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Getting ready to go to a theme park should be fun even before you get to the Disney World, Universal Studios or SeaWorld area! This is the one place that you get to dress up like your favorite characters or at least, be inspired by them, any time of the year.
What to Wear to an Amusement Park
The reality is that if you are in a Sunshine State Vacation, you need to protect your eyes from the sun during outdoor shows and parades. The bag? Well, nobody really wants to be carrying souvenirs, water bottles, or a camera on their hand all day. Also, it’s perfect to store your cardigan or jacket during those half chilly/half sunny days. Last, we recommend comfortable closed toe shoes to survive those long walks or lines throughout the day.
No matter the season, the weather, or theme park, we recommend that you take these three things: sunglasses, a backpack or messenger bag, and comfortable shoes.
Spring Outfit Ideas
During spring, the weather in Orlando is very pleasant, the streets are picturesque and theme parks are colorful! This is also the season where you get to enjoy Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival. So make sure to wear light clothes, bright or pastel colors, and your Minnie (or Mickey) ears.
Summer Outfit Ideas
‘Tis the season to be better safe than sorry! By that we mean, wear you bathing suit and water shoes to the parks. In each of the major theme parks in Orlando, you are bound to find a water attraction and once that temperature starts hitting the 90s, you are going to be looking for it. That’s why we recommend not taking your favorite sneakers or long jeans, because you might either ruin them or take forever to dry your clothes. We also suggest bringing an extra set of shorts and/or shirt in case it’s too windy or you are still too wet to get in your car.
Fall Outfit Ideas
Fall a.k.a. “rain season” can also be a good time to visit the parks; the lines are shorter and some cool events start coming up. Some of these are: Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival, and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween. During this season we recommend, wearing long jeans and bring a light cardigan. We also suggest you pack a poncho just in case you decide to go on a water ride or it starts to rain.
Winter Outfit Ideas
Now when it comes to winter, the temperature can drop to the 50s and every now and then, to the 40s. For this reason, we recommend that you wear a heavier jacket and scarf. Also this is the time to wear comfortable flats, sneakers or boots because you are going to quickly realize that you are not going to want to try the water attractions during this season. If you are still up for the challenge though, then make sure to take a poncho to avoid getting soaked in water.
What to Pack
If you plan on being at the theme parks all day, here are a few things we recommend be included in your packing list:
- Water Bottle / Souvenir Refillable Cup
- Hand sanitizer
- Water-proof zipped bags for your phone
- Extra phone battery or rechargeable case
- Extra clothes
Frequently Asked Questions
Always aim to pack your most comfortable clothing attire. Florida is known for its spicy temperatures, and you'll likely want to opt for lightweight shorts and breathable tops. Dress not only for the season during which you plan on vacationing, but also for the types of attractions you plan to ride while visiting the parks.
Most people wear casual clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, sweatshirts, and light dresses. Note that some Disney restaurants do have dress codes, so you'll want to prepare in advance. It’s always less expensive to pack your own clothes compared to having to buy clothing while at the park.
Keep in mind the few examples of what not to wear at a Disney Theme Park: Masks and costumes worn by guests ages 14 or over. Clothing displaying obscene language or graphics. Excessively torn clothing attire.
It really comes down to personal preference. As an example, the walking distance around Epcot's World Showcase lagoon is over a mile. Will you be comfortable doing so in flip flops? The general rule is to pack comfortable shoes, whatever that may look like for you.
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