If you’ve ever visited a Disney park, it is likely that you have seen people dressed in clothing (not costumes) that is evocative of a specific Disney character. This is called DisneyBounding. DisneyBounding can be extremely fun, whether you take pleasure in planning intricate outfits or whether you like to do something on the more conservative side, like wearing a character t-shirt. I always enjoy seeing DisneyBounding, particularly when it is done by a group or a family. When everyone gets into the spirit, it just takes it to the next level!
While I applaud the families that can go all-out and DisneyBound with every single detail represented perfectly, the reality is that different levels of interest and ease will impact a group’s DisneyBounding efforts. For example, while your daughter might be thrilled to walk around in a dress that screams Ariel, and you are happy to join in the fun in an Ursula-themed outfit, and your husband gets in on the fun with some King Triton-esque apparel, maybe your son isn’t so keen on representing Prince Eric. By the time all is said and done, all you can get him to do is carry around a toy sword (because seriously, who wouldn’t want to carry around a toy sword?!). While there is nothing wrong with a partially DisneyBounding family, you were hoping for something a little more engaging for everyone. My solution for this – keep it simple.
I’m going to share some easy DisneyBounding ideas that can be accomplished with t-shirts or tops that focus in particular on groups and pairs. I’ve participated in a lot of this type of DisneyBounding, and the reactions from guests and cast members are always fantastic! The upside to this approach is that even the most conservative in your group can usually be persuaded to wear a t-shirt (bribing the over-21’s in the crowd with adult beverages is also quite effective).
I’ve probably seen families rock the Incredibles look more than any other, but don’t let that deter you from trying it out with your own family. It is simple, effective, and it can make it very easy to spot members of your traveling party if you lose sight of them for a few moments. One of my major go-to stores for easy DisneyBounding shirts is RedBubble. Although I’m sure you can find Incredibles t-shirts on other marketplaces, RedBubble has them in styles for both men and women and they also stock them for infants and children. You can change the style using the drop down menu on the right hand side of the RedBubble site and check out all of their different clothing choices (you do have to navigate to the adult page and children’s page separately). Prices range from approximately $20 – $48, with the higher end of that being for hoodies (which, unfortunately, are not offered in red).
As you might have guessed from the photo at the beginning of this post, I recently engaged in a little Monsters University tomfoolery at Walt Disney World. This was one of the most hilarious days from the entire trip since we each decided to wear a different MU fraternity/sorority house shirt. It was easy, low-key, but oh-so-fun when you saw it click on people’s faces what we were doing! RedBubble actually has an entire launch page for the Monsters University line of shirts. These shirts range from about $22 – $48, with the high end of the spectrum again being for the hoodies. This line is especially suited to trying out the different style options, such as the baseball 3/4 sleeve option or women’s scoop neck t-shirt. It’s worth noting that different style options have different color palettes, so you might have to do some searching to find out what the options are for a particular “house” look. For example, I didn’t have many options as I wanted the pink PNK shirt, but there were more available for the purple EEK. Just play with the shirt options until you figure out what works for you. This is a fun and easy DisneyBounding opportunity, but keep in mind that the cast member survey person who stands outside of Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor might actually chase your group past Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin in order to get your feedback on the Laugh Floor attraction…
This one is definitely on our list to try one day, particularly since I haven’t seen anyone else give it a go. It is only recently that I’ve found some good options for the different character shirts, and they are, again, on RedBubble. I really like the fun, retro designs the artist used, even if they aren’t what I would traditionally categorize as a costume t-shirt. As before, pricing ranges from about $20 – $48, so take a look around the site and see what your options are by playing with the drop down menu. This is also a good time to mention that if you follow RedBubble on Facebook, they will often post promotions for 20% off. I’ve ordered from them several times, and not once have I paid full price for anything. No launch page has yet been created for these Inside Out designs, so use the links below to navigate to the different options:
Kids and Infants:
Monsters University was not the only DisneyBounding we engaged in on our July trip to Disney World. We planned a guys vs. gals scavenger hunt, and if you’re going to engage in that kind of hi-jinks at Disney World, you really need to take it as far as possible! For us, this meant team outfits. Team Adventure-Is-Out-There opted for a great Carl Fredricksen and Russell t-shirt combo, which was particularly fitting for my husband and our friend Kyle. Believe me, cast members were amused with the level of commitment shown by the guys in our group! (Too bad their stellar look didn’t help them win…) RedBubble pricing continues to apply for these shirts.
Of course, we gals brought our own game to the table with Team You’ve-Got-A-Friend-In-Me and our versions of Buzz Lightyear and Woody. We found both of the juniors fit shirts on Amazon, but as of this article it appears as though the Woody shirt is no longer stocked on Amazon. (The link provided above is the same shirt we purchased, but it is from AnimationShops.com. Please be aware that I have never made a purchase from this online merchant, and I can’t attest to their service.) The Buzz Lightyear shirt ranges from $19 – $25 depending upon the size ordered and the seller, and the Woody shirt is priced at $22. Other options from Amazon include this Jesse shirt ($19 – $28) or this Woody unisex t-shirt ($19 – $22).
What would a list of easy DisneyBounding be without a nod to the ever-popular sisters of Arendelle? First, let me state that regardless of incessant searching, I have NOT been able to find a Kristoff costume t-shirt for my husband (it’s a conspiracy!). I can see in my head what I want, but neither RedBubble nor Etsy has it. However, these two Anna and Elsa shirts are very simple, very low-key (not words usually used to describe the two of them) ways for two best friends or two sisters to DisneyBound together. Unfortunately, the children’s counterparts don’t exist for these on RedBubble, and I couldn’t find something of this nature in the kids’ department. Be sure to check the measurements of the different clothing styles, though, because some of them run quite small. You might be able to find something that works for your child! (Or if it is for you, you should have plenty of options to choose from – I did!) $22 – $48 pricing applies.
Etsy (I know, I’ve blown my category headings…)
Etsy is a magical place. It deserves its own category because even if I wrote for days and days and came out with a series of twenty DisneyBound articles, I’d never cover all of the awesomeness that Etsy has to offer. Even something as simple as a search for Disney Couple Shirts can yield a ton of results on Etsy, some eh and some awesome.
My (now infamous) sister-in-law (I think it’s time I told you that her name is Marlie) and her boyfriend Kyle found a great pair of couples shirts on Etsy. While not DisneyBounding shirts in the traditional sense (Etsy tends to skew more towards themed shirts than standard DisneyBounding shirts), these shirts are worth mentioning because they still garner a lot of very positive attention! Marlie and Kyle were a bit timid in regards to ironing the vinyl silhouettes when we were on our trip, but she has reported to me that the shirts have held up well to both washing and drying after the fact and that there was no need to worry. These shirts are available from D’s Wishing Well shop on Etsy at a cost of $35 for the pair.
Personally, I enjoy finding options on Etsy that don’t use traditional vinyl or screen printing methods, just for the sake of uniqueness. While I was researching this article, I came across a seller whose line I am extremely interested in. I haven’t ordered from her yet, but her Disney bleached t-shirts look amazing! And her reviews are stellar. She even sells couple sets of t-shirts ($46 for the set) depicting Wall-E and Eve, Lady and the Tramp, and Lilo and Stitch. Talk about unique!
I’m always looking for great group or couple DisneyBounding concepts, so I’d love to hear your ideas for family outfits! Have you and your family DisneyBounded before? Would you like to?