What to Wear to Disney World is one of my all-time most popular blog posts so I thought it was high time for a repost. If you’re considering a trip to Disney World and are flummoxed by what to wear, I hope you’ll find this helpful. I try to keep the shopping links updated (affiliate links are used to help offset the cost of running this site) but if you find any that are defunct, let me know so I can fix them.
Let’s start out with what NOT to wear. Pleeeeease DO NOT wear this. Anywhere.
Disney is certainly no fashion mecca, but that’s no reason to throw all sense of style to the wind. You really can be cute AND comfy at a theme park. It just takes a little bit of thought and planning.
Not to get all judgey, but I always marvel at some of the outfits people choose to wear to amusement parks. There’s always the sweet young thing in a strapless dress and heels, teetering around the park as if it’s a nightclub.
Then there’s the fanny-pack brigade. (Please don’t let that be you!)
And way too many people look like they pulled out their oldest tee-shirt and leggings just for the occasion.
I know it’s not all about how you look, but really, how difficult is it to put some thought into what you’re wearing? After all, even if you don’t care that you’re going to run into approximately 25,000 people in a day, those photos are going to be around for years.
I’ve been to Disney World three times, now, with my family of five, so I’ve got it pretty much down to a science.
You’ll be doing a TON of walking, so you want to be comfortable. But you also know that there will be a lot of photographic evidence of the event, so you want to look cute.
You also want to be prepared for anything — a random rain shower, an errant spray of ketchup, a leaky toddler . . . so you need a bag that can accommodate all your gear.
Here is an example of a great theme park outfit.
What To Wear To Disney World
Let’s break it down.
1. Keep it casual, but put some thought into it.
Leave the designer duds at home and go for a casual skirt, shorts or jeans. Top it with a favorite tee and bring along a hoodie or casual cardigan in case it gets chilly. Lightweight pieces are best because you will probably be sweaty, and you might get wet on an occasional water ride. For cooler weather, definitely pack jeans and a few long-sleeved tops or sweaters. Layers are your friends!
2. Wear shoes that are comfortable but cute.
Privos by Clarks makes adorable shoes that are much cuter than sneakers but give your feet the same protection and support. Puma makes some cute ones too. If you must wear a sneaker, go with a fashion sneaker rather than a clunky athletic one. Also, check out Orthaheels. They make sandals and flip-flops that are very comfortable. With any shoe, be sure to break them in at home before packing for your trip.
Here are a few more shoes to consider:
Here are some more cute, comfy ballet flats to choose from.
3. Dress in layers, depending on the weather.
Always bring a sweatshirt or cardigan (evenings are often chilly, plus sometimes the indoor rides are cold and dank). And a lightweight poncho is always a good idea for those surprise rainstorms.
4. Bring a lightweight bag that is large enough for your gear.
I like the thin backpack bags for me (as pictured above) because it keeps your hands free but isn’t so heavy as to break your back. If you have kids with you, you’ll need something bigger. There are some stylish backpacks out there, though. Here are a few! (updated 3/5/14)
5. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
You can see my outfits from my last trip to Disney on this post: Daily Mom Style | Disney World Edition.
Also see my post: 10 Tips for Enjoying Disney World with Kids