Wardrobe Tips For A Walt Disney World Vacation

Guests to Walt Disney World Parks dress in a variety of fashions, but the general atmosphere for the WDW "Resort Casual." Disney does have a brief list of prohibited attire that pretty much boils down to "this is a place for families to have fun together, there are many young children, use discretion and common sense." Disney suggests that Guests dress comfortably, wear good walking shoes at all times, and check the local weather report before leaving for the parks.

Below you'll find Disney's official list of attire that they find inappropriate for the parks - which may result in refusal of admittance - it includes, but is not limited to:

  • No Adult costumes or clothing that can be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character
  • No Masks
  • No Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • No Excessively torn clothing
  • No Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • No Objectionable tattoos

Disney does reserve the right to refuse entrance into its Parks and Resorts to anyone who is wearing clothing deemed offensive. Items that should be avoided include "transparent clothes, clothes with gang signs and patches, offensive, obscene, or overtly violent T-shirts, excessively torn clothing and bikinis."

Don't Forget To Consider The Weather When PackingDon't Forget To Consider The Weather When Packing

Adults over the age of 9 are not allowed to wear costumes or clothes in which they could be mistaken for a costumed character. However - that's not to say that they can't participate in the trend of Disneybounding, they just can't wear a costume that could make them be confused for an actual Disney character. Adults are allowed to enjoy the parks if their hair or make-up resembles a Disney Princess or character, provided that they are not also wearing a full costume to look like that character. Street clothes that have been "inspired by" Characters is a fun way to be playful with your vacation wardrobe. Visit our member forums here for more information about Disneybounding, and keep your eyes on our Style Saturday posts.

Several Disney's fine dining establishments (known as "Signature Restaurants") do have a stricter dress code for their patrons, which is enforced to ensure the appropriate atmosphere throughout the establishment. However it's still easy to be comfortable and meet the signature requirements. What's absolutely not permitted in signature restaurant restaurants are "Tank tops, swimsuits or swimsuit cover-ups, hats for gentlemen, cut-offs, or ripped or torn clothing of any kind." We wrote an article awhile back that is a little more in-depth about what is appropriate, which you can read here.

Disneybounding At The Magic KingdomDisneybounding At The Magic Kingdom

Make sure you take the weather into consideration during the time of year that you are traveling. Wear a hat, don't expose too much skin, take a sweater in the winter, and bring rain gear during the wet season. Most of all be comfortable and have fun!

What do you wear at Disney? Leave a comment and let us know your style.

daguru wrote on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 13:34:

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Highly recommend compression shorts and baby/talc powder... Maybe even carrying a small bag or bottle of baby powder to re-apply during the day.

Tressy wrote on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:08:

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I used to wear shorts but recently discovered that a light, loose skirt is so much cooler! Plus it looks cute in photos. Skechers are great for all day walking/standing, and I often braid my hair to keep it off my neck and relatively contained (humidity is my enemy). Just don't forget to put sunscreen on the "part" near the top of your head if braiding.

Steve R wrote on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 19:56:

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Really, "hats for gentlemen" are considered not appropriate for more formal dining venues? What could be more formal than a gentleman wearing a hat? Perhaps you mean "caps"? Or floppy hats, or cowboy hats?

Amber Barron wrote on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 20:12:

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I usually Disneybound- soooooo much fun!

Pat wrote on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 21:19:

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Clothing that wicks moisture away from the body. It is great for hot and humid weather and dries very quickly after the water rides. Look for shirts and shorts or skorts in sporting goods stores. Stay away from cotton.

Mar wrote on Wed, 05/27/2015 - 02:10:

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Adults ?????? over the age of 9 ??

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