What to Wear to Disney World — Cute Outfits and Accessories

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What to wear to Disney World

The first couple times we went to Disney World we had toddlers, and I was more concerned about just figuring everything out and making everything work than I was with whether or not I was wearing a cute outfit.

However, now that we’ve all gotten the hang of “doing Disney,” planning a Disney trip also involves having a little fun, fashion-wise.

Here are some tips and ideas on what to wear to Disney in order to mange the heat, be comfortable, and still achieve a fun, pretty look.

Wearing a Dress to Disney World

I personally enjoy wearing dresses when I go to Disney World — and in fact, on our last trip, I wore nothing but dresses on our days at the parks.

Cute dress for a mom to wear to Disney World

Feeling pretty at the Magic Kingdom!

Floral Print Sundress
Floral Print Sundress

I like dresses for two simple reasons:
1) I think they keep me cooler; and
2) I think I just look better in them.

Wearing a dress makes me feel like I’m doing something “special,” and not just traipsing around an amusement park, getting sweaty and feeling dumpy.

I get most of my favorite Disney dresses by searching for “Sundress” or “Casual Dress” on Amazon:

MOLERANI Women's Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose DressMOLERANI Women’s Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose DressMOLERANI Women's Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose DressHAOMEILI Women's Casual Swing T-Shirt Dresses with PocketsHAOMEILI Women’s Casual Swing T-Shirt Dresses with PocketsHAOMEILI Women's Casual Swing T-Shirt Dresses with PocketsOFEEFAN Women's Cold Shoulder Tunic Top T-Shirt Swing Dress with PocketsOFEEFAN Women’s Cold Shoulder Tunic Top T-Shirt Swing Dress with PocketsOFEEFAN Women's Cold Shoulder Tunic Top T-Shirt Swing Dress with PocketsMITILLY Women's Halter Neck Boho Floral Print Loose Casual Sleeveless Short DressMITILLY Women’s Halter Neck Boho Floral Print Loose Casual Sleeveless Short DressMITILLY Women's Halter Neck Boho Floral Print Loose Casual Sleeveless Short DressMSBASIC Women's Sleeveless Adjustable Strappy Summer Beach Swing DressMSBASIC Women’s Sleeveless Adjustable Strappy Summer Beach Swing DressMSBASIC Women's Sleeveless Adjustable Strappy Summer Beach Swing DressSidefeel Women V Neck Halter Printed Casual Short Strap Mini DressSidefeel Women V Neck Halter Printed Casual Short Strap Mini DressSidefeel Women V Neck Halter Printed Casual Short Strap Mini DressECOWISH Womens Dress Summer Tie Front V-Neck Spaghetti Strap Button Down A-Line Backless Swing Midi DressECOWISH Womens Dress Summer Tie Front V-Neck Spaghetti Strap Button Down A-Line Backless Swing Midi DressECOWISH Womens Dress Summer Tie Front V-Neck Spaghetti Strap Button Down A-Line Backless Swing Midi DressBerydress Women's Casual Beach Summer Dresses Solid Cotton Flattering A-Line Spaghetti Strap Button Down Midi SundressBerydress Women’s Casual Beach Summer Dresses Solid Cotton Flattering A-Line Spaghetti Strap Button Down Midi SundressBerydress Women's Casual Beach Summer Dresses Solid Cotton Flattering A-Line Spaghetti Strap Button Down Midi Sundress

 

Sequin Embroidered Bodice Knee Length Dress for Disney World

At the Epcot Food & Wine Festival 2018

Sequin Embroidered Bodice Dress
Sequin Embroidered Bodice Dress

Here are a couple dresses that I bought for our last trip, but ended up returning. I still think they’re cute, but it was one of those, “Um, it looks better on the model than it looks on me” situations.”

Women's Summer Sleeveless Floral Swing Dress with Pockets
Women’s Summer Sleeveless Floral Swing Dress with Pockets

Women's Summer Sleeveless T-Shirt Dress
Women’s Summer Sleeveless T-Shirt Dress

One important note if you wear a dress to Disney World:
Got some Jockey Underwear Skimmies to wear underneath your dress. They are more comfortable, prevent “pantylines,” and make you less self-conscious about flashing your underwear when you get in and out or a ride.
NOTE: These are NOT shapewear.

