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What to Wear to the Florida Theme Parks

Girl dressed as minnie mouse at Animal Kingdom

Even if you’ve never visited the Florida theme parks before, you may already have a good idea of what they involve (lots of walking round, nice hot sunshine, big rollercoasters….) and be planning what to wear with this in mind.

This quick guide for what to wear to a theme park in Florida (and what not to wear!) should put you in just the right clothes for every theme park situation!

Keep it casual

Look at the way Mickey, Donald and Goofy dress. They’re pretty casual right? I mean Donald doesn’t even wear pants. That’s because they know if you want to have the most fun at the Florida parks, you’ve got to wear clothes that you feel comfy in.

Comfortable shoes

These are an absolute must! You’ll be doing a LOT of walking around the theme parks, and you’ll love every minute, but only if you’re feet are nice and comfy. For this reason I do not recommend wearing flip-flops or heeled shoes. Trainers or flats should do the trick for a pair of happy feet.

Don’t forget the sunscreen

No-one looks cool with sunburn, and whatever your skin type it doesn’t take long to get burned in that glorious Florida sun, so make sure you slap it on (and reapply throughout the day!)


They’ll protect your eyes from the bright Florida sun, and they also make you look like a movie star. A winner all round!

Bring your Cossie!

There are some pretty hardcore water rides in parks like Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Magic Kingdom, which can (and will) get you pretty soaked. So you might want to bring a bathing suit or a change of clothing so you’re not wandering round the rest of the day in sopping wet clothes.

Some clever people even wear swimwear underneath their outer clothes, and strip down to their bathing suits before getting on the water rides (you may be able to store your clothes in a rental locker – I recommend to check with the relevant park first).


Contrary to popular belief, it’s not always sunny in Florida! In fact there are often rainshowers in the afternoons, so it’s a good idea to bring a waterproof or poncho just in case the heavens open.

Bring something warm in winter

If you’re visiting in the winter (between December and February) it can actually get pretty chilly in Florida so it’s best to bring something to keep you warm – better safe than sorry!

A baseball cap or wide-brimmed hat

This one’s especially essential for those guys with bald or shaved heads, but a hat is recommended for everyone really as it will help to shield your eyes and face from the hot sun. Just remember to remove your hat on the thrill rides, or you may never see it again!

Keep your shirt on!

You’re expected to be properly dressed at the theme parks – they are for families after all. That means shoes and tops should always be worn (except in the water parks of course!)

What you’re NOT allowed to wear:

There are loads of things that you should wear at the parks, but some of the parks also have a few restrictions of things you shouldn’t wear. It’s best to check with the individual park if you’re at all unsure, but here are a few examples to get you started:

Disney World – don’t dress as Cinderella

Clothing that is not permitted in the Disney parks includes:

  • Adult costumes or clothing that could be viewed as representing an actual Disney character
  • Clothing with objectionable material, including obscene language or graphics
  • Excessively torn clothing
  • Revealing clothing that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment
  • Objectionable tattoos

Water Parks – don’t lose your trunks!

It’s always recommended not to wear anything loose that could easily come off on the waterslides – cue wardrobe malfunction of the highest order! Most water parks don’t allow you to wear anything with rivets, zippers, metal fasteners or buckles – basically anything that could catch on the slides. They’re not essential, but swimming shoes are a good idea to wear at the water parks as the ground can get hot for bare feet – ouch!

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About the author:

Farrah is a Copywriter at FloridaTix. Her biggest loves in life are animals, food, writing and sleeping, and she lists Falcon’s Fury at Busch Gardens as her scariest experience to date.

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