Is It Worth It to Dress Your Children Up at Walt Disney World?

We’ve all visited Walt Disney World and seen children dressed up as their favorite characters, regardless of the Halloween season or another special event.

Whether it’s a princess, a superhero, or another character owned by Disney, children dressed up to go to a Disney Park is incredibly common (especially at Magic Kingdom), but we must ask ourselves: is it worth it? Here are some things to keep in mind when dressing children up for Walt Disney World!


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The Positives

Let’s begin with the good news. For one, wearing a costume makes kids feel special, and at Walt Disney World, they really will be special. Children dressed up often get special attention or interactions as face characters pass by, whether they’re in a parade or walking to their next meet-and-greet. Other Guests will probably compliment them as well, and all of the extra attention will make them feel super confident about their awesome costumes.

Not only will your children feel special, but they’ll look special too, making it easier to snap the perfect Disney picture. Capturing the perfect Disney picture is, admittedly, one of the biggest reasons parents take children to Walt Disney World, and the photo will become a family treasure.


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The Negatives

Costumes, while adorable, are uncomfortable, especially when worn on a hot Florida day involving a lot of walking around and waiting in line. After a while, your children may get extra cranky due in part to the itchy costume.

Not only will children become potentially cranky, but that crankiness may make it difficult to snap the perfect Disney photo. If they feel more comfortable, they’ll look more comfortable in the photos.

Another con is that the costume, which was probably expensive, will undoubtedly become soiled or dirty on the Disney trip. It could be stained from food or even torn while walking around the Parks.

Merida Meet and Greet

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In the end, it’s totally up to you whether it’s worth it or not to dress children up before bringing them to a Disney Park. It’s always a good idea to bring a change of clothes in case they change their minds about wearing a costume or have an accident.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.