MOLERANI Women's Short Sleeve Casual Loose T-Shirt DressMOLERANI Women’s Short Sleeve Casual Loose T-Shirt DressMOLERANI Women's Short Sleeve Casual Loose T-Shirt DressUnbranded* Women's Sleeveless Loose Plain Dresses Casual Short Dress with PocketsUnbranded* Women’s Sleeveless Loose Plain Dresses Casual Short Dress with PocketsUnbranded* Women's Sleeveless Loose Plain Dresses Casual Short Dress with PocketsAUSELILY Women's Short Sleeve Pockets Pleated Loose Swing T-Shirt DressAUSELILY Women’s Short Sleeve Pockets Pleated Loose Swing T-Shirt DressAUSELILY Women's Short Sleeve Pockets Pleated Loose Swing T-Shirt DressKATEKATECAT Womens  Casual T Shirt DressKATEKATECAT Womens Casual T Shirt DressKATEKATECAT Womens  Casual T Shirt Dress

 

Disney Accessories for Adults

An easy way to give a regular dress or outfit a cute Disney look is simply to pair it with a cute hat or headband.

One of the neat things about this is that you can pair a sundress with, say, a baseball cap. It may sound like that won’t work … but at Disney World, it definitely does.

Disney Mickey Mouse CapDisney Mickey Mouse CapDisney Mickey Mouse CapELIVATA Womens Disney Castle Fitted Trucker Baseball Cap by Swarovski Bling hat,Gray Denim Trucker,One SizeELIVATA Womens Disney Castle Fitted Trucker Baseball Cap by Swarovski Bling hat,Gray Denim Trucker,One SizeELIVATA Womens Disney Castle Fitted Trucker Baseball Cap by Swarovski Bling hat,Gray Denim Trucker,One SizeDisney Womens Minnie Mouse Cap With Bow & Ears RedDisney Womens Minnie Mouse Cap With Bow & Ears RedDisney Womens Minnie Mouse Cap With Bow & Ears RedDisney Adult Hat Sequins Mickey Head, Black (Florida Namedrop)Disney Adult Hat Sequins Mickey Head, Black (Florida Namedrop)Disney Adult Hat Sequins Mickey Head, Black (Florida Namedrop)Disney Women's Minnie Mouse Polka Dots Baseball HatDisney Women’s Minnie Mouse Polka Dots Baseball HatDisney Women's Minnie Mouse Polka Dots Baseball HatDisney Women's Belle Rose Beauty and The Beast Baseball Cap, 100% Cotton, Light Blue, One SizeDisney Women’s Belle Rose Beauty and The Beast Baseball Cap, 100% Cotton, Light Blue, One SizeDisney Women's Belle Rose Beauty and The Beast Baseball Cap, 100% Cotton, Light Blue, One SizeDisney Adult Minnie Mouse Bow Visor RedDisney Adult Minnie Mouse Bow Visor RedDisney Adult Minnie Mouse Bow Visor RedDisney Classic Mickey Mouse Adult Hat Baseball Cap, White & RedDisney Classic Mickey Mouse Adult Hat Baseball Cap, White & RedDisney Classic Mickey Mouse Adult Hat Baseball Cap, White & Red

 

On our last trip, I wore a couple pairs of mouse ears that I got from Rachel Wallace at The Mouse Project on Etsy.

I felt cute and pretty the entire time and was complimented on them multiple times a day. (I told Rob I don’t think I’d ever received so many compliments in one week before in my entire life!)

Blue sundress and Etsy Mickey Mouse ears at Ohana at Polynesian resort

With Rob and Benjamin at “Ohana
Floral Mouse Ears from Rachel Wallace at The Mouse Project on Etsy

Maxi Dress
Maxi Dress

 

If you really want to be cute and clever, you can match your Mickey Mouse ears to where you are and who you’re meeting:

Disney Parks Star Wars R2 D2 Mickey Ears Hat
Disney Parks Star Wars R2 D2 Mickey Ears Hat

Another thing I did on our last trip was get a rose gold Mickey Mouse pendant with a matching set of earrings. Again, I got a received a lot of compliments on them.

