What to Wear to Disney

What to Wear to Disney World


After questions about photography, the top questions we receive in response to our trip reports are where Sarah gets her “cute clothing” that she wears to Walt Disney World and Disneyland. She shops at a variety of stores (broken down by category further down the page), but first, a little on her general approach to shopping for clothes to wear to the Disney theme parks.

As is indicated by the title, this covers just clothing. For creative recommendations on other thing to pack for your trip, visit our “What to Pack for Disney” page.

What to Wear?

What to Wear to Disney World

Sarah prefers to wear dresses, comfortable sandals, and hats to the Disney theme parks. This is because the parks are typically hot and involve a lot of activity in the sun. Dresses can make getting into and out of low-sitting attractions a little more difficult, but they are so much cooler, especially when you have long hair. These dresses are typically sundresses that are better suited to wearing to the parks, rather than expensive ball gowns or evening wear.

These work well with her general philosophy of finding a good balance between clothing that will look nice and is “utilitarian” for the purpose of visiting the parks (that means no heels or other clothing likely to slow her down or make her uncomfortable!) The dresses Sarah purchases are typically inexpensive (relative to dresses), which is mainly due to her knowing where to shop.

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Sarah also likes to infuse little “touches of Disney” in her park attire. Rather than wearing Disney t-shirts or other over-the-top tourist wear, she likes to keep it low-key. She has a few necklaces and a Mickey Mouse watch (all of which she got from Macy’s a couple of years ago when they had a Disney line), and also has a few baseball hats from the parks that she wears when she’s not wearing her “big floppy hats.” She likes to wear hats from one coast on the other coast for “street cred” (her words). For outfits that are strongly inspired by Disney, but don’t scream Disney, check out the incredibly awesome Disneybound Tumblr.

She also carries the LeSportsac ‘it’s a small world’ bags, which feature the classic Mary Blair art in striking designs that only say “Disney” to those who are familiar with the art. Sarah carries the “Small Cleo” bag, which is large enough for a poncho, camera, sunscreen, and various other things she carries to the park. The upside to these bags, unlike the popular Dooney & Bourke bags, is that they are durable and suited for the wear and tear of park activity, rather than a night out. They’re also significantly cheaper! (Disclosure: Sarah was provided with a selection of these bags to carry to the parks by LeSportsac.)

Sample Sales

What to Wear to Disney World

These are discounted invite-only sites that sell nice clothing that’s usually past-season or overstock (although not always) that sell limited inventory through short few-day long sales. They are all legitimate and authorized retailers. We shop these sites more than anywhere else, and have saved a lot of money buying through these sites rather than the mall or other e-tailers. Some items here are really expensive, so don’t get turned off from these sites if you can’t find anything reasonably priced at first.

Here are our favorites ranked in descending order:

#1 - Gilt Groupe - easily our favorite of the bunch, Gilt is the most popular sample sale site online, and one of the few sites on the list that Tom buys clothing from.

#2 - Ideeli - this site has great women’s clothing and accessories (I bought a nice Cuisinart food processor here, too!). It doesn’t have a well-rounded men’s department, though.

#3 - Rue La La - Rue La La is probably the most steadily improving site. By the time you read this, it might even be #2. Great prices, selection, and not too redundant. High shipping prices, though.

#4 - HauteLook - HauteLook has some great items, but it can be hit or miss. Sometimes, I’ll see two sales in one day that I really like. Then, it can go weeks without a good sale.

#5 - Beyond the Rack - BTR is also hit or miss. They seem to sell a lot of risque products and gaudy items. Every once in a while they have great items at great prices, though.

Online Shopping

What to Wear to Disney World

Although sizing can be difficult without actually seeing the clothing in person, online shopping is generally so much cheaper, that it makes the slight hassle worthwhile. Plus, free shipping from most stores (we love our Amazon Prime account) and free return shipping a lot of places really makes it easier. Certainly beats spending money on gas to drive all over town! Here are some of Sarah’s favorite stores:

Amazon’s Discounted Dress Shop - Amazon has great prices on dresses in their dress shop! Sarah recently picked up two great dresses from Amazon.com. Check this page daily for new deals. It’s definitely a new favorite!

Macys.com - Their sale selection online from time-to-time has some really good deals.

BlueFly.com - BlueFly can be a great site, or it can be overpriced. Sometimes the prices aren’t as good as Amazon’s dress shop (some of the same items can be found in both locations), but they get a lot of things that aren’t sold anywhere else.

SlickDeals.net and Fatwallet.com – These aren’t stores, but they are great places to find amazing deals on clothes. A lot of people are familiar with the front pages of each of these sites, but where these sites are really useful is in their forums. If these sites seem overwhelming at first, register and set up “Deal Alerts” so you receive emails whenever someone posts a new deal on your favorite brands!

In-Store Shopping

What to Wear to Disney World

Von Maurthey have a website, but it really stinks and doesn’t have that great of functionality. If you are lucky enough to have a Von Maur near you, shop there! It can be expensive, but they have some great sales if you look closely. Plus, they have a 14 day price-match policy.

TJ Maxx/Marshall’sthis is pointing out the obvious, but these stores are great. It’s important to get to these places when they first get shipments as they get picked over quickly (at least the busy ones in Indy do–we never had this problem when we lived in Valpo).

Sak’s Off 5th/Nordstrom’s Rackthey finally opened a Nordstrom’s Rack in Indy, which is great! These stores are more expensive than TJ Maxx and Marshall’s, but you can find better things here. Sign up for their emails in the store to receive awesome coupons (sometimes 40% off!).

What to Wear to Disney World

Express - obviously Express has an online store, but avoid buying from them online unless there is an online-only special. Too many things they have look cheap, and it’s hard to tell how it really looks online. There also are some sizing issues. Just go to the store.

