If you’ve booked a trip to see the worlds most famous mouse I bet you’ve googled what to wear to Disney?! Planning and packing outfits is almost as much fun as going. With several trips to both Paris and Florida under my belt as well as a Disney cruise I am a real Disney kid… if I’ve not got a trip booked I’m planning one in my head. I simply can not resist the magic of it all and embracing my inner child… after all I am a pretend grown up ha ha!
What I wear to Disney!
I love fashion, I love Disney and as I’m heading there tomorrow I thought what a great time to share Disney outfits with you guys… so if you’ve been wondering what to wear on your trip of a lifetime perhaps I can be a of a little help. Now my looks here are ones I am considering for Disneyland Paris. Warmer climates may require less clothes, shorts instead of jeans or joggers, ditch the jackets! Just to mention as well Mickey is my favourite so my looks are inspired by him. Anyway I hope I provide you with some inspiration…
ALWAYS choose comfy footwear for Disney… trainers or converse rule! Classic Minnie ears will forever be a firm favourite of mine. Teamed with a cute Mickey Crop top and ripped jeans. The shirt can be worn open or tied round my waist when too hot, win win!
How cute is this t-shirt dress? (It’s folded under for the photo, it’s not that short in real life, thankfully) Throw on a cute denim jacket and why not add some Disney badges? team with some high top trainers and your good to go! I will totally be wearing frilly socks with this too, yep… you are never too old for those! 😉
You can’t beat a simple joggers and hoodie combo… I will be wearing a tee under this too incase I get warm. A small backpack is perfect to carry a few belongings round with you, keep those hands free! Note the cap too… not a Disney one unfortunately as I might pick one up in the park. Caps are great when you’ve had a few days there and you can’t be bothered washing your hair! Rock that cap girl!
A sweatshirt and joggers combo… had to get the ears in again ha ha! Check out the trainers, they are my favourite EVER… covered in Disney princesses from Vans (some time ago now) A princess tee with these trainers would have been perfect… Etsy have loads of cool ones but I left it too late to order, boooo! Order at least a month prior to leaving.
What to wear to Disney? Leggings… seriously though in my opinion there is nothing comfier than leggings! These Mickey face leggings are a few years old now but I still adore them. A little too loud you may think but trust me that’s not a thing in Disney. Be confident and go for bold prints but keep the other half of your outfit plain. What’s round the neck? A Disney pin trading lanyard of course!
Ohhh I LOVE this one! I already had these converse so finding Mickey ears to match was perfect. There are literally hundreds of them to choose from online… it’s totally a booming business. It’s a good job I already had the shoes or I would have struggled to pick! Look on Etsy and choose some ears first to work your outfit around. Denim skirts are super trendy and comfy for a girly Disney look.
Want to do Disney but more subtly why not accessorise with a simple Mickey scarf? I picked this up in the Disney Village and I love wearing it at home too. The uber cute purse is from Cath Kidston, they are constantly releasing Disney themed items these days. Boots instead of trainers here but they are comfy, well worn ones… NEVER do new shoes to Disney. I would probably wear a leather jacket with this too.
A more sophisticated Disney look that I love! Isn’t this the most adorable Mickey shirt ever?! Best worn with jeans and the red bag ties in nicely with Mickeys shorts! Sunglasses are always a good idea… sunglasses make you look fabulous! Hide those Disney bags with them… What bags? Trust me… if you do Disney properly you come back shattered.
Where to shop for Disney! (UK)
Seriously there is no shortage of Disney apparel on the high street and online these days. You will be spoilt for choice! Here’s some of my favourite shopping spots for it…
Primark – The super value high street store is full of Disney stuff these days. Definitely your first port of call. You will be sure to find lots of clothing relating to the latest film release as well as other bits and stuff for the home too.
Forever 21 – One of my favourite stores ever! There’s always some Disney stuff lurking in here. Last year I got a fabulous Mickey swimsuit ever from this store! Be sure to check it out online too as there’s often more on offer.
Zara – Quite often do Disney pieces. The denim Minnie skirt above I picked up in Zara a few years ago now. I have also seen them do jeans and denim shorts with Mickey on.
