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My Disney Style
How this “Little Mermaid” went to Disneyland!
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For my first time to Disneyland, I decided it would be fun to dress up a little like one of my favorite characters. Luckily, my best friend who went with me decided too that it was a fun idea. Since we were going in the beginning of August, we knew it would be really hot that time of year. We planned our outfits for comfort and breath-ability in the heat. By the end of that long day, running around between Disneyland Resort Park and California Adventure (get the park hopper tickets- always worth it!), going on and off indoor/outdoor rides and shows, water rides and non-water rides, my outfit successfully kept me comfortable throughout. I brought cute, little-mermaid-green shorts along in my mini backpack, but I did not put them on until later evening.
I highly recommend getting there as early as possible and hitting the fast pass systems and most popular rides all first.
Here is where every piece of my outfit came from.
Top – Etsy
Both our tops came from Etsy. For mine, I requested a custom order from the shop to change the silhouette from just Ariel’s head to her whole mermaid body I saw on one of there other shirts that had different wording. Never hurts to ask if something can be made differently! This is why I love, and strongly support Etsy shops! I was originally looking for a red or green bandeau bra for underneath, but could not find one quite the right shade of either. I instead ended up with a breathable, yet modest white sports bra. Worked just fine since my tank was big on me. It was a smart choice to order tanks rather than tees. This time of year (First week of August) is very hot, and most ride lines are in the direct sun. Do not put your Disney style over comfort here!
make sure you check the weather for the Anaheim area, as it is shockingly hotter than weather just a few minutes West on the CA coast.
Leggings – Lotus leggings
I was super excited to finally wear my Mermaid leggings from Lotus Leggings! I had ordered the regular long length, and rolled them up into capris. They do now sell their mermaid leggings in capri lengths, and in more colors besides green. I did do a run-through of wearing them at home before the trip to make sure they were comfortable enough for me since I have slightly sensitive skin. At Disneyland, they stayed rolled well, and were surprisingly comfy and cool even in the 90 degree weather. I was even more surprised that when they did get wet on a water ride, they did not become humid and uncomfortable. I received many compliments, from other park attendees to cast members! By the way, I will talk more about this brand, and a few other brand of leggings in a future fashion month post. Keep an eye out
Flip-flops – The Dollar Store
I am a sucker for dollar stores. I could not believe how hard it was to find either purple or little mermaid greenish flip-flops! For the entire summer leading up to our trip, I was on the hunt! Of course the last place I went, not even looking for shoes mind you, had them. I was a little nervous about wearing cheap flip-flops, but these stayed together perfectly fine, and never got uncomfortable. Only had a few small blisters started to appear by the end of the day, which I did not even notice till the next morning.
*Another practical Disney Tip*
Guess what is also usually available at the dollar store? TONS of useful Disney items! I always see pens, collapsible water bottles shaped like characters, stickers, and more!
Some other things I bought at the Dollar Store that could fit in my backpack:
– A little Minnie mouse notebook for costumed characters to autograph (See my photo with Mickey above)
– A smaller sized water bottle (pictured in photo above with Walt Disney Statue) that did not leak once! Disneyland does provide free small cups of ice water at almost any food stand. This water bottle was the perfect size to transfer the water into.
Moral of story: you never know what you might find at the dollar store!
Mini backpack – “Fanzybagz” from Ebay
Another thing I was on the hunt a long while for was a mermaidish backpack. I did not want to be too weighed down, or have trouble taking my bag with me on rides, so I decided a mini backpack would be the way to go. I finally found a cute one the size I wanted on Ebay. It was used, but great condition. It worked perfectly to fit all I needed, and was comfortable to wear all day. Bonus – on the “Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” ride it did this:
Jewelry – Hot Topic
I like to make my own jewelry as needed, but throughout the summer Hot Topic had some great sales on their Disney items whether in store or online. I found a few things I liked, including two bracelet sets, and a shell charm I attached to a gold necklace chain I had. This was able to complete my Disney style well!
If I go to any Disney Park again, be sure there will be a future post about my Disney Style then! What character should I base my fashion off of next time? What is your favorite character?
Thanks for reading!
Tags: ariel, california adventure, california travel, disney, disney fashion, disney style, disney theme parks, disney travel, disneyland, little mermaid fashion, the little mermaid, theme parks
Julia Dent says
That is such a cute outfit! I’ve never seen mermaid leggings before!
Thank you! I had not either, until a friend posted photos in similar she also bought from Lotus.
Haha looks like you had an amazing time. I have to say when I go to places like this I always turn back into a little kid. Not matter how old you get, you’re never too old for Disney or Disneyland haha.
What an amazing t-shirt! So cool that you thought about that before going.
There are so many good ones on Etsy, it was very hard to choose. Thanks!
Jordan Sinclair says
Great read! Looks like you had a lot of fun! I always wonder how young is too young to bring your kids to Disney. What do you think?
I do not have kids to bring (I am too much a kid myself haha). Personally, I would rather wait until the kid would be able to remember the trip, and probably at that time be able to handle more of the rides. This is the point my parents waited to take myself and my two younger siblings (youngest was around 6). We appreciated that. Just my personal story though.