Wondering what to wear to Disneyland? Or how to dress for Disney World? Maybe you’ve already planned your own DisneyBound outfits for your upcoming magical vacation. Now it’s time to pack up adorable outfits for Disney for the kids! How can you find the best Disney outfits for kids? You’ll need outfits that are practical, comfortable as well as cute. After all you’ll be taking lots of pictures on vacation so clothes should be a well-thought out part of the planning process.
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Best Disney Outfits for Kids – The Basics to Consider
These Disney outfit ideas are all clothes that I’ve dressed my little ones in during our Disney vacations. I’ll share Disney World outfits for toddlers and Disneyland clothes for preschools. I even have Disney clothing ideas for big kids as well. And because it’s Disney, these ideas easily translate into cute Disney outfit ideas for adults too!
These are the things to consider when choosing Disney outfits for the kids:
- What’s the weather going to be like? Will the kids be comfortable mostly in shorts? Will you need a jacket for layering?
- How many days of clothing will you need?
- Do you want the kids to dress in costume?
- Are you aiming for head to toe looks or just a dash of Disney?
When you’re ready to pack up, be sure to check out this free printable packing list for kids traveling to Disney!
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1. Budget-friendly Disney T-Shirts
When traveling to Disney during warm weather, a cotton tee is perfect to wear. Cotton is breathable, dries quickly if you get wet on a ride and can be layered if the weather cools down. If you’re looking for just a dash of Disney in your vacation look, the best place to start is with a themed tee.
Pair a themed tee with denim or patterned shorts. Your local stores like Target usually have a good variety of tees at decent prices. ShopDisney often has specials on their graphic tee designs. You can usually grab a tee shirt for each kid from around $7-10 each.
2. Family T-Shirts for Disney
Etsy is my go-to for creative and unique shirts. You won’t likely run into another person wearing the exact same shirt if you buy your Disney outfit from Etsy! These Disney family shirts come in designs that work for everyone.
Mom, Dad, brother and sister can all wear this fun design for the “Happiest Place on Earth”! There are two colorways to choose from.
I just purchased these adorable Minnie and Minnie-Me shirts for my daughter and I to wear on our next girl’s only Disneyland trip!
3. Souvenir Clothes from the Parks
For a special souvenir, consider purchasing a tee at the Parks on the first day of your trip to have the kids wear during the vacation. Some tees inside the Disney parks have the year date on the shirt so it’s also memento of your trip.
4. DIY Disney Tees You Can Make Yourself
If you’re feeling creative or you like to get crafty, designing your own tee is a unique way to show your Disney side. Here are a few ideas you can do to make your own Disney t-shirt designs. Depending upon your skill level, I’ve included things for very basic to more advanced.
Rubber Stamp and Fabric Paint
A simple rubber stamp and fabric paint gives a colorful look that is quick to achieve. Kids can definitely do this themselves!
Try this technique for hand painting a Disney design onto a tee for a unique look you won’t see on anyone else! For more details on how to do this yourself, check out my Dory Handpainted Tee Tutorial.
Try one of these simple sewn tees that are fun for beginners. They give you the look of applique but is basic so anyone with sewing machine skills can do these! Try the I Love Mickey applique tutorial.
Or simply take a single square of a favorite fabric and sew it on (using the techniques in one of the above tutorials).
More advanced seamstresses can try applique for a durable and unique style nobody else’s kid will be wearing. Can’t sew? A search on Etsy for appliqued or silk-screened Disney-themed tees will find you something fun for the kids.
5. A Disney Look, Head to Toe
Do you like to see your kids styled Disney from head to toe? One of my favorite places to find a head to toe look is on Etsy. You’ll be able to find something very unique – and help support small business as well. You’ll often be able to find Disney boutique clothing resale if you’re looking for outfits on a budget.
Sew It Up Yourself
I love to go to Disney parks with my kids wearing unique and creative outfits! That’s why I often design and sew them up myself. If you can follow a basic pattern, try finding a fun Disney-themed fabric print and make matching outfits for your group. A dress or skirt for the girls and shorts for the boys and they’ll be the envy of everyone in the parks!
One of my favorite places to buy licensed Disney fabrics is on Etsy. They often have awesome import fabrics you won’t be able to find in the stores. Click the images to order fabrics.
Not Your Typical Princess Dresses
This pattern below is for the same dress. I just tweaked it by changing the length, adding some sweet details (like ribbon on the bodice) and fun applique. One dress is Snow White inspired and the other features Rapunzel! Ask your little lady which is her favorite princess and create something so her to wear that’s inspired and totally unique.
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You can also take a t-shirt that’s a bit too small and re-purpose it with knit fabrics into a totally unique dress like this one! See how we coordinated the dress with some Minnie-inspired knit accessories?
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6. Disney Outfits for Babies
If you’re taking a baby to Disney, there’s one thing to remember: COMFORT. The first trip I took my daughter to Disney World, I brought several adorable outfits for her to wear. But once we got a hint of humidity, I ditched the tutus and dressed her in simple cotton tees and onesies! When traveling with a baby, it’s comfort over all else.
Fortunately there are still LOTS of ways that baby can be cute and comfortable at the same time. Here are a few ideas for dressing baby for Disney.
Simple Cotton Tie-Shoulder Dresses
I found this simple pattern for a dress that ties at the shoulders and it was perfectly lightweight for a spring trip to Disney World. This Mickey Mouse print dress reverses to white and red polka dots! I paired it with knit shorts and an over-sized bow. My daughter is tasting her first Dole Whip at the Polynesian Resort. I was so glad I had her dressed so adorably for the occasion!
