What to wear when visiting Walt Disney World

A vacation to Walt Disney World involves excessive amounts of walking. We usually average between 11-13 miles per day (and this is fairly typical). With that in mind, comfort should be the most important consideration when choosing what to pack to wear for your vacation. 

In addition to comfort, imagine for a moment the number of photos that will be taken on this vacation. This is especially true if you have decided to spend $169 on the Memory Maker package (which I highly recommend) so that you can have photos with the entire family. So, in addition to being comfortable, you want to feel cute and sport your Disney pride. 

I have spent a lot of time thinking about this over the years and gradually my collection of Disney-themed apparel items has grown. As part of planning for your trip, you might consider purchasing some Disney apparel. Below I have compiled a list of my favorite items to wear when visiting Walt Disney World:

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Mickey necklace and earrings

Mickey necklace from Macy's
Mickey necklace from Macy’s

A simple Mickey Mouse necklace adds a bit of Disney flair to any outfit. I have a classic sterling silver Mickey silhouette necklace with matching earrings that I like to wear when visiting the parks. They are lightweight and go with anything. Mine are from Macy’s, but you can find a similar necklace on Amazon as well.


Dooney & Bourke Magic Band
Dooney & Bourke Magic Band

You might not think about this, but your MagicBand will be in almost every single photo. On my first trip wearing a magic band, I wore a standard bright blue magic band. After noticing the magic band in every photo, I realized it was time to upgrade. I splurged for the Dooney and Burke ‘Walk in the Park’ band that is no longer available (see above). 

Even though that band is no longer in stock, there are several really nice options available online. The plain bands now come in extended colors. I think the white and navy blue options are versatile and classy. There are also several really cute themed bands. My current favorites are Cinderella’s Castle and Spaceship Earth. Please note that the themed bands don’t tend to stick around too long, so if these are no longer available, spend some time on the shopdisney.com website browsing the current selection.

Coordinating outfits

Coordinating Hawaiian shirts and dresses from shopdisney.com
Coordinating Hawaiian shirts and dresses from shopdisney.com

Everywhere you look in Disney World you will see a family or group with coordinating shirts. You can make them yourself or find someone on Etsy to make custom shirts for you. On a girls trip a few years ago, we used the Shop Disney personalization shop to design and customize Cinderella-themed shirts. I thought they were adorable.

Brian, however, isn’t really a fan of the coordinating outfits. The one thing he did say he would consider is coordinating Hawaiian shirts. I’m not even sure where he got the idea because I had never seen Disney-themed Hawaiian shirts. It turns out that they exist. And I love them. 

Button-up shirts

Disney button-up shirt from Amazon
Disney button-up shirt from Amazon

A lot of Disney-themed apparel comes in the form of t-shirts. Brian and I don’t wear too many t-shirts as they are often cut too slim for me or too short on my extremely tall husband. Instead, Brian wears a lot of button-up shirts. We purchased this one for him from the Disney store on a recent trip to Nashville, but there are many options available from various retailers. I also really like this Haunted Mansion shirt, this Disney Villains shirt, and this Mickey on Vacation shirt. This Lion King shirt and this Toy Story shirt are also amazing.

Cute tops that aren’t t-shirts

Cinderella tank top from shopdisney.com
Cinderella tank top from shopdisney.com

It isn’t always easy to find cute Disney tops for women that aren’t t-shirts (especially in extended sizes). On the Shop Disney website, I like this Peter Pan tank top, this Lion King tank top, this Cinderella tank top, and this rose gold spirit jersey. There are a few options at other retailers as well including Amazon, Hot Topic, Torrid, and Macy’s. Some of my favorites right now include this Alice in Wonderland tank, this Lion King button up, this Lilo & Stitch kimono, and this Minnie Mouse plaid button up.

Custom made pieces

Ariel fabric from Joanns
Ariel fabric from Joanns

As we plan for our upcoming trip to Disney, I will probably pick up some of the items above. I am also thinking about making some pieces myself. On a recent trip to Joann Fabrics to purchase some upholstery fabric, we stumbled across an impressive collection of licensed fabrics including Disney, Star Wars, and Avengers fabrics. I am excited to try to make some fun tops and accessories. I’ll let you know how it goes.

What are your favorite items to wear when visiting a Disney Park? Have you ever made anything especially to wear on your trip?

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