J.CrewJ.Crew makes wonderful sun dresses, but sometimes the sizing is inconsistent. Watch their sale racks, as they often have deep discounts on past-season clothes. Plus, if you’re a student (or have a University ID) you get an extra 10% off in-store!

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Hope this helps plan the perfect outfits for Disney!

Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Read our other Walt Disney World restaurant reviews and Walt Disney World Trip Planning resources

Your Thoughts

Hopefully this helps you assemble a gorgeous and comfortable wardrobe for traveling to Disneyland or Walt Disney World at affordable prices. If you have your own tips on places to shop while not breaking the bank or on what to wear, please share in the comments. If you have any questions, leave them there, too!

140 Responses to “What to Wear to Disney”

  1. Emily says:

    If you ever feel like ditching the sandals, but feel like tennis shoes are too confining, I highly suggest Dr. Scholl’s ballet flats. There is one “model” called Joliet. It’s cute, and super comfy. I’ve worn mine around England, Disney, Chicago, and pretty much everyday I don’t have to wear scrubs.

    They are reasonably priced (to me) – about $50, because I have worn these shoes more in 6 months than I’ve worn any of my other wardrobe staples. DSW carries them, and of course, Amazon.

  2. Marinda says:

    Thank you so much for this post! Sarah always looks gorgeous and I love so many of these dresses! One quick question if you don’t mind me asking, what bag have you found best for carrying the essentials (including or excluding camera) around the parks? Thanks again!

    • Meagan Romanchuk says:

      Personally, I like a backpack. It’s not the most fashionable choice, but they’re large enough to carry everything you need. They also spread the weight of whatever you’re carrying over two shoulders so one isn’t horribly sore by the end of the trip. You can buy fun Disney packs in the park, we bought one two years ago and just reuse it, it also doubles as a carry-on on the plane when we go. At least with a Disney themed pack you feel a little more into the Disney spirit, as like I said backpacks aren’t the most fashion forward choice.

  3. Meagan Romanchuk says:

    As a plus size woman, I also love dresses but have some chaffing problems towards the end of the day. I’ve found that adding a pair of simple cotton leggings (capri length) not only solves the chaffing, but makes getting in and out of rides easier as one no longer has to worry about flashing everyone! I do have friends who are not plus size who also like using the leggings. I don’t find they make me warmer during the day, but I do find they help a little in the evenings when it cools off.

    • Shay says:

      Meagan and others who might see this:
      Google “Luvees” or “Jockey Skimmies”. Both are essentially non-shapewear long line undies that are FABULOUS under dresses and skirts. Don’t roll, prevent the…*ahem* “chub rub”, and the Luvees at least are a lovely lace that my husband really likes–it looks vintage and sexy. I swear by mine.

      On the Luvees, buy a size down. They really try not to make them binding, but that means they are loose to begin with, and with wear they loosen further. I am usually an XL and those stretch soon after being put on and I am tugging at them. The Larges fit better.

      Anyway, give them a try! Minimal panty-lines as well, so BONUS for clingier jersey dresses.

  4. Davita says:

    I always wear shorts, a t shirt with the essential Minnie Mouse ear headband. :-)

  5. Liz says:

    I love wearing comfortable clothes when I visit Disney. I have a pair of Toms shoes that a friend hand painted Mickey and Goofy and I wear these to spread my Disney joy! Every visit I buy a new t-shirt to remind me of my visit! I also carry my Lesportsac Mickey Loves Minnie tote. It’s lightweight and holds a ton of things! Plus it’s Disney….so I LOVE it.

  6. Jana says:

    My go to outfit for Disney is always cute jean shorts, any type of cute, blousy sleeveless shirt and sneakers. Unfortunately, due to feet issues, I HAVE to wear sneakers if I’m going to be on my feet for a long period of time. I also like taking a mid size cross body bag with me to carry the necessities. I’m ready to head back soon! I can’t wait!

  7. Light and breezy dresses and skirts and a small cross body bag. Oh, and a pair of ears as well!

  8. Kerry says:

    My go-to Disney attire is either a light cotton dress (with slip shorts from Jockey underneath to help with chafing and modesty) with sandals or sneakers from Aerosoles or some shorts and tank top with sandals. I only carry a small crossbody bag with just the essentials (sunglasses, credit card/ID/ cash, iPhone, Chapstick, trading pins, & a Vinylmation or 2.

  9. Marisa Younker says:

    So far, I’m a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl in the parks. I might have to try a dress or two sometime. I also usually go in the late fall/early winter so dresses aren’t usually the best option.

  10. My Disney touch is currently a mickey/minnie cartoon purse that I only use at WDW! It’s cute and a Disney version knock off of their own Dooneys ($25.. much better than $300!) I don’t do much in the ways of character clothing.. love the dresses!

  11. Stephanie says:

    Sarah always looks great in trip reports!

    I too love wearing dresses to the parks (with bike shorts underneath – climbing into those Pirates of the Caribbean boats proves to be a challenge without them!) Comfortable shoes are a must along with a sturdy cross body bag.

    Thanks for all of the great suggestions!

  12. Adam says:

    I love to wear some of my geeky T-shirts. The cast members are naturally more outgoing and I love the comments and conversations that start up.

  13. Jodi says:

    Because we usually go in February, I’m a jeans and layered shirt kind of girl! Comfy, supportive sneakers and my Disney Dooney bag complete my park attire!

  14. Stephanie says:

    We are usually there in the middle of summer due to work schedules. I love to wear comfortable clothes in the park-shorts and a nice light no sleeve shirt usually win out for me!

  15. Cheryl says:

    I love to wear my Disney Red Mickey Mouse Crocs everywhere! They are so comfortable!

