As I mentioned in my previous post, we are down to single-digit weeks in our Disney World vacation countdown. We are getting really excited and for me, part of the excitement is in the planning. Now, it’s down to the details and I’ve started planning what to pack. While Spring cleaning, I cleared out my kids’ summer clothes from last year and realized something – they are going to need new clothes for this vacation that will last all summer long. We may as well load up on adorable Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars clothing that my kids will likely wear until they have holes in them.
After scouring Pinterest and Etsy, I’ve learned that there are countless ideas for do-it-yourself and custom-order Disney-themed clothing items and accessories online, from your child’s hair bows to her tiptoes. I’m not a girl mom and it’s probably a good thing, because I’m not the girliest girl myself. There are plenty of ideas for boys’ outfits as well, but they are over the top (for my taste) and not versatile enough to wear throughout the summer. So I came to the conclusion that my best bet would be to let my kids help pick out some affordable clothing to wear on our vacation that still represents our love for all things Disney.
Depending on the day, some really great deals can be found on the Disney Store’s website. Other stores (and their websites) also offer a great selection of graphic tees, swimwear, and pajamas such as Target, JCPenney, and Old Navy. Since I’m all about convenience, my boys and I spent Sunday morning looking through websites, making notes of their favorites and good deals. I ordered some items and when they arrived on our front step, the boys tried them on and rejoiced triumphantly and excitedly, wanting to wear all their new things right away. Thank goodness boys are so easy!
Since Central Florida gets extremely hot and humid throughout most of the year, I recommend light, breathable clothing that dries quickly for both boys and girls. We’ve discovered that OshKosh’s mesh athletic shorts are the perfect match to those adorable graphic tees. Thanks to their elastic waistband, they’re easy to pull up and down (during our MANY potty breaks) and come in a variety of fun, bright colors (sidenote: those bright colors make your child easy to see, should he start to wander off). My kids will be comfortable in the same clothes they want to wear all the time anyway, but will also look adorable sporting all of their favorite characters. One less thing on the to-do list and another day closer to returning to our favorite place on Earth!
Candice was raised in east Tennessee. While in college, her best friend dragged her to a Walt Disney World College Program recruiting session at the University of Tennessee and the rest is Disney history. In the Fall of 1999, Candice became a quick service food hostess for Sunset Ranch Market and Fantasmic at Disney-MGM Studios – or what is now known as Disney’s Hollywood Studios. While soaking up her time as a cast member, she met Ryan, a neighbor and a fellow college programmer who worked as a custodial host at Epcot. Four years later, Candice moved to the Midwest and married that boy from across the hall. They now live in Greenwood, Indiana with their two little boys. The Disney-loving foursome took their first family trip to The Happiest Place on Earth in 2013 and Candice is eagerly planning their return. Candice also works full-time at a community mental health center and enjoys taking photographs and blogging at Mommy in the Midwest.