Mickey Mouse Costumes to Make at Home on a Budget

In five years of trick-or-treating, my son has been Mickey Mouse three times! The first year was the classic Mickey (which he calls, “Happy Mickey”). Then Sorcerer Mickey. And this year, it’s Mickey in his Roadster Racers costume. As a big Disney fan, I love that my son wants to dress as his favorite character so often! And fortunately Mickey has plenty of incarnations to choose from! Here’s how you can make each of these three Mickey Mouse costumes on a budget at home.

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Classic Mickey Mouse Costume

This sweet Mickey Mouse costume is the easiest of the bunch! Several of these pieces can be inexpensively store-bought and the rest go together quickly. Instructions for making your own Classic Mickey costume HERE.


  • Black t-shirt
  • Black leggings (optional in warm weather)
  • Red shorts
  • Two large white buttons
  • Yellow shoes (but we settled for white!)
  • To sew the hood, you’ll need stretchy black fabric and polyfil

Three budget-friendly Mickey Mouse costume ideas for Halloween

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey Mouse Costume

With the wave of your wand (and a few stitches on your sewing machine) you’ll be able to sew up the Sorcerer’s hat that is the centerpiece of this darling costume. The instructions for putting together the Sorcerer’s Hat HERE.


  • Red tunic or over-sized t-shirt
  • Brown belt or rope to tie around the waist
  • Leggings or pants in a dark color
  • Blue and white cotton for the hat
  • Black felt for the Mouse ears

Three budget-friendly Mickey Mouse costume ideas for Halloween

Mickey and the Roadster Racers Costume

This is a completely handcrafted costume so it may take a little longer than the other two. But not more expensive, it just requires a few more creative touches. I made the jumpsuit and hood by following this McCall’s Costume Pattern. However I’ve made creative adjustments to add the color blocking.

If you’re not up for sewing something elaborate, this outfit could easily be put together by making it with a few store-bought pieces. By adding yellow felt designs to a sweatshirt and pants and then applying hand-painted patches you’ll have an inexpensive and unique Mickey Mouse costume!


When creating the patches I used the same technique as in this Finding Dory t-shirt. I fuse white cotton patches onto the fabric, stitch carefully around the outside and then paint my design onto the cotton. (The photo of my son when wearing this costume was before I finished with the patches).

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Three budget-friendly Mickey Mouse costume ideas for Halloween

Crowded Disneyland Day? Top Tips on What to Do!

Disney Parks are very popular destinations. And that means more often than not it’s going to be crowded at Disneyland! Even the “off-season” can be crowded with guests. Sometimes you can’t help planning your Disneyland vacation when the Park will be packed. It’s never ideal to visit the Parks when it’s crowded but often work or school schedules predict your vacation time. Being prepared for the crowds is helpful so you’ll know what to expect and can make a game plan for your day.

These are my top tips on what to do when you visit on a crowded Disneyland day!

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1. A Crowded Day at Disneyland – Know What to Expect

How crowded is crowded at Disneyland? While some areas are more congested on busy days than other areas, on a very crowded day at Disneyland it can be a challenge to find a bench to rest on, a table to eat at or shade to stand under!

There are people…everywhere! Ride queues are long and attractions are jam-packed. If the thought of this sends prickles up your spine, consider rescheduling your vacation for a less busy time!

A Disneyland crowd predictor will tell you that any day kids are out of school (like during summer, winter & spring breaks or the week before and after a national holiday), the Parks are going to be crowded.

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I don’t wanna go when it’s crowded!!


2. Planning Ahead for an Optimal Vacation Time

  • First off, order the Disneyland vacation planning video pre-trip to familiarize yourself with the parks (click the image above).
  • Read the Dates to Avoid Disneyland When Planning a Vacation. This way you’ll know if you’ll be facing large crowds during your visit.
  • Check the Disneyland Resort Parks calendar on their website in advance so you can schedule your day.
  • Know what time the Parks open and close and figure out what shows are must-see.
  • Consider subscribing to Touring Plans. You can see the forecast with Crowd Calendar and for a small subscription fee, they will design a “touring plan” that coordinates with the expected busyness of the day.
  • Always purchase your tickets ahead of time so you don’t waste precious time waiting in line to buy them at the gate when you could already be in the Park. I recommend my partner Get Away Today for discounted Disneyland tickets.