  16. Brooke W. says:

    I loved this post! I also love to wear sundresses to the parks and find either coach flip flops or Birkenstock sandals most comfy for footwear (sneakers look weird with dresses). I especially appreciate the tip to not wear an evening dress ;) I have thought of purchasing a Dooney and Burke bag but I always stop just before the purchase as they are not park friendly. Maybe I need to look into this bag. I used to carry a large baby bag/back pack but as my kids get older I have less need for all that extra stuff ;)

  17. Tracy Brooks says:

    We completely geek out with Disney tee shirts, sweatshirts, what ever we can wear that is Disney while we are in the theme parks. We love wearing our favorite characters and seeing their reactions when we take pictures with them.

    My boyfriend’s favorite attire is a Muppet winter beany hat with Animal, great to rock in the parks in December, not so great in Southern Illinois when we get home. We get some looks LOL.

  18. Kristin Weiss says:

    Hi!! I love all the dresses shown on this blog too!!! I also like to be comfortable. I like to wear sundresses also, or jeans and Disney t-shirts! I would also love to win that bag;) wink wink

  19. Tori says:

    Since we go at Christmas, some weeks it’s geeked out Disney shirts (c’mon, where else CAN you wear over the top Disney gear and not get a second glance?) and other times it’s been Mickey hoodies, jeans, and knit hats. (My Cookie Monster one did get quite a few comments in 2010, now that I think about it. So much for no second glancing.)

  20. Rachel says:

    My favorite thing to wear is just sneakers, shorts and a simple t-shirt. Nice and easy! And I always bring my small North Face backpack-just enough space for wallet/phone/water/long sleeve t!

  21. Katie C. says:

    Comfy walking shoes are my first priority. For clothes, I love tunics and leggings.

  22. Rachel says:

    I always try to disneybound some character each day of the trip. Before I go I choose which characters I want to represent then I look the blog for ideas. Usually it involves rounding up various accessories and a dress as the focal point. For shoes i usually just wear my toms for comfort. This is always complemented by my Mickey earrings and ring. I carry my camera with a Mickey strap. I try to look like a disney nerd while still be somewhat fashionable and comfortable.

  23. Dina says:

    I generally wear Capri pants and a t-short or flowy blouse, but just recently started wearing dresses. I use a cross body bag as a purse, or sometimes the pull string backpack.

  24. Venessa says:

    For me it’s either dressing in regular street attire, but doing little disney accessorizing such as a necklace, ears or my favorite ariel hat from the parks OR going all out with a favorite disney shirt/disney gear.

  25. Anna says:

    Personally, I enjoy wearing one of my geeky Disney shirts and shorts :)) I am all about being comfortable and cool at the park. In the winter months I wear one of my geeky Disney jackets. Also Mickey ears are a MOST from time to time.

  26. Claudia says:

    We go to WDW at least once a year, and the first thing we pack is matching shirts. We have four boys, so being able to pick them out in the crowd has proven to be so valuable.
    Love all the trip packing tips. Our family is planning a cross country trip this summer (the weekender bag would be so useful, wink wink), with Disneyland being our ultimate stop. I just can’t wait!
    Thank you for the chance to win, and for all your amazing posts.

  27. Lisa says:

    We typically go when the weather can be warm or cold! Favorite attire is loose yoga type comfy pants/capris/shorts and short sleeve shirts,with a sweatshirt for the cooler nights. When we went in June, the sundress was a definite plus. Last year my favorite shoe was Skechers Go Walks, I hope they are as comfortable this year! I wish I looked as good as Sarah in her dresses!

    • Bekka M says:

      I just bought some Go Walks with the intention of wearing them to our visit to WDW in May. I hate sneakers, I’m more of a flip flop/sandals/canvas shoe type person, but I know its not realistic for for long days in the parks. I already love the Go Walks, and I’m looking forward to seeing how well my feet will hold up.

  28. Rachel H. says:

    I always wear comfy walking shoes and bring a small backpack with either a rain jacket or umbrella in it. Because if I don’t, it will rain, guaranteed!

  29. Mandy says:

    To be honest, it depends on the park and weather for me, but my default, unless it’s summer, is a tank top with a light sweater, jeans, and tennis shoes. Come summer time, I opt for shorts and comfortable sandals. I always take my Yoda backpack – even though it is 4 years old, it still gets a lot of attention and helps strike up conversation when waiting in long lines. :) The backpack always has: my first aid kit (bandaids, moleskin, extra glasses screws, chapstick, Advil, Pepto and allergy medicine), my phone, wallet, a bottle of water, and my Olloclip. As far as places to shop, I highly recommend Nordstrom Rack for essentials, as well as Disney Store outlets and disneystore.com’s clearance section; it’s amazing the deals you can get on Disney stuff if you know where to look!

  30. Gail says:

    My favorite Disney attire is my Keen sandals. I have the Newport H2s and they are breathable, but still provide the support for walking 10+ miles a day! They are also waterproof and dry quickly, perfect for water rides.

  31. Tammy says:

    I am strictly a cotton short or capri and short sleeve/tank kind of gal! Mostly Disney tops. My Teva sandals are a must. And a Mickey pedicure :)

  32. Jessica says:

    I always wear brightly colored flowing skirts with Disney shirts to match. I usually wear some sort of leggings underneath for a little extra security. I have a Dooney and Bourke 40th Anniversary bag that I bring into the parks with me. I also wear various Mickey ears!

  33. Dawn says:

    I’m a capris and Disney T-shirt with Keen sandals kind of girl. My last trip I used a light weight cotton slingbag that held everything, including my camera. The only issue I had is that it wasn’t waterproof, so I made sure I always had a plastic bag for my camera.

  34. jennifer Gyorffy says:

    We go to Disney annually and stay for seven days. There is five in the family, 2 daughters, 1 son, husband and myself. I have a Disney outfit for everyday we are in the parks. Even my 16 yr old teenager gets into the spirit. When the girls were under ten, I would have a Disney costume for everyday. They loved meeting those characters while dressed like them. As well as clothing, I always have a Disney cross body.

