Disney Fashion Series: What to Wear to the Parks

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Disney Fashion is definitely a thing now. From character merchandise to Disney Bounding to what a person should wear in the theme parks, the category of Disney Fashion is full of fun!

In this, our first post in our Disney Fashion Series, we’re going to start with the basics…What should you wear in the parks?!
If you’ve been to a theme park, you’ve undoubtedly seen the whole spectrum of apparel. I see women in high heels and I simultaneously feel awe and pain. So how do you balance your fashion persona and your desire to not have your feet fall off?
Lucky for you, I’m here with some suggestions!
I get that tennis shoes are not for everyone. But hear me out for a minute (and I’ll give you alternatives too). Walking a theme park is no easy task. If you’re park hopping, you’re going to walk MULTIPLE theme parks! On average, we log about 20,000 steps when we visit for a full day. I don’t even want to think about doing that in heels. Or in any shoe that has not been “broken in”.
I love Sketchers! That new memory foam insole is a dream when you’re Disney-ing. Their shoes are light so you don’t feel like you’re dragging cement blocks around on your feet. I have a couple of different pair that I use for Disney as well as for regular campus hiking, walking around Costco, dance auditions and just general meandering. They wear well and the honestly last for quite some time. If you’re interested, here’s a link to a pair very similar to what I routinely wear.
Alright, for those of you who don’t want to feel like Disney is an athletic event, I’ve got another option for you. I recently purchased a pair of Oka-B ballet flats. I had been looking for some stylish flats that were also happy walking shoes. I had been looking for this very reason. When I’m in training at Disney, we have to be in business casual, but there’s a decent chance we’ll be walking around the parks from time to time. I had a friend suggest Oka-B.

So I bought a pair. And let me tell you…These shoes feel like a second pair of skin. They don’t slide on my heel. They have arch support, which is really unusual for ballet flats. And they’re comfortable to walk in. I hiked around campus in them for an entire day. No blisters. My feet got the normal amount of tired from extensive walking, but they didn’t hurt. I used them for my day of Disney orientation when we went into the parks. They were pretty comfortable. I think they’re best for days when it’s going to rain because then you don’t have to worry about wet socks etc. As it starts to get a bit hotter, your feet expand and sometimes feel a little squished. But I still love them. I have 2 other pair on the way and I can’t wait! They’re made in America and sold out of Georgia. And you can buy them on Amazon or through the Oka-B website! Worth every penny, guys! (I really want the Dorothy flats that are glittered)
So now that we’ve got your feet taken care of….Let’s talk about pants.
Disney has security screening outside each of their parks. If you have a bag, you have to have it searched. If you don’t have a bag, you can expedite the process and go through the “No Bag” screening line. You typically still have to go through a metal detector, but that takes less time than having every item in every bag searched and then going through the detector.
What I’m saying is that if you can go bagless, DO IT! Even if the majority of your party can go bagless and just one person can stand in the bag line, your life will be less stressful. So on that note…
“But Wendi! Pants with pockets tend to be hot and uncomfortable. And we’re talking about Florida or California here!”
Guys. Do not doubt me. I got you.
Leggings with Pockets. They are a thing and they are magical. They come in a variety of lengths. All you need is your phone and maybe your ID and a credit card. Get one of these phone cases with a card slot and you’re set. My phone slides right in the side pocket on these babies at this link. They’re cost effective and they’re breathable and perfect for Theme Park weather. Follow my link here to the ones that I’ve really loved!
What if you need or want a bag? Well, I’ve got some an option for you there too. Now that we live in Florida, sometimes it’s nice to be able to take a bag. We just pop in for a couple of hours so we take snacks or even lunch. That way we’re not spending all of our Disney College Program monies in the parks. A bag like this is a great option.

You’re never fully dressed without sunglasses. Well, at least that’s the case in the Sunshine State! Obviously everyone has their own sunglass preference. I’m just telling you that you’ll definitely want a pair. Maybe a less expensive pair, just in case they get lost or scratched. Like these.
I’m going to do another post about character apparel so I’m just going to tell you this about tops: find something light and airy. And don’t wear multiple shirts if you don’t have too. The more the layers, the more you’re going to sweat. You want to wear something that is breathable! Trust me.

These are just a few thoughts about your Disney Park apparel! Everyone has their own style so you should choose what works best for you. But these are tried-and-true tips! Do you have any tips of your own to add? Comment below! 

And stay tuned for more Disney Fashion Series posts!

How to Land a Role in the Disney College Program: pt. 4 Packing for the Disney College Program

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Today’s video talks about our preparations for our move to Florida and the Disney College Program. Specifically, I give tips about how we are packing for our big move across the country. While we happen to be driving and plan on living in the furnished apartments provided by the program, we talk about tips that are applicable to any big move.

In the video, we talk about some specific items that we’ve found extremely helpful in our packing and preparations. I wanted to provide links to these items so you can take a look and grab some for yourself.

Space Saver Vacuum Zip Bags can be found here.

These are similar to the containers we use for our toiletries and other small miscellaneous items.

We got our large totes at Costco, but they are heavy duty like this Rubbermaid container.

We have multiple accordion files that we use at our house. These ones are so great! I always use one when we go on vacation and they’re great for keeping track of your important documents for the move!

