What to Wear in the Parks – Best Disney Outfits for Kids

Wondering what to wear to Disneyland? Or how to dress for Disney World? Maybe you’ve already planned your own DisneyBound outfits for your upcoming magical vacation. Now it’s time to pack up adorable outfits for Disney for the kids! How can you find the best Disney outfits for kids? You’ll need outfits that are practical, comfortable as well as cute. After all you’ll be taking lots of pictures on vacation so clothes should be a well-thought out part of the planning process.

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Peach Loop. Today we are sharing ideas to help you decide what to wear to the Disney Parks. Welcome aboard!

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Best Disney Outfits for Kids – The Basics to Consider

These Disney outfit ideas are all clothes that I’ve dressed my little ones in during our Disney vacations. I’ll share Disney World outfits for toddlers and Disneyland clothes for preschools. I even have Disney clothing ideas for big kids as well. And because it’s Disney, these ideas easily translate into cute Disney outfit ideas for adults too!

These are the things to consider when choosing Disney outfits for the kids:

  • What’s the weather going to be like? Will the kids be comfortable mostly in shorts? Will you need a jacket for layering?
  • How many days of clothing will you need?
  • Do you want the kids to dress in costume?
  • Are you aiming for head to toe looks or just a dash of Disney?

When you’re ready to pack up, be sure to check out this free printable packing list for kids traveling to Disney!

1. Disney T-Shirts

If you’re looking for just a dash of Disney in your vacation look, the best place to start is with a themed tee. I like to pair a themed tee with denim or patterned shorts. Your local stores like Target probably have a good variety of tees at decent prices. ShopDisney often has specials on their graphic tee designs (click on images to shop).

For a special souvenir, consider purchasing a tee at the Parks on the first day of your trip to have the kids wear during the vacation.

Cant go wrong with a tee!

Cant go wrong with a tee!

2. DIY Disney Tees You Can Make Yourself

If you’re feeling creative or you like to get crafty, designing your own tee is a unique way to show your Disney side. Here are a few ideas you can do to make your own Disney t-shirt designs. Depending upon your skill level, I’ve included things for very basic to more advanced.

Rubber Stamp and Fabric Paint

A simple rubber stamp and fabric paint gives a colorful look that is quick to achieve. Kids can definitely do this themselves!

Rubber stamp and fabric paint

Rubber stamp and fabric paint

Hand Painted

Try this technique for hand painting a Disney design onto a tee for a unique look you won’t see on anyone else! For more details on how to do this yourself, check out my Dory Handpainted Tee Tutorial.

Paint Your Own Finding Dory T-Shirt

Quick Sew

Try one of these simple sewn tees that are fun for beginners. They give you the look of applique but is basic so anyone with sewing machine skills can do these! Try the Mickey pumpkin tee tutorial or I Love Mickey applique tutorial.

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Or simply take a single square of a favorite fabric and sew it on (using the techniques in one of the above tutorials).

Appliqued T-Shirt

More advanced seamstresses can try applique for a durable and unique style nobody else’s kid will be wearing. Can’t sew? A search on Etsy for appliqued or silk-screened Disney-themed tees will find you something fun for the kids.

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3. A Disney Look, Head to Toe

Do you like to see your kids styled Disney from head to toe? One of my favorite places to find a head to toe look is on Etsy. You’ll be able to find something very unique – and help support small business as well. You’ll often be able to find Disney boutique clothing resale.


Sew It Up Yourself

I love to go to Disney parks with my kids wearing unique and creative outfits! That’s why I often design and sew them up myself. If you can follow a basic pattern, try finding a fun Disney-themed fabric print and make matching outfits for your group. A dress or skirt for the girls and shorts for the boys and they’ll be the envy of everyone in the parks!

One of my favorite places to buy licensed Disney fabrics is on Etsy. They often have awesome import fabrics you won’t be able to find in the stores. Click the images to order fabrics.

Not Your Typical Princess Dresses

This pattern below is for the same dress and I just tweaked it by changing the length, adding some sweet details (like ribbon on the bodice) and fun applique. One dress is Snow White inspired and the other features Rapunzel! Ask your little lady which is her favorite princess and create something so her to wear that’s inspired and totally unique.

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T-Shirt Dress

You can also take a t-shirt that’s a bit too small and re-purpose it with knit fabrics into a totally unique dress like this one! See how we coordinated the dress with some Minnie-inspired knit accessories?


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Simple Cotton Tie-Shoulder Dresses

I found this simple vintage pattern for a dress that ties at the shoulders and it was perfectly lightweight for a spring trip to Disney World. This Mickey Mouse print dress reverses to white and red polka dots! I paired it with knit shorts and an over-sized bow. My daughter is tasting her first Dole Whip at the Polynesian Resort. I was so glad I had her dressed so adorably for the occasion!