  35. Melissa says:

    I can’t wear sandals in the parks, so my must have clothing is a good pair of socks, nothing turns a trip sour like soar blistered feet.

  36. Jenna says:

    We go in late fall, so lots of layers. Mornings and nights can be chilly.

  37. Melissa says:

    I wear my Crocs to the parks. In fact, I will probably be buried in my Crocs. I don’t know what kind of Heavenly substances make up the material “Croslite” but it does wonders for the feet during a day of trekking through the parks. I typically will choose an outfit based on the weather, but I’m partial to dresses because they just look best in most picture settings. Crocs makes a line of dressier shoes that can be worn with dresses without making you look like the poster child for “The People of Walmart”. During the very hot months however when every other ride must include water, I will wear a one-piece swimsuit (tasteful in cut of course) with a pair of shorts during the day, and of course…….my Crocs.

  38. AM says:

    I always go for Keds with tons of blister stick!

    I also have a LeSportsac bag from an Alice in Wonderland collection they did a [long] while back. One of my prized bags! I always get stopped by cast members/guests asking where it’s from. Alice even asked me where it was from- followed by “what’s the internet?”

    I try to bring a selection of neat Disney-esque tees- whether from cakexworthy, karmaloop, redbubble, or threadless.

    Check out this cute Minnie tee ladies: http://www.karmaloop.com/product/The-Dottie-Matrix-VNeck/317487

  39. Shelly Holland says:

    I usually love to completely Disneyfy my outfits, but I think I’ll try a few dresses next trip! I also love my Crocs Cleo sandals.

  40. Jennifer Abrams says:

    I have actually never thought about wearing dresses to Disney, but it makes total sense! I am going with my family next summer, and I will certainly be packing more of those than my typical capris! Thanks for the stylish tips!

  41. Maggie Moller says:

    I have only been to Disneyland, but this summer we’ve saved enough to go to DW. My daughter is a huge princess girl, so she will be bringing a new princess dress to wear each of our five days there. I, on the other hand, prefer the dress/ roman sandals/ big sun hat look. It’s the most comfortable, and best for keeping me cool on a warm day. We are going in July, which means making sure everyone is as cooled off as possible.

  42. Jennifer Middleton says:

    I typically wear cute Capri pants with a cute shirt and flip flops. In the past, I have used a vera Bradley hipster to carry my things but this past trip, we had our 11 month old with us so we required a slightly larger bag. Sarah always looks so cute! I wish I felt comfortable enough to wear dresses in the parks.

  43. Cara says:

    I normally goin winter/early spring and bring a cardigan or blazer for cool evenings.

  44. Lainey says:

    Hmm depends on who I am with. When its just my husband and I or a group of adults, I prefer a nice maxi dress or sun dress and sandals. When Im with children and Im running around keeping tabs on everyone I prefer a good supportive pair of tennis shoes, shorts/capris and a tank top.

  45. Kerry says:

    Comfort is key when you can easily walk 10+ miles a day at Disney! I always wear my running shoes with sweat-wicking socks. I also go with shorts and sleeveless shirts in light colors when it’s hot (which is typical for FL. And because I have small girls, I usually try to coordinate with them in some way – such as all wearing the same nail polish, or all wearing tiaras, or Mickey ears.

  46. Amy says:

    I go for comfort when visiting the parks. Shorts, a t-shirt and tennis shoes are the must haves. But I also take along sandals for wearing in the room, or running to the food court for drink refills.

  47. Lisa Taylor says:

    My favorite thing to wear to Disney World is crocs-style flip flops…..no blisters EVER. I always wear a character shirt usually bought at the Disney Store or a previous trip to Disney World and a pair of comfy shorts.

  48. Maureen says:

    Always a Disney Tshirt, shorts, comfy socks and sneakers and a Disney baseball hat! Winning this bag would enable me to get rid of my “fashionable” fanny pack! :)

  49. Katrina says:

    I always wear a comfy but supportive pair of athletic shoes with good socks.

  50. Holli Portier says:

    I tend to wear my Keen’s and usually flowy type skirt with some sort of Disney themed shirt, or a nice summer dress. I always top it off with some version of the Micky ears. :)

  51. Leslie says:

    I usually wear shorts and a comfortable shirt whether it’s a t-shirt or a blouse in the parks. I know some people think it’s insane but I always wear flip flops. Once it’s warm that’s my daily footwear so I’m most comfortable that way. I’d never dreamed of wearing a dress inside the park but I might try it next time with something underneath.

  52. Leslie says:

    I usually wear shorts and a comfortable shirt whether it’s a t-shirt or a blouse in the parks. I know some people think it’s insane but I always wear flip flops. Once it’s warm that’s my daily footwear so I’m most comfortable that way. I’d never dreamed of wearing a dress inside the park but I might try it next time with something underneath. A backpack is a must with kids!

  53. Marcia says:

    I’m afraid I look like the typical WDW tourist at the parks. Capris or bermuda shorts, lightweight tee shirt, and either sneakers or Teva sandals. Over the years, my bag choice keeps getting considerably smaller. Now I’m carrying a small Sherpani bag. It’s big enough for the basics and somewhat waterproof.

  54. Danielle says:

    I love a nice, comfy dress but will wear a pair of bike shorts underneath. No chance of embarrassing mishaps and still comfortable!

  55. Judy says:

    I love wearing comfortable clothing and sneakers. I usually go with shorts and light weight thirst or tank tops, and sneakers that are good for walking like cross trainers. Usually also carry a small bag just to carry the bare essentials like Lucence and inhaler. This summer will be packing much bigger bag as I am traveling with 2 kids.

