To Costume or Not to Costume?

Kids like to dress up.  Disney is the perfect place for it – and Walt certainly profits from it. If you go to a resort, costumes are everywhere. At the end of every ride and in every hotel you’ll be confronted with new and exciting ways to spend your $$$$. 

Do you save your hard earned cash to spend at every gift shop? Absolutely not. While one or two treats for the kids per trip may be a nice gesture, the trip is exciting enough. And there are more places than Disney to find ways to dress up your kids – (Target, Etsy, Amazon). While you may have a heavier suitcase, your wallet will be heavier as well.. It’s a win-win!! I like to pack the costumes way in advance and surprise my kids with them hanging in the closet when we get to the hotel. It’s so much fun to see the Disney characters and cast members respond to your children in their costumed attire.

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays, so it was a disappointment to find that Disney parks have never allowed guests 14 and older to wear costumes at any parks during regular hours. However, many Disney guests have skirted around this issue by “DisneyBounding”, which means wearing regular clothes that look like something a “real life” Disney character would wear. They wear outfits that recall real life Disney Outfits but can pass for street clothes as well

Even though wearing street clothes that look like Disney characters is OK, anything that has multiple parts or is layered in any way is not allowed under the new rules. Disney’s official statement on the matter singles out Jedi Robes as something that would not be allowed. Click here for Disney’s Official Theme Park Costume Guidelines.

So go wild dressing up your kids 14 and under – they’ll definitely have a blast. But keep the Jedi attire in-house. Thankfully, what’s done in the privacy of your own home still remains there.

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