Cath Kidston – The latest collection is Bambi inspired. But previous ones have featured the likes of Mickey, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland. We all know Cath Kidstons style and collaborated with Disney it’s uber cute!
Boohoo– There’s always Disney things lurking on online at Boohoo and great value too! Both the t-shirt dress above and the red hoodie came from there. I love a bit of Boohoo and Disney!
ASOS– Another online winner! Plenty of Disney style on here, sometimes pricey for more designer items. Obviously ASOS features other brands so it a great all round one to look at. Disney vans can be bought on here… quite often they go in the sale too. I’ve totally got my eye on some more!
So there we have it… what to wear to Disney! Were there any looks you loved? Now it’s time to get back to packing my case but what will I wear in the end? Make sure you stick around to see what I get up to in Disney and my what made it to my final wardrobe!
Here I share 20 reasons why you should book a Disney cruise but really there are too many to truly mention… I mean anything Disney is always a good idea! In 2015 I was lucky enough to go on a Disney cruise. It was some time ago now but it is still embedded in my mind as one of my best trips ever. Disney cruise ships really are something special.
We cruised on the Disney Fantasy for a week around the western Caribbean; stopping off in Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Cozumel and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas – Castaway Cay. This is based on my experience on the Fantasy but I hear all the ships are out of this world.
1. You Will Feel Like Royalty on a Disney Cruise
From the moment you get on the ship you are treated like royalty. Waltzing down the red carpet to board whilst they announce you by name to a round of applause may not be everyone’s cup of tea but lets just say you definitely feel special. Your waiters get to know you and your preferences personally as they rotate restaurants with you each night. Your stateroom host quickly learns your names and greets you with a smile always asking if there is any more they can do for you.
2. The Interior is a Work of Art
I don’t even know where to start herebut the attention to detail on a Disney cruise is something else. Right from when you step into the ship’s stunning three-story atrium, decked in regal shades of gold and blue with fine details adorning every element inside your know no expense has been spared. It’s an entrance one might expect in a grand hotel… as a first time cruiser I was in awe. From the intricate mosaics around the ship, the themed restaurants, to the beautiful theatre. There is too much to mention… its simply grand and exquisite through out.
3. Door Decorating Fun
Yes this is a thing! Be sure to decorate your stateroom door Disney style. I read this before going so I was prepared. Disney don’t like you to use tape so be sure to use magnets, the doors are metal. You can make life easy by purchasing pre made designs on Etsy (just search Disney cruise door magnets) but I’ve always loved crafting so I had a go myself. It’s fun to explore the ship and look at all the designs.
4. Magic Portholes
So we had an interior stateroom but it was suffice. I mean are you really going to sit in your room on a Disney Cruise? It was a little tricky getting ready some nights with a hyperactive 7 year old though ha ha! I must mention here the magic porthole… a “window” to the world with a real-time view outside the ship. But that’s not all… Disney characters appear in the porthole too! Yes you might just see Tinkerbell fly across… I was freaking out spotting them all. Well done Disney, a great addition for those who can’t stretch the budget to an outside cabin ha ha! I would totally book an interior room again.
5. Delicious Dining Experiences
Ohhh the restaurants… guests have many options to choose from when it comes to dining. You are given a dining rotation and depending on the length of your cruise you may visit some restaurants more than once. You can opt out on some nights like we did if you would prefer a more casual affair like Cabanas. It was nice to have a break from dressing for dinner plus whilst all the guests were dining we enjoyed numerous goes on the aquaduck without queuing. All the restaurants were amazing, not just the food but the decor too. None were quite as delightful as Animators palate though – you get to draw your own character and watch in delight as it comes alive as part of the show.
6. Adult Only Dining
If you want to experience fine dining (I should say even finer dining really) head to one of the adult only restaurants – Palo or Remy. We dined in Palo on our last night and the food was divine… the service again was impeccable. The waiter was very patient explaining things on the menu to us. The setting was very serene and had we of made a reservation prior to getting on the cruise we could have enjoyed a view of the sunset out of the wall of windows (book in advance!) but none the less I fully recommend it anyway.