  56. Kaitlin O. says:

    I LOVE this post! Sarah always looks chic (And you too, Tom!)
    Thanks for sharing some tips. Finally going to Disney again as a college graduation gift to myself! I would love to use that bag ;)

    My favorite parks attire is a cute sun dress (comfy too!) and my old, crumbling Disney Parks tote (bouight a decade ago and on its last limbs).

    Thanks again for the shopping tips!!!

  57. Caitlin says:

    I have a few Disney-inspired things I like to wear while in the parks. My favorite two items are small red stud earrings shaped like Mickey and a shirt with the phrase “Paging Mr. Morrow, Mr. Tom Morrow.” I love hearing other people recognize the phrase and comments on my favorite shirt!

  58. Jay says:

    My favorite park attire? Comfortable shoes and gobs of sunscreen! :)

  59. Mary says:

    To add a little Disney magic to my park attire in a subtle way, I love wearing Mickey socks!

  60. Andrea says:

    Great article! As a plus sized girl, I usually wear 3/4 length shorts and a t-shirt (not Disney themed as I too wear a mickey watch and like to be understated). I wear running shoes and a cross body purse (Coach as I haven’t found a cute disney purse that is affordable). As a Canadian who isn’t used to the Florida heat, I’ve been thinking of changing what I pack for my trip in August. For whatever reason, a sun dress has never crossed my mind to wear to the parks. Thanks, from first time commenter but long time reader. ;)

    • Amanda says:

      I love to wear sundresses but as a Texas girl who definitely understands the thigh chafing, I like Spanx Skinny Britches. They are super light weight and fit like a bike short only with thinner fabric. Not binding at all, like traditional spanx, just a nice thin layer to keep you from chafing. And I don’t wear a sundress without them!

  61. Dana Vastano says:

    First of all, Sarah always looks soooo cute in your trip reports- I love her sundresses and big floppy hats so much that for my road trip last summer I had to get a big floppy hat of my own!
    Second- I am obsessed with the Small World line of LeSport Sac- thank you for such an awesome giveaway!
    As far as comfy things to wear in the parks- I’m pretty simple- shorts and a tank usually, but I never leave home without my Crocs. Now before anyone goes off the deep end about Crocs, I have to say they have cute ones out there! My favorite is the “sexi flip flop”– causal enough to wear with shorts but cute enough to add to a sundress. I literally have them in every color!

  62. Cheryl says:

    Shorts & a Disney World t-shirt. My cross body Mickey Mouse bag so that my hands are free. And of course my Mickey Mouse watch!

  63. Jessi says:

    I had *never* thought about wearing dresses and sandals to Disney before, and, frankly, thought that anyone that did was insane or trying to impress people instead of just being comfortable. But after reading posts here about doing so, I tried it this last Fall and it was perfect! I had two longer ones and one shorter one on our 3 day visit along with my Teva flip flops. Super comfortable and I looked great in all the pictures :-)

    In the past my “Disney uniform” would have been jeans, t-shirt and sneakers while I was comfortable, it wasn’t as fun as I found the dresses to be :-)

  64. Alice C says:

    For me, my #1 park attire would have to be a comfy pair of shoes. You really can’t go wrong with a worn in pair of Vans. This past trip to Disneyland I wore jeans that I rolled up. Capri length was great during the sunny afternoon, but when it cooled down I didn’t have to freeze! ;)

  65. Sheilla says:

    Clark’s sandals. I’ve worn them at the Disney parks, sea world, the San Diego zoo. They are comfy and durable and let my feet have fresh air which makes me cool and happy.

  66. Angie says:

    I have foot problems, so my first priority is usually my New Balance walking shoes. It is usually hot when we are there, late Spring or early fall. I usually wear shorts & a sleeveless shirt. Last time I went I used a cross body bag. I even tossed an extra small camera lens in it. I had my camera with a long shoulder strap on me at all times.

    I usually take dresses to wear to dinner. Hubby & I often eat nice sit down meals at night, so we dress up somewhat.

    Sarah always looks so cute in her dresses. I think she is inspiring quite a few of us to try it. I am losing some weight, so I may have to get some cute dresses & sandals in a smaller size for my Oct trip. Thanks, Sarah!

  67. Katherine says:

    I can’t help but wear Disney T-shirts in the parks. I usually pair them with solid-color skirts from American Apparel and Toms on my feet. Only Toms! They’re pretty much the perfect theme park shoe. Oh, I usually pack a few simple sundresses for the days I have slightly more upscale ADRs. And all my essentials go in Disney tote bags! I’ve been eyeing the it’s a small world LeSportsac bags for awhile … they’re quite fun!

  68. Colleen says:

    My favorite outfits are these wonderful Mickey tube top dresses that I bought on sale (on Main Street no less). They are light weight and cool. I liked them so much I bought three. When I’m not in dresses, it’s shorts and tank tops. I also wear comfortable sandals/flip flops.

  69. Anne S. says:

    Love Sarah’s style and the floppy hats! She always looks feminine and stylish. Having worn dresses to MK (three separate occasions), I know how comfortable and cool they are in comparison to pants. I’ve also worn capris with t-shirts or other short-sleeved shirts. My favorite attire would be skort with a cool shirt. No worries about chaffing. Very comfortable. Can wear with sneakers or sandals. Croc company has come a long way in the style department. I have some you wouldn’t even know were Crocs except for the logo on them. Very comfortable. Also, hats are a must. I tend to sweat away the sunblock and makeup on my forehead and end up with sunburn. Last trip, I picked up a Mickey hat with built-in fan while in AK. Love that one. Got lots of “Where did you get that?” while in the other parks.

  70. Kayla says:

    When it’s hot, skorts and Keens are my go to. It’s been the best combination I’ve tried so far that keeps me cool and comfortable. It’s really my Disney uniform; I rarely wear either of them at home.

