Disney Outfits for Kids – The Basics to Consider
Maybe you’ve already planned your own DisneyBound outfits for your upcoming magical vacation. Now it’s time to pack up adorable Disney clothes for the kids! Shopping for Disney outfits for girls and boys is a sweet way to add extra magic to your upcoming vacation! These Disney outfits for kids are all clothes that I’ve dressed my little ones in during our Disney vacations.
I’ll share Disney World outfits for toddlers, Disneyland clothes for preschools and lots of Disney clothing ideas for big kids as well. These ideas easily translate into cute Disney outfit ideas for adults too!
These are the things to consider when choosing Disney outfits for 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?
- Is the family on board for coordinating or matching Disney outfits?
When you’re ready to pack up, be sure to check out this free printable packing list for kids traveling to Disney!
Cotton 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.
The cotton t-shirt is a great start to kids outfits for Disney travel. You can find great styles of kid’s Disney shirts just about anywhere. The RAGS – Disney Collection is made in super soft cotton that’s breathable and comfortable. The unique designs are something you aren’t going to find anywhere else.
Pair a themed tee with denim or patterned shorts. 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 $10-15 each.
Family Outfits for Disney World and Disneyland
Shopping for Disneyland family outfits or matching clothes for Disney World? Once again the versatile t-shirt comes to the rescue! It’s a simple way to coordinate everyone in the family. And with large groups, having a brightly colored matching tee is an easy way to find everyone in your party.
Etsy is my go-to for creative and unique t-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 Disney Cars t-shirt design from QualityQlo for the first time in Cars Land! There are two colorways to choose from.
- I purchased these adorable Minnie and Minnie-Me shirts for my daughter and I to wear on our girl’s only Disneyland trip! We received SO many compliments on our matching t-shirts. And of course the photos came out so precious!
I’m one of “those moms” that likes when my kids coordinate. I think it makes family photos in the parks look really cohesive and put together. And even if you’re at Disney, you don’t need to have Mickey emblazoned on everything!
- One easy way that my kids can coordinate is with clothes from Primary. Everything made in comfy cotton that’s perfect for warm Disney days! Use code AFF20PCT for 20% off your first order at Primary.com
- The RAGS – Disney Collection is another place to grab coordinating or matching sets for siblings. Shirt styles and designs are unisex and there are adult sizes as well! The RAGS rompers are a perfect one-piece alternative for babies and toddlers.
Unique Prints for Boys and Girls
My daughter adores the “milk silk” dresses from Great Lakes Kids Apparel. So many favorite characters are represented in sweet and soft popover styles.
These lightweight dresses are perfect for warm weather. We layer the flutter-sleeved dresses over long tees or leggings in cool weather. There are coordinating raglan tees so siblings can match!
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.
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.
Kids Disney Outfits for Theme Park Lands
If your kids love certain lands or rides at Disney amusement parks, take that photo op and choose cute Disney clothes to coordinate. For visiting Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, try outfits inspired by Rey or Kylo Ren.
When going to Avengers Campus, kids can dress in full Marvel super hero costume or something more subtle (like my son’s Cricut designed tee).
For Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure park or Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studio, have kids wear an outfit inspired by one of their favorite characters.
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. If you’re searching for Disney baby clothes, these 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!
Cotton Tees or Onesie with a Twist
When looking for Disney outfits for toddlers, you can’t get more easy than one-piece outfits. These precious simple cotton tees for babies (like this Cinderella Carriage Tee from AmyLou Baby on Etsy) are made even more perfect with unique personalization. Pair a tee with ruffled cotton bloomers or cotton shorts for ultimate comfort.
These decorated onesies from ShopDisney are adorable but comfortable costumes. Choose styles like The Child from The Mandalorian, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Winnie the Pooh. Perfect for a little love’s first Disney vacation!
Nothing cuter than a baby in bummies diaper covers! Hey There Dahlia on Etsy has a bunch of adorable Disney themed tee and shorts outfits, often with a coordinating bow or hat. How sweet is this Magical Vibes baby outfit?
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 choose 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.
