Disneybounding: What Is It and Why Do It?
Well, put simply, Disneybounding is taking everyday items from your closet and arranging them, so they resemble a particular character! One of the easiest examples is simply wearing a cute black top, a red and white polka dotted skirt, yellow shoes and add a red bow with a pair of simple Mickey ears and ta-dah! You're now Minnie Mouse!
Now, why Disneybound? If you're adamant about dressing up all the time and want to dress up everywhere you go, Disneyland would probably be a place you'd want to be a beloved character. Unfortunately, anyone over the age of 14 isn't allowed to be in costume at any Disney park (unless you're at one of the ‘Halloween Party’ nights, they have different rules for that). Disneybounding became popular because it gives adults a chance to still represent their favorite characters, without breaking the rules.
There is still a few rules that Disneybounders have to keep in mind, so they don't get in trouble with Disney when visiting their amusement parks. First off, the Disney parks do not like it when people wear wigs. Some you can get away with if they're more naturally looking, but if you opt for the more obnoxious and crazy wigs, you may run the risk of being approached by a cast member and asked to remove it. Also, no masks. At all. I've heard of guests being asked to take off simple ‘superhero type’ masks because it could pose a security threat. Disney also does not allow clothing that drags on the ground, like long capes and such.
Enough with the rules, though, here's some tips for Disneybounding!
Remember to keep things simple; this isn't about having your characters exact outfit, just a representation of it! This is a chance for you to think outside the box and get creative with your outfit. For example, let's say you want to Disneybound as Belle in her classic yellow dress. Since they're not going to allow you to wear the full on ball gown, find a cute yellow top (long sleeved for the winter, a tank for the summer...maybe?), pair it with a cute yellow laced skirt and yellow shoes, then add a rose necklace for an accessory and if you've got the hair, it's time to try and style it just like Belle’s!
Also, you don't have to limit yourself to just Disney characters. While my friend and I disneybounded as Anna and Elsa at our last visit to Disneyland, the rest of our friend group had just as much fun running around as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.
If you don't have a particular character in mind, then take a look at your closet and see what you already have! Maybe that long red shirt you have could be paired with black leggings and brown boots and BOOM now you’re Gaston!
My friends and I enjoy Disneybounding, and I highly recommend trying it next time you head out to one of the Disney parks. It's fun as a group to all match if you decide to dress from the same movie! In the future, I plan on making additional posts for ideas on affordable Disneybounding! Please feel free to ask for advice on your Disneybounding needs if necessary and don't forget to have fun with it!