The Best Shorts to Wear to Disney World (for both men & women)
If you’re a regular reader here, you may already know that I prefer to wear sundresses for more than half the trip when I go to Disney World.
And on the days when I do wear shorts, I don’t go out and special pair for the trip. I just throw it whatever shorts I happen to own at the moment, which for the last few trips (and in the photo above) has been a pair of denim shorts.
However, I know some people like the wear shorts the entire time, and that they prefer a more “athletic type of shorts while at Disney World, since there’s so much heat and so much walking.
I also know that some people don’t like to wear shorts, either because they feel self-conscious in them or because they just like to have their legs covered more. So they want something that’s not quite shorts, but something that will be comfortable and cool.
Don’t worry — if that’s you, I’ve got you covered too.
I did some research on the DisBoards and on Amazon and found several pairs of shorts I know you’re going to love. (I even ended up buying a pair for myself after I wrote the article.)
I also included several alternatives to wearing shorts, for women who either don’t like them or just want to mix things up.
Although this post is mostly focused on women’s clothing, there are some suggestions for men at the bottom of the post.
More Posts About Clothing and Packing for a Disney Trip
Table of Contents
- 1 Don’t Forget the Body Glide!
- 2 Columbia Women’s Sandy River Shorts
- 3 Roxy Women’s Boardshorts
- 4 Roxy Women’s Boardshorts
- 5 Under Armour Women’s Shorts
- 6 Hanes Women’s Jersey Pocket Short
- 7 Women’s Mini Skater Skirt with Shorts
- 8 BLEVONH Women’s Elastic Skorts with Pockets
- 9 Alternatives to Wearing Shorts at Disney World
- 10 Women’s Baggy Linen Harem Pants
- 11 Eddie Bauer Women’s Guide Pro Pants
- 12 Quiksilver Men’s Everyday Board Shorts
- 13 Men’s Outdoor Quick Dry Lightweight Stretchy Shorts
- 14 Sportneer Men’s Padded Biking Shorts
- 15 What Kinds of Shorts Do You Like to Wear to Disney World?
Don’t Forget the Body Glide!
Body Glide is one of the most popular product among my readers, and I have a stick of it in my closet that I use for every Disney trip.
If you’re worried about chafing (after all, you’re probably going to walk 9-10 miles each day at the parks), then this is for you!
I also rub it all over my feet before I put my shoes on.
Now onto the shorts …
Columbia Women’s Sandy River Shorts
These comfortable shorts come in 24 different colors, ranging from City Grey to Coral Reef to Olive Green to Blossom Pink. So you’re sure to find the one (or two or three) that look great on you and go perfectly with your favorite shirt.
They are made of 100% nylon and features a “signature sun protection fabric” that provides UPF 30 for both UVA and UVB rays.
These shorts have an interior drawcord waist, so you can adjust the fit to where it’s most comfortable for you.
They also have two side pockets and a single zippered pocket, so you have plenty of options for holding your wallet, keys, and/or phone. (However, do be aware that one reviewer said the front pockets were very shallow, and a phone could fall out of it easily.)
Reviewers loved how these shorts were lightweight, but didn’t “look dorkey or like an old woman’s shorts.”
Along the same line, several people said that the length was just right — not so short that you’d be flashing your butt cheeks every time you get in and out of a ride, but not “grandma length” either.
Another big plus is that they dry easily, so whether you’re sweating profusely in the Florida heat, got attacked by a sudden downpour of rain, or just went down Splash Mountain and got more water than you bargained for, you won’t have a soggy bottom for the rest of the day.
Roxy Women’s Boardshorts
If you’re not familiar with the term “boardshorts” (I wasn’t), they’re a swimwear/casual wear combo in the form of loose-fitting shorts that are designed to be quick-drying. (If you remember the Calvin & Hobbes cartoon when Suzy thought it was so cute that Hobbes was wearing “Jams” … well, that’s what boardshorts are.
Some women really like them because you can go straight from the pool to the store, or whatever, without have to change clothes or put something over your bathing suit.
These mid-length 7″ boardshorts are made of 90% polyester and 10% elastane. They come in both solid colors and floral designs.
They have a hook and loop closure in the font inside and a closure tie on the outside. (If you don’t know what “hook and loop” is, then you need to watch this very funny video.)
These shorts don’t have any inner lining, so you don’t have to worry about weird panty lines. And since they’re not see-through, even when they’re wet, you can probably skip the underwear if you want to, like you would with a bathing suit.
Roxy Women’s Boardshorts
If you like the idea of boardshorts, but don’t like shorts that cover that much of your leg, then check out this pair, which has a drawcord waistband, a 2 inch inseam, and 4-way stretch fabric.
These shorts also have no liner (and no pockets), but I would not recommend wearing this length without some sort of underwear or bikini bottoms underneath them.
Under Armour Women’s Shorts
Since you’ll do a ton of walking at Disney World, wearing a pair of athletic shorts makes a lot of sense.
These lightweight Under Armour women’s shorts are 100% polyester, have an elastic closure, and are made of material that wicks sweat and dries really fast. There is no built-in liner.
Reviewers thought the length was just right so that you “didn’t have to worry about your butt hanging out.”
