Peter Pan DisneyBound outfit.
— Grown-ups are playing dress-up in a fashion trend
called "Disneybounding," which allows fans to
display devotion without donning a Cinderella gown or a
Buzz Lightyear spacesuit.
styles shoot for subtle, yet colorful, salutes to Disney
characters. A Disneybounder might wear a yellow skirt,
blue top, red bow and apple pin as a quiet shout-out to
Snow White or go all-green with a feathered fedora to
represent Peter Pan.
actually did that on our honeymoon. We’re Disney
fanatics," said Elyssa Kivus, who went with the
red-polka-dot motif of Minnie Mouse while her husband,
John, went the more low-key Mickey Mouse route of red
shorts, black shirt and yellow shoes.
have Disneybounded Merida, Minnie Mouse, Buzz Lightyear.
… I have two different Ariel ones," said Kivus,
really like meeting the character when you’re
Disneybounding as that character," she said.
"Most of them pick up on it, and you get a little
more interaction, which is nice."
recently, Disney World had a policy that had banned
adults from wearing full-blown character costumes in its
theme parks. That policy, which was revised in October,
now emphasizes actions over apparel.
official list of prohibited activities includes
"engaging with other guests or impeding the
operation while posing as or portraying any character in
World stores sell merchandise that could be considered
Disneybound materials, particularly at fashion-forward
outlets such as the Tren-D store at Downtown Disney.
a visit to the Magic Kingdom last year, Michael Rubino
of Kissimmee, Fla., improvised and modernized a look for
Sleeping Beauty’s beau.
did kind of a Prince Phillip-but-dapper one, with a vest
and my cardigan tied around my neck for the cape,"
said Rubino, 26. "It was earlier on before everyone
was doing it so much. Everyone thought it was really
cool and wanted to take pictures and stuff."
he used a striped shirt to resemble "Pan"
baddie Smee during a theme-park scavenger hunt where
players resembled Disney villains. His partner went for
a Captain Hook look, he said.
and Rubino both said a Tumblr site was early inspiration
and the birthplace of Disneybounding activity. It was
created by Leslie Kay three years ago, but she didn’t
start it as a fashion statement. The site originally was
to "channel our excitement" for a trip to
Disney World, Kay said.
weren’t all tied up in clothing. They were literally
bound for Disney.
started creating these outfits that were based off of
Disney characters, but what a Disney character might
wear if they were a living person, like your average
teenager or 20-year-old," said Kay, 26.
didn’t know it was going to become a trend, but it
very quickly became a thing in the Disney world,"
site now has suggested clothing options for dozens of
Disney characters, including princesses, dwarfs, Remy
(pink tennis shoes for toes), R2-D2, Dumbo and
"Frozen" royals Anna and Elsa.
Kay doesn’t consider herself the fashion police, she
said a "sweet spot" for Disneybounding falls
somewhere between a character T-shirt and an elaborate
rule is ‘Would I wear this to the mall?’ or ‘Would
I wear this out to drinks with a friend?’ If I wouldn’t
do that, it becomes more of a costume or a cosplay
thing," Kay said.
company has embraced Kay, including her at a
social-media superstar gathering alongside Grumpy Cat,
quoting her in articles for the Disney Parks Blog and
hiring her to work runDisney events.
Knight, a 19-year-old Disney World annual-pass holder
from Tampa, mostly sees Disneybounders in groups of
teenagers or college students at the theme parks, he
said. His first attempt was Cruella De Vil.
was very ’40s-inspired. … Like she just jumped out
of a Dick Tracy movie," he said. His ensemble
included a black ascot, metal belt and red button-down
held like a fake white fur vest everywhere," Knight
said. "I thought I was going to wear it, but then I’m
like … wait, it’s September in Florida. So I just
held it all day."
look has expanded beyond characters and into Disney
rides and attractions. Rubino said he has seen groups
with dresses designed to emulate the teacups of the Mad
Tea Party ride, and he’s mulling a sartorial salute to
Maelstrom, the recently shuttered Epcot attraction, for
a future event.
who works as a social-media coordinator out of Toronto,
continues to receive requests, including one for designs
related to the infamous theme-park snack, the giant
turkey leg. She hasn’t worked that up yet.
don’t really know how to do a turkey leg," she
said. "It’s kind of head-to-toe brown with a