by Brittany DiCologero
- Don’t wear heels
I’ve occasionally seen women walking around the parks in high heels, and frankly, I have no idea how they do it. I wore heels in the park once—I was going to Epcot, only for a dinner reservation at Le Cellier, and I figured that since I was only going out to eat and not spending a day walking around the park, it would be perfectly okay to wear heels. It was not okay, and I would never do it again. The only time you’ll catch me in heels at Walt Disney World is if I’m going to dinner at the resort I’m staying at, or in rare occasions at Jellyrolls or Disney Springs, but never again in the theme parks. If you think you need to wear heels with your outfit, find a similar style of flats before your trip. Trust me, your feet will thank you.
- Bring a variety of clothes
Regardless of the time of year you’re traveling to Walt Disney World, you’ll want to bring a variety of clothes just in case the weather changes drastically during your trip. If you go to Disney in the winter, you’ll want to be prepared for the weather to get pretty cold, especially at night. Even if it’s sunny during the day, you might want to have a jacket with you for the evenings. In the summer you’ll want to bring things like rain jackets or umbrellas, for those random thunderstorms.
- Wear your favorite Disney clothes
If you have some awesome Disney t shirts, make sure you bring them with you on your next Disney vacation. What better place to show off your Disney clothes than in Walt Disney World?
- Sun protection
Florida is the sunshine state, so it might be wise to bring some clothes that will protect you from the sun. Wearing a hat will help keep your face shaded, and if your shoulders burn easily you can protect this area by wearing tops that have at least short sleeves.
- Dress appropriately
When visiting Walt Disney World, (or anywhere else really) you should always be dressed appropriately. This could mean anything from not showing too much skin, to not wearing shirts with obscene language.
- Wear layers
Wearing layers is always a good idea regardless of the time of year you’re visiting the parks. Having multiple layers on allows you to easily change your outfit if the weather warms up or cools down.
If you like to Disneybound, make sure you do so in the parks! Not only will you get some awesome pictures but you’ll be surrounded by people who will actually understand what you’re doing and be appreciative of it. If you’re just getting into Disneybounding, look up some ideas online before your trip, and head to the parks in an outfit inspired by some of your favorite characters, movies, or even attractions.
- Dress for the weather
This may sound like common sense, but you’d be surprised how easy it is to disregard what the weather is like in favor of what you want to wear. If you just bought a new Disney themed shirt that has long sleeves, but you’re visiting the parks in August, wearing it to Animal Kingdom is probably not the wisest decision. Likewise you’ll want to check on the materials of the clothes you’re wearing. That satin top you’re using to Disneybound as Cinderella might be really cute, but is it really going to be worth wearing that kind of material in Florida heat and humidity?
- Bring more than one pair of shoes
When I go to Walt Disney World, I generally bring three or four pairs of shoes. I bring flip flops for the pool, sandals for the park, sneakers for the park, and another pair of either flats, Toms, or other boat shoes to have just in case. If you only bring one pair of shoes for going to the park, your feet will definitely be feeling some extra pain. With that much walking, your feet will hurt more if they’re stuck in the same shoe for a week, so definitely plan on changing it up every now and then.
- Comfort is the priority
Always remember when you’re getting your wardrobe together for a Disney vacation that comfort is the priority. If you find yourself saying “I’d really like to wear this shirt to Epcot, but I’m not sure it would be comfortable,” don’t wear it. I would still suggest bringing it, because you may still be able to wear it for a short time, like around your hotel, but it probably isn’t worth sacrificing your comfort by wearing it to a park.