What to wear to Disney

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.

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW park

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?

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW parkLet’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.

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW park

Shop the look: SIMILAR POLKA DOT SHIRT $16 | similar comfy flats $48 | SIMILAR CROSSBODY BAG $20


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.

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW parkShop 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?

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW parkShop 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.

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW park

Shop the look: similar t-shirt $14 | 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!

What to wear to Disney :: outfit inspiration for each WDW park
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27 Replies to “What to wear to Disney”

  1. Not that I’m into fashion in the slightest, but thank you for including shirts with actual inseams. Our last visit showed me WAY too much of everyone else’s butt cheeks.

  2. Will you take me shopping.. I love all the choices you made.. Several of my favorite colors as well. Thank goodness you did not have any plastic shoes or crocks in the choices.. Seen too much at all the Disney parks. Plus I agree, who needs heels at the parks? I know some people feel they can’t be without heals, but let lose and let your feet down…

  3. super cute outfits! I also love that you included the minnie headband at the end. Your blog is fun.

  4. I love all the outfits, especially the Magic Kingdom shoes. They look stylish yet comfy. I also appreciate that you went with looks that are something other than what you’d wear to the gym.

  5. I love the outfit ideas too! I would love to find out the names of the shoes you mention for each park outfit. It’s tough finding something that looks fashionable but won’t kill your feet! Thanks again for posting these awesome outfit ideas. I can’t wait to go shopping now that I am inspired!

  6. Where do you buy these pieces. Planning a disney trip in December and live in Michigan so no more summer items in stores.

  7. I, too, would love to know the names of the items shown – especially the shoes. Thanks!

  8. These are adorable!!!! Heading to Disney in less than two weeks “for the first time in forever” and for the first time with a little one. These look comfy but still cute.

  9. I agree with the above. I’d love to know the brands (and style names) for the items above. I absolutely love the red polka dot shirt!

  10. I found your blog through this pin. Love the outfits, especially the footwear, Please tell us where we can purchase the items. Your blog is great and it is refreshing to read such skilled writing.

  11. The outfits all look super cute and comfortable, but the shoes look like I’d be in a wheel chair by the end of the day! I wear Birkenstocks year round, all day long at home. I can’t even wear them one whole day at the park without limping and causing some serious walking issues. These shoes have no arch support and zero cushion, can you really wear them all day long while walking miles and miles (we clocked in over 20,000 3 of the 6 days and between 12,000-15,000 the other 3) without causing pain?

  12. You have one of the best blogs I’ve read. You have a gift! Thanks, it was very enjoyable.

  13. don’t wear flip flops to the parks, it’s very crowded and people will step on your feet, not to mention you can lose them easily on rides

  14. I love your outfit for the Animal Kingdom. It does seem warmer there. I would not wear denim shorts to Magic Kingdom if you are planning on riding Splash Mountain. They take forever to dry!!!

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