I have to be honest. Getting matching family shirts for our Disney vacations is something we’ve never done. In fact, it’s something we’ve never even thought about it when we do our Disney shopping and packing.
My husband always packs shirts like this that keep him cool. And I like to feel “pretty” when I’m at DIsney, so I look for outfits like this. (Which not only make me feel pretty, but alsohave the added benefit of helping beat the Disney heat.)
But I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest and Etsy lately, and I see a LOT of really cute Disney shirts for the family. I think matching shirts would be a must for an extended family reunion at Disney World. But even if there are just a few of you, matching shirts are a great idea because:
1) It’s easier to stay together and not have kids get lost;
2) They look great in photos;
3) If you have a shirt for every day of the week, packing and getting ready in the mornings becomes super-easy;
4) They’re an automatic souvenir that you can use again and again and remember the fun you had on your trip.
5) You can use them to collect Disney character autographs (although I personally prefer using autograph books).
I did some research on Etsy and picked out the best shirts in each category. Which one is your family’s favorite?
Funny Minnie and Mickey Family Shirts
These are really cute … although interestingly, I don’t think the “matching shirt protester” in our family would be either my husband OR my son, but rather one of my teenage daughters, who I could picture saying they were “dorky” or “embarrassing.” Can anyone else relate?
I haven’t actually asked her, though, so maybe I’m selling her short.
Chevron Micky and Minnie Shirts
These shirts caught my eye because they have a unique blend of creativity and simplicity. If you look closely, you can see that the bow for the “girl Minnie” is slightly different than the “adult Minnie” to give her a little spunk. I love clever little touches like that.
Disney Christmas Shirts
If you ever have the opportunity to go to Disney World in late November or December, DO IT! The Christmas decorations are breathtakingly beautiful — plus the heat will be less of an issue. (One time we went in November and actually all to wear jackets when we headed back to Epcot in the evening to see Illuminations!)
Just be warned that that weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas are two of the worst weeks in the entire year as far as crowds are concerned, so try to avoid them — if you can.
Matching Disney Halloween Shirts
Disney likes go all-out during the Halloween season too, between the oversized pumpkins decorating Main Street, Halloween parties, and the Happy HalloWishes fireworks show at Disney World. These shirts are great for an October vacation.
Family Star Wars Shirts
This would definitely be the shirt that my husband Robert and my son Benjamin would vote for, although it wouldn’t get me or my girls very excited. (Sorry, Star Wars fans.) I wonder — do families ever split it up, so that some members are wearing one type of shirt while others are wearing something different? I don’t see why you couldn’t.
Matching Birthday Shirts for the Entire Family
If someone in your family is celebrating a birthday during your Disney vacation (whether you’re wearing matching shirts or not), make sure you go to Guest Relations as soon as you enter the park and get:
1) A free “Happy Birthday!” celebration button for the birthday boy or girl;
2) Free “I’m Celebrating” buttons for everybody else.
You don’t have to be overly technical about this — you can wear these even if Joey’s birthday was last week, and you can wear them during your entire vacation, not just the actual day.
There are tons of great birthday shirts with all kinds of different themes. Here are my personal favorites:
Animal Kingdom Safari Shirts
These embroidered safari shirts are beautiful and would be perfect for your family’s day at Animal Kingdom. (And consider getting reservations for the Tusker House breakfast, one of our favorite character meals.
Matching Beauty and the Beast Shirts
Aw … this is for those of you who want a family Disney shirt that’s kinda romantic. And the “Chip” shirt, of course, is adorable!
Matching Disney Pirate Shirts
This is for you if your family loves Pirates of the Caribbean, and/or consider September 19 to be one of your favorite holidays. Ahoy, Mickey!
Edited to add:
It’s late June, and I couldn’t help wondering, “Hmm … are there Fourth of July Disney shirts?”
The answer is YES! These shirts come in three different styles.