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  • On Apr 27, 2009
    Jennifer from MI Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Hi Erin! My family has ADR for California Grill and I was wondering what the women usually wear? I don't want to be over dressed but certainly do not want to be under dressed either. Only 15 more days, first trip with our 5 & 6 year old girls!!! Th

    As a first step, I'll give you the official dress code for Disney's signature (upscale) restaurants:

    Dress Code Guidelines:
    Men: Khakis, slacks, jeans, dress shorts, collared shirts. Sport coats are optional.
    Ladies:  Capris, skirts, dresses, jeans, dress shorts.

    Not permitted in dining room: Tank tops, swimwear, hats for gentleman, cut offs, or torn clothing. While T-shirts are now allowed, the policy remains that T-shirts with offensive language or graphics are not acceptable.

    I happen to like to dress up a bit in the evening. To go to a signature restaurant, I'll put on a sundress, linen slacks, or dressy capris. My husband will usually wear khakis and a button down shirt or even a golf shirt if the weather is hot. This is all a step down from what I'd wear to a cocktail party -- maybe more like what I'd wear to a barbecue at the boss's house or lunch at a country club.

    The guidelines above are very vague -- there is a lot of leeway in them. While I get fancied up a bit, I've seen many people in denim shorts and Mickey-logoed t-shirts at signature restaurants. That is certainly allowed, but personally, I find that a bit disappointing. The last time i ate a the California Grill was Thanksgiving dinner 2008. My husband wore dress pants and a pressed shirt, my daughters all wore casual dresses, and I wore a skirt with a silk top. To me, this was not at all over the top for a holiday meal, but we were among the most dressed people in the restaurant. Even on a holiday, there were still folks wearing shorts and T's.

    Overall, I'd have to say that you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable within the requirements and try not to worry too much about what everyone else is wearing.

    Have a wonderful visit to WDW!

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Meet the Panelist: Erin, New York

I have three teenage daughters. We're DVC members obsessed with Disney travel. We've been to Walt Disney World countless times and have visited Disneyland & Disneyland Paris. We've taken several Adventures by Disney and Disney Cruise trips. Learn More About Erin

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