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Wear This, Not That To Disney

Walt Disney World is a family-friendly environment, meaning that Disney has some rules regarding what is expected regarding clothing. Overall, these expectations aren’t challenging to follow, but we wanted to ensure you know what is and isn’t allowed.

We also wanted to provide suggestions and tips regarding what to wear to Walt Disney World. Walking many miles combined with heat and humidity means you want clothing that will keep you comfortable.

Let’s look at what you should and shouldn’t wear at Walt Disney World.

Disney Bound

No Costumes, Disney Bound Instead

Disney’s costume policy focuses on those over the age of 14. Adults and older kids cannot wear costumes during regular Park hours. The exception to this would be Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. Guests of all ages can dress up for the Halloween party.

Masks and clothing that drags on the grounds are not allowed for any age. These are safety hazards and won’t be allowed for Guests of any age in the Disney Parks.

If you want to get into the Disney spirit, consider Disney bounding. This is where Guests express their love for Disney through fashion choices. Guests use regular clothing items to recreate their favorite characters. 

You might see Guests wearing a combination of red, black, and yellow to symbolize Mickey Mouse or red and orange for Winnie the Pooh. These outfits are creative and fun to dress like your favorite Disney pals without wearing an actual costume that can get you into trouble.

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Nothing Offensive or Showing Too Much Skin

Because Disney is a family-friendly destination, there are rules about what can be on your clothing. The standard rule is that if the words can’t be said on national television, they probably shouldn’t be on your t-shirt for Disney. If it would offend a grandparent, leave that shirt home for the trip.

As with most public places, shirts and shoes are required throughout the Walt Disney World Parks. This means even for little ones. Remember if you plan to hit the splash areas during those hot days. Kids need to have clothes on while playing in the water, so plan accordingly.

For the older crowd, ensure all private areas are appropriately covered. Remember, you will get in and out of ride vehicles throughout the day. You don’t need to show off more than you should to those around you.

Instead of packing those short shorts too tight shirts, consider wearing breathable clothing. Having this moisture-wicking clothing will keep you cool and dry throughout the day. Ladies, if you do plan on wearing dresses and skirts, look into chaffing shorts. Not only will this keep everything covered, but it will also keep your legs from chaffing and becoming uncomfortable.

Shoes with good support

Skip Fancy Shoes for Comfortable Ones

We all love when our outfit is complete with matching shoes, but Disney isn’t the place to worry about that. Don’t fixate on what adorable strappy sandals will match your outfit. Instead, make sure that you pack comfortable shoes.

Most days, Guests at Walt Disney World walk ten or more miles each day. This is a lot for your feet, so you want to ensure they are happy. Skip those fancy sandals and grab your tennis shoes that provide comfort and support. There are cute tennis shoes if you want to be cute and comfortable.

We also recommend bringing more than one pair of shoes. With how much you walk and a good chance of rain, having a pair to switch to can bring great relief to your feet. You also will be grateful you don’t have to wear wet shoes.

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Layers are Key

When packing for Walt Disney World, layers are essential. Make sure you bring light layers that will allow you to adjust to the ever-changing Florida weather. Bring a light jacket or sweatshirt that you can easily toss over a t-shirt for the day. Having this extra layer to start and end your day will keep you warm and comfortable during the cooler hours.

Pockets are Great

Not everyone will feel this way, but we love having pockets in Disney shorts or pants. Even though we always have a bag with us, having pockets into which we can quickly slide our phones is so easy. It is nice that we don’t always have to put our phones in our bags. Sliding it into our pockets makes it easy to grab photos and make those Genie+ reservations throughout the day.

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Sun Projection

Most Guests will appreciate having sunglasses and hats when in Disney. Although we love all the sun, it can give us a significant headache if we squint all day long. Having sunglasses not only protects our eyes but also keeps us from getting a headache.

Hats are also a great way to protect yourself from the sun. It will keep it off your face, and it is also an excellent option for when it rains, and you need to toss up your hair.

Overall there aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to dressing for Walt Disney World. You won’t have any issues if you follow the basic expectations of no costumes and family-friend outfits.

As you plan your cute outfits, make sure that you consider their comfort. You will be walking and outside for most of your day at Walt Disney World. Make sure that you are dressed for this situation. Layers, good shoes, and protection from the sun will keep you and your body happy.


Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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