    Great idea for a giveaway!

  71. Kevin says:

    I’m an engineer, which does not equal high fashion. In the parks it’s typically a polo shirt and shorts (or jeans if it’s colder).

    The important gear for Disney is decent shoes. I’m a fan of my Vasque hiking shoes. They are a little warm for park wear with a Goretex liner, but the support and comfort for those 13-mile days holding a toddler is worth it.

  72. Angela G says:

    My favorite shoes to wear to Disney parks are Crocs, preferably Mickey Croc flip flops. I always try to have a Disney shirt on and almost every trip, shorts. However, there have np been the occasional trip where jeans were needed.

  73. Amanda says:

    My quintessential summer Disney outfit would be a tank top, shorts, and sandals. For the cooler months I opt for jeans, flats, and a sweater. Of course my favorite pair of aviators to finish any outfit!

  74. sherry strawn says:

    I have a collection of baseball caps with the year on them dating back to the last millennium.I also think a lanyard full of pins makes for great park attire. My favorite piece has to be my Dooney and Bourke purse though :-)

  75. Zady S. says:

    I love to wear sundresses in the middle of the summer, but in a fresh afternoon I prefer jeans and a t-shirt. Always running shoes, a backpack and sunglasses. Sometimes a short, blouse and sandals will do. It´s Disney, better be comfy!!!

  76. Rebecca Pierce says:

    I wish I could wear something other than sneakers to the parks but my feet would not be happy with me. They always need to be broken in before the trip too. Several years ago I thought a new pair was broken in well, boy was I wrong. The blisters were not fun!

    I always have a few Disney T-shirts and some casual tops with me. Short if the weather is nice. We like to go in December so sometimes it has to be jeans. If the weather will be chilly I always throw in a Disney sweatshirt or 2 and usually come home with a new one. I have collected many over the years.

    Now that I have read the comments I think I will give dresses a try next trip. Thanks to all the suggestions to wear capri leggings or bike shorts. That sounds more comfortable!

  77. marnie plunkett says:

    For really hot weather, my favorite theme park attire would have to be a really cute pair of cotton shorts that have plenty of pockets,a light weight tank top,coordinating flip-flops and my favorite mickey mouse mini backpack that accompanies me with every trip! My mickey backpack is actually asmall childs size backpack that I pack necessities in , slung over one shoulder for easy access. I also love to co-ordinate my tank top and shorts to match the theme of each park. For example for Animal Kingdon, I last chose a pair of olive shorts with a tribal print tank top and matching jewelry. Its fun to think of a theme outfit for each park! For cooler weather , I go with the same concept but simply adjust to longer capri pants, t-shirt and a lightweight jacket if needed. Thanks for the fun opportunity to share!

  78. Melissa Means says:

    Always wear my favorite Disney shirts- my favorite being a Haunted Mansion tee with 60′s inspired graphics that I purchased several years ago. I also love my Le Sport sac wristlet in the small world print. Easy for hopping on and off the rides!!

  79. Cammie says:

    We love to go to Disney Design-a-Tee in Downtown Disney and make new shirts each visit!

  80. Lauren says:

    I like to wear shorts or capris, a t-shirt, and my CROCS! I am not ashamed:) I also carry a small LL Bean backpack with all my pins attached. I also wear my Minnie ears or my Disney Cruise Line baseball cap to keep the sun off my face. Love your page!!!

  81. If I’m going to wear flip flops in the parks, they must be Yellow Box. My husband always requires that one of us have a backpack.

  82. AmandaJoyful says:

    Standard park wear for me is definitely about comfort. I’m usually in jeans and a tshirt or a cute top. I wear New Balance cross trainers. I have awkwardly sized feet and those are the only shoes I’m comfortable in all day. Before my last trip, I bought the Overland Donner bag. It’s a crossbody bag and the best bag I’ve used. Lots of space but not huge, crossbody so my hands are free, and pockets on the sides perfect for water bottles.

  83. DizneyFan says:

    We never know when we are going to get that perfect family photo while at Disney so my strategy is to determine super cute outfits for the kids first and then find coordinating items for mom and dad. My default is the most perfect white skirt I picked up on clearance more than 10 years ago paired with any fitted tank or top. I’m a big fan of strappy, yet supportive sandals at the parks. I almost always carry my favorite drawstring that I bought in Hawaii too many years ago.

  84. Ellie says:

    I love to wear shorts and tank tops. I usually wear tennis shoes cause sandals hurt my feet after so much walking.

  85. Jackie V says:

    My kids prefer crocs but my favorite thing to wear in the park is comfortable sneakers and shorts.

  86. Rita says:

    I usually wear shorts and a tank or t-shirt with sneakers. But now I’ve been adding dresses with flip flops or sandals into the mix. I always carry a bag either a backpack or a cross body bag. And of course my Disney jewelry and Disney hair accessories that I’ve accumulated over the years.

  87. Kristen says:

    Skechers GOwalk are AMAZING! I bought the hideous slip-on ones for work before realizing they came in a TON of colors and styles. They are super lightweight, comfortable, and can be cute if you pick the right ones! Great for walking around the parks all day. http://www.skechers.com/styles/performance/gowalk

  88. Leigh Saleh says:

    My fav theme park “wear” is always gonna be jeans, and then for my shirt it just all depends on the weather. I live in Florida, so I am custom to the changes. Since we almost always go in Sept, Oct, Nov or Dec…..I pack a wide range of T-Shirts to Sweatshirts because you just never know!! As far as my bag I tend to go with a very comfy, but small backpack. I can fit EVERYTHING in my “pack” as I call it! One of these days I may branch out like Sarah, and wear one of my many sun dresses!

