with interior designers based on your budget and style requirements for free. We have helped many happy home owners reach out to the right designers. You can click on the below button for us to assist you in connecting you with some suitable interior designers.

When you are done in choosing the right designer, you can start looking through our curated list of vendors and suppliers, renovators and contractors to source for nice furniture, appliances and devices to make your dream home come true!

At VEHS.com, we can help you make your dream home come true, one step at a time!

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