Looking for that Disney style that is both practical and magical? Want to dress like a princess without the hoop-skirt stress? Or do you just wish you could be your favourite Disney character every day? When you want that outfit inspired by characters you admire, Disneybounding may just be the answer. As we all know, there comes an age where your favourite childhood costume just doesn’t fit any more, and you have to hang up the glass slippers and leave it to the Disney stars themselves. When this time comes, we slightly bigger children must find a new way to release our Disney alter-egos.
So, what is Disneybounding? Disneybounding is taking the style, colours and themes of a certain character and dressing to honour them. Cosplaying on a budget, often giving off that contemporary character-on-a-day-off vibe. For example, in Carly’s Genie-bound she wore two shades of blue, using a very fetching red waist belt as an accessory. This gave both a clear indication of the character, and meant that running for the rides was still very much possible.
Disneybounding is what you make it! That is the magic of it. You can be as understated or as vibrant as you like, just so long as you aren’t dressed in an exact replica of the character’s costume so you don’t confuse the little ones running around the parks in search of characters to meet. Our Chip and Dale inspired Disneybound was very simple, consisting of a brown jumper and a bow to signify which of the chipmunk duo we were.
We would like to take this opportunity to let you know what we think are our most important Disneybound must-haves are. Accessories, accessories, accessories! Bows, tiaras, even special Mickey ears! For many of our previous Disneybound outfits, we have used bows as an accessory. (Timon and Pumbaa, Chip and Dale, etc.) As princesses, we used tiaras and jewellery, and who doesn’t love a good pair of the iconic ears made famous by the mouse who started it all? Wear a blue skirt and a white top, you look like you’re dressed for a nice summer’s day out. Add a choker, and Cinderella shall go to the ball. Accessories make our Disneybounds, and can magically transform any outfit with a ‘Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo’ into a beautiful ballgown.
Accessories are easy to come by, and we highly recommend a quick trip to Etsy (or any other small business website) to find some real unique treasures that will add the Pixie Dust to any Disneybound.
Now, we would like to give you our Top Five Disneybound Tips:
Don’t be afraid to take inspiration from other Disneybounders. The Disney community is a supportive one, and we all work together to keep the magic alive.
Function over fashion. Glass slippers may look the part, but they are no good for over 30,000 steps a day around the parks. Switch them out for a nice pair of pumps/trainers, and you can dance way past midnight.
Accessories make an outfit! As mentioned in previous paragraphs, something as simple as a bow can transform an outfit into a Disneybound.
Go the ‘extra’ mile. Carly’s most recent Disneybound included a light-up skirt. While a few other guests didn’t get it, we had overwhelmingly positive comments from fellow Disnerds…. Plus, if you can’t in Disneyland, where can you?
Teamwork makes the dreamwork! As the old saying goes ‘You’ve Got A Friend In Me’, and friends that Disneybound together stay together. Work with your surroundings, especially others, and you can really make some lifelong friends.
In summary, Disneybounding is a wonderful, whimsical way to channel your favourite characters, and still be granted entrance to the park. Just remember, have fun and Hakuna Matata.
You’re in the place where dreams come true and happily ever after is around every corner, so stick on some ears and have a Zipadeedoodah day.