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3. Always Arrive Early 

Extra Magic Hour is a fantastic way to get in some early morning park time with lighter crowds.

On a non-Extra Magic Hour, you should aim to be at the Park entrance 45 minutes before the official opening. On busy days, the gates will open early and a select amount of those at the front of the lines will be admitted onto Main Street U.S.A. where you can shop, visit the restrooms or stop in at City Hall.

The official “rope drop” (when the rest of the Park opens) will happen on time, if not a few minutes early and you’ll be steps ahead of everyone else who is still lingering at the gate, waiting to be let in. For more details on how to take advantage of those first few hours after Rope Drop, read my post about how to Make the Most of Your First Two Hours at Disneyland.

Arriving early also holds true when you want to attend parades, fireworks or other shows/attractions. If you want a decent viewing area, you’ll need to get there early and stake out your spot.

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4. Stay Late 

A large amount of Guests, in particular those with small children, will immediately pour out of the Park after the Fireworks show. Stay as late as you can to take advantage of the emptying Park and subsequent shorter queues.

5. Don’t Leave Disneyland…or You Might Get Shut Out!

Disneyland Parks limit the number of Guests that are allowed into their Parks at any one time. This means that on extremely busy days, if you leave the Park for any reason, you may not be allowed entrance back in if the Park has met its capacity. Think Christmas season, Fourth of July and New Years Eve. Plan to arrive quite early and stay all day or risk not being allowed back inside if you leave.

6. Use Disneyland FastPass and MaxPass

Take advantage of the free FastPass service which essentially gives you a ticket for a return time with a shorter wait in line. Only certain attractions have this service but it can be invaluable on a busy day.

Pay attention to the posted return time before you get your ticket though because once you have a FastPass, you are locked into it until the time on the pass expires. Therefore if it’s 10:00 am and you get a FastPass for Radiator Springs Racers but the return time is 8:00 pm, you won’t be able to get another FastPass until after eight!

MaxPass is another great way to maximize your Disneyland vacation time. Purchase MaxPass via the Disneyland Parks app and the daily cost will allow you to book your FastPass using your smart device. You won’t need to be at the actual attraction, you can book FastPass from anywhere inside the parks. This is an incredible time saver!

7. Ride the Fast Loaders

Some rides in the Parks are “Fast Loaders”. These rides at the Parks are fast loading or have a large capacity. So even if the lines appear quite long, the speed at which Guests are moving through the queue can be quicker than others.

  • Mark Twain Riverboat
  • Haunted Mansion
  • “it’s a small world”
  • The Little Mermaid – Ariel’s Undersea Adventure
  • Pirates of the Caribbean
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The Mark Twain Riverboat can hold a large capacity of Guests

8. Stay Out of the Parks

If your trip involves multiple days at the Resort, skip what is forecast to be the busiest day and don’t go into the Parks.

  • Go to a Character meal at one of the Resort hotels instead (book an Advanced Dining Reservation ahead of your trip).
  • Lounge poolside.
  • Wander through the Downtown Disney District to shop or see a movie.
  • Check out this post on Spending an Off-Day at the Disneyland Resort for more ideas!

9. Just Relax and Go with the Flow

If the Park is wall-to-wall people, you may have trouble sticking to your touring plan. It’s important that you do whatever you can to keep your family relaxed and happy. These are a few things you can do:

There are pros and cons to visiting Disneyland when it’s peak season. Yes, you’ll be dealing with more people and possible frustration when waiting in line for everything from a corn dog to the restroom. However Park hours are longer (opens earlier and stays open later) and more rides will be operational. Disney Parks often refurbish rides during slow season so they’ll be up and running during peak season.

It’s a personal choice for sure when scheduling your vacation during peak season. Just remember to relax, have fun and even when the Parks are busy, you can still have a magical time!


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