Designing a Costume for your Walt Disney World Vacation

Walt Disney World is the most magical place on earth in large part because we can meet and interact with our favorite Disney characters. They come to life whether we’re 4 years old or 84 years old.  There’s just nothing else like it.

Many Disney fans like to dress up as their favorite characters, but they want to know what Disney’s rules are about wearing costumes. I’m here to clear up some things about wearing costumes to Disney World.

Let’s take a look at Disney’s costume rules.

On a Regular Day

On a regular day at Walt Disney World, all guests 13 years old or younger are welcome to dress up as their favorite character. Princess, pirate, and other character costumes are completely acceptable as long as they don’t pose a threat to you or anyone else. This means nothing that could be a weapon and no full-face masks. Light sabers, plastic pirate swords, and fairy wands are fine.

Guests over 14 years of age are not permitted to dress up, aside from items like themed shirts and accessories.

Costumes must not create safety hazards.
Costumes must not create safety hazards.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a hard-ticket event that occurs on select nights in September and October. Guests of any age are welcome to dress up with some restrictions.

For those guests 13 years of age and younger, the above discussion still applies.

If you’re 14 years old or older and would like to dress up, you have to follow some stricter rules. First, you are bound by Disney’s dress code that prevents any guest from wearing anything obstructive, offensive, objectionable, or violent. Adults are also not allowed to wear anything that is excessively torn or too revealing. Disney prohibits any costume that is floor length and any cape that is past the waist.

As always, you’re not allowed to wear anything that covers your face, and Disney discourages any costume that has layers saying that you will be subject to extra security screening. This applies not only to your regular clothes but also to your costume. If you think your Halloween costume could be scary to some guests, find a different costume because this is ultimately left to the discretion of Disney Cast Members.

During the Halloween parties, adults can dress up too - but with restrictions.
During the Halloween parties, adults can dress up too – but with restrictions.

Guests are allowed to wear festive hats and shirts, and Disney allows wings as long as they’re transparent and not so large that they interfere with other guests. Basically, if your costume is family-friendly, you’re good to go!

Finally, I should note that any adult dressed up as a character is not allowed to pose for pictures or sign autographs.


An often-overlooked event that also allows guests to dress up is the runDisney events. All of the above rules apply regardless of age. Since you probably couldn’t run with a full-length princess dress anyway, it shouldn’t be a problem!

Do you – or your kids – dress up at Disney World?