The manager of the world’s last Blockbuster recently announced that the Bend, Oregon landmark will be available for rental on Airbnb for three nights in September. You have to be a Deschutes County resident to be eligible, so chances are slim that you’ll be able to live out your movie-marathon slumber party fantasies here. Luckily, Airbnb is filled with other pop-culture-themed rentals to satisfy just about any fanbase. Here, five short-term rentals for music, TV and movie die-hards.
If you’re a fan of the Spice Girls…
The Spice Bus
Isle of Wight, England
The Fab Five spent much of 1997’s Spice World film—their so-bad-it’s-perfect answer to A Hard Day’s Night—tooling around London in a Union Jack–painted double-decker bus, driven by Meat Loaf. If you wannabe immersed in the world of Ginger, Baby, Posh, Scary and Sporty, spice up your life by renting out the bus, which is now parked on the Isle of Wight. The surprisingly spacious interior fits three fans and is sprinkled with disco balls, pink cinema seats and a light-up “Girl Power!” sign.
If you’re a fan of Stranger Things…
The Upside Den
St. Louis, Missouri
This basement studio (which sleeps four) perfectly captures the ’80s atmosphere of the Spielbergian Netflix hit, with its macramé, blanket-draped pillow fort and bulky console television stocked with over 50 retro VHS tapes, such as Gremlins and Jaws. Best of all, there’s a Christmas-light alphabet wall, in case any of your fellow travelers get stuck in the Upside Down and need to ask for help.
If you’re a fan of Alice in Wonderland…
The Wonderland Townhouse
The decor at this eight-bedroom Georgian townhouse abounds (tastefully) with roses, rabbits, decks of cards, hearts and clocks. The showstopper might be the extra-long dining table, which is decorated with teapots and three-tiered serving trays just waiting to be stocked with cucumber sandwiches and scones. There’s also a pocket-sized garden out back. Beware of any white rabbits beckoning you.
If you’re a fan of Star Wars…
Until Disney World debuts its Star Wars–themed resort, visitors to the new Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios will have to settle for the next best thing: This nine-bedroom villa, 15 minutes from the park, is an interstellar masterpiece. Each room is dedicated to a different Star Wars planet, including swampy Dagobah, icy Hoth and fiery Mustafar, and the designers have hidden 16 Easter eggs from the series throughout the property.
If you’re a fan of Back to the Future or Saved by the Bell…
The McFly or The Slater
These twin rentals, which share a Dallas duplex, are perfect for friend groups that straddle the Gen X/Millennial divide. At the rad ’80s-themed McFly (which features a Back to the Future hoverboard above the mantel), you can jam on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, while the ’90s-themed Slater, next door, features a dining room modeled after Saved by the Bell’s The Max. This summer, owners Jeremy and Kelsey unveiled another '90s-themed property across the street—The Topanga, named after the memorable Boy Meets World character.
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