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- If you’re heading Disney parks and are thinking of dressing up, you may want to think again.
- Disney does not allow park guests over the age of 14 to dress in costumes like princess dresses.
- It could detract from the overall park experience and kids may confuse guests for Disney’s real characters.
- Park guests are allowed to dress up during special occasions like runDisney, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party from the end of August through November, and Mickey’s Christmas Party.
- There are still limitations to the kinds of costumes you can wear.
If you’re heading to one of Disney’s theme parks and want to wear your best princess cosplay, you may want to reconsider.
According to Disney’s theme park Q&A, costumes “may not be worn by guests 14 years” or older. Masks also can’t be worn to the park by anyone 14 and up, unless its for medical purposes.
This isn’t a new rule, but if you haven’t been to the parks in awhile and are planning a trip soon, it’s good to have a refresher in case you want to dress up alongside your kids or in general.
While you may be a bit bummed, the reasoning behind it makes sense. Disney has cast members who walk around the parks dressed up as favorite characters from Belle and Gaston (“Beauty and the Beast”) to the Red Queen from “Alice in Wonderland.” Kids go up to them throughout the day and line up to get photos and autographs with Disney royalty.
If adults are dressing up in similar costumes, it may cause confusion between park guests and children, and Disney reserves the right to deny admission to anyone who may detract from the experience of other guests. It would definitely be a bit distracting if other people came in full princesses costumes and kids went up to them to ask for autographs and take photos.
However, if you’re itching to let your Disney flag fly high, there are a few exceptions to the rule.
If you’re looking to dress up at the Disney parks, consider making a trip closer to the end of the year.
Disney allows adults to wear costumes in its parks during Halloween parties like “Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” and “Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party” celebration. Costumes are also allowed at runDisney events.
The Halloween party runs from August 25 to November 1 at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. At Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Mickey’s Halloween Party goes from September 20 until October 31, 2017. A separate ticket is needed for guests to attend Mickey’s Halloween Party.
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party takes place from November 9 through December 22 at Walt Disney World.
While you’re allowed to dress up as your favorite character, Disney says costumes shouldn’t reach or touch the ground and specifically references “full-length princess dresses.”
Here are some of the other specific rules for adults 14 and up:
- Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and may be subject to additional security screening.
- Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
- Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
- Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
- Masks of any kind may not be worn.
At the end of the day, if you still want to dress up as a princess around other Disney fans, you can always look forward to the next D23 Expo, Disney’s comic con event, in 2019.
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