Disney is one of those costume themes that goes on and on and is as popular as it has ever been. With the Disney corporation adding many more global names to their very successful franchise, hosting a Disney fancy dress party gives you, and your guests a huge choice of possible fancy dress costumes.
This is such a huge costume theme, we have split it down into smaller sections (you can see these on the left hand navigation) with many of these sub-sections large enough to be the main fancy dress theme itself.
Some Disney characters may make appearances in more than one sub-theme.
When it comes to Disney Costume Ideas, where do you start?
In recent years you may have noticed that there has been a radical increase in the number of Disney costumes on the adult market. At one time there was a saying that “You don’t mess with the Mouse” and that still holds true when it comes to copyright issues. However, Disney has expanded its range of costumes, so that now it can be difficult to decide on what or who you want to be.
Here are a few suggestions…
Cats, Dogs, Lions, Tigers – Disney has used all sorts of animals in its movies, even using animals as humans in a version of Robin Hood. For inspiration, try looking at some of the characters from Disney adapted stories such as the Jungle Book, Winnie The Pooh,101 Dalmations.
There are some characters in Disney who do not fit the mould when it comes to Heroes, Villains, Princesses and Princes Characters such as Pinocchio, Dumbo, Pocahontas, Sully, Mad Hatter, Alice, Harry Potter, Roger Rabbit, Captain Jack Sparrow, etc..
Core Characters such as Mickey and Minnie Mouse or Donald and Daisy Duck. Characters from Toy Story such as Mr & Mrs Potato Head or Bo Peep and Woody or ones from some of the adapted stories such as Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
Disney Fairy Tales
Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White are just some of the classic Fairy Tales that Disney have made their own. There are a fantastic selection of Disney Princesses, but also a number of other characters, both minor and major that you can go as.
Disney Heroes & Heroines – Aside from the classic fairy tales, there are a number of other heroes and heroines in the Disney stable. From Buzz Lightyear and Woody to Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.
Disney Villains & Villainesses – There are a whole host of people to choose from when it comes to the evil set. From Captain Hook to Cruella de Vil, from Dr.Facilier (Princess & The Frog) to the Wicked Stepsisters from Cinderella.
Disney Couple Costumes
When going to a fancy dress party, some couples prefer to be recognised as a twosome. Naturally there are some Disney costumes that lend themselves to being couples, although we have noticed that not too many men want to go as Princes to the various Disney Princesses.
So here are a few other ideas.
- Donald & Daisy Duck
- Mickey & Minnie Mouse
- Princess Tiana and the Frog
- Bo Peep and Woody
- Barbie and Ken
- Mr & Mrs Potato Head
- Mr & Mrs Incredible
Lesser Known Disney Characters
Here are some of the lesser known Disney characters…
- Clarabelle Cow
- Horace Horsecollar – both of these characters are from very early Disney brainstorming inthe 1930s
- Adella – Mermaid from The Little Mermaid
- Anastasia Tremaine – Ugly Sister from Cinderella
- Br’er Bear
- Br’er Fox
- Br’er Rabbit
- Captain John Smith – Pocahontas
- The Emperor Of China – Mulan
- Gaston – Beauty & the Beast
- Jafar – Baddie in Aladdin
- Merlin – The Sword & The Stone
- Flora, Fauna & Merryweather – 3 Fairy Godmothers in Sleeping Beauty
- Mufasa – Lion King
- Tiger Lily – Indian Princess from Peter Pan – wear an indian squaw costume
Disney Fancy Dress Ideas
When it comes to getting fancy dress ideas for a Disney theme, it’s more a question of where do you stop. You probably already have some thoughts about what a Disney costume will look like, but narrowing the selection down can be a bit of a problem.
You might want to check out some of the ideas in our sub sections such as Disney Fairy Tales – The Classic Tales. If you are going to a hen night you might decide to go as a group, so why not think about going as a selection of Disney Princesses. If that is too cutesy and you are feeling a little wicked why not try a villainess, such as Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty, the Wicked Queen from Snow White or even Cruella De Vil. The latter costume is naturally not a traditional fairy tale, but based on the storybook 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith, which brings us onto other aspects of Disney Fancy Dress.
There are a whole host of adapted books that Disney has brought to the screen. These include The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Winnie the Pooh by A A Milne and Mary Poppins by R L Travers.
Disney Fancy Dress Outfits
Outfits for some Disney characters are more readily available than others. If you are unsure if an outfit exists and have not found it on the Props & Frocks website or instore, why not contact us?
Sometimes you might have seen a Disney outfit, but when it comes to purchasing or hiring it, you might not be able to find it. This may be due to a number of factors such as licences for particular products expiring or the suppliers being out of stock. Whatever the reason, here at Props & Frocks we aim to offer great service and advice and will help however we can.
You may find some outfits on the internet which are Disneyish in style, but not necessarily under the name of the given character. These are costumes that have been created by manufacturers and are not necessarily to do with Disney. Cruella is a classic example. Dodie Smith’s book 101 Dalmations was there before Disney adapted it and consequently some manufacturers will have used the book as their source of reference for the costume, rather than the Disney films, which can be heavily copyrighted.
Disney Themed Fancy Dress Party
If you are going to a Disney Themed Fancy Dress Party then we have a fantastic selection of costumes for you to choose from. The first question is do you want to go with the traditional characters, such as Snow White, Cinderella, etc.. Or would you rather have something more up-to-date such as Tron, Toy Story, Monsters University, etc..
Now that the Star Wars franchise is also under the Disney umbrella we are noticing an upturn in the fun fancy dress ideas, where people mix and match costumes and ideas to suit.