The nice thing about the pendant and earring is that — unlike the mouse ears, sadly — I’ve been able to continue to wear them after we came home from our trip. And I get compliments on them in my “normal life” all the time too!

What a mom wears to Disney World -- Mickey Mouse ears from Etsy and a maxi dress

Rose Gold Mickey Mouse Pendant
Rose Gold Mickey Mouse Pendant

More Disney Jewelry:

Minnie Mouse Silver Plated January Garnet Red Cubic Zirconia Pendant NecklaceMinnie Mouse Silver Plated January Garnet Red Cubic Zirconia Pendant NecklaceMinnie Mouse Silver Plated January Garnet Red Cubic Zirconia Pendant NecklaceBelle's Rose and Heart Diamond PendantBelle’s Rose and Heart Diamond PendantBelle's Rose and Heart Diamond PendantMinnie Mouse Silver Plated Brass September Birthstone Stud EarringsMinnie Mouse Silver Plated Brass September Birthstone Stud EarringsMinnie Mouse Silver Plated Brass September Birthstone Stud EarringsDisney Princess Castle Diamond Heart PendantDisney Princess Castle Diamond Heart PendantDisney Princess Castle Diamond Heart PendantMickey Mouse Aromatherapy Essential Oils Necklace PendantMickey Mouse Aromatherapy Essential Oils Necklace PendantMickey Mouse Aromatherapy Essential Oils Necklace PendantMinnie Mouse Crystal Hoop EarringsMinnie Mouse Crystal Hoop EarringsMinnie Mouse Crystal Hoop EarringsSterling Silver Pave Crystal Stud EarringsSterling Silver Pave Crystal Stud EarringsSterling Silver Pave Crystal Stud EarringsDisney Beauty and The Beast Silver Plated “Big Sister, Lil’ Sister” Set of Two Pendant Necklaces, 18” ChainDisney Beauty and The Beast Silver Plated “Big Sister, Lil’ Sister” Set of Two Pendant Necklaces, 18” ChainDisney Beauty and The Beast Silver Plated “Big Sister, Lil’ Sister” Set of Two Pendant Necklaces, 18” Chain

 

Here are some other accessories that can give your outfit a bit of a “Disney flair” that you can continue to use in real life:

This Minnie Mouse watch is easy to read and comes in 5 different styles, including a version with “classic Minnie,” back when she had a hat with a flower in it instead of a bow.

Disney Women's Minnie Mouse Watch
Disney Women’s Minnie Mouse Watch

This crossbody handbag has a beautiful collage of Bambi, Thumper, and Flower, but you almost wouldn’t know it if you weren’t looking for it; it just looks like a really pretty handbag. Great if you want to show off your Disney love without looking tacky or garish.

Bambi LeSportsac Cross-Body Tote
Bambi & Friends LeSportsac Cross-Body Tote

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What to wear to Disney World in the Winter

The above photos of me were all taken in late September, when it’s still pretty hot. On our last trip, the temperatures went into the 90’s every day.

We’ve been to Disney World in both November and December, and I’ve worn sundresses then, too. However, I do bring a cardigan, jacket, and jeans, just in case.

When we went in November a few years ago, it was surprisingly cold.

Wearing jeans and sweaters at Epcot in November

Wearing jeans and jackets at Epcot in November!

Look at us, all bundled up! Not only that, but we were downright cold — uncomfortably cold — while watching Illuminations at Epcot that night.

I wouldn’t say that’s typical. That trip was significantly colder that when we went in December of another year. But be prepared, and pack layers!