This Amazon reviewer says that she is very picky, but loves these shorts:
I have purchased MANY pairs of athletic shorts over the years. By far, these are my favorite. First, they have pockets that are useful, but very concealed. The way they are made, the pockets lie complete flat against the body and are not the least bit visible. Second, the fabric is lightweight and not scratchy or crunchy like some shorts. Third, the waistband is comfortable and smooth on the inside.
The style is super cute, and they are the perfect length as well. Not too long or too short. I am 52 years old and very active. I need a short that is flattering, stylish, but still offers some modesty. I’ve purchased four pairs of these, and will continue to buy more as more colors are available.
Hanes Women’s Jersey Pocket Short
We all know how comfortable — and cool — cotton is, which is probably one of the reasons these shorts are extremely popular. (The other is probably the low price.)
These shorts are machine washable and have a 7″ inseam, roomy pockets, and a wide, ribbed waist with a drawstring closure so you can easily get the perfect fit.
Reviewers loved the low price and the length of these shorts. They said they were great for running errands, working out, doing yard work, walking the dogs, hanging around the house, or even sleeping in. Women also loved the drawstring so you could adjust them after having a big meal!
I ended up buying a pair of these short in Heather Charcoal after writing this article. For that price, I couldn’t pass them up, and I wanted something that had pockets, wasn’t too short, and that worked well for when I do yoga and Pilates and go on long walks.
Women’s Mini Skater Skirt with Shorts
These skater shorts (sometimes referred to as “skorts” combine the style of a skirt with the comfort and coverage of shorts. You can wear them in all seasons, pairing them with a t-shirt, blouse, crop top, or sweater.
These are perfect if you want to wear to wear a skirt to Disney World, but are worried that you’re going to flash everybody when you get in and out of your Space Mountain car.
They come in 20 different colors and designs, including navy plaid, red plaid, black, wine, green, and grey.
This reviewer describes why she loves these shorts, especially for “midsize” women:
I love this skirt! I’m 185, 5’6 athletic build and 44 booty. It’s really hard to find skater skirts (or any skirt really) that doesn’t show my butt in the back. I ordered XL and it fits perfectly!
The waistband is really thick and nice, the skirt length is long enough to cover but not so long it’s church-girl frumpy, and the shorts are the perfect length that they prevent chub-rub but don’t show! AND it comes in plaid!?! The only thing this skirt needs to be absolutely perfect is pockets! I can bend over with confidence, knowing I’m not flashing the world with my Thiccness 😌 …
BLEVONH Women’s Elastic Skorts with Pockets
Here’s another skort, but this one has a more athletic look and less of an A-line flare. (One reviewer described the shorts part as “mesh, like basketball shorts”.)
It also comes in twenty different colors, including black, white, purple, turquoise, a few different tie-dye patterns.
Reviewers loved the vibrant colors and the lightweight, comfortable texture. The inner pocket (under the skirt) for a cell phone is also a nice touch.
Alternatives to Wearing Shorts at Disney World
Some women don’t like wearing shorts to Disney World — either because they don’t the way their legs look for whatever reason, and/or just they don’t like how shorts makes their legs stick together and cause chafing in the heat.
Here are some cool and comfortable alternatives to shorts:
Women’s Baggy Linen Harem Pants
These beautiful, lightweight pants have a bit of a “boho” look to them that I love.
They’re made of 55% linen and 45% cotton, have an elastic waist (making them easy to pull on), drawsting closure, irregular pant cuff, and a slightly low crotch.
The length was perfect, reaching about 3” above the ankle.
The length is like a long crop, hits just a smidge above my ankles.
Reviewers loved how the fit was quite baggy and roomy, but not “sloppy-baggy.”
This reviewer loved these pants so much that she’s getting more pairs in different colors:
I just can’t get enough of these! I’ll probably end up with one in every color. I already love Minibees stuff, but these are some of my faves, they are really cute and flattering. Well made with a soft cotton linen that isn’t scratchy at all.
The color holds up well with washing and they are comfortable enough for hanging out on the couch but nice enough to accessorize and wear anywhere. Looks great with everything from a cotton T to a bulky sweater. I get tons of inquiries about where I found them every time I wear them …
These hiking capri-style pants are made of 90% Polyester and 10% Spandex.
They’re made of lightweight, breathable, water-Resistant and quick-dry fabric, the women’s hiking pants that, even though they’re long pants, will keep you cool and fresh all day.
The fabric also has UPF 50+, which is a great alternative to wearing shorts and then having to smear sunscreen all over your legs every few hours.
They also have four zip-closure security pockets and an elastic waist with a drawstring to give you the perfect fit.
Reviewers liked how these pants were cool and comfortable — and how well they fit “curvy bodies” and women with “ample booties.”
Eddie Bauer Women’s Guide Pro Pants
These boardshorts for men are made of 100% polyester and have a drawstring closure and side cargo pocket. They come in 18 different colors and do not have a mesh lining sewed in.
Quiksilver Men’s Everyday Board Shorts
Men’s Outdoor Quick Dry Lightweight Stretchy Shorts
Sportneer Men’s Padded Biking Shorts
What Kinds of Shorts Do You Like to Wear to Disney World?
Now it’s your turn.
Do you like to wear shorts at Disney World?
If so, let us know in the comments below what your favorite styles and brands are. And if not, let us know what your prefer to wear instead.