*All Photos courtesy Amazon

10 Non-Disney Things We’re Excited to Do in Florida

By now, you’ve probably noticed how much we LOVE Disney! We’ve been to Disneyland countless times and have multiple trips to Disney World under our belt as well. We have a life goal to visit every Disney park around the world! And of course, we’re headed to Orlando to work for the Mouse at Disney World!

All of that aside, we know we’re heading to place that has so much more than just Disney. And being the great adventurers that we are, we are looking forward to all of the varied experiences Florida has in store for us!

Here are 10 Non-Disney things we’re excited to do in Florida!

Universal Orlando and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Okay…Okay…I know this isn’t a HUGE leap from Disney. It’s still a Theme Park. But give me a break, okay?! We’re easing in! And if you haven’t been to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you’re missing out! You don’t know true magic until you’re standing in Ollivander’s Wand shop and your wand CHOOSES YOU!

And have you even tried Butterbeer?! I know it might not be for everyone. But it’s for me! And frozen Butterbeer!!! And last time we were there, we tried the Butterbeer soft serve ice cream. It was another win! Have you had Pumpkin Juice at the Three Broomsticks or the Leaky Cauldron? I promise it’s much tastier than it sounds! It went lovely with our magical breakfast.

Yes we’ve been here before. But we can’t wait to go back!

We’ve experienced pretty much everything in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We even have interactive wands (Hello! My wand CHOSE me! Obviously I HAD to buy it!) But we still have a decent amount of attractions out in the rest of Universal that we need to experience. And we are excited to be able to do it at a more leisurely pace over the course of many trips!

SeaWorld Orlando

I wanted to be marine biologists when I was kid. So it’s not wonder that a trip to SeaWorld is toward the top of our “To Do” list once we get out there. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been to a SeaWorld park and I’m really looking forward to seeing shows and riding rides. I remember when they didn’t have rides! We love aquariums (we went to one on our first date) and we love learning! And in the super heated summer of Orlando, SeaWorld will be a nice escape.

The Beach

I haven’t looked at which beach we might want to venture to first. (I’M OPEN TO SUGGESTIONS, ALL OF YOU FLORIDIANS) But I know there are A LOT of beaches in Florida. I’m sure we won’t have a ton of time off, so it will have to be something relatively close to Orlando. I’m excited to see how Florida beaches compare to other beaches we’ve been to, mainly on the west coast. I’m not a strong swimmer, so I typically hang out on a towel, slather myself in sunscreen, and read while I snack.


I know, I know! Another theme park! But hear me out…We haven’t ever been to this one. We haven’t been to the one in California either. But we do love Legos at our house. This one isn’t for the rides or even for the food, but I’ve heard there are a lot of really fun models at the park and I know Adam will totally nerd out!

Kennedy Space Center

When I was younger, we lived in Houston, TX. I remember at least one time we made the trip to the Johnson Space Center. It was so cool to see all the pictures of the shuttles and even a full decommissioned shuttle. Back then, we still had a fairly active space program. I can’t wait to visit another space center!

The World of Chocolate

I’ve heard there’s something on International Drive called The World of Chocolate. I don’t need anymore information. I will be making a pilgrimage. If you happen to have more information (such as it’s overrated and I should just go buy myself a Cadbury bar) please drop it in a comment below!


Usually when I tell people we’re moving to Florida they have only a couple of responses.
#1- Why? It’s so hot and humid there! You’re going to hate it. (To which I respond, “Guys, we live in Utah. It’s hot and dry here. And don’t try to tell me the virtues of a “dry heat”. I’m not buying. My hair and skin need the moisture and judging by the wrinkles on your face, so do yours.” And then I get unfriended by that person.)
#2- You’re going to get eaten by an Alligator.

First, I’m not particularly concerned about being eaten by an Alligator. It doesn’t happen nearly as often as people seem to think. Also, I don’t plan on going swimming in the Alligator infested waters. (between you and me, I don’t really do swimming things) But at Gatorland, I can see the animals in a controlled setting. I haven’t checked, but I have to imagine they don’t lose many guests to gator attacks.

Find Some Florida Nature to Explore

One of the other things people say to me is “Aren’t you going to miss the beautiful Utah mountains and all of nature here?” I’m not particularly concerned about missing the mountains. I adjust to change quite easily. And as for nature…nature is everywhere. We’re just going to find different kinds of nature in Florida. We like exploring new environments. If you’re a Florida pro and know of some hikes or trails we should explore, drop it in a comment!

Find New Favorite Foods

We have our regular eateries that we visit here in the Salt Lake City and Bountiful areas, and we will definitely miss them! I get a little nervous trying to new places because I know what I like and what I don’t. We’re definitely looking for some foods suggestions in the Orlando area. I like Waffles and I’ve heard of a place called the Waffle House. I feel like that’s a place that would understand me and my needs. Where else should we eat?

Fresh Oranges

Florida is famous for its oranges, right? I did some driving around on our last trip and we definitely caught sight of some of the Orange groves! I’m hoping to get to try some fresh Florida-grown produce while we live there! I think I’ve seen there are some farmers markets. Is that where one goes to find fresh oranges? Help a girl out!

These are just a few of things we’re looking forward to as we head out to our adventure in Florida! I’m sure there are MANY MORE THINGS we need to explore. I’d love to hear everyone’s suggestions! Please Please PLEASE comment on this post and let us know some of your “must do” items in the area! We’re always up for a new adventure.

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