What does fabric, duct tape and glitter have to do with your next Disney Parks vacation? Spend a little time before your trip creating an easy DIY Disney costume for your kids. You can save money and still be their fairy godmother.

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Letting your preschooler wear a costume on your next Disney parks visit is an easy way to add pixie dust to your trip. There is no shortage of Disney costumes to purchase in the parks, at least for little girls but for little boys or families wanting to add pixie dust without breaking the bank, an easy Disney DIY costume is a better option. All you need is faith, trust and pixie dust (and a few ideas for inspiration).

Easy Disney Costumes to Make for your Disney Vacation

Keep in mind not all DIY Disney costumes are created equal. I prefer easy Disney costumes with limited or no sewing involved. That means I often utilize duct tape, fabric fusion or iron-on vinyl. I also prefer to start with clothing pieces we already own or can find at a thrift store or discount retailer.

DIY costumes can be modified to accommodate specific weather conditions. It’s unlikely the same costume can be comfortably worn in both the winter and summer without some adjustments. Keep weather and comfort in mind when planning your DIY Disney costume.

Adorable Disney DIY Costumes you can make for preschoolers for fun at home or in the parks include the Beast, Prince Charming and Elsa and Anna

Photo Credit: Beast Costume and Prince Charming from Karen Heffren / Desert TravelingMom and Anna and Elsa Costumes from Jenn Nichols

Need a little inspiration? I’ve rounded up some adorable Disney DIY costume ideas that will inspire you to create costumes for your preschooler.

Royal Disney DIY Costume Ideas

We know princesses are all the rage with little ones. The best preschool princess costume tip is to bring your costume from home and then let your little one pick out a fun accessory in the park. Or splurge on a visit to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. Moms don’t miss the chance to experience the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for adults; it’s called Character Couture!

Girls shouldn’t have all the royal costume fun. Check out these royal Disney DIY costume ideas that include some prince costumes for the boys. These three classic Disney prince costumes are easy to make and look adorable too: Prince CharmingSnow White Prince, and Beast Costume.

Frozen DIY Disney Costume Ideas

Five years ago, everyone fell in love with Olaf and his friends as Frozen fever hit every family with kids under 10. With the sequel arriving in theaters next year, Frozen fever isn’t going away anytime soon. Here are some DIY Disney costumes for all the little Frozen fans:

Disney DIY Costume Ideas for Classic Disney Characters including Mickey Mouse, Maleficent and Pincocchio

Photo Credit: Mickey Mouse costume from Julie Bigboy / Day Trips TravelingMom, Maleficent costume from Jenn Nichols, and Pinocchio costume from Kelly Denton.

Classic DIY Disney Costumes

Don’t have a princess