What to Wear to Disney World

What to Wear to Disney World

The countdown is almost over…you’re going to Walt Disney World! But, one last thing stands between you and Main Street, U.S.A. – packing. And, with long travel days, four parks, Disney Springs, and water parks, you certainly don’t want to get caught wearing the wrong thing. So, what do you wear to Disney World?

Well, we’ve been to Disney World hundreds of times during all different types of weather and now we give you the 411 on what to wear to Disney World so that the only thing you’re thinking about during your trip is how many more snacks you can fit into your day!

What to wear on the day you arrive

Whether you’re flying, taking a train, bus, or driving, comfort is key on your arrival day. So, whether that’s your favorite sweatpants and sweatshirt, or a Disney tee and jeans, pick something that you’re comfortable in for traveling.

What to Wear to Disney World

If you will be arriving early in the day and plan to head to the parks right away, go for a swim in the hotel pool, or visit Disney Springs, you may want to consider packing a change of clothes in a backpack or carry-on. Disney World Resort hotels are able to store your luggage behind the front desk if your room isn’t ready when you arrive. So, you can quickly change into your park-day clothes and get your vacation started right away without needing to carry around your luggage.

What to wear in the parks

It’s no secret that Central Florida can get hot…really hot. With its reputation for being humid and sunny nearly year-round, you’ve probably already started cataloging all the shorts and sweat-wicking clothing you own to be packed away. But, before you pile your suitcase high with tank tops, check the weather!

A quick glance at your favorite weather app can tell you that it’s going to be unseasonably cold for Florida during your January Disney World trip. Or, you might find that rain is expected nearly every day that you plan to visit because of the high temperatures in the summer. Or, you could end up visiting during the hottest week of the year with temperatures soaring above 100 degrees.

You want to be prepared for everything!

Beyond the weather, there are a few other things to consider when choosing what you’ll wear to Disney World.

What to Wear to Disney World

Top 5 tips:

  1. The most important part of your outfit isn’t your clothing – it’s your shoes! The average park guest logs 15,000-20,000 steps a day in the parks. So, you’ll want to be sure that you have comfortable walking shoes to keep your feet happy.
  2. If you’re traveling with a large group or have little ones that you don’t want to get separated, consider purchasing matching family shirts in bright colors for each day of your trip. This will make it easier to spot each other in the parks and keep your party together.
  3. Dressing for comfort doesn’t mean that you can’t have some fun with your outfit! Add a touch of Disney to your style with Minnie Ears, Mickey Ears, and other accessories.
  4. Don’t forget to wear your MagicBand or MagicBand+ whenever you’re not in your hotel room (if you plan on using one). MagicBands are an essential accessory as they serve as your park ticket, Lightning Lane redemption, credit card, and more.
  5. Know what NOT to wear. Disney World does have dress code requirements. So, be sure to visit Disney’s website before your trip to read up on what is prohibited.

What to wear for dining reservations

If you’re anything like us, eating your way around Disney World is half the fun. While most restaurants in the hotels and parks allow for casual attire (basically anything you’re wearing to the park), Disney World’s signature restaurants do have a higher standard when it comes to what you wear for your dining reservation.

Currently, Disney signature restaurants require that guests “dress accordingly in attire that respects the restaurant’s sophisticated and upscale aesthetic. Clothing should be clean, neat and in good condition.” This includes things like khakis, slacks, and collared shirts for men, and capri pants, skirts, dresses, or dress shorts for women. Disney does permit jeans that are in good condition at these restaurants, with the exception of Victoria & Albert’s which requires that guests dress in semi-formal or formal attire.

Avoid dressing in swimwear, tank tops, flip-flops, t-shirts with offensive language or graphics, torn clothing, cut-offs, or swimsuit cover-ups at these upscale locations.

However, if you don’t plan on dining at any of the signature restaurants, then you don’t need to change from your day clothes for your meal.

If you have questions about the dress code at the Disney restaurants you plan to dine at during your stay, you can visit Disney’s website for the most up-to-date information.

What to Wear to Disney World

What to wear to Disney Springs

Disney Springs is the largest shopping and dining district in Disney World. It is free to visit and dressing for it is simple – just wear something you’re comfortable walking in and weather-appropriate!

What to wear to the pool or water parks

Plan on getting some R&R at the pool? Or, even better, visiting one of Disney World’s two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon? Then you better pack your swimsuit!

