Backstage at Disney World Costuming

The WDW Costuming locations are impossible to find unless you know where you're going or (as a guest), you get lost!

The WDW Costuming locations are impossible to find unless you know where you’re going or, as a guest, you get lost!  This is the one for DAK.

What has over 290 Mickey Mouse Outfits, 20,000 Shirts, and at least 4 Belle Gowns/Dresses –

Welcome to WDW Costuming! 🙂

Ariel's dress from 'The Little Mermaid' show

This Cinderella gown will be worn in the afternoon FoF parade.

Walt Disney World employs more than 60,000 Cast Members working in positions ranging from housekeeping at the Disney resorts to train engineer at the Magic Kingdom.

Each day someone has to get these Cast Members dressed for the day–Welcome to WDW Cast Costuming.

DAK merchantile costumes.

Our DAK mercantile costumes.

1.  Cast members know what costume their role requires each day. We can have 5 complete outfits signed out at any one time, plus accessories like a jacket and hat.

Finding a costume using RFID inside Disney's Epcot Operational Costuming Center

You would think that Costuming would ALWAYS have your size shirt/pants in stock…NOPE!!!

2.  We pick out the correct size and costume pieces from rows upon rows of shirts, pants, skirts, and jackets. There’s a laminated card or complete costume at the end of each row to show us the costume’s ensemble look.

Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits

Costume tags show various Mickey Mouse outfits and what the pieces are.

3.  Mickey Mouse has a costume for every occasion and holiday.  Each Disney Princess has a summer and a winter costume.

4.  Disney provides the work shoes for some roles (i.e., food service), but for most locations they just provide strict guidelines on shoe wear and CMs must pay for their own shoes.

See our blog about Disney footwear to learn more:  Loving My Disney Work Shoes

One of Donald Duck's summer costumes

A talented CM making one of Donald Duck’s summer costumes.

5.  Every day, all returned costumes must be tag scanned, repaired, cleaned, pressed, and restocked on Costuming floor.

Belle's formal dress from

Princess gowns for the meet & greets.  No princess gown is larger than size 10 (fits about a 120lb woman).

Buzz Lightyear's shoes

Picking out shoes for some may be an issue, unless you’re a ladies size forty.

6. If we return a piece and it doesn’t get scanned right, or if we lose a costume piece like a belt, we are charged a full replacement price, at least $25 per item!

For costume questions, email costume recovery at:WDW.Costume.Recovery@disney.com

WDW Costuming:  407-824-1269

7.  Dozens and dozens of Disney name tags are accidentally turned in still attached to the costume’s shirt, blouse, or vest every day, 365 days/year!  We have to pay $5 to order a new one and it takes about two weeks to get it. (The first one was free!)  I lost my first name tag just two weeks after starting the program! Getting a new name tag

Watch a backstage peek at WDW Costuming, with over 3,700 costume pieces here: Disney World Costuming

Anyone interested in a role at Disneyland?  Watch a backstage peek at Disneyland Costuming, with over 800 costume pieces here:  Disneyland Costuming  

WDW costuming facts.

WDW costuming facts. Amazing!

(adapted from Disney Dose)

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Two Disney Sisters

Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

   by Elly Collins & Caroline Collins

Ever wonder what it’s like to work for Disney???

We worked at WDW for a year in the Disney College Program and have written a book about what it’s like to be a cast member working for Disney.

We’ve included advice on how to successfully get into the DCP program, including some of the actual phone interview questions, how to have a successful internship, and how not self-term before your program ends. Our book is filled with lots of behind-the-scene stories of the magic of Disney.

Available now at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle formats. Published by Theme Park Press.

Book link on Amazon.com:  Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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Two Girls and a Mouse Tale

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