Disney Perfect Princess Costumes
Kids 12 and under can wear costumes in the Parks. First consider 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.
Yes, Disney princess dresses are available for sale inside the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique retail shop. However I recommend buying the costume early. Let your child try it on at home. You’ll want to ensure 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.
Little Adventures has adorable and reasonably priced costumes that are great for the parks (or every day your princess wants to dress up!). Do your own personal DIY Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique at the hotel room and save yourself a hundred dollars.
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 Disney outfits for kids 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.
- OLODesigns on Etsy offers this Woody from Toy Story shirt that can be paired with denim and accessories.
- Kaw Kaw! Channel Russell from UP! in this adorable Wilderness Explorer Outfit from Bleu Bird Designs on Etsy.
My daughter owns several of these precious cotton stretch Disney inspired dresses. There are lots of princesses and other Disney characters represented all with matching headbands, as well as hoodie jackets. Excellent prices means you can get one for each day of your trip!
Kids Disney Swimwear
Carry the magical looks from the parks to the pool! Packing a swimsuit is a must-do for Disneyland hotel pools or when planning a Disney World vacation! Many adorable bathing suits include princess inspired and Disney-themed styles that kids will love.
Go under the sea in this ultra shiny Little Mermaid swim suit from Etsy’s AribellaCollections.
This Spider-Man Hooded Rash guard from ShopDisney adds Marvel fun to the pool area.
How about this unique The Nightmare Before Christmas Sally inspired Tank Swimsuit from Great Lakes Kids! It’s under $12, perfect for budget Disney vacations!
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 – 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.
Decorate a Ready-Made Outfit
Primary is a GREAT place to purchase basic cotton pieces that you can decorate Disney-style as you wish! My daughter wore this green dress to Raglan Road in Disney Springs. I decorated the basic green dress with Ariel-type seashell appliques for a Little Mermaid look. They have outfits that perfectly match so siblings can coordinate!
Not Your Typical Princess Dresses
The two dresses in the images below were sewn from the same pattern. 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.
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?
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 Disney outfits for kids that fit the themes of the parks.
Get the complete head to toe Jack Skellington Outfit from Strawberrie Rose on Etsy.
- Make your own Mickey pumpkin tee using this easy tutorial.
- Great for warmer weather with it’s short sleeve style. This colorful Mickey Christmas Outfit from Momi Boutique on Etsy is whimsical fun during the holidays.
Make a custom holiday tee in under an hour using this Peppermint Mickey T-shirt Tutorial.
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. However most are adult-sized and many are very heavy and/or uncomfortable to wear. A cute pair of Mouse Ears certainly completes the look when shopping for Disney clothes for kids.
Consider purchasing ahead of time or making your own Ears. We found these perfect Elsa-inspired Ears for my niece on Etsy!
How sweet is this 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.
These Kid-Sized Mouse Ears from Bargain Hair Bows are perfectly sized for smaller heads. Truth be told, I prefer them for my own head too. They are much more comfortable than the adult-sized headbands!
They are sold in designs to coordinate with many Disney outfits. I purchased my daughter’s Christmas colored Mouse Ears to match an outfit that I sewed for her myself.
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. Leave anything that makes it hard to get on and off the rides. And don’t bring 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.
DIY Disney Clothes You Can Make Yourself
If you’re feeling creative or you like to get crafty, designing your own boutique style outfits is a unique way to show your Disney side. Depending upon your skill level, I’ve included things for very basic to more advanced. Here are a few ideas you can do to make your own Disney t-shirt designs.
Disney T-Shirt DIY
Disney Cricut Designs
If you have a Cricut machine, making a custom Disney shirt for kids is a cinch. I’ve shared the project instructions to make these Disney California Cricut Shirt Designs.
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.
Quick Sew Shorts
If you need Disney outfits for boys, simple shorts are the way to go. 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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For more Disney clothes posts, check out the other great posts!
- My Pixie Dust Diary | What to Wear When It’s Cool in the Parks
- Disney Mamas | Dressing for the Parks – Matching without Matching