What To Wear To Disney World

What to Wear to Disney World is one of my all-time most popular blog posts, but styles have changed tremendously since I originally posted four years ago so I’m updating it for 2018!

Disney is certainly no fashion mecca, but that’s no reason to throw all sense of style to the wind. You can be cute AND comfy at a theme park. It just takes a little bit of thought and planning.

What To Wear To Disney World

The first thing to consider when planning what to wear to Disney World (or any theme park, really) is your footwear.

 Abeo Samantha sandals

Let’s face it, you’ll be doing a TON of walking, so you need practical, comfortable footwear. Fortunately there are lots of stylish options for comfortable shoes these days. The athleisure trend has made it quite acceptable to wear sneakers with your street clothes, or you can even get away with yoga pants if you want. The key to looking cute and casual is to throw on a few accessories and make sure your clothing fits you well and is on trend.

For stylish athletic shoes, consider the Adidas Superstar or Gazelle, a Puma Suede Classic, or even a Nike Free can work with more athleisure style outfits.

I also really love my Converse Shoreline sneakers, but they may not offer enough support for days you’re doing a ton of walking.

If it’s spring or summertime, a pair of sandals is great to have along as well. Vionic makes sandals and flip-flops with an orthotic footbed that are great for doing a lot of walking. Fitflops are great too, and there are always Birkenstocks. I’m loving this new style!

Most recently I’ve discovered the Abeo sandals at The Walking Company. I wore these Samantha Neutrals all over Disney World for two days straight, and my feet felt great. They have just enough support to be kind to your feet, but they’re still on trend and flattering to wear. The perfect shoes for Disney World (or anywhere you're doing a lot of walking!)

I’ve also heard great things about these fisherman sandals. They are very affordable and come in a bunch of different neutral colors.

And the Born Mai is a similar style with a comfortable footbed.

It’s wise to change your shoes a couple times a day when you’re doing a lot of walking, so if you have finicky feet, consider going back to your room mid-day to change. The last time I went to Disney World, I changed my shoes twice a day, and it really helped save my feet! (I was recovering from running injuries so I had to baby my feet; that was my podiatrist’s advice.)

The next thing to consider is the type of bag you’ll need.

What to Wear to Disney World: comfortable t-shirt, jean shorts, Vionic sandals, crossbody bag

Ramones tee // similar jean shorts // Vionic sandals // similar crossbody bags

You want to be prepared for anything — a random rain shower, an errant spray of ketchup, a leaky toddler . . . so you need a bag that can accommodate all your gear.

If you are traveling with kids and need a larger bag, consider a lightweight backpack so you can carry everything you need and remain hands-free. I recommend looking at Baggallini or Tumi for bags with a lot of pockets and organization that are also stylish, and Bric’s X-Travel City Backpack is a good choice for a backpack under $100.

(Or do what I do, and have your husband carry the backpack so you can get by with a small crossbody. Heh!)

If you have older kids or you aren’t traveling with your kids, you can get away with a small or medium-sized crossbody bag. That’s my bag of choice because it’s easy to carry, it keeps my hands free, and I don’t have to worry about losing it because it’s always on my person. (My kids are teenagers, so my days of carrying diapers and a change of clothes are over. A crossbody is all I need.)

The Tumi Voyageur is on my wish list. The front zippered pocket and back pouch are perfect for holding smaller items such as receipts, passports, boarding passes, etc. The main compartment is perfect for larger items such as sunglasses and your wallet, and the roomy interior features numerous organizer pockets so your stuff is neatly stored and easy to find.

The perfect lightweight crossbody bag for travel and theme parks!

Baggallini also makes a ton of cute styles. I particularly like the Criss Cross. There is a spot for everything in this clever organizer.

No matter what type of bag you carry, go for a lightweight nylon rather than a heavy leather bag. It won’t get ruined if it gets wet, and it’s much lighter to carry around all day.

The last thing to plan is your clothing.

I have always traveled to Disney in fall or spring. I’ve never been there in the dead of summer when it’s stifling hot, so most of my outfit ideas are geared for the fall/winter/spring seasons when the weather is milder. If you are traveling in the summer months, take these ideas and apply them to summer clothing. Winter is even more difficult, and layering is your friend.

I love jeans and denim shorts and find them quite comfortable, so most of my go-to outfits features denim. If you’re there during cooler weather, you will want to make sure to have a hoodie in your bag. A nylon backpack is perfect for moms with young kids who need to cart along some extra gear, and comfort sandals or sneakers are a must. Here’s an example of an easy outfit that is perfect for the theme park.

Fashion Over 40: What To Wear To Disney World in the spring or fall

tank top // zip-up sweatshirt // similar jean shorts // Keens // lightweight backpack // sunnies

Cotton shorts work well too, and they lighter than denim if you’re visiting during the warmer months. They also dry faster if you get wet on a water ride. If you don’t need to carry a large bag, go for a lightweight crossbody. Lightweight cotton tees are always a safe bet for the theme parks. Also consider a fun graphic tee for something with a little more personality.

What to Wear to Disney World: Cotton Twill Shorts with Slub Knit Tee and Birks

cotton tee // twill shorts // Birks // Baggallini Criss Cross

See some of my casual shorts outfits for more inspiration, but you will probably need to swap out the shoes for something more suitable for walking.

A casual dress is another great option for the theme parks. Some women find dresses more comfortable than shorts, and it’s certainly a cute look — especially if you’re going out to dinner. Go for a nice lightweight cotton or a moisture-wicking fabric. Athleta always has a nice selection of casual dresses, and you can also find some cute ones at Old Navy. I recommend the Jockey skimmies slipshorts for wearing under a dress to keep you comfortable.

moisture wicking dress // Vionic sandals // nylon crossbody // watch // sunnies

And there’s nothing wrong with wearing cute athletic wear at an amusement park these days. Athleisure is now a thing, so go for it! I like to accessorize when I’m wearing athletic wear for daily activities so it looks intentional and not like I’m just being lazy. I usually throw on my favorite pendant necklace and Alex and Ani bangles, and I’m good to go!

What to Wear to Disney World: an "Athleisure" look that is cute and functional!

Zella active tee // Zella Capris // Nikes // lightweight backpack // pendant necklace // watch // Ray-Bans // Alex and Ani bangles

Let’s sum it up!

1. Keep it casual, but put some thought into it.

Leave the designer duds at home and go for a casual skirt, shorts or jeans. Top it with a favorite tee and bring along a hoodie or casual cardigan in case it gets chilly. Lightweight pieces are best because you will probably be sweaty, and you might get wet on an occasional water ride. For cooler weather, definitely pack jeans and a few long-sleeved tops or sweaters. Layers are your friends!

2. Bring shoes that are comfortable; change often.

There are tons of choices for shoes other than sneakers that give your feet the necessary protection and support. That said, athletic sneakers are trending right now for street wear, so if that’s your thing, go for it.

3. Dress in layers, depending on the weather.

Always bring a sweatshirt or cardigan (evenings are often chilly, plus sometimes the indoor rides are cold and dank). And a lightweight rain poncho is always a good idea for those surprise rainstorms.

4. Bring a lightweight bag that is large enough for your gear.

I like a nylon crossbody bag because it keeps my hands free and isn’t too heavy. If you have kids with you, you may need something bigger. There are lots of stylish backpacks out there.

5. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

I highly recommend this 3-piece set from Supergoop! It comes in a handy tote bag that is perfect for travel.

Now that you’re all set with what to wear to Disney World, it’s time to pack! Check out my post, The Perfect Travel Outfit: What to Wear on a Plane.

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