To finish out the theme of Disney fashion, Jessica is back today to finish off your travel outfits with everything from Mickey Ears to shoes to hair bows. Without further ado...
EARS & BOWS
BibbidiBobbidiBrooke, an Etsy shop, is probably the best and most popular “ear shop” for custom handmade Minnie Mouse Ear headbands. She makes them all herself, so the shop only opens up for orders periodically. She personalizes each order with your name on the underside of the headband & I’ve heard stories of people’s lost or stolen ears being returned to them because of this. With almost 750 5-star reviews on Etsy, Brooke is definitely another to follow on Instagram for a heads up of when her shop will be opening. I’ve missed the last few openings, but hope to snag a pair of her beautiful rose gold ears before I go to the parks again. If you don’t want to wait for her shop to open, there are seemingly hundreds of other ear shops on Etsy - so browse around or search for a particular character or attraction you’d like to match!
You can always make your own Minnie Ears & there are a good number of tutorials out there. You can search Pinterest or take a peek at these Disney Style Blog tutorials:
I’m personally working on a pair of Chewbacca ears for when I finally get to meet a non-villain from Star Wars. Maybe TheHomemadeFig will let me visit again with a tutorial when I’m done!
I’m sure you wouldn’t expect there to be a large selection of Minnie Ears around town, but there’s more than you’d think! I have what I think to be a normal sized adult head and I can easily and comfortably wear the ones for “children” that are in the party sections at Walmart, Target, and Party City. These will be mostly Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears that are meant to be party hat alternatives at kid parties, but they totally work for the parks too! Keep in mind if you want to go the DIY route, these are a good starting canvas if you want to make your own themed ears!. At Party City, I got a cute pair of Cinderella ears & my niece got an Ariel pair.
Once again, look at everything through a Disney Parks lens while you’re out shopping! If you are going to Disney around Christmas, check the seasonal section at Walmart before you go - last year I found these adorable Christmas plaid ears for around $4. I'll let you imagination tell you how much more Christmas Ears cost at the parks!
Not exactly ears, but along the same line are Disney-themed hair bows from Hot Topic. I love these and can’t stop myself from looking at them everytime I’m at the mall. If you don’t like how headbands feel, this is a great alternative. Check their website often as they add new styles. You can see my ever-growing collection in the picture above - everything from Ariel to Merida to Peter Pan.
I can’t ignore the classic black and red sequined Minnie Ears that you can get at the parks. While most things I don’t think are necessarily worth it wait to buy on site, these are an exception. I’ve had these beauties since a single ladies trip of just me and TheHomemadeFig herself, and they’ve been back to The Most Magical Place on Earth many times since and don’t show much wear. They typically also have a silver sequined pair and white ones with a veil if you're on your Disneymoon!
SHOES & ACCESSORIES
There are a bunch of Etsy shops that will custom paint Toms with Cinderella’s Castle, or whatever other Disney design you want. A the CURL store in Disney Springs, they have a stand outside that sells custom painted TOMS, most of which are Disney-themed. You can certainly walk by & see if there's something you like in your size, or pick from a book of designs & can pick it up in the next day or two (so don't wait until the last day of your trip to go!). I’ve never bought a pair of these, but I have worn my plain Toms to the parks many times and highly recommend them for people like me who won’t wear sneakers. **Editor's note: I bought a blue pair of classic TOMS at the the CURL store that they painted with sunflowers that I wore in my wedding - they've held up great!**
You can easily paint or decorate your own Disney shoes. Last fall my sister and I bought cheap $5 clearance red shoes for all the ladies in our group and painted a simple Mickey and Minnie design with 50 cent acrylic paint from the craft store. It didn’t take long, and they turned out pretty fun!
Target recently had some cute Disney Ked-like sneakers for women (and they still have some styles/sizes in stock online!) that have patterns similar to and possibly better than the Disney Vans collections that was recently released. *Side note- these run HUGE and also very wide. I typically wear a 8-8.5 and I had to return my 8s for a 7 and they are still roomy. Hot Topic usually has a bunch of every-changing options of fun backpacks for your trip too!
Another fun accessory is Celebration Buttons. Disney gives these away (for FREE) at resort check-in desks, customer service areas, and other locations throughout Walt Disney World (you can find them Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, and I’ve even gotten one at the Disney Vacation Club resort in South Carolina too!). They are cute but only have 4 options: 1st Visit, I’m Celebrating, Happily Ever After, and Happy Birthday. They used to have more selection (Just Married, Just Engaged, Just Graduated, Family Reunion, and more), but due to the economy they’ve scaled back. If you want a button for your specific event featuring your favorite character, you’ve still got some options.
There are also some tutorials online of how to make your own - WDWprepschool.com has a great one!
Don’t want to buy anything at all, and still dress up like your favorite character when you’re at Magic Kingdom? No problem! Disneybounding is when you wear “normal” clothes but in a color combination that matches or reflects a certain Disney character. It’s helpful for those of us who want to dress up but are in the 14 and older crowd who aren’t allowed to wear costumes in the parks (except to the Halloween parties - and even then it’s getting more restrictive!).
For those familiar with the old Disney Jr show “Special Agent Oso”, I’ll break this down into “Three Simple Steps”:
Step 1: Think of your favorite character
Step 2: Google some pictures of them, checking out the colors in their outfit (or search disneybound +[your character] on Pinterest)
Step 3: Find those colors in your closet and make an outfit
And as Special Agent Oso says, “Three simple steps, that’s all you need! Three simple steps and you’ll succeed!” Seriously, great job! You deserve a special assignment digimedal! (Can you tell I spend time around kids?)
Here's an easy example - Anna from Frozen. Blue pants, black tank, and a magenta sweater are all you need! Add in pigtail braids and you are all set!
My upcoming trip will find my husband and I as Max Goof and Roxanne from A Goofy Movie, since he will basically just have to wear jeans and a red shirt. See - so easy!
Friends, I hope you've enjoyed this mini-series as much as I have & have found a few ideas for your crew's next visit to WDW. Thanks to Jessica for all her tips & ideas!
Jessica is a firm believer that Disney clothing isn't just for vacation. She is the wife of Jeremy, mom of two pups, Baby Bear & Clancy, & an adoring Auntie to many nieces & nephews. Her love of Disney fashion started as a tot & has multiplied over the years. Jessica loves a good deal & coupon code so she's always on the lookout for her next Disney find!
Jessica's Favorite WDW Attraction: Big Thunder, the Peoplemover, and the Enchanted Tiki Room.
Jessica's Favorite Snack at WDW: Popcorn, preferably eaten out of a Cinderella pumpkin carriage popcorn purse while waiting in line for the Tiki Room during evening Extra Magic Hours.
Jessica's Favorite Disney Memory: Watching Wishes while riding Dumbo with my husband.