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Disney Costume Ideas for Groups

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The calendar might still say it’s summer, but spooky season is upon us. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party at Walt Disney World is already in full swing and the Disney Cruise Line Halloween on the High Seas sailings start in a few weeks. For many folks, this means COSTUMES. And since you’re probably traveling with a posse, this means GROUP COSTUMES. We’re here with some Disney-centric ideas for group adornment.

Before we get started, here are a few caveats :

  • While guests are encouraged to wear costumes to these events, costumes are absolutely NOT required. You are under no obligation to dress up for any Disney-related Halloween event. If costumes are not your thing, then feel free to skip them entirely.
  • If you do decide to dress up, you’re not required to dress in Disney garb. While most guests at the Disney venues do dress in Disney-related costumes, there are plenty of others who dress in the costumes of non-Disney brands. You won’t be out of place in Minions or Harry Potter costumes at Disney’s Halloween party. Similarly, there is no requirement that your costume represent any “character” at all. If your squad wants to dress like your favorite snack foods or traffic symbols, that totally works.
  • Keep the weather in mind when selecting your costumes. Autumn in Orlando is still hot, even in late October, even in the evening. Your Chewbacca costume maybe epic, but consider whether you want to be wearing the equivalent of a bearskin rug when it’s 85 degrees and humid. In general, you’ll want to keep your Florida costumes as light and breathable as possible. A few of the DCL Halloween sailings take place in Northern climates where more bulky costumes might be comfortable, but guests sailing to the Bahamas or Caribbean islands will also want to be mindful of the temperature. Minimalist costumes like embellished tee shirts are headbands may be all you need to convey your idea, while still allowing you to keep cool.
  • Both Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line have strictly enforced rules regarding costumes. While the wording is slightly different for these venues, the upshot for both is that costumes may not be offensive, may not include weapons, and may not drag on the group. For the full scoop, see the WDW or DCL website.
  • You’re certainly welcome to wear commercial costumes purchase at shopDisney.com or a place like Party City or Spirit Halloween, but homemade or handcrafted costumes are charming and often quite creative. If you’re not a do-it-yourself sort, Etsy is a good source of unique costume elements.
  • The Disney film empire (including Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars) is enough to inspire a nearly endless stream of costume ideas, but if you want to stand out from the crowd, think beyond movies and TV. The best MNSSHP costume I ever saw was a group dressed as the characters in the last scene of WDW’s Carousel of Progress attraction.
  • Consider if there are particular settings that might enhance your costume photo ops. For example, if your group is dressed as the seven dwarfs, you might make it a point to pose with Disney’s Snow White character.
We snapped a photo of the aliens on the Buzz Lightyear attraction when we were wearing alien headbands during the Magic Kingdom’s Halloween Party.

And now onto the costume ideas …

The ideas listed below are obviously just a starting point; the possibilities are nearly endless. Also bear in mind that their is flexibility in the numbers for most of these groups. For example, friends of mine, a family of three, booked a Halloween sailing on the Disney Wish last year. They opted to dress as Sleeping Beauty’s fairy friends Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. I ended up joining them with a relatively last minute booking. Rather than a wholesale change from a three-person costume to a four-person costume, I joined as a related character (Maleficent) from the same franchise.

Disney-themed Costume Ideas for Groups of Two
  • Any Disney prince and princess duo
  • Timon and Pumbaa (Lion King)
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast)
  • Princess Leia and Han Solo
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Mike and Sully (Monsters, Inc.)
  • Pinocchio and Gepetto
  • Gus and Jacque (Cinderella)
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Mary Poppins and Bert
  • Mulan and Mushu
  • Wreck-It Ralph and Vanellope
  • Chip & Dale
  • The Parent Trap twins
  • Mr. & Mrs. Potato Head
  • Remy & Linguini (Ratatouille)
  • Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable
  • Phineas and Ferb
  • Zach & Cody (The Suite Life)
  • The front and back of Slinky Dog
  • Grogu and the Mandalorian
Disney-themed Costume Ideas for Groups of Three
  • Russell, Dug, and Carl (Up)
  • The Three Caballeros
  • Ariel, Sebastian, and Flounder (Little Mermaid)
  • The Hocus Pocus witches
  • Woody, Jesse, and Bullseye (Toy Story)
  • Anna, Elsa, and Olaf (Frozen)
  • Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather (Sleeping Beauty)
  • Merida’s brothers (Brave)
  • Cinderella and her step sisters
  • The hitchhiking ghosts (Haunted Mansion attraction)
  • Dory, Nemo, and Marlon (Finding Nemo)
  • Isabela, Luisa, and Mirabel (Encanto)
  • C-3PO, R2-D2, and BB-8
  • Captain Hook, Smee, and the crocodile (Peter Pan)
  • Jasmine, Aladdin, and the Genie
  • Moana, Maui, and Hei Hei
  • Huey, Dewey, and Louie (Donald Duck’s Nephews)
Disney-themed Costume Ideas for Groups of Four
  • The Dapper Dans
  • Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy
  • Mickey, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto
  • The four WDW theme parks
  • José, Michael, Pierre, and Fritz (Enchanted Tiki Room birds)
Disney-themed Costume Ideas for Groups of Five
  • The emotions from Inside Out
  • Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Rabbit, and Tigger
  • The five Disney Cruise Line ships
  • The Incredibles family
  • The Fab Five: Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, and Pluto
Disney-themed Costume Ideas for Larger or Flexible-Sized Groups
  • Any number of Dalmatian dogs (101 Dalmatians)
  • Any number of Lost Boys (Peter Pan)
  • Any number of Marvel characters
  • Any number of Toy Story toys
  • Any number of Loki variants
  • Any number of Disney princesses
  • The Seven Dwarfs
  • Any number of chimney sweeps (Mary Poppins)
  • Any number of Disney villains
  • The countries of Epcot’s World Showcase
  • Dolls from it’s a small world
  • Ariel and her sisters (Little Mermaid)
  • Any number of Jawas (Star Wars)
  • Any number of Muppets
  • The main characters from High School Musical
  • Kuzco, Pacha, Yzma, Kronk, Chicha, and Bucky (Emperor’s New Groove)
  • Any number of U.S. Presidents (Hall of Presidents)

This is barely even the tippy top of the iceberg. And again, almost any film theme has the ability to add or subtract characters as the size of your group varies.

Here’s hoping all your treats are delicious!

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

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  • One of these days I want to get a group of 30+ people, get some orange shirts and reflective tape, write “Bob’s Barricades” on each of them, and then make a giant barrier in front of random spots in MK


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