8 Things Every Fan Wears to the Parks at Walt Disney World

Step through the gates at one of the four theme parks at Disney World, and on any given day, you’ll see diehard Disney fans decked out in their favorite Disney gear. Some fans adorn their heads with a pair of Mickey ears and head out. Others are clad in Disney gear from head to foot. Here are 8 things most every fan wears into the parks when they visit Disney World. How many of them do you wear?


8. Mickey ears

A set of big black round ears belonging to the Main Mouse himself are perhaps the most iconic pieces of Disney World gear. And while we never tire of Mickey, we are thankful for the wide selection of ears of all kinds. Gone are the days of only being able to buy a black ear hat and have it embroidered with your name. Oh, you can still do this, of course—Disney fans never extinguish the classics. But nowadays, you can choose ears based on your favorite Disney or PIXAR film, your favorite character or even your favorite attraction! Who would have thought only a few years ago that we would be able to purchase Haunted Mansion ears or Maleficent ears?

7. Special order Toms, Keds or Vans

Lots of Disney fans like to wear Disney-themed shoes into the parks. Vans has several options from which to choose, including Toy Story-themed Vans, Mickey- or Minnie-themed Vans and more. On Etsy’s site, you can even have Toms or Keds hand-painted to reflect your own personal Disney style. These are fun to design and even more fun to wear!

6. Spirit Jerseys

Have you gotten your spirit jersey yet? These super soft, long-sleeved sweatshirts have become very popular. The oversized shirts have the Disney World logo or another symbol on the front of the shirt on the left side of the chest, and words are screen-printed across the shoulders and upper back of the shirt. Some are simply Disney World-themed and others are inspired by different attractions, such as the Enchanted Tiki Room, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. The shirts cost around $65 in the parks and online.


5. Disney-themed shirts

These are probably the most commonly worn items in the parks next to Mickey ears. It’s really easy and fun to pick out Disney-themed tops, toss them in your suitcase and head to the parks! The best thing about Disney shirts and tees is that you can buy them almost anywhere! You’ll find them in the parks, online at and at most national retailers as well.

4. Ponchos

Though these aren’t the latest Disney World fashion trend, they are one of the most useful things you can wear in the parks. That’s because central Florida is known for its pop-up rain showers and thunderstorms. You can’t always trust the forecast in Florida—it may show sun all day long, but 4 hours later, you can find yourself in the parks, drenched. It’s a good idea to carry your ponchos with you into the parks if possible.

3. Magic Bands

If you booked a Disney World Resort hotel room for your stay, you’ll receive complimentary solid-colored Magic Bands via delivery to your home—one for each member of your traveling party. But if solid colors strike you as bland and you feel a bit more spicy, have no fear! You can purchase Magic Bands online at ShopDisney, in the Shop Disney Parks app and in shops around the resort. Magic Bands are available in a variety of colors, and many depict beloved characters from Disney and PIXAR films.

2. Socks

You might be more of a sandal or flip-flop fan in the summer, but if you wear walking shoes in the parks, be sure to show love for your favorite character by sporting socks with his or her likeness on them. Your socks can be subtle and understated or loud and over-the-top—the choice is yours!

1. Pin lanyards

Like the ponchos, you probably wouldn’t consider Disney trading pin lanyards the latest in fashion, but they are very popular among Disney fans who trade pins in the parks. You’ll find lanyards of all kinds in some of the shops on Disney property, and if you’re looking for a lanyard with a harder-to-find character on it, try browsing eBay. The site often has lanyards you won’t find at Disney World. If you’re wearing pins you do not want to trade (and don’t want to lose), be sure to affix them to your lanyard with special locking backs that guarantee they won’t fall off your lanyard. (You can find those online as well!)

About Rebekah Tyndall Burkett

Rebekah grew up in Forney, Texas and lives just outside of Dallas. She’s been a Disney superfan since childhood, experiencing the magic at Walt Disney World for the first time at the age of 11. Journeys to Neverland are at least a yearly occurrence for her, her husband and her four children (the Fab Four). When they go to the parks, they stay in Florida for three weeks at a time. Rebekah loves exploring the history of the parks, the genius behind the Magic in the person of Walt Disney, and she is intrigued by all things Disney World and Disney Imagineering. When in the parks, Rebekah and her husband Scott make the most of their time by enjoying every minute with their Fab Four, by delving deeper into Walt’s vision for the parks and into the history behind the Walt Disney World Resort, and by photographing the many different types of architecture at Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and on the World Showcase at EPCOT. When she’s not in the parks, Rebekah is excitedly setting travel dates and planning her family’s next adventure to their happy place deep within the Sunshine State. On breaks from planning her next trip, Rebekah is a writer, journalist and children’s author, penning children’s books about kids with special needs that she affectionately calls “believement-achievement” stories. Her hobbies include creative writing, paper crafting and interviewing Imagineers. She is also an advocate for Autism Awareness and for children with developmental disabilities of all kinds.