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Taking Your Child to Disney in Costume? Read the Pros and Cons First

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If you’ve ever fallen in love with the beautiful family images in Disney marketing, you’ve probably noticed that many of the children featured in those videos and pictures are dressed up in the costumes of their favorite Disney characters. You might even be considering recreating those magnificent moments yourself. If so, have a read through the tips below, as it isn’t always the best move.

Dressing Up Children at Disney Pros

  • If you are persistent with the camera, there is a chance that you might get one of those once-in-a-lifetime photos you will adore for the rest of your life.
  • Let’s face it; they will look absolutely adorable.
  • Your child might feel extra special throughout the day as they prance around in their favorite character attire.

Dressing Up Children at Disney Cons

  • The likelihood that you get that perfect shot can often feel more pressure than before. A genuine smile in comfortable clothes might be much easier to get and reflect your child’s personality.
  • They look adorable, making it harder for you to say no when they ask you for $100’s worth of souvenirs.
  • Your child might feel special at first but then get hot, itchy, tired, and irritated from wearing materials that usually don’t breathe very well.
  • Get ready for that beautiful Princess dress you’ve been saving for the occasion to get ruined. A rip here, a chocolate stain there, a sweaty smell that never seems to recover in the wash.
  • At some point, the tulle-line skirt will end up over their head, the pirate eye patch will get lost, and without a change in clothes, someone will likely cry. It might be you.

Are you looking for a compromise? Why not let your little one wear their costume to one of your fancy dinners instead, limiting the time you rely on them to stay comfortable while still offering the right amount of photo opportunities? Or, take a lesson from the Disney-Bounding playbook, and instead of committing to all the unfriendly materials used in dress-up costumes, opt for a character-inspired outfit of regular play clothes that will be comfortable, cool, and easy to keep under control throughout the day.

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Zoë Wood is a travel writer from Sydney, Australia. Since her first visit to Disneyland at the age of 6, she has spent her years frequently visiting Disney Parks and traveling around the world.

Join Zoë as she lets you in on all the tips, tricks, anecdotes, and embarrassments that arise from her family adventures.


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