7. Deck 11 For Sun & Fun
I have to confess I had a slight love hate relationship with deck 11, ha ha! It’s mayhem for parents, heaven for kids! This is where to pool is, the aqua duck (water coaster) can be ridden, back to back Disney movies play on a huge screen. Little ones can splash about in Nemo’s reef and you can if your kid will let you… try and relax on the sunbeds. Also it is home to some of the more fast food options you may want in the day available from the likes of Flo’s cafe and Luigi’s pizza. Deck 11 is super fun but a few hours and you need some headspace! The aqua duck is awesome… be sure to ride it in the dark too as it is all lit up!
8. Characters Galore on a Disney Cruise!
Love your Disney characters? (of course you do!) well I think I interacted more with characters on the cruise than I ever have. You never know when you might bump into them… which is super exciting! also there are plenty of opportunities for character meet and greets. My son met stitch his all time favourite on pirate night, he was so playful and funny, he still talks about it now. I was over the moon to have my photo with Mickey in his captains outfit too!
9. Pirate Night & Fireworks
Who doesn’t want to dress as a pirate really?! Well if you don’t you will stand out! Bandannas were even provided in our stateroom to wear for the occasion. We had taken our own costumes anyway as I am not one to miss out on a dressing up opportunity. As well as pirate themed dining that night there was a stage show where all your favourite Disney characters perform in a ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ production. Not forgetting the spectacular fireworks as well! Followed by dancing the night away as a DJ blasted popular dance songs. Pirate night was a blast!
10. Disney Merchandise
Be sure to check out the Disney merchandise whilst on the ship… they are pros at making you get rid of your money and the cruise is no exception. Official cruise line clothes, souvenirs, pins, plush toys and more are on display in the stores. I bought a few things to remind me of my trip (yeah like I will ever forget!)
11. West End Worthy Shows
Disney doesn’t mess about when it comes to entertainment we all know that… It’s what Disney does best! But oh my gosh the shows… I LOVED Disney wishes… its encompasses everything Disney is about growing up but staying connected with your inner child. We also saw Aladdin and Disney dreams which were both fantastic.
12. You Can Chill Out
You may be reading all this thinking I don’t know if it’s too much! But fear not… you can escape the mayhem on the adults only deck and it was like a sun trap. I soaked up the rays with a cocktail whilst looking at the ocean. When I was too hot I took a dip in the Quiet Cove pool – pure bliss! where are the kids (if you have them) at this point? In kids club of course. Just to mention as well I met loads of adults on the cruise with no kids too!
13. Kids Club Heaven
I don’t think I have ever wished I was still a kid as much as when I clapped eyes on the Oceaneer club and lab aboard the Fantasy . I swear you will never get your child in a kids club on holiday again after experiencing this… it’s in a league of its own. Children 3-12yrs can immerse in a multi themed activity centre – there’s Andy’s Room, Pixie Hollow and Monsters Academy to name a few. A light up dance floor, computers, reading areas, televisions, video games, dressing up, a sound studio to create music, a craft area… the list goes on. Your favourite characters might just make an appearance too. Got a baby or a teen no problem… no one is left out on a Disney cruise, they cater for all.
14. Indulge in Pin Trading
If your a pin trading fan then you will be pleased to know this is a thing on the cruise to. For those who are unfamiliar with pin trading is buying, selling and trading collectable Disney pins that can be worn on a lanyard. You can trade pins with cast members (which is super fun) as well as other guests. On the last night of your cruise as well a pin trading event is held where you might just find some rare pins so be sure to check that out. Oh and pin trading is totally for adults as well as kids! I literally had as much fun as my son.
15. Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique
Yes the royal salon where young guests can be magically transformed into princesses or knights is aboard the cruise too. You hear about the princess make overs lots but not as much the ones for boys. My son was seven at the time and loved the experience. They gelled his hair and put little silver Mickey confetti in it, he was given a sword and shield and declared a knight… we proceeded to then do the ships treasure hunt. This is where you look for clues around the ship (you realise its enormity at this point) and it’s simply magical… you will need a few hours but it’s good exercise and fun!
