People from all over the world travel to Walt Disney World year ’round. If you’re not familiar with the climate, packing for your vacation can be a bit tricky.
The majority of guests visiting the parks will have just a t-shirt on. If you tend to be messy like me or have kids who will wipe their dirty hands and faces on you all day (again, like me), take that into consideration when packing. Matching shirts are adorable – just be sure to coordinate with everyone in your party so they’re worn on the same day.
Really there are only three options: pants, shorts and skirts. Keep in mind that seats can be either warm or cold depending on the weather so you’ll want to be properly covered. Other guests don’t want to see anything that should be covered when you’re bending over so remember to be considerate and respectful when packing your clothes.
Comfort! Be sure whatever you choose to walk around in all day long is comfy. Breaking in a new pair of shoes isn’t a good plan. Blisters = no fun. If you’re comfortable walking all day in flip flops, by all means flip flops should be what you wear at Disney. Lots of walking and standing will be part of your day so you’ll want something that won’t just start out comfy but will last all day for you.
Even when it’s cool at Disney, it’s still pretty warm compared to many other places. A simple jacket or sweatshirt can help keep the chill off once the sun goes down. There are times when things can get cold enough that you’ll need something a bit heavier but we’ve only encountered that a handful of times.
You’ll likely encounter warm weather during you visit. Most parks have some sort of water feature in the park for you to cool off during your visit. Throw in a swim diaper, bathing suit, or change of clothes for the water fun. Even if you don’t take advantage of the water, you will likely wind up hot and sweaty so having a change of clothes comes in handy after a few hours in the parks.
When in Florida, plan for rain. An umbrella or poncho (or both) come in very handy so you don’t have to leave the parks at the first sign of rain. Crowds will generally clear out when the rain hits so you’ll enjoy shorter lines if you can manage to stick out the rain.
You’re in a family environment. You don’t need to wear something that covers you from head to toe, but making others look at your boobs or bottom isn’t appropriate.
Also be considerate of what you’re covering your body with. Disney does reserve the right to deny you entry to the parks or make you change before entering if something is offensive.
Pack at least one thing from each group regardless of the weather forecast for your visit. Things can change quickly so having something on hand in your room could save you from freezing or being all wet.
Costumes are welcome any time in the parks so long as they’re not too realistic. You might be asked to change or leave if your costume would lead guests to believe you could be an actual character in the park.
Overall, it’s best to wear something appropriate that you’re comfortable in. Browsing through pages on the Disney website can give you an idea of what people wear during their vacation.
Any tips on dressing for the parks? Leave a comment to let us know.