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.
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.
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.
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.
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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