Deciding what to wear at Disney World may sound like an easy task, but that’s one of the most common misconceptions among Disney first-timers. Sure, you’ll want to look great for your vacation photos, but you’ll also want to be dressed for the lines, the rides and the weather.
So how do you look good, while keeping it practical? Here are a few suggestions…
1. Keep the weather in mind
When you’re considering what pack for a trip to Disney World, the weather is an important factor to bear in mind. The temperatures in Orlando fluctuate throughout the year, so the clothes you pick for February should be quite different from those you pick July.
What to wear at Disney World in the summer
Orlando’s weather during the summer is very hot and humid, so you’ll want to wear something light and airy to keep you cool. Daytime temperatures average a sauna-like 92F, so it’s best to wear natural fabrics like cotton or linen, or sports apparel that’s designed to wick away sweat and keep you dry. Despite the heat, the parks are still usually nice and comfortable as many of the lines are air-conditioned or have cooler fans.
Orlando tends to be quite rainy in the summer months, so be sure to pack a light rain mac or a small umbrella – you can buy ponchos at the park, but these tend to be more expensive than elsewhere. Don’t worry too much about the rain though, as showers are usually light, and most park-goers consider them a welcome respite from the heat.
What to wear when it cools down
While Orlando is sunny all year round, the winter and spring months bring cooler, more comfortable temperatures. The best clothes for Disney during these months are comfortable lightweight items with a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings.
This guide has more advice on planning for Florida’s weather.
2. Add a splash of color
Light and bright colors look right at home in Disney World, and they will also help to keep you cool. That thing we’ve all heard about darker colors absorbing the sun is absolutely true, so sticking to lighter colors will keep you cooler on sunny days. Bright colors come in handy for families with young kids too – they make it easier to spot little ones who accidentally wander off.
3. Wear comfortable shoes
When it comes to the best shoes to wear at Disney World, the key priority is comfort. There are 4 sprawling theme parks to walk around and the waiting times for rides are often long, which means that even if you’re not walking, you can end up standing in line for long periods of time.
The best shoes to wear at Disney World are lightweight walking shoes like sandals, pumps or sneakers that sit securely on your feet. Try to avoid wearing heels, or shoes with hard wedges and heavy platforms as they’ll end up hurting your feet. Also avoid brand-new shoes that haven’t been worn before, as they may end up rubbing your feet. Wearing flip flops at Disney World is a big no-no – get on a ride with them and they’ll be flying off your feet as fast as you can say ‘roller coaster’.
4. Take a hands-free bag
You may want to look stylish at Disney World, but a theme park is no place for a heavy handbag. A practical choice is a small crossbody bag, or a lightweight tote or backpack with a zip, as you don’t want anything falling out when you’re whizzing around on rides.
Suitcases, coolers and backpacks (with or without wheels) are all allowed in the park, as long as they are no larger than 24” long x 52” wide x 18” high. Snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are also allowed, so you can pack refreshments along with your personal items.
If you don’t fancy carrying a bag around with you all day, you can rent lockers at Disney World on a daily basis.
5. Keep jewellery simple
When deciding what to wear at Disney World, be mindful of being thrown around on rides. Large or dangly pieces of jewellery could get broken, watches could get splashed and expensive items could get lost. If you must wear jewellery keep it simple, and don’t wear anything you’d be too upset about losing.
6. Pack sun protection
When in the Sunshine State, it’s wise to carry sunscreen, sunglasses and maybe even a cap or sun hat. One bad case of sunburn could spoil your whole vacation – not to mention the longer-term implications like sun damage.
7. Don’t wear anything you’ll worry about
You’ll want to look good for your vacation photos, but don’t compromise your fun by wearing anything you’ll worry about. Your favorite white jeans or expensive sneakers may look great when you get dressed, but they won’t look the same after a day at a theme park. Keep in mind that you’ll get dirty clambering on and off rides – there are water rides too, so there’s a good chance you’ll get wet.
Steer clear of wearing anything you’ll worry about staining while you’re on the rides, or wandering around eating and drinking.
8. What not to wear at Disney
You may be wondering what to wear at Disney World, but there are a few things you can’t wear too. The theme parks are a casual, family-orientated environment, and they ask that you use your discretion and common sense when dressing for a visit.
As part of the Disney Dress Code, guests are asked to wear proper attire including shoes and shirts at all times. Attire that is not appropriate for the parks includes (but is not limited to):
- Costumes and masks worn by guests age 14 or over
- Clothing with obscene language or graphics
- Excessively torn clothing
- Clothing not appropriate for a family environment
We recommend that you review the Disney World park rules before your visit to avoid any delays or disruptions. These are updated regularly so check back before you pack.
Cute outfits for Disney World
If you’re looking for cute oufits for Disney World, we recommend checking out J’s Everyday Fashion style blog.
Run by Orlando-based fashion enthusiast Jeanette Johnson, the website is packed full of everyday fashion advice, including outfit ideas for every season, a ‘how to style’ section, and a handy shopping guide to help you find affordable outfits for every occasion.
If you’re booking an Orlando vacation and you need advice on the best places to stay then contact the Top Villas travel team today. Additionally, the Top Villas concierge service can arrange any added extras you need such as great value car hire and attraction tickets.