Lightweight Long sleeve cardigan
Lightweight Long-Sleeve Cardigan with Pockets

Disney Hoodies for Women

Instead of (or in addition to) cardigans, you might want to bring along a couple Disney hoodies, especially for the evening:

Disney Junior Minnie Mouse Silent Hoodie Fleece PulloverDisney Junior Minnie Mouse Silent Hoodie Fleece PulloverDisney Junior Minnie Mouse Silent Hoodie Fleece PulloverDisney Adults Minnie Mouse Peeking Fleece HoodieDisney Adults Minnie Mouse Peeking Fleece HoodieDisney Adults Minnie Mouse Peeking Fleece HoodieDisney Women's Hoodie Minnie Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small - Plus SizeDisney Women’s Hoodie Minnie Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small – Plus SizeDisney Women's Hoodie Minnie Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small - Plus SizeDisney Mickey Mouse Womens Hoodie Peeking Print Pullover SweatshirtDisney Mickey Mouse Womens Hoodie Peeking Print Pullover SweatshirtDisney Mickey Mouse Womens Hoodie Peeking Print Pullover SweatshirtDisney Women's Mickey Mouse Classic Kick SweatshirtDisney Women’s Mickey Mouse Classic Kick SweatshirtDisney Women's Mickey Mouse Classic Kick SweatshirtDisGear Disney Parks Home for The Holidays Unisex Character Hoodie for WomenDisGear Disney Parks Home for The Holidays Unisex Character Hoodie for WomenDisGear Disney Parks Home for The Holidays Unisex Character Hoodie for WomenDisney Juniors Sassy Minnie Mouse FleeceDisney Juniors Sassy Minnie Mouse FleeceDisney Juniors Sassy Minnie Mouse FleeceDisney Exclusive Adults Minnie Mouse Fleece HoodieDisney Exclusive Adults Minnie Mouse Fleece HoodieDisney Exclusive Adults Minnie Mouse Fleece HoodieMinnie Mouse Disney Character Name HoodieMinnie Mouse Disney Character Name HoodieMinnie Mouse Disney Character Name HoodieDisney Hoodie Mickey Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small - Plus SizeDisney Hoodie Mickey Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small – Plus SizeDisney Hoodie Mickey Mouse Peeking Pullover Sweatshirt Small - Plus Size

 

What to Wear to Disney World — Plus-Size Edition

While I’m not exactly the thinnest person in the world, I don’t think I’m officially considered “plus-size,” so I turned to some other lovely ladies for advice on those particular challenges.

Bianca Karina loves wearing leggings when she goes to Disneyland. “Leggings are breathable, flexible, and stretchy so you can fully enjoy the Disney magic without getting swamp butt,” she says.

Torrid Premium Leggings
Torrid Premium Leggings

Bianca also likes to wear a t-shirt dress paired with sneakers, claiming, “You get all of the breeziness of shorts and the stretchiness and comfort of leggings.”

Plus Size T-shirt dress for Disneyland
Plus-Size T-Shirt Dress

If you’re worried about chafing (or “chub rub,” as it’s sometimes called), this product works wonders.

Plus-Size Fashion — Disney World Outfits

Heather Traska, a size 16 Disney Style contributor, likes to wear bright colors and lush fabrics that “makes me feel like a real life Princess.” And she always wears shorts, leggings, or Spanx under her dresses while at Disney.

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What to Wear to Disney World in the Summer

I personally refuse to go to Disney World in June, July, or August — both because of the crowd levels and the intense heat in Florida during the summer.

Well, okay … I guess maybe I would go if someone paid for the entire thing. But I haven’t been to Disney World during the summer months since I was 8 year old.

I found this helpful bit of advice about dressing for Disney during the summer months on the WDWMagic Forums:

Actually, wearing skimpier clothing (e.g., tank top and short shorts) — especially if they contain non-breathable fabrics like polyester or spandex — can make you feel hotter than if you wear fuller-coverage clothing that breathes.

In a tank top, for example, your sweat just pools on your shoulders and in your armpits — in a breathable top with short sleeves, it gets absorbed and wicked away from your body. (Locals in tropical climes put this principle to work all the time — ever notice how when you visit someplace like India or the Caribbean, everybody’s wearing long pants, button-down shirts and hats in the heat? They’re doing it in light colors, and breathable fabrics, and staying cooler as a result than if they were wearing less.)

