What To Wear To Disney World

what to wear to disney world

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

what to wear to disney worldOld Navy tank // Old Navy Lightweight Zip Hoodie // Boyfriend Denim Shorts // Clarks Haley Toucan // Mosey Camper Bag

cute outfit for disney world

Gap Essential V-Neck Tee // Gap Boyfriend Rollup Shorts // Vans Classic Sneakers // Baggallini Urban Backpack

what to wear to disneyOld Navy Ruffled Slub-Knit Henley // Old Navy V-Neck Boyfriend Cardi // Cuffed Capri Jeans // Orthaheel Julie Sandal // Kipling Crossbody Bag

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.

Clarks Haley Lark // Clarks Haley Falcon // PUMA sneakers // Converse Seasonal Ox

Here are a few more shoes to consider:

Cute Walking ShoesKalso Earth Shoe Penchant Too // KEEN Venice Sandal // Earth Zephyr T-Strap Sandal // Naot Dorith // Sanuk Yoga Mat Flip Flops

Here are some more cute, comfy ballet flats to choose from.

Comfortable Ballet FlatsCrocs Kadee Ballet Flats // Dr. Scholls Joliet Ballet Flat // Clarks Haley Eagle Ballet Flat // Keen Women’s Mercer Ballerina CNX Shoe

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)

Stylish Backpacks for Disney World

1. Welcome Backpack // 2. Nixon Vault Backpack // 3. Moxie Day Pack // 4. Kate Spade Patten Nylon Backpack // 5. Baggallini Urban Backpack // 6. Mosey Camper Bag

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

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Comments

  1. Susan says

    I WISH I would have read a post like this last year before we went. I was so busy preparing to leave and preparing for our trip that I didn’t think about it until the last minute. The first day I wore a comfie purple t-shirt that upon post-picture review added about 25 lbs to my frame! A little planning would have made me treasure our Disney pics a lot more!

  2. says

    Oh, this is just the encouragement I need. Seriously, sometimes when you are traveling with four kids to a place where no one knows you it is easy to just wear whatever. We are headed to Disneyland this summer. Thanks for reminding me that I will be happier with the pictures if I put a little effort into my wardrobe. (And, oh, I love those privos!)

    Latest post: Eleven

  3. says

    Love those puma ballet sneaks! Hope you’re having a fabulous and fairly fashionable time there :) I’m mentally filing these outfits away for our next family trip!

  4. says

    YAY You’re at Disney World! And I totally rock that first outfit, don’t hate. ;) Well, my shorts are nicer, but there’s no reason a Mickey Mouse t-shirt is evil at Disney World. You have to remember that it’s a place where people wear mouse ears non-ironically. MOUSE EARS! All kinds!

    My trip in June 2011? I was looking seriously cute. My February 2012 trip greeted me with lost luggage, so my outfits were limited.

    I hope you’re having fun!

    • says

      Haha. I actually don’t hate that first outfit. True confessions, I bought a cute, fitted Minnie Mouse tee last time I was there. It is actually quite similar to the one I posted here. Of course, I have only worn it once or twice, around the house. But I suppose there IS a time and place for a cute Mickey tee. Just PLEASE get the fitted kind! LOL

      • says

        OH yes. DEFINITELY fitted! I made the mistake of not wearing a fitted one. Twice. I didn’t realize how bad I looked until I saw the pictures!!

        I wish this post had been around in those days.

  5. says

    So glad you posted this!! We are leaving Wednesday and I don’t have “theme park attire”!! I’ve been shopping today and will wrap up tomorrow…thanks for the tips and suggestions.

  6. Erica says

    We leave in four weeks. Most of my girls (3) wardrobe is planned, husbands have it easy but what about Mommy dearest? It’s the shoes that are always the issue, no? And as you mentioned, the photos. I was leaning toward a ‘I’m actually about to hit the gym look’ with running capris and shoes all week but then realized my girls would be all cute in their tutus and cardigans. Not exactly a cohesive family look. Now I’m back to skinnies, ballets & tees I guess. And I second that the first look was kinda fun, with some slouchy cowgirl type boots and super toned legs, but alas, there is that stik’n shoe issue again ;) Final thought, does the Gucci waistbag circa Carrie SATC 1999 count as a fanny pack?? Don’t answer that. I know it does but I’m thinking of pulling it out of retirement nonetheless. Hope your October trip was great!

  7. carla sandoval says

    Thanks for the tips! My first time to Disney and I want to be prepared. We plan to travel in June & we have teenagers. They have been to Disney once before when they were younger. I love reading your blogs, they are always so detailed and helpful.

  8. lily says

    We are going to Disney World in a month and I could not be more excited!! I love the Pumas (all of them Haha) but I must say, I am TOTALLY wearing mickey and minnie shirts while we are there! Cute, fitted, and fashionable of course ;) I am even going as far as wearing a skull and swords-crossed shirt for our Pirates experience! I figure this is my one chance to dress like my 9-year-old daughter and not be judged. Thanks for the ideas!

