What To Wear To Disney World

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. Also, I just found out that I’m going to Disney World in November. My girls and I will fly down and join my parents and my brother’s family as they celebrate my nephew’s birthday. I can’t wait!

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.

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.

What to Wear to Disney World

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 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.

Fashion Over 40: What to Wear to Disney WorldOld Navy tank // Old Navy Lightweight Zip Hoodie // Denim Bermuda Shorts (these cuffed bermudas are another option) // Keen Rivington Ballerina // Mosey Camper Bag // Sunnies

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. And doesn’t this linen miracle tee look so cool and comfy? 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.

Fashion Over 40: What to Wear to Disney World

Linen Miracle Tee // Cutoff Fatigue Shorts // Birkenstock Gizeh Sandals // Baggallini Criss Cross // aviators

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.

What to Wear to Disney World

Athleta Redondo Dress // Sketchers Performance Go Walk slip-on sneakers // Baggallini Excursion Sling

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 sneakers but give your feet the same protection and support. 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.

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!

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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  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. Blush Mamas 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!

      • Cynthia says

        Thank you for that comment! I seriously get chills when I see ppl wear running shoes with capris. I do not let daughter them to school because she has to wear “closed toed” shoes forP.E. Since she is 5 she does not understand that I pack her extra shoes but to change out of them immediately after P.E. When I pick her up from school, I find out she has been wearing them the entire day….smh!

  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

  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!


  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.

  24. Karen ramsett says

    No, it’s not shallow. It’s her opinion and she’s giving good info to people who are going and are wondering what to wear. We probably have most of it in our walk in double seasoned closets anyway. Sorry, that was just plain catty. Anyway, I agree with her choices. I just came back. It was really hot. My lite cotton capris were perfect. T’s and tanks nicely accessorized, a tank dress was a life saver in the 90 degree heat. back pack a must, but not so large that it looks like you’re packing a small child. Comfy well broken in shoes! Couple of pair. I brought scarfs cuz I love them, but didn’t wear them cuz it was so hot, but a cute inexpensive way to look good and have something around your shoulders if need be. Enjoy disney!

  25. Alice says

    I’ve been to Disneyland twice (but not world), and I totally get the points you’ve made. The only good choice I picked for my outfit was my pair of Crocs Kadee Flats (and brown too, just like in the reference picture!). I am planning to go to Disney World in a couple months and found this post. Knowing there will be A LOT MORE walking, it’s important to not only wearing the right, comfortable shoes, but to also dress comfortably AND fashionably for all occasions and always be prepared (YES, sunscreen!). Thank you for this post and all the useful information you’ve given.

  26. lisa says

    This is great! I’m always looking for cute ideas for Disney since I hate how I look in a tshirt photo! Haha. What are the shoes you’re showing in the photo with the yellow tank and red cardigan? I love them!

  27. A,g, says

    Summer Jumpsuits, onesies or rompers with a pastel print are my go to for day at the amusement park. Easy! You can find them at your local vintage/thrift shop, TOP SHOP, forever 21, or vintage section of eBay,

  28. LSB says

    I’m not much of a shorts person–I can never find them that fit my frame well….even as a size 4, I buy size 8/10 b/c of my shape and they still ride up, etc I love wearing comfy skirts and dresses. I didn’t see any listed, do you recommend? As much as I would love to pair with heels like the nightclub gals, I will pass for some comfy ballet flats:) will I have an issue with some of the rides?

  29. Teresa says

    What would you recommend for those who feel like we need a hat when spending hours in the sun? I always wear a hat when at WDW but it isn’t necessarily a great look.

  30. ann says

    You ARE judgey. Who are you to say people shouldn’t wear fanny packs or capris. I find nothing wrong with anything in the photo with the big X. Sleeves help keep the sun off your skin instead of tanks. Any shoes that are comfy for the long days of walking are what someone should wear.

  31. Brianna says

    I’ve been to Disney more times than I can count and I plan to return this July. While what you are suggesting is helpful…you should not diss the fanny pack. I am 21 years old and have totally judged moms and grandmas seen around the park with them but as I shop for this year’s Disney trip, I plan to purchase one to call my own. They are ridiculously convenient especially when all I need is cash, back up credit card, and mini water/spray fan (boyfriend will be carrying everything else in our backpack). Also, word of advice, active wear (an outfit one might wear to the gym) is also a great theme park outfit. You will thank me if you plan to roam the park from the time it opens to the time is closes.

    • says

      LOL, last time I was there, I noticed moms wearing activewear, and I thought, HOW SMART! I added one such outfit to this post for that reason. And I will let you try out the fanny pack and report back. I hear ya. I do. But… I just don’t think I can pull it off. I think I’ll stick to my crossbody. But if you 20-somethings start wearing them, they just might come back in style! Ha!

  32. says

    You know, I have been planning for months for our trip in October and all I think about is COMFORT and this post made me think about the pictures, too. I definitely don’t want to look like I am headed to yoga or just rolled out of bed in PJs in my photos so I need to put some thought into my outfit choices! I can never wear a fanny pack, though, so I am with you on that one! I’ll take a cross-body but hope to keep it in the backpack I am making my hubby carry.

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