  89. Jenny says:

    short sleeve top, shorts, and gym shoes with gel inserts. oh and my favorite mickey mouse bracelet!

  90. Jennifer says:

    Layers! The weather in Florida changes so quickly. And I would never go without my Birkenstocks.

  91. Ronnalee Evert says:

    I love to wear my ver favorite Swaroski crystal mickey earrings along with my mickey watch. I always carry a bag that has a special Dland pin too. I would love to have a “special” bag to carry also!

  92. Bernadette says:

    I wish I could wear something other than sneakers in the parks – my feet would be very unhappy… High quality socks are a must, as is a baseball cap ( pasty Irish skin…). I usually go the shorts/tee shirt route, but then I regret it when I see the pics – going to give a dress a try!

  93. Dinah G says:

    Must wear flip flops ALL. THE. TIME. Well, maybe not all the time, but most of the time. Interestingly enough, the best pair I have is a pair of Quiksilver flip flops I bought at DCA – because the Converse I was wearing was giving me problems.

  94. Becky says:

    When it was just my husband and I, I would wear shorts, tee or tank and slip-on sneakers (think, lace-less converse). I would make sure to wear at least one “Disney” article of clothing during the week. A key for us was packing shorts that would go with more than one shirt…

    Now having a 4 1/2 year old daughter, I’m sure we will do the whole costume-without-being-a-costume (outfits inspired by characters). I have a friend who did this, and it came out so cute without being over-the-top touristy. This way, she’s not running around it a puffy princess dress getting in and out of rides… Ok, maybe we’ll do one day of the puffy princess dress :-)

    And thanks for all the specific places to shop! I’ve always loved Sarah’s outfits and jealous of how she rocks that “floppy” hat!

  95. Cathy Cierpial says:

    My Vera Bradley backpack (smaller version). It is stylish and practical. Protecting my phone and holding my essentials. Can’t beat it! Can’t wait for the Disney Vera Bradley line soon!

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  96. Jenn says:

    I’d never survive a WDW trip without my running shoes! My feet are not used to sandals so attempting to walk in them all day would be a disaster!

  97. Tiffany says:

    I tend to favor light weight shorts and tank tops with teva mush flip flops during the day, but sometimes wear a sun dress. For evenings, I always wear a sun dress for dinner with Roxy wedge flip flops. Comfort is key for me, but I like to look nice for pictures. I love Sarah’s choice of attire in all her pics!

  98. Lauren says:

    I always love breaking out my Disney t-shirt collection!

  99. Amanda Susan says:

    I usually wear in the parks what I wear at home. Jeans and t-shirts. Weather permitting I’ll wear skirts.

  100. Niki says:

    I always have on a Disney watch and I love my Chamila charm bracelet with all my Disney charms.

  101. Danielle says:

    I usually wear comfortable sneakers to Disney. Lightweight shorts and tank tops are a mist for the hot months. I wore some Capri length pants in December. I also like to add a little touch of Disney with jewelry or a bag!!!

  102. Rebecca M. says:

    My husband and I try to match our disney tshirt to park we’re going to. If I don’t have a tshirt to match the park, I try to put on something that will go with the theme. Tank with a zebra on it = Animal Kingdom of course! We’re taking our daughter in September for the first time (she’ll be 15 months old) and she already has her Disney wardrobe all set!

  103. Betsy says:

    Sadly, I never look as cute as Sarah during the day at the parks – I generally wear workout gear in the mornings and then change into cuter clothes (yay for sundresses!) for the evenings. My bigger question is how can she stand to have that long hair on her back during the hot FL days?! Even when I have intentions of keeping it down, my hair is always pony-tailed by lunch.

  104. Jennifer says:

    Im planning my first Disney trip in over 25years, so I’m just gleaning here. Thanks for all the ideas!

  105. Lori Mariorenzi says:

    I wear skorts with super supportive comfy chaco sandles daytime..at night a sundress naot sandles (again very comfy)and most nights sparkly minnie ears :)

  106. Stacey J says:

    So we are finally getting to WDW this August during my Birthday! In 2010 we made our first trip to Disneyland which was my dream come true. My daughter when to Bibbty Bobbity Boutique and became Jasmine and we both LOVED it! So this trip I decided to become a Disney Princess every day. Readying this article gave me some great ideas on what to bring and where to shop. However I am plus size so not all these shops worked for me. I did find some great dresses at Ross! Also, Old Navy had my size online in the cutest styles for great prices!I am still looking for some accessories to complete my Disney Princess look. Found a great star fish necklace at TJ max for my Little Mermaid look! Thank you both again!

  107. Angie says:

    How does Sarah pack those big floppy hats to go on a plane?

  108. K says:

    A tunic and leggings!

  109. Caitlin says:

    Do you have any shoe recommendations other than Crocs? I’ve never had much success with finding sandals that are comfy/supportive enough to wear all day at Disney. I usually just wear my Nike Frees, but that would not look great with a dress :)

  110. Nate says:

    Was a winner for the bag announced? I checked your twitter feed but didn’t see anything.

  111. Shawna says:

    I typically wear shorts and tanks at Disney. Maybe T’s when we go in the fall. I’m bringing some longer tank dresses this summer thanks to your comments. I bought a traveler type over the shoulder, but now am looking at those Le Sport Sac cross bodies. May have to return my pink one.
    Thanks for the great pointers!! BTW, Sarah look beautiful in every single picture you post!

  112. Jen says:

    I too love dresses but how can u keep them wrinkle free? I don’t want to iron on vacation and it seems whenever I pack dresses they are never worn because they are a wrinkled mess when they come out of the suitcase .

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Hang them up in the bathroom and shut the door for the first round of showers on the trip. They will be fine after that! (This applies to any clothes, not just dresses.)