16. Rejuvenate in Senses Spa
I indulged in a massage and facial at the spa despite it being pretty pricey and it was worth every penny. I didn’t pre book this as the whole holiday was getting ridiculously expensive (did I tell you prior to this cruise I spent a week in Disney too?!) but as luck would have it they do offers once you are on the ship so that twisted my arm (like it was hard!) and I’m glad I treated myself. My advice would definitely wait till your onboard to book this… I can’t remember the price but it was quite a bit cheaper.
17. Visiting Castaway Cay
This deserves a post of its own really but Disney’s private island Castaway Cay is really something special. A tropical paradise in the Bahamas where the fun really doesn’t stop! Pristine beaches to soak up the rays, incredible snorkelling, slides in the sea, delicious barbecue food, bike rentals… just to name a few! You are not going to be bored on this island. Sadly a day there just didn’t feel enough but what an experience.
18. Themed Sailings
Now I can only properly comment on the Halloween themed sailing really as that is what I was on. But if that is anything to go by then taking a Disney cruise over Thanksgiving, Christmas time and New Years Eve should only add to the experience. Halloween on the Fantasy was great, everyone dressed up, the ship was decked out – including the pumpkin tree and even the characters dressed up for Mickey’s Mouse-querade party. Who else can say they been in a dance freestyle circle with Goofy?!
19. Exciting Shore Excursions
If you do decide to get off the ship you can indulge in some shore excursions. Disney makes this super easy for you. You can browse the itineraries before you go and add them to your never ending bill ha ha! You could indeed arrange your own but I like the guarantee that I am not going to miss the boat (honestly my anxiety couldn’t take it!) My experience of shore excursions was unforgettable. In Grand Cayman we swam with sting rays (my son bailed much to my dismay) Jamaica we headed up Dunn River Falls, Mystic mountain and even on a bobsleigh tour (Cool Running’s eat your heart out!) In Cozumel we went on a submarine. Shore excursions enhance your visit when you dock so check out if any take your fancy but don’t be surprised if you struggle to choose!
20. It’s the Holiday of a Lifetime
I hope you are reading this and have already drawn this conclusion… this is one trip you will never forget. Disney always provides ultimate in entertainment and the cruises are no exception. Word of warning though… you will come back slightly exhausted from the non stop fun and excitement but it was oh so worth it.
Have you been on a Disney cruise? I would love to hear anything you would add to this list?
Oh yeah and guys… due to writing this blog post I’m now looking to book another Disney Cruise next year. I am dying to make some more magical memories with Mickey and friends on the high seas. Watch this space!
1. Because there is no where else in the world quite so Magical
Disney has an undeniable magic about it. If you’ve never been it’s hard to explain. As soon as you enter the magic kingdom you feel it… this is really the happiest place on earth. Your worries will literally lift off your shoulders. Stroll down Mainsteet USA past the barbers, boutiques, bakery amongst the old cars tooting and horse-drawn carriages. Can you smell the freshly baked cookies? It’s not just coming from the bakery. Imagineers figured out how to pump a potpourri of chocolate chip cookies into the air which put an all-out assault on your sense of smell. Cast yours eyes to the end of the street and there is the iconic Disney castle. It doesn’t matter how many times I see it… every time is just like the first time – simply magical.
2. You can Embrace your Inner Child
I have been to Disney both with my son and without (he was away with dad, I’m not a cruel mother ha ha!) and whilst it can be argued there’s something even more special and magical about seeing your child enjoy it, it’s still fun as an adult too! After all as Walt said ‘adults are only grown up kids anyway’ Whether you’ve got kids with you or not you can still do all the things kids do! Queue for autographs, hug Mickey, wear Disney merchandise, collect pins, ride Dumbo the flying elephant. Nobody cares… it’s not weird, it’s Disney…
3. The Parades are Amazing
Lining up along Main Street USA or by the castle waiting for the parade is all part of the experience. There is a buzz in the air as cast members organise the area for the impending celebration. I like to arrive early and soak up the atmosphere with some popcorn or a hot dog. The parade itself is like a carnival of colour, singing, dancing, stunning Disney themed floats & of course all your favourite characters . I doubt you will be able to leave the park without humming the infectious parade song.
