Can You Wear Costumes to Disney World and Disneyland? Disney Parks Dress Code for Halloween and Beyond

Visiting Disneyland or Disney World this Halloween season? Before you go, be sure to brush up on the parks’ costume guidelines. Most days of the year, Disney parks have a strict policy against adults wearing costumes. However, they make some exceptions for Halloween.

We take a deep dive into the Disneyland and Disney World Halloween dress code, plus share the genius way Disney fans dress in “costume” year-round, ahead.

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Guests over the age of 14 can’t wear a costume at Disneyland. | Smckenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Disneyland and Disney World dress code

To keep guests safe, Disney parks have a strict dress code policy. And, if you don’t follow the rules, a cast member could remove you from the park or deny you entry altogether. To avoid any mishaps, note the types of clothing banned from Disneyland and Walt Disney World. Here are Disney’s dress code rules:

  • Guests 14 or older can’t wear costumes, unless for a special event (see below).
  • Masks are prohibited unless they are for medical purposes.
  • Apparel with obscene language or graphics is prohibited.
  • Loosely fit clothes that might drag on the ground and cause guests to trip accidentally are not allowed.
  • The parks do not allow excessively ripped clothing.
  • Tops, pants, dresses, and other clothing items that are revealing and not family-appropriate are not allowed.
  • Inappropriate tattoos — objectionable language or designs — must be covered up
  • Guests must wear shoes. Disney parks advise comfortable footwear that can handle a lot of walking. No bare feet allowed.

Can you wear costumes to Disney World and Disneyland on Halloween?

During the Halloween season, guests 14 years or older can wear costumes — but under one condition. Regular park guests must still abide by the Disney dress code and strict no costume policy, but those with a ticket to Mickey’s Halloween Party at Disneyland or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World can wear costumes.

With that said, Disneyland and Walt Disney World are family-friendly parks, so all costumes must be appropriate and follow the parks’ costume dress code. Speaking of, here are some of the rules all guests must follow when wearing costumes to the parks:

  • Guests can dress as a Disney character but can’t sign autographs or pose for pictures with fellow guests.
  • Costumes cannot be objectionable, violent, offensive or obstructive — remember, it’s a family-friendly park, and Disney takes dress code policy seriously. You don’t want to end up in Disney jail over it.
  • Guests can’t carry weapons (real or fake) — no matter how awesome it looks with their costume. Guest safety is a top priority, even on Halloween.
  • Costumes — and clothing for that matter — cannot include sharp objects such as spikes, as it could accidentally cause harm to another guest.
  • No full-length princess dresses or costumes that touch or drag on the ground.
  • Guests 13 years or young can wear masks as long as the eyes are visible and it does not cover the entire face.
  • Anyone 14 or older cannot wear a mask of any kind unless it is for medical reasons.
  • Capes are allowed but, like clothing, there are length requirements. As long as they don’t go past the waist, capes may be worn.
  • Disney parks consider plastic lightsabers, toy swords, and tutus acceptable accessories.
  • Disney-themed apparel and hats are always acceptable.

When it’s not Halloween, guests still like to dress up in character. However, because of the strict Disney dress code, they have a secret style code called Disneybounding.

What is ‘Disneybounding?’

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Since Disney parks don’t allow guests to wear costumes outside of the Halloween celebrations, many Disney fans do so by “Disneybounding.” Instead of dressing up in costume, guests create a more subtle ensemble, inspired by their favorite characters. The looks are usually not obvious — and only noticeable if you look for it — and are more fashion-forward, everyday outfits.

An example of Disneybounding is a red and white polka dot skirt, with yellow sneakers, and Minnie Mouse ears. For more Disneybounding outfit ideas, search #Disneybounding on Instagram.

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