The rules regarding costumes at Disney at pretty strict. Adults and youth over 12 years old are not allowed to wear costumes, at all. Those under 12, however, are welcome to dress up, but those costumes tend to cost a fortune. So how does one express themselves, as a family, when parents aren’t the DIY costume type and without breaking the bank? Disney bounding, my friend.
First off, what is Disneybounding? No, I did not make up a word. Disney bounding is a real thing. The easiest way to think of it is an outfit influenced by a Disney character. You can check out our Pinterest board full of fun and creative ways that people have come up with dressing like their favorite character without “dressing up”.
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Buzz Lightyear Toy Story Dress
I found this Buzz Lightyear dress on Amazon for inexpensive. For footwear, her purple Converse All-Stars were the perfect look. To complete the look, there is a Buzz Lightyear bow from this seller on Etsy. Don’t forget Buzz’s jetpack.
Buzz, like most other Disney characters, has an official costume available at the Parks. Munchkins grandmother got it for him last time we visited. It cost north of 50€ (eek). Amazon and Etsy for me, please.
Andy’s Room Disney Bounding
While the children have an infinite list of characters they can go as, there are only so many that mum and dad are allowed to wear. Allowed? These costumes need to pass the “embarrassing parent” test; I’m pretty confident Mr. Potatoe Head and Evil Dr. Pork Chop are off the table. We also can’t dress the same as the kids, because there can only be one Jessie or Buzz Lightyear, the actual character in the park notwithstanding.
So what’s left? Mostly, vague references to Toy Story that even trained Cast Members will have to scratch their heads and think about it for a moment, like Andy’s mom or Sid.
Green Army Man
Your favorite heroes haven’t been forgotten. This costume comes with a printed jumpsuit, helmet, hood and boot covers. Now kids can dress up as their favorite Green Army Man. Readers have suggested that the costume runs small, so I would recommend buying it a size larger and enough time to exchange if need be.
If you want to go the extra mile, there is green body paint for the face, but I would stay away from paint during long, hot days. Maybe during a Not So Scary Halloween Party?
Toy Story Pizza Planet Disney Bounding
Unfortunately for dad, there are even fewer options, since there aren’t a lot of adult male (human) characters in any of the Toy Story movies, unless you really want to go as Al from Al’s Toy Barn (chicken suit anyone?).
There are tons of Pizza Planet shirts to choose from on Amazon like this one, this one, more. Check out these adorable Pizza Planet ears on Etsy. This is also a great shirt that dad can wear outside of the parks, which makes it a win-win and easy on the family budget.
Jessie Toy Story Costume
I recently found this super cute Jessie dress on Amazon. Jessie’s hat is also available on Amazon, though separately. For footwear, I found a pair of Toy Story Vans that can be worn to the parks and at home. This pair managed to make it to our list best shoes for Disney, so that means they are a great pair to look at and great on your feet.
Toy Story Alien Face Inspired Costume
I couldn’t leave without adding this adorable dress to the list. On Etsy, my new favorite costume store, you can find a Toy Story Alien Face Inspired Costume and some alien ears. There are a few types of ears available but they seemed too loud and would overpower the dress.
Not to fear, there is an adult skater dress inspired by the Toy Story aliens, found here, and it looks super comfortable.
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