Here’s another tie-shoulder dress style that I made for my daughter. I pieced this together myself based on a dress that my daughter already owned but it went together in a snap (I even used inexpensive bias tape for the ties). This Marvel fabric is so unexpected on a baby, and totally unique!

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Quick Sew Shorts

Not to leave the boys out, I have made my gentlemen dozens of shorts to wear at Disney during our vacations over the years! I always use the same simple 2-piece pattern for elastic waist shorts. Sometimes I vary the length or add pockets on the legs. So comfy and easy to pair with a plain tee.


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4. Perfect Shoes for Disney

For the love of all things, please have your kids wear real, practical shoes and not those plastic dress-up shoes with heels! Oh, I’ve seen little girls shuffling through the parks in those plastic shoes. I can only imagine the melt-down that would ensue when said shoes cause sore feet and blisters (because they totally will).

I adore pediped for my kids in their everyday wear and there are some adorable designs that are appropriate for wearing at the Parks. Some styles are waterproof for splash pad play or even have sparkles (to match princess dresses!) So much better than plastic dress-up shoes!

For more shoe ideas, see my post about the Best Shoes to Wear at Disney.

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5. Disney Perfect Costumes

Kids 12 and under can wear costumes in the Parks. What you’ll need to consider is the practicality of wearing a glitter-encrusted gown while boarding roller coasters and if it’s a good idea for your family or child.

A few things to think about before dressing the kids in costume:

  • Is the costume weather-appropriate?
  • Is the fabric breathable?
  • Is the costume itchy?
  • Will your child wear the costume all day or will they want to change out of it?
  • Take a good look at the length and sizing (I’ve seen so many little princesses with their gowns dragging on the ground or falling off their shoulders because the dress is too big).

I recommend buying the costume early and letting your child try it on to make sure it’s a good fit for them as well as comfortable. You’d hate for your child to be complaining because the elastic in the sleeves is too tight or they’re overly hot.

6. Disney-Inspired Accessories

Accessories are a nice way to add just a little touch of Disney to your child’s ensemble. Accessories are fun to buy inside the Disney parks but so much cheaper to purchase them ahead of your trip!

Accessories I’d skip: Wigs, wings, masks, swords and wands. Pretty much anything that your child will want to remove in the park, that makes it hard to get on and off the rides or items that you don’t want to be stuck holding when your child doesn’t want to hold it anymore!

Hats are always a great idea at the Disney parks, especially when the sun is blazing.

Sunglasses are great for blocking out the sun (and wearing them during the day helps keep my kids less cranky too, when they aren’t squinting in the bright sun).


Socks and shoes are a fun (and practical!) way to show your Disney love!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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10 replies
  1. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    This is a GREAT post as you’ve totally covered all the bases when it comes to dressing your kids for Disney! My kids are almost always found in denim bottoms (shorts, jeans, etc. depending on the time of year) and a Disney-themed t-shirt (whether we make our own or shop for them in stores). It’s so easy to pack that way.

    Hats and sunglasses are a definitely must as well!

    Great tips – I especially appreciate the ones regarding decent shoes and costumes that fit and go with the current weather! I’ve seen all kinds at Disney and I’m often found shaking my head at some of the choices parents make for their kids! LOL

    • Julie Bigboy
      Julie Bigboy says:

      I myself wonder about what parents are thinking sometime with the outfits that I see kids wearing at the parks! Perhaps these are the same parents who are wearing high heels!

  2. Lin
    Lin says:

    Cute outfits! We are basics family but if I had a little girl I’m not sure I could avoid putting her in princess dresses! Christy at MomApprovedCostumes is the BEST!

  3. Kimberly K
    Kimberly K says:

    I know the little girls are SO CUTE in their costumes, but I’m not a big fan of them myself. It seems like after a few hours, we end up having to take it off because it’s too hot, too itchy, too big, just too everything. As such, we tend to go the simpler tee route, but it’s nearly always a Disney tee!

    • Julie Bigboy
      Julie Bigboy says:

      Some of those costumes are just so BIG and uncomfortable to wear all day at the parks! That’s why I suggested trying them at home first…no point in having a miserable kid all day!

  4. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    So much great information here!!! I love the adorable princess dresses and the homemade Mickey head shirt. They all look like things my family would be comfortable in while we’re in the parks.

    • Julie Bigboy
      Julie Bigboy says:

      I love to make (or buy) something unique for the kids to wear at the parks. They love it when other guests and cast members comment on their outfits 🙂

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