  9. KimC says

    I know this post is older, but it popped up whilst I was looking for comfortable shoes to wear to the parks. I would like to note: for some people, jean shorts are a very very bad idea for park wear. Damp, sweaty jean shorts cause painful chafing.

  10. Karen says

    Thank you so much for this! We’re spending a week there and I’m finding it’s SO much easier to pack for our three kiddos than to pack my own bag. It really all comes down to the shoes. I don’t want to look like my mom wearing capris with running shoes. ;) I appreciate someone who knows it’s important to feel comfy AND cute!

  11. says

    no fanny packs? well, great! i’m gonna have to re-work my entire wardrobe for #DisneySMMoms! LOL #justkidding

    This is a GREAT round-up of products! Curious, are those Old Navy affiliate links???

  12. Dawn says

    I’m late to the conversation but I found your post really helpful! I’ve been looking at drawstring backpacks for a trip to Disney (as it’s frustrating having to constantly unzip zippers at every park) so the Nixon bag caught my eye. I love the shoe recommendations too. The only thing I agree to disagree with you on is the denim. I know that some people can do it, but I’m one who can’t wear denim to a theme park like Disney. If I sweat, which will more than likely happen, I often will get a heat rash when I wear denim and am walking in the heat for long periods of time, and right on my inner thighs. I prefer a lightweight cotton, terry, or other soft material Bermuda short or regular short. If you find the right pair that really fits, they will still make you look great in photos! Thanks again for the ideas, though. I can definitely play off of everything you posted.

  13. Linda Morgan says

    We’re going in Dec.3yr old, 18yrold, 42, 63, 65yr old all female.I wear jeans, I am a Truck Driver.Assorted Shirts.Not much on Sneakers though.Suggestions Please??

  14. says

    This is great! I couldn’t help but chuckle as I was reading your post. My family of five has yet to make a trip to Disney World. Just waiting for my little one to be a little older. Have you done a post about where to stay and what to do? Love the backpacks. ~Cynthia

  15. says

    Isn’t amazing what people choose to wear to theme parks?? From heels to being practically in beach clothes! I used to work at Disney so I’ve seen my share!

  16. says

    Hahaha-the what not to wear collage made me laugh!! This is such a helpful post-I can’t wait to take my kids to Disneyland but at 3 & a half and almost 2 years old I think they are still too small. I want to go when they can really fully enjoy it! I’ve never been either so I look forward to it:)
    Marta, xo
    http://www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

  17. says

    I started laughing the second I saw the first collage with the red line through it! Love all of your product picks! Hope you had a great time at Disney!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

  18. says

    Ohhh Jo-Lynne, now you make me want to go to Disney so bad. These are all great tips. Love the first outfit and the one with the denim shorts. I also could use some new colorful sneakers. Thanks for suggesting the Clarks.

    As always a pleasure linking up. Enjoy the weekend, Ada. =)

  19. sb says

    I have those Kadee flats that I got to have for comfortable/water proof shoes. The problem is that they are HORRIBLE when they are wet. Since there isn’t much of anything holding your feet in (unlike other crocs/mary janes/etc) when wet, your feet slip and slide ALL OVER the shoes. It happened to me yesterday and it was so slick my foot actually slipped out just from normal walking. I know FL is hot but also prone to random showers. Just FYI.

    • says

      Ugh, what a pain. I’ve never had trouble, but then again, I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten mind wet. Good to know, though!! Definitely wouldn’t want to be sliding all over Disney World, lol.

  20. Michelle says

    Any chance you know where the red boyfriend cardi is from in the first picture at the top of the post?

  21. says

    Great post…We are at Disney many times in a year and we have it down to a science. A lightweight backpack is a must. Sunscreen is essential, unless you tan well or have been taking your astaxanthin. Sometimes it’s a trade-off between how much money you want to take vs. how much stuff you want to carry. We usually pile up on snacks to try to keep the cost down, but you can travel pretty lightly if you buy food there.

    The one thing you left out was the potential for princess attire for kids. If your daughter has been a princess for Halloween or if you want to get a head start on it, lots of kids come dressed up and it’s really adorable. Many of the costumes are lightweight and there’s the behavioral advantages: “Princesses don’t whine.” “Princesses are polite.” “Princesses are patient.” check out my facebook page for the really spectacular Elsa dress I just finished for my young tween. We added on to an off the shoulder shirt to make something really beautiful.

  22. Bramdy says

    We go to Disney several times a year. I love the outfits, except for the denim. When I ride the water rides, they get wet and take forever to dry. This can make for a miserable day. I would suggest wearing lightweight, cotton shorts.

  23. Nora says

    How shallow. what if my family can barely afford to put food on the table, let alone go to Disney world. If my family saves up enough to go to Disney, I certainly will not purchase special clothing or shoes. It’s people like you who are completely missing the point. Disney is about magic, fun, and family. What matters most is that I am spending time with my family. And just because you’ve gone to Disney doesn’t you have it “down to a science”. Why the hell would I wear a necklace and earrings. It’s very likely that I would lose jewelry.

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