Having taken my fair share of vacations at Disney Parks, I feel especially capable of offering sage advice on what to wear to Disney. Today, I’m sharing some fashion inspiration for one of my favorite vacation destinations.
I adopted the task of creating one outfit that would be perfect for each of Disney’s four major theme parks. I came up with outfit ideas that were both fun and functional because we’ve all seen prime examples of what not to wear in Disney parks.
Am I right or am I right? I cannot tell you how many times I’ve been hanging out at Magic Kingdom and have watched in pained awe as some chick stumbles through Frontierland dressed like this. I just don’t get it. Did she think they were auditioning for the next Miss America or something? I don’t know. In any case, my suggestions are much more practical. Come along with me and have a look?
Let’s start in the park where the magic happens, shall we? Magic Kingdom. Using Minnie’s favorite dress as inspiration, I came up with this polka-dotted number. The denim shorts are perfect for balmy Florida weather while the top is both playful and fashionable. I accessorized with a Pandora charm adorned with Disney beads. Perhaps the most important part of this outfit–of any theme park outfit, really–is the footwear. I opted for comfortable flats that would easily allow for miles of walking without causing aching arches or burdensome blisters.
Shop the look: SIMILAR POLKA DOT SHIRT $16 | similar comfy flats $48 | SIMILAR CROSSBODY BAG (Vera Bradley) $50
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 simple cotton t-shirt I selected is both breathable and casual. You’ll also notice that–once again–I opted for comfortable sandals and a small, lightweight bag to keep my point-and-shoot camera and lip balm close and convenient. Next stop? Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Shop the look: similar top $18 | similar sandals $60 | similar bag $35
I don’t know about your family, buy mine tends to watch a lot of shows when we visit 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 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 boyfriend capri pants with a breathable striped t-shirt and–once again–comfortable sandals. Minnie’s bow lent inspiration for the accessories. 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: similar top $8 | similar shoes $ 40 | similar bag $ 230
It may just be me, but I’m here to tell you that if the temperature in Orlando is 80º, the temperature at Animal Kingdom easily feels closer to 180º. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but suffice it to say that Animal Kingdom is hot. And humid. For that reason, we’re opting for shorts. I went with a green top because Animal Kingdom is also the place where conservation and recycling play a prominent role. Of course, I had to give nod to the wildlife–which I think I successfully did by accessorizing with animal print (in the belt) and likeness (in the way of an elephant necklace). The fedora and sunglasses will help me look cool while I’m keeping cool. And, of course, the shoes are both comfortable and supportive.
Shop the look: similar t-shirt $17 | similar hat $15 | similar belt $ 10
That, my friends, concludes our virtual catwalk through Disney’s parks. So what do you think? Which outfit is your favorite? Can you see yourself wearing any of these as you tour Florida’s most popular theme parks? Hopefully you can take a bit of inspiration from these suggestions the next time you get ready to pack your suitcase and head to the Mouse House. But if you need even further fashion advice, my friend Jo-Lynne offers some additional inspiration on what to wear to Disney. Oh, and I almost forgot. You’re going to want to make sure to tuck a pair of these into your carryon, too. See ya real soon!
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