Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Sep 21, 2010
    Teresa from PA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Allison, Thank you so much for answering my previous ?'s about my Autistic daughters. They both really LOVE princesses and would like to wear princess dresses to WDW our next trip. They are 17 and 13. Would they be allowed to wear princess dresses?

    Welcome Back Teresa!

    Disney doesn't allow adults to wear costumes or clothing to be worn in the parks that can be viewed as representative of an actual Disney character. For most things, ages 10 & up are considered adults at WDW. One reason is that they don't want to confuse children. Disney pays exceptional detail to everything & they don't want any distractions from the "show". I would think that it would be very confusing for a guest to see two Cinderellas at one time - it would take the pixie dust right out of the magic. You might get away with it if the costumes weren't Disney princess themed but honestly, I wouldn't risk it. Especially with special needs children because some have a harder time understanding & it would break my heart for them to be turned away at the gate.

    I put on my thinking cap to try to come up with some fun alternates.  You could think about taking them to Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. At this special event, all guests are allowed & encouraged to dress up. 

    Guests are allowed into the parks if his/her hair (or make-up) has been made to resemble a Disney Princess after a Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique makeover provided the Guests are not also wearing a costume or clothed to look like the character. I called BBB to see if there any age restrictions for makeovers. The Castle package is available for guests up to age 11. However the Crown & Coach packages are available to any Guest over the age of 3 - there is no age limit. So you could take them for a makeover & let them wear a sparkley princess shirt & still feel like a princess.

    Wishing you many magical memories! Allison
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Meet the Panelist: Allison, Georgia

I'm a Disney-fanatic! I made my first trip to Disney World the year it opened and have grown up crazy for all things Disney. As the Mom of a son with Cerebral Palsy, I love providing recommendations for families traveling with a special needs member. Learn More About Allison

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