What to Wear to Disney World is one of my all-time most popular blog posts. I just updated all of the outfits and shopping links, so I decided to republish it so you don’t miss it.
If you’re considering a trip to Disney World and are flummoxed by what to wear, I hope you’ll find this post helpful.
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.
I know it’s not all about how you look, but 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. Let make them something our kids won’t want to make fun of.
You’ll be doing a TON of walking, so you want to be comfortable. 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.
NOTE: I have always traveled to Disney in fall or spring. I’ve never been there in the dead of summer when it’s stifling hot, so most of my outfit ideas are geared for the fall/winter/spring seasons when the weather is milder. If you are traveling in the summer months, take these ideas and apply them to summer clothing.
Here are a few examples of a great theme park outfit.
What To Wear To Disney World
Keep it casual with a pair of jeans shorts and a tank top. If you’re there during cooler weather, you may want a hoodie in your bag. This Mosey Camper Bag is perfect for moms with young kids who need to cart along some extra gear. The Keen Rivington ballet flats are cute and comfy for the miles of walking you’ll be doing. Just be sure to break them in a few weeks before your trip.
Cotton shorts work well too, and they lighter than denim if you’re visiting during the warmer months. They also dry faster if you get wet on a water ride. If you don’t need to carry a large bag, go for a lightweight crossbody. Baggallini makes a ton of cute styles. I like the Criss Cross. There is a spot for everything in this clever organizer.
A casual dress is another great option. Some women find dresses more comfortable than shorts, and it’s certainly a cute look. Go for a nice lightweight cotton or a moisture-wicking fabric. Athleta always has a nice selection of casual dresses, as does Title Nine.
I also am a HUGE fan of a crossbody bag, if you don’t need to carry a lot of stuff. My kids are older, so I don’t need to bring everything but the kitchen sink to the parks. I always carry a small crossbody such as this well organized Capri Crossbody by Tumi Voyager.
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.
Nowadays, there are a lot of adorable shoes that are much cuter than athletic sneakers but give your feet the same protection and support. That said, athletic sneakers are trending right now, so if that’s your thing, go for it. For comfortable sandals, check out Vionic. They make sandals and flip-flops that are very comfortable and have orthotic footbeds for extra support. With any shoe, be sure to break them in at home before packing for your trip.
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 thin crossbody bags because they keep my hands free but aren’t too heavy. If you have kids with you, you may need something bigger. There are some stylish backpacks out there, though.
5. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
Disney Fashion In Real Life
Interested in some real life examples of what to wear to Disney World? See my outfits from my last 2 trips to Disney:
Disney Vacation: What I Wore (2015)
Also see my post: 10 Tips for Enjoying Disney World with Kids
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