4. Rides aplenty
With four separate lands there are so many rides… it’s hard to pick what to do first! Their really is something for everyone. If you have younger children they may enjoy Fantasyland the most. Peter Pans flight & the teacups being popular choices. A great family choice is Pirates of the Caribbean. For the adults space mountain is not to be missed! But I’m not gonna lie… even without my son in tow I check them all out.
5. Yummy food galore
Everywhere you turn in Disney you can buy something to eat! Ice cream, popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels, Disney’s famous dole whips. Obviously a lot of food is mickey shaped and just how cool is that?! Not into food on the go? Disney does provide some table service pricey options. If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle book a table and dine in style. Personally I’ve only checked out Walt’s as I’m more of a ‘don’t want to miss anything kinda gal’ and don’t have time to stop long to eat ha ha! That said I found Walt’s really good and loved the theming with photos of him everywhere. If you want to dine properly lots of options are available so be sure to book well in advance so you don’t miss out. I always leave Disney with my taste buds satisfied but also probably a few pounds heavier ha ha! But ohhh it’s so worth it.
6. You can dine with the Characters
Want to hang out with your favourite characters but avoid the queuing? Book some character dining. I have always been a fan of Mickey and friends but you can also dine with the princesses. The all you can eat buffets provide plenty of choice and whilst you tuck in the characters come round to each table and you can get an autograph, hug and that ever so special photo. Not got kids with you? No problem! I guarantee you wont be the only adults in there just as excited as the kids!
7. Fireworks & shows
Disney is full of shows… on my recent trip to the Paris one I watched the 25th anniversary celebration which was fabulous. But I’ve watched many over the years… Finding Nemo, Fantasmic, Wishes… the list goes on and they are all amazing. For me fireworks are always the pinnacle of my trip. Nobody does fireworks quite like Disney. Throw in the iconic castle back drop and Disney music to set the fireworks too and it really is something special. In recent years they have also added effects where they project images onto the castle and water fountains either side. I don’t want to even try to explain further… just be sure to go so see it… it’s will send tingles down your spine.
8. You can shop till you drop all things Disney
In Disney you can shop till your heart’s content! Disney have merchandise nailed. Often you come off a ride and straight into a store… if your with kids you would be wise to give them a spending limit. Buying Mickey ears or a hat of some description should not be missed! It makes you feel involved and makes for great photos. For little girls being made into a princess is somewhat pricey but they look simply adorable walking round the park with beaming smiles. There are plenty of clothing options too. I love a good Disney t-shirt, sweatshirt or pyjamas. Plush toys, home ware, stationary, key rings, toys, swords, wands, you get the picture… but why would you not want to buy a piece of the magic to remember your trip!
Bonus – You can shop for Christmas decorations all year!
If your into Disney it’s highly likely your into Christmas and guess what? Disney has a Christmas shop and it’s open all year! With twinkley Christmas lights and tree decorations you should stop by to pick up a Disney themed decoration to remember you trip. Or if your like me and you’ve been several times perhaps you can aim for a fully Disney tree.
9. It Brings Families Together
Disney is a great place to bond with your family. Disney in my eyes is the ultimate family holiday. You will not be bored, there really is something to entertain everyone, even stroppy teenagers. It is non stop and exhausting though if you want to do everything… many come away feeling they need a holiday to recover! But is it worth it? absolutely… it really is the holiday of a lifetime.
10. On a final note if your child does drive you mad some days you can buy beer! 😉 hahaha!
I am an avid Disney fan… 10 trips over the years to both Paris & Florida and a Disney cruise. Hoping to do California in a few years. This post is based on the main Disney park the Magic Kingdom but there is so much more still. I wrote this post whilst in Paris but casting my mind back to Florida too. Do you think I have missed anything out? What are your favourite things about Disney? X