Welcome to another Tip Tuesday!
This week, I wanted to share a recent story from WKMG, the Orlando CBS affiliate, so please watch this story and then continue.
While I empathize with this young lady's situation and understand why she's upset, the fact is that Disney's rules about costumes in the parks are quite clear. Adults may not wear costumes that closely resemble any Disney character. These rules are clearly stated on Disney's Web site. There are two exceptions that I can think of: Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party and RunDisney events. In either of these special events, guests are permitted to wear costumes. Masks also are permitted during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party provided the mask does not restrict the guest's vision. Masks are not allowed during any RunDisney event (and who would want to run with a mask on anyway?).
Aside from these two exceptions, costumes are a no-go for adults. Oh and remember than an "adult" in Disney's eyes is any guest that's 10 or older. Sure, a 10 or 11-year old might be ok to wear a costume on a regular day, but teens should think twice.
Costumes and kids are an entirely different affair. One reason is that guests probably won't think a two-foot tall Tinkerbell is the real thing. Disney understands children want to come to the parks in costumes and will allow such. The only restriction for costumes on a regular park day is NO masks at all. As mentioned previously, masks that don't restrict vision are allowed for Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.
So before you spend hours and hours getting ready for a day in the parks dressed as your favorite character, please be sure you're aware of Disney's rules and regulations. A bit of pre-planning can help you avoid a sad day.