Disney doesn’t have any rules regarding swimsuits, so pack your favorite (or two!). You may also want to consider wearing water shoes or flip-flops, as the pavement around the pools can get very hot. And, while Disney does provide towels at the resort pools and water parks, you may want to bring a cover-up for when you’re walking between the pool and your hotel room or riding on the bus to and from the water park.

What to wear for special ticketed events

Planning your trip during the holidays and want to go to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party? You might want to pack something special to wear!

What to Wear to Disney World

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party is one of the only times that adults are allowed to wear costumes in Magic Kingdom. And, most take Disney up on the offer! If you do plan to wear a Halloween costume to the party, you’ll need to abide by the following dress guidelines:

  • All Guests may dress as their favorite character, but may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent.
  • Costumes may not contain any props or accessories that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects, or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (for example, full-length Princess dresses)
  • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
  • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Costume headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
  • Costume masks of any kind may not be worn. (Note that guests 13 and under are allowed to wear costume masks, though they “must provide unobstructed peripheral vision at all times with openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen”)

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

Costumes are not allowed for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, but be sure to pack something festive to wear! Keep in mind that it may still be warm (yes, even in November and December). So, you may want to go for a “Santa in Hawaii” vibe rather than a winter wonderland.

What NOT to wear to Disney World

When you’re trying to decide what to wear to Disney World, comfort is key! You’ll want to consider what clothing may cause chafing, wear shoes that you know won’t blister your feet, and even think about what you plan to ride in the parks.

While many people may choose to steer clear of skirts and dresses because of the risk of chafing and the fact that it may make riding some attractions more difficult, you can still wear them! We recommend purchasing slip shorts to wear under your skirt or purchasing skirts and dresses that have shorts built into them. This will help you avoid any awkward encounters when trying to get on rides that require you to straddle the seat, like Magic Kingdom’s newest ride, TRON Lightcycle / Run.

What to Wear to Disney World

Disney does also have a list of banned clothing including costumes, clothing with obscene language or graphics, clothing that touches or drags on the floor, and excessively torn clothing. Check Disney’s website before you visit for the complete dress code if you have additional questions or concerns.

What to Wear to Disney World FAQ

What should I wear to Disney World in the summer? Fall? Winter? Spring?

While Florida is often known for being one long summer, there are some seasonal changes in the weather that you’ll want to consider when packing.

The weather is the hottest in the summer with temperatures reaching well over 100 degrees due to the humidity. So, we suggest wearing sweat-wicking clothing that will help to keep you cool during the day. We also like to wear slip shorts under skirts and dresses to avoid chafing. And, don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to keep from burning!

The fall is a bit milder in Florida, though temperatures are usually still in the 70s to low 90s. Plan to wear clothes that will keep you cool in the heat, but bring a light jacket for the cooler mornings and evenings.

Believe it or not, Florida can actually be cold in the winter (but not always!). Be sure to check the weather forecast before you leave so that you know if you need to pack pants and sweatshirts or shorts and tees.

Lastly, the spring tends to bring some of the best weather to Florida with typical temperatures in the 60s-70s. These are the perfect temperatures for jeans and a t-shirt or shorts and a sweater.

Does Disney have a dress code?

Yes. Currently, you may be denied entry to the parks or escorted out if you are wearing:

  • Costumes and costume masks, which may not be worn by Guests 14 years of age or older.
    • Exceptions: Specific Halloween and Christmas events
  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Clothing which exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Clothing that touches or drags on the ground
  • Clothing with multiple layers is subject to search upon entry
  • Objectionable tattoos

There are additional dress code requirements at select Disney World restaurants. So, be sure to check the restaurant’s website in advance if you have any dining reservations booked during your visit.

What to Wear to Disney World

What shoes should I wear to Disney World?

With so much walking involved, your shoes just might be the most important thing you’ll wear in Disney World! We recommend wearing comfortable sneakers for your park days, though some guests swear by sandals (like Chacos or Birkenstocks), Oofos (which are designed to put less strain on your muscles), or Crocs. Comfort over fashion is key!

And, don’t forget that it usually rains in Florida in the middle of the day. We recommend packing an extra pair of shoes and socks just in case because there’s nothing worse than having to slog around the park in day-old still-damp shoes!

Can you bring backpacks into Disney World?

Yes! Just note that your backpack must be 24” by 18” by 15” or less according to Disney’s regulations. You will have to undergo security screening prior to entering the parks and Disney Springs. While not required, carrying a clear bag can help expedite the security screening process.


Do you have any other tips for what to wear to Disney World? What outfits do you prefer when visiting the theme parks? Leave us a comment below to share your favorite Disney attire.

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