6 DisneyBounding “Rules” – How to Capture Your DisneySide!

Children under 12 can dress in costume at the Disney Parks, but what about the rest of us who’d like to show their DisneySide but can’t go full out in costume? DisneyBounding! By using clothes from your own closet, you can create the unique look of a certain Disney character that you can wear to the Parks. So what are the DisneyBounding rules to follow to get your look fabulous? Here are some DisneyBound ideas everyone in the family can use!

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Yellow Loop. Today we are sharing DisneyBounding ideas for you and your family.

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What is DisneyBound & What Are the DisneyBounding “Rules”?

DisneyBound uses everyday clothing in a way that represents a chosen Disney character. DisneyBounding isn’t costume or cosplay. DisneyBound is about creativity and uniqueness. One look on Pinterest DisneyBound and you can see how many interpretations people are able to come up with based on one character’s “look”.

I came up with a few DisneyBounding “rules”, using the Fab 5 as examples, that make dressing as your favorite character fun and easy. My DisneyBound ideas are clothes you can wear at the Parks, so these are comfortable and practical but still fun (not a high heel in sight!)

How will you DisneyBound? Here are some ideas!


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Does your character have a recognizable pattern, like Minnie and her polka dots? Wearing red and white polka dots will almost automatically link you to Minnie, but what other prints can you find that are a similar match to your character?

How about green fish scales for Ariel, purple and pink stripes for the Cheshire Cat or a red and white Hawaiian print for Lilo! If you can’t find a good match, consider fabric paint and a handmade stencil to make the print on the fabric yourself (use non-stretch cotton for best results).



What are your character’s main colors? No need to be exact on either colors or matching identical pieces, just a general idea of that character’s look, like the Goofy collection shown here.

What other characters use color dramatically in their look? How about Elsa in her sparkling ice blue gown and silver snowflakes? Or Ursula in a swirl of black and purple. As long as you keep with these color tones, you can mix up the design of the outfit as you please.




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What is the most eye-catching piece of your character’s look? For Donald, it’s his bright red bow, front and center. With thoughtful accessorizing, you can relax on the other pieces (because you probably don’t want to dress in full sailor suit!)

If your character doesn’t have a definite spotlight piece, feel free to use that character’s image in one of your accessories (like on a hat , shoes or jewelry). These great new Disney-themed Vans are a perfect accompaniment ( VANS x DISNEY Sneakers). Think candy hair accessories for Vanellope from Wreck It Ralph, Jessie’s red cowgirl hat from Toy Story or a chunky turquoise necklace like Pocahontas.


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There’s a big difference between DisneyBound and costumes. You wouldn’t put on feathers to DisneyBound as Daisy Duck, but a fluffy white dress gives the impression of feathers. Also, if you’re choosing less-than-obvious characters, consider that you might not be easily recognized as being DisneyBound. You’ll look cute, but not in costume. So if you want to pointedly direct attention to your outfit consider having a toy or an accessory, like an enamel pin of the character on your shirt.


Literal interpretations lends themselves more towards costume than DisneyBound, like the Mickey example here. This is best left for the kids, who look simply adorable (whilst a grown man, not so much!)

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Kids up to age 12 can dress in costume. Feel free to let little ones go all out with complete costumes in the park, so long as they’re comfortable. And be sure they are wearing real, comfortable shoes and not dress up costume shoes. See this post for more ideas on the best outfits for dressing kids for Disney vacations!


As a bonus, I threw in Pluto! If your costume is vague or the character you chose doesn’t have much of a standout look (like Pluto here) consider adding in character details, like a hat, jewelry or MagicBand wrap with a custom design to add to your look.


You could also go a subtle route and choose one accessory if your character is dressed quite over the top like Sully from Monsters Inc., Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas or Jessie from Toy Story. Keep your costume simple and show off these cool accessories.


 For more DisneyBounding ideas,

check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail Yellow | DisneyBounding Ideas Loop:

1st Stop – Mom Rewritten | 6 DisneyBounding “Rules”

2nd Stop – Home is Where the Mouse Is | Family DisneyBounding Ideas

3rd Stop – Sparks of Magic | DisneyBounding with Kids

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Find out what DisneyBound is and what the rules are to dressing up for Disney inside the theme parks! Lots of fun DisneyBounding ideas.


17 replies
  1. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    We always go to Disney all matchy-matchy, making all our own t-shirts, etc. It’s fun and we love the challenge of coming up with a bunch of new designs each trip. But, because of that, I’ve never tried DisneyBounding and it looks SO FUN! I need to try some of these ideas for our next trip.

    • Julie Bigboy
      Julie Bigboy says:

      It’s very fun and satisfies a creative side to DisneyBound too Heidi! I don’t even wait until I’m at the Parks, I DisneyBound on a regular basis to keep my DisneySide cookin’ 😉

  2. Elaine Massey
    Elaine Massey says:

    I love this idea and all of your great pictures. Believe it or not, I hadn’t heard of this concept or rather the term. This is great! I bookmarked the Pinterest page and this is a great way to kind of get into character without looking like a kid. I love it.

  3. Camille @ Sparks of Magic
    Camille @ Sparks of Magic says:

    I absolutely LOVE this post, thanks for all the tips, Julie! They will come in handy with our family bound this fall!! My hubby is not into full costume, so we will basically use color and subtle elements for his Hook bound!!

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