Exactly What to Wear to Disney World + 6 Outfit Ideas You’ll Love

Learn exactly what to wear to Disney World to be comfortable and feel chic, stylish, and anything but Goofy! 

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Girl at Disney wearing a Mickey Mouse hat, black and white striped pants, white Nike sneakers, a black sports bra, an open white button down and a white fanny pack.
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Exactly What to Wear to Disney World

If you’re headed to Florida to visit Walt Disney World, there are a few things you should consider as you prepare for your trip, including where to stay, what rides to take, and of course, what to wear. 

Let’s face it – packing can be a bit of a pain, regardless of your destination, and when you’re packing clothes for a theme park, it’s not exactly a cakewalk. 

While you can’t wave a wand, say, “Bibbid-bobbidi-boo!”, and have the perfect Disney world wardrobe all folded and packed in your suitcase, I can make it much more of an easy process for you!

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What Should a Woman Wear to Disney World?

When visiting Disney World you’ll want to make sure you pack appropriate clothes for the weather, the activities you’ll do during the day, and for the amount of walking you’re going to do. 

I’ve compiled a list of must-have clothing items to ensure you have the best time riding Splash Mountain or watching the fireworks display in the evening…and look mega-cute while doing it all. 

Girl at Disney wearing jean shorts, white sneakers, a white and red baseball tee, and a red Minnie Mouse hat.
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Let’s Talk Footwear

If you’ve ever visited an amusement park, you know half your time will be spent walking from one attraction to another – Disney World is no exception. In fact, the entertainment and recreation center spans nearly 40 square miles. That’s bigger than New York City! 

This expansive location includes four separate theme parks and two water parks, so to put it simply — be prepared to do some walking.

Though your feet are likely to feel the distance, you can mitigate any pain by choosing the right pair of shoes, so you should leave your glass slippers at home

Opt for the following styles to ensure maximum comfort during your trip:

  • Reliable running shoes
  • Open-toed sandals with cushioned sole (think Birkenstock-esque comfort) 
  • Slip-on loafers or slides

I recommend saving your brand new pairs for another occasion; the shoes you wear to Disney should be broken in to avoid blisters. 

Also, be sure to keep in mind the weather conditions when packing your shoes. Though Florida is not known for the cold, you should consider rain as a possibility and double-check the forecast before packing. 

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Tops & Shirts

Theme parks are an informal setting, so you shouldn’t feel the need to wear your finest clothing. Stick to lightweight and airy tank tops and shirts and if you feel up to it, have fun with the Disney theme.

Disney parks are a place where adults can embrace their inner kid, and wearing a character top or accessory with casual clothes is a-OK. 

You’ll also want to consider bringing along a layer if the weather gets cooler or rainy, or you are staying for a night-time fireworks show. A lightweight cotton sweater or denim jacket is a great idea. 

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Jeans, Shorts, or Leggings

If you’re a denim devotee, you can wear a pair of denim jeans or shorts, depending on the weather. Aim to pack your most comfortable pair that fits well so they don’t sag or chafe throughout the day due to sweating – it can be quite hot in Florida so in the summer you’ll likely want to opt for shorts, and can swap out denim for linen or lightweight cotton shorts. 

Girl wearing black biker shorts, white sneakers, a cream cropped sweatshirt, a black belt bag across her shoulder and black sunnies.
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Leggings are another awesome option. The soft, breathable fabric of leggings feel super comfortable while you wait in lines. Plus, their stretchy material allows you to move around from ride to ride with ease… or indulge in all the churros and soft pretzels you want.

In the warmer months go with cropped leggings or biker shorts, and consider a lighter color than black, like grey or olive green.

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Skirt, Dress, or Romper

If you are a skirt or dress kind of gal, you can wear either but avoid anything extra flowy or overly long. Also throw on a pair of spandex biking shorts underneath to avoid a Marilyn Monroe moment on a thrill ride.

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I also love the idea of a comfy and stretchy romper or jumpsuit. This creates a great way to “dress up” a little but still feel comfortable enough to walk, walk, and walk some more.

On a cooler day choose a longer jumpsuit, and on a hot Florida summer day go with a short romper in an airy and breathable fabric. 

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Accessories & Extras

  • Hats: Hats are a good option at theme parks as they provide great sun protection. But, a hat can easily fly off on a thrill ride, so go with a ball cap that fits more snug if you do choose a hat. Want to get more festive? Try to get your hands on a hat with Mickey Mouse ears for an ultra-cute detail to your outfit.

  • Lightweight Jacket or Top Layer: If you’re planning to stay at the park all day, you’ll likely want to pack a light jacket, sweatshirt, sweater, or cardigan to throw over your shoulders in the evenings when the temperature starts to drop. 

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  • Backpack or Fanny Pack: Take a small backpack or a stylish fanny pack (yes, these do exist!) to store your essentials, including keys, wallet, sunglasses, and sunscreen, while remaining hands-free.  

 

  • Sunglasses: Florida is the sunshine state, so be sure to bring a pair of shades to elevate your outfit and protect your eyes. Just make sure to pop them in your bag before you go on the Rock n’ Rollercoaster. 
Girls at the refreshment corner eating Disney themed snacks and wearing jeans, t-shirts and Minnie Mouse ears.
Photo: @theurbandarling

What Should You Not Wear at Disney World?

Now that we’ve covered what to wear to Disney World, let’s talk about what not to wear. 

There are only a few specific items that should be avoided when you head to Disney World to prevent a wardrobe malfunction, and stay within the realms of a family-friendly environment. 

 

  • Short skirts or dresses: Unless you plan to wear a pair of spandex shorts under your skirt or dress, it’s best to avoid this outfit choice simply because there’s a chance of an accidental flashing incident. Enough said. 

 

  • Long flowing skirts or dresses: If you are planning on actually riding the rides at Disney World you’ll be doing a lot of moving, getting in and out of harnesses, and navigating around doors and latches. It’s best to avoid flowy articles of clothing that could easily get lodged or caught in anything. 

 

  • Heeled shoes: As mentioned before, you’ll be doing a whole lot of walking at Disney World. Although heels can look super cute with your Minnie Mouse t-shirt, they just aren’t practical, and can leave you with mega blisters. 

 

  • Clothing with profanity or questionable graphics: Disney World is a family-friendly environment so it’s best to save these items (if you do have them in your wardrobe) for a different occasion. 

 

  • Expensive or dangly jewelry: Much like the flowy clothing, dangly jewelry could get caught in something, or might just end up whipping you in the face on one of the thrill rides so it’s best to leave these pieces at home along with any expensive or sentimental jewelry you would hate to lose. 
Girls in front of the Disney castle holding up the peace sign and wearing Minnie Mouse ears.
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As you pack, remember to check the weather forecast, as your outfits will largely depend on the season and temperature during your stay. 

Also, be sure to consult your itinerary for activities, such as visiting a restaurant or the water parks, as these will also influence your clothing choices.

Though there are no hard-and-fast rules when it comes to theme park fashion, these tips will help you feel comfortable and ultimately enhance your experience. 

Above all, remember to have fun! It is the Happiest Place on Earth, after all!

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