My suggestion would be to either go full-on vacation wear in breathable, natural fabrics, in styles that offer some protection from the sun (chambray rompers or sundresses — no polyester, no spandex, etc.!, lightweight cotton maxi dresses, linen button-downs and bermuda shorts), or if your personal style is more sporty, to opt for athletic wear that doesn’t necessarily look like athletic wear (e.g., golf polos and skorts).

Steer toward light colors if you want to repel the sun even more, and if you’re a “hat person,” by all means adopt a crushable floppy hat or a straw fedora with a decent-sized brim. If your hair is long, wear it up, or braid it, to keep it off of your neck and shoulders.

One thing I would absolutely “wear” at Disney in the summer (or even the fall and spring) is a Frogg Togg Chill Pad Cooling Towel.

Frogg Togg Chill Pad Cooling Towel at Disney World

Burgundy Tshirt Dress available here
Cooling Towel available here

Yes, these really do work. You wet them with cold water, squeeze out the excess, and it feels incredibly cool (yet dry) against your skin.

Being an Irish redhead, I particularly like how it gives me added sun protection on my neck, back, and shoulders.

Frogg Togg Cooling Towel
Frogg Togg cooling towel

NOTE:
On our last trip, Rob liked my cooling towel so much that he bought one for himself at the parks, where they sell a version by a brand called CoolCore.

He said it definitely did NOT get as cool as my Frogg Togg cooling towel did.

Don’t Forget How Important the Right Shoes Are!

I have another post all about the best shoes to wear to Disney World, but I thought they also deserved a quick mention here.

I always like to wear sandals (not flip-flops, because having something between my toes personally drives me crazy). They go well with my sundresses, they also room for your feet to swell when you’ve been walking for hours, and I don’t have to worry about them getting soggy after going on Splash Mountain.

These sandals have been my go-to shoe for our last three Disney World trips, and they were amazingly comfortable, as well as kinda cute.

Here are some other flip-flops and sandals I recommend as being good Disney options:

Nike Womens Ultra Celso Thong, Chlorine Blue/White-White, 7Nike Womens Ultra Celso Thong, Chlorine Blue/White-White, 7Nike Womens Ultra Celso Thong, Chlorine Blue/White-White, 7KEEN Women's Whisper Sandal,Dark Shadow/Ceramic,8 M USKEEN Women’s Whisper Sandal,Dark Shadow/Ceramic,8 M USKEEN Women's Whisper Sandal,Dark Shadow/Ceramic,8 M USSanuk Women's Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flop,Black,8 M USSanuk Women’s Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flop,Black,8 M USSanuk Women's Yoga Sling 2 Flip Flop,Black,8 M USTeva Women's W Original Universal Sandal, Miramar Fade Dark Purple/Multi, 6 M USTeva Women’s W Original Universal Sandal, Miramar Fade Dark Purple/Multi, 6 M USTeva Women's W Original Universal Sandal, Miramar Fade Dark Purple/Multi, 6 M US

 

 

If you prefer to wear sneakers to the parks, these are some of your best bets:

ASICS Women's GT-2000 5 Running Shoe, Mid Grey/White/Pink Glow, 9 M USASICS Women’s GT-2000 5 Running Shoe, Mid Grey/White/Pink Glow, 9 M USASICS Women's GT-2000 5 Running Shoe, Mid Grey/White/Pink Glow, 9 M USSaucony Women's Triumph ISO Running Shoe, Twilight/Oxygen/Citron, 8.5 M USSaucony Women’s Triumph ISO Running Shoe, Twilight/Oxygen/Citron, 8.5 M USSaucony Women's Triumph ISO Running Shoe, Twilight/Oxygen/Citron, 8.5 M USSkechers Performance Women's Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,pink/multi,9 M USSkechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,pink/multi,9 M USSkechers Performance Women's Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,pink/multi,9 M USSkechers Performance Women's Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,Navy/Multi,9 M USSkechers Performance Women’s Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,Navy/Multi,9 M USSkechers Performance Women's Go Walk Joy-15615 Sneaker,Navy/Multi,9 M US

 

Now let me hear from you.
What are your favorite things to wear to Disney World? Are there any lessons you’ve learned the hard way about what NOT to wear? Please share below in the comments!

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