Here’s another tie-shoulder dress style that I made for my daughter. I pieced this together myself based on a dress that my daughter already owned but it went together in a snap (I even used inexpensive bias tape for the ties). This Marvel fabric is so unexpected on a baby, and totally unique!
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Cotton Tee and Onesie with a Twist
These precious simple cotton tees for babies are made even more perfect with unique personalization. Pair a tee with ruffled cotton bloomers or cotton shorts for ultimate comfort.
Cinderella Carriage Tee from AmyLou Baby on Etsy.
These decorated onesies from ShopDisney are adorable costumes in styles like Pinocchio, Mickey, Timothy Mouse and Pooh. Perfect for a little boy’s first Disney vacation!
And don’t leave the littles out for having some adorable Mouse Ears accessories! These First Visit Mouse Ears from IBBBoutique on Etsy are precious!
7. Quick Sew Shorts
Not to leave the boys out, I have made my gentlemen dozens of shorts to wear at Disney during our vacations over the years! I always use the same simple 2-piece pattern for elastic waist shorts. Sometimes I vary the length or add pockets on the legs. So comfy and easy to pair with a plain tee.
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8. Perfect Shoes for Disney
For the love of all things, please have your kids wear real, practical shoes and not those plastic dress-up shoes with heels! Oh, I’ve seen little girls shuffling through the parks in those plastic shoes. I can only imagine the melt-down that would ensue when said shoes cause sore feet and blisters (because they totally will).
I adore pediped for my kids in their everyday wear and there are some adorable designs that are appropriate for wearing at the Parks. Some styles are waterproof for splash pad play or even have sparkles (to match princess dresses!) So much better than plastic dress-up shoes!
READ MORE- For more shoe ideas, see my post about the Best Shoes to Wear at Disney.
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9. Disney Perfect Costumes
Kids 12 and under can wear costumes in the Parks. What you’ll need to consider is the practicality of wearing a glitter-encrusted gown while boarding roller coasters and if it’s a good idea for your family or child.
A few things to think about before dressing the kids in costume:
- Will this costume be weather-appropriate?
- Is the fabric breathable?
- How’d the fabric feel? Is the costume itchy?
- Will your child wear the costume all day or will they want to change out of it?
- Take a good look at the length and sizing (I’ve seen so many little princesses with their gowns dragging on the ground or falling off their shoulders because the dress is too big).
I recommend buying the costume early and letting your child try it on to make sure it’s a good fit for them as well as comfortable. You’d hate for your child to be complaining because the elastic in the sleeves is too tight or they’re overly hot.
10. Non-Costume Dress Up
If a full-out costume isn’t your kid’s thing, consider these non-costume dress up ideas. Most of these outfits are breathable cotton and there’s no glitter in sight! I made this simple top in Minnie dot fabric for my cousin’s daughter. It gives the impression of Minnie Mouse but not in a costume.
Russell’s UP! Wilderness Explorer Outfit from Bleu Bird Designs
Toy Story Woody Shirt and Shorts Set from DelilahEm Handmade on Etsy
11. Holidays at Disney Outfits for Kids
There are year-round holiday events happening at the Disney parks. So why not get into the seasonal spirit and dress the kids up too! In particular Halloween and Christmas are both great times to dress up in holiday outfits that fit the themes of the parks.
Jack Skellington Outfit from Strawberrie Rose on Etsy
READ MORE: Mickey pumpkin tee tutorial
Mickey Christmas Outfit from Momi Boutique on Etsy
READ MORE: Peppermint Mickey T-shirt Tutorial
12. Mouse Ears
One of the BEST kid’s accessories you can pre-buy before going to the Parks is a Mouse Ears headband. There are so many adorable styles sold in the Parks but most are adult-sized and many are very heavy and/or uncomfortable to wear.
Consider purchasing ahead of time or making your own Ears. We found these perfect Elsa-inspired Ears for my niece on Etsy!
Minnie Mouse Ears set for Mommy and Baby from Adorable Mouse on Etsy
This accessory blends a practical baseball hat with Mouse ears! Captain America Mouse Ears hat from Boutique JulesOh on Etsy.
13. More Disney-Inspired Accessories
Accessories are a nice way to add just a little touch of Disney to your child’s ensemble. Dress-up accessories are fun to buy inside the Disney parks but so much cheaper to purchase them ahead of your trip!
These Are the Accessories I’d skip: Wigs, wings, masks, swords and wands. Pretty much anything that your child will want to remove in the park, that makes it hard to get on and off the rides or items that you don’t want to be stuck holding when your child doesn’t want to hold it anymore!
Hats are always a great idea at the Disney parks, especially when the sun is blazing.
Sunglasses are great for blocking out the sun (and wearing them during the day helps keep my kids less cranky too, when they aren’t squinting in the bright sun).
Socks and shoes are a fun (and practical!) way to show your Disney love! We found these Stitch socks inside Magic Kingdom for about $10 a pair.
Cute accessories can dress up even a plain t-shirt! This puffy Minnie Mouse Bow from A Fancy Finish on Etsy is an adorable pony-tail topper.
For more Dressing for Disney posts, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!
- My Pixie Dust Diary | What to Wear When It’s Cool in the Parks
- Main Street Insider | Best Shoes
- Disney Mamas | Dressing for the Parks – Matching without Matching