WHAT TO WEAR TO EACH OF THE DISNEY PARKS

Having taken my fair share of vacations at Disney Parks (not to mention having served on The Disney Parks Moms Panel, I feel especially capable of offering sage advice on what to wear to each of the Disney parks. Today, I’m sharing some fashion inspiration for one of my all-time favorite vacation destinations. But rather than just give you a couple of vague ideas, I’m offering up outfit suggestions for each of the four major theme parks and sharing the reasoning behind these suggestions. 

This post was originally published on February 17, 2015 and was recently updated  for 2020. This post contains affiliate links. 

 

The looks I’m sharing today are uniquely suited to each park but they all have one non-negotiable in common: they are both cute and comfortable. Given the miles you’ll likely be walking during your Disney dream vacation, it is especially important to build your outfit around the most essential part: comfortable shoes. The footwear you toss in your suitcase for this trip has to be comfortable first, and stylish second. 

 What Shoes to Wear to Disney?

Comfort is absolute top priority because every Disney trip includes walking a lot of miles. These athleisure shoes represent my picks for comfort and style.

 

If you’ll be vacationing when it’s hot, these sandals are great picks for footwear that looks cute and keeps your feet well-supported.

I wore these Sperry Boat Shoes during a Disney trip over the summer. They were super comfy all day.

cute and comfortable sandals for Disney

 

 What is the Best Bag for Disney?

Now that you’ve got some shoe inspiration, we need to address your bag situation. Let’s face it; every Disneygoer needs a bag that can handle the must-haves. Those might differ slightly from person to person but for me, my necessities include: rain poncho, chapstick, sunscreen, ID and maybe a bottle of water. Many years ago (probably at least ten years by now) I invested in a high-quality Baggalini bag and to this day, it’s my go-to bag for Disney trips. I love that they make all different styles of bags to suit most any taste. But when it comes to what is the best bag for Disney, my top choices fall into three categories: crossbody, belt bag or backpack. Here are some favorites.

With both our footwear and carryall bag out of the way, let’s move on to outfit ideas, shall we? 

What Should You Wear to Disney World When It’s Hot?

Ladies and gentlemen, please keep your hands and legs inside the vehicle at all times. Be sure to buckle up because we’re about to begin this tour of what to wear to each Disney park. We’re kicking our tour off at the place where the magic happens: Magic Kingdom. Everyone should feel free to be playful at the Magic Kingdom, right? This outfit fits that bill perfectly and it’s comfortable, too! The denim shorts are perfect for balmy Florida weather while the top is both whimsical and fashionable. Accessories should be fun, too, for any Magic Kingdom day. Another super important aspect of any smart theme park outfit is the bag. I have another post about the very best bags for Disney that you should check out. The bag I chose for this particular outfit is lightweight and features plenty of pockets for storing theme park necessities like chapstick and a phone. As I mentioned, the most important part of this outfit–of any theme park outfit, really–is the footwear. These athletic shoes easily allow for miles of walking without causing aching arches or burdensome blisters.

minnie mouse vintage ringer tee shirt with comfortable slip on sneakers

Shop the look: GRAPHIC TEE | SHORTS | BAG | SHOES | SUNGLASSES| BRACELET

 

 

As you’ll recall, I did mention that I’m sharing ideas for what to wear to each of the Disney Parks. Now that we’ve had our fun at Magic Kingdom, what do you guys say about catching the monorail and heading over to Epcot? You in? Good. Let’s go. Of all the parks, Epcot is the one that I feel justified in dressing up a bit for. My time at Epcot is typically spent in the World Showcase, strolling along the promenade and stopping in at each of the pavilions as I go. The World Showcase features mostly opportunities to dine and be entertained by live performers and films–not to mention more than one opportunity to indulge in an adult beverage or three. That is the touring plan I had in mind when I put this outfit together. Like our Magic Kingdom outfit, I opted for shorts so that we’d be comfortable in Orlando’s heat and humidity. The top I selected is casual, but elevated casual, don’t you think? You’ll also notice that–once again–I opted for comfortable sandals and a small, convenient bag to keep my necessities close at hand. Next stop? Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Shop the look: TOP | SHORTS | SHOES | BAG | BELT | NECKLACE

 

 

I don’t know about your family, buy mine tends to watch a lot of shows when we visit Hollywood Studios. And so, when it comes to choosing what to wear to each of the Disney parks, I had some extra considerations to keep in mind when planning for Hollywood Studios. Whether it’s Fantasmic! or Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage, we spend a fair amount of time sitting on those metal bleacher seats while we’re at the park. With that in mind, I usually opt for a bit more coverage on my legs when we visit the studios. I find that Capri jeans, cropped leggings or poplin pants are great options because they keep my legs from getting those uncomfortable indentions from all that time sitting on the metal bleachers. For this example outfit, I paired some cropped leggings with a cute, longer tee and–once again–comfortable shoes. I’d love to stick around to see if I can up my Toy Story Mania score, but we’ve got one more park to hit. Let’s park hop over to Animal Kingdom, shall we?

 

Shop the look: TOP | SHOES | CROPPED LEGGINGS | BAG | BRACELET

 

 

Our tour of what to wear to each of the Disney parks would not be complete without a stop at — you guessed it — Animal Kingdom. I paired these fun shorts with an animal print top, because Animal Kingdom. We’re going hands-free at Animal Kingdom with a crossbody bag. Oh, and these shoes. You guys. These shoes are the bomb. They are my absolute favorite when it comes to comfort but what I love about them is that they’re as cute as they are comfortable. Coordinating accessories round out the look. 

cute cropped pants with white cold shoulder tee and coordinating accessories

Shop the look: TOP | SHORTS | SHOES |BAG | EARRINGS| WATCH

 

 

 

What Should You Wear to Disney World When It’s Cold?

We visited Disney during the Christmas season and it was a great time to go. The parks are so fun when they’re all decked out for the season. Dressing for cooler Orlando weather can be a bit more difficult because you want to be warm but also have the ability to stay comfortable should the temperatures rise in the afternoon. My outfit selections worked really well for the weather when we visited.

These faux leather Spanx leggings are a bit of an investment, but they’re worth every penny. They’re super slimming and the shimmer adds a bit of style to an otherwise plain Jane outfit.

Girl wearing spanx faux leather leggings for Disney World

 

The camo pants I’m wearing in the photo below are another favorite. I’m a huge fan of American Eagle jeans. They’re the softest and most comfortable pants ever. And they have so many styles that it’s easy to find something to suit any taste. I styled them with a long sleeve black shirt and a lightweight quilted vest for layering comfort.

Can we talk raingear for a second? Orlando is a wet place. But it’s also a fairly warm place. The very best raincoat for that type of weather is this awesome one I’m wearing below. It’s lightweight and breathable but it breaks the wind and repels water like nobody’s business. I also love that it’s not boxy and the collar is super cute.
 

These jeans are ridiculously comfortable. And cute, too. Worn with a lightweight, long-sleeve top and wedge sneakers, they make a great outfit.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour through the parks. Hopefully you’ll find that your next visit to the magical world of Disney can be both cute and comfortable!