What to Wear in the Parks – Best Disney Outfits for Kids

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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 Disney clothes 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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Disney Outfits for Kids – The Basics to Consider

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 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!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
Photo credit: Disney PhotoPass

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?

When you’re ready to pack up, be sure to check out this free printable packing list for kids traveling to Disney!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
This tee from Polka Dot Pixie Shop is perfect for Disney’s Animal Kingdom (see the Hidden Mickey?)

Where the Wild Things Are from Polka Dot Pixie Shop on Etsy

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

2. Family Outfits for Disney

Disney T-shirts

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 design for the “Happiest Place on Earth”! There are two colorways to choose from.

Photo credit: bykystudios

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! We received SO many compliments on our matching t-shirts. And of course the photos came out so precious!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
Minnie and Minnie Me T-shirts from Etsy (Photo Credit: Disney PhotoPass)

Sibling Sets

I’m on 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 (and even match exactly if I wanted) is with clothes from Primary. Comfy cotton that’s perfect for warm Disney days! Use code AFF20PCT for 20% off your first order at Primary.com

Posing at the Italy pavilion in Epcot Walt Disney World
Primary.com outfits for the kids in comfy, breathable cotton.

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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! 

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
Rubber stamp and fabric paint

Hand Painted

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Quick Sew

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Or simply take a single square of a favorite fabric and sew it on (using the techniques in one of the above tutorials).

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Appliqued T-Shirt

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations. What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.


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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World 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 and they’ll be the envy of everyone in the parks!

Kids standing on Main Street in Magic Kingdom Disney World

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.

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 that I decorated with Ariel-type seashell appliques for a Little Mermaid look. They have outfits that perfectly match so siblings can coordinate!

Use code AFF20PCT for 20% off your first order at Primary.com

Raglan Road Irish dance lessons for kids

Raglan Road stage

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations. What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Click images to order fabric

T-Shirt Dress

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?

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Click on images to order fabric

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Click images to order fabrics


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.

Photo credit: AmyLou Baby

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!

Photo credit: ShopDisney

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!

Photo Credit: IBBBoutique on Etsy


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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.                  What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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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).

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
Photo Credit: Disney PhotoPass

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.

Minnie Mouse dress at ShopDisney

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
Testing a Minnie Mouse dress at home before wearing it to the Parks.

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.

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.
Costume Rapunzel dress-up with a long sleeved tee under for warmth (Photo Credit: Disney PhotoPass)


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 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.

Practical Christmas Gifts that Make it Easier to DIY

Russell’s UP! Wilderness Explorer Outfit from Bleu Bird Designs

Photo credit: Bleu Bird Designs on Etsy

Toy Story Woody Shirt and Shorts Set from DelilahEm Handmade on Etsy

Photo Credit: 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 Disney outfits for kids that fit the themes of the parks.

Jack Skellington Outfit from Strawberrie Rose on Etsy

Photo credit: Strawberrie Rose on Etsy

READ MORE: Mickey pumpkin tee tutorial

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Mickey Christmas Outfit from Momi Boutique on Etsy

Photo credit: Momi Boutique on Etsy

READ MORE: Peppermint Mickey T-shirt Tutorial

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

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.

Photo credit: 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!

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Disney Hats

Hats are always a great idea at the Disney parks, especially when the sun is blazing.


Sunglasses

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).

What should kids wear at Disney parks? These Disney vacation outfits for kids will have them cute, cool and comfortable in the parks! Tons of ideas on dressing up for Disney, with tips from head to toe for Disneyland and Disney World vacations.

Footwear

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.

The only time I condoned socks with sandals (when wet feet were getting a blister!)


Hair Accessories

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.Minnie Mouse Hair Bow GIVEAWAY!


For more Dressing for Disney posts, check out the other great posts from the Blogorail!

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10 thoughts on “What to Wear in the Parks – Best Disney Outfits for Kids

  1. This is a GREAT post as you’ve totally covered all the bases when it comes to dressing your kids for Disney! My kids are almost always found in denim bottoms (shorts, jeans, etc. depending on the time of year) and a Disney-themed t-shirt (whether we make our own or shop for them in stores). It’s so easy to pack that way.

    Hats and sunglasses are a definitely must as well!

    Great tips – I especially appreciate the ones regarding decent shoes and costumes that fit and go with the current weather! I’ve seen all kinds at Disney and I’m often found shaking my head at some of the choices parents make for their kids! LOL

    1. I myself wonder about what parents are thinking sometime with the outfits that I see kids wearing at the parks! Perhaps these are the same parents who are wearing high heels!

  2. Cute outfits! We are basics family but if I had a little girl I’m not sure I could avoid putting her in princess dresses! Christy at MomApprovedCostumes is the BEST!

  3. I know the little girls are SO CUTE in their costumes, but I’m not a big fan of them myself. It seems like after a few hours, we end up having to take it off because it’s too hot, too itchy, too big, just too everything. As such, we tend to go the simpler tee route, but it’s nearly always a Disney tee!

    1. Some of those costumes are just so BIG and uncomfortable to wear all day at the parks! That’s why I suggested trying them at home first…no point in having a miserable kid all day!

  4. So much great information here!!! I love the adorable princess dresses and the homemade Mickey head shirt. They all look like things my family would be comfortable in while we’re in the parks.

    1. I love to make (or buy) something unique for the kids to wear at the parks. They love it when other guests and cast members comment on their outfits 🙂

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