  113. Charlotte says:

    I see Sarah and I have the same tastes in utilitarian clothing. I am also a fan of dresses while touring, with my big floppy hat and my cute Keen sandals. I want to be comfortable, but look nice, too, so dresses or skirts/top are the way for me to do that. You listed some great links for shopping, I would add Zulilly, too. They have had some great summer dress sales this year already, my closet is full of goodies to wear for our trip in September. :)

    • Tom Bricker says:

      Thanks for the tip on Zulilly (or not…not sure she needs more clothes! ;)). I’ll have her check it out!

  114. peggy says:

    I like wearing comfy shorts to the parks. I’m not as young as Sarah, but I like to look stylish.
    No white tennis shoes for me. So I wear Keen ‘Naples’ sandals. Been the best buy ever. I have them in every color. They have lasted me through all the Disney Parks world wide (except Hong Kong). Love them. Love them. I get many complements, because they don’t look like typical ‘hiking’ shoes. They are walking shoes with a cork bed that form to your feet. Best ever. Now during the winter months…I do suffer in tennis shoes…ugh… (Love your blog–can’t wait to hear your trip report on Tokyo! We loved it there!)

  115. Tiffany says:

    I love wearing sundresses to Disney. I tend to wear them with a Roxy wedge. Very comfortable. Thanks for your great article.

  116. Nikki says:

    I agree with the comments above that comfort is key when traveling around the World. We usually travel in late fall and stay off property so we tend to be at the parks from open to close. Since the weather that time a year can vary from day to night, the key is layers. I usually bring a lot of comfortable light shirts from Old Navy or Gap that you can easily layer with each other and a pair of shorts. I’ll also mix in some fun dresses. I try to carry a smaller bag, just enough to fit a small wallet, camera, light jacket, and other essentials for the day. I keep my shoes simple and comfortable and make sure to carry moleskin and bandaids for unexpected sore spots.

  117. Casey Fugett says:

    Hey I am big on saving money and having super cute clothes. My best friend is a shopaholic and led me to this website with very cute clothes that fit pretty well and hold up too. The best part is everything is $5.99! 599fashion.com

  118. marnie plunkett says:

    I love to match my outfit with the theme of the park- somehow , we always go patriotic to Magic kingdom with our wear as a family. Even without planning our outfits with my parents when they accompanied us on our last trip , when I looked back at our picture in front of the castle , we were all color coordinated with red, white and blue! At Animal kingdom , i like to wear some type of tribal looking print top and olive or khaki shorts. For Epcot, usually something very colorful that makes me think of the World Showcase and for Hollywood Studios anything goes!! its fun to plan and coordinate outfits ahead of time when packing!

  119. diane says:

    Bought matching polo shirts for the whole family and disneyiron on patches of soceror mickey and winnie the pooh. It was a heck of a lot cheaper than buying from disney and custom made for each of us

  120. Dan says:

    Your wife is hot. That is all.

  121. Samantha W says:

    Comfy shoes, shorts, Disney tee/tank, Minnie ears and a drawstring backpack- they’re perfect! Light, big enough for all your stuff and small enough to not feel bulky.

    Sarah, how do you always have your hair down?! It always looks so perfect even in the hot months!

  122. Penny says:

    I do not get the point of this article AT ALL. Seriously… And as for the bag-she carries a poncho in that bag does she? Or hooks it TO the bag like pictured? Those picture were like “fashionable but impractical clothes options for disney”. What, because their cotton they are practical? Too funny!

    • Michelle says:

      The purpose of the article was explained in the first couple of sentences – did you read them?! It is a very frequently asked about topic, so they decided to reply. It is as simple as that.

    • gmos says:

      People always love to discuss what to wear and what to pack for WDW. It’s interesting to find out about clothing or shoes one might never have considered had it not been mentioned in a post such as this. What are your favorite togs for Disney?

  123. Heather J says:

    I’ve been pouring over your blog for the last couple of weeks while I’ve been preparing for my first trip to Disney World (my husband and I are going sans kiddos for his 30th birthday!) And I wanted to thank you both for all of the amazing information! But reading this post just got me very excited realizing you live in Indy as well! It’s always awesome to meet interesting people who live around you :) And I have to say that Nordstrom Rack is one of my favorite stores – but another terrific one is the J. Crew Factory Store at the Prime Outlets in Edinburg. and when they have sales, discounts on top of discounts are always great!

  124. KP says:

    I usually don’t wear dresses to Disney because all my feet want to wear are comfy sneakers (we go in January usually anyway) but you look so cute! I love your hats! Where did you get the hat in the the last picture?? I want a stiff wide brimmed hat but all I’ve found lately are too floppy and I can’t see out of them!

  125. Ashley says:

    Sarah is so cute. That’s all. :)

  126. Daina says:

    I too search for cute but comfy clothes to Disney. Since I have a small child (aged 2), I have put away the cute sundresses in favor of cute shorts and tops, which I find easier when healing a baby in/out of rides, AND it doesn’t get flipped up! Last summer I bought a pair of Sperry ‘ stop-sided angelfish. They are awesome for the parks, I can wear them with no socks, they are water resistant leather boat shoes and they are so much better than walking around in water-logged sneakers on water rides or losing flip flops on certain rides. (And they are on trend!) I also carry a small cross body bag that I bought at Saks off fifth or one of those years ago. It’s nylon, lightweight, and I can fit a dry poncho, my sunglasses, wallet , wipes, and a few snacks comfortably. It cost about $150 12 years ago, but it still looks brand new!

  127. Ashleigh says:

    If you want a good pair of sneakers/tennis shoes for the parks, I highly recommend Sketchers Air Walks. I’m a teacher and I’m on my feet all day and when I get home I don’t want to take them off! I’m really torn because I want to wear them the next time I’m at the parks, but I’m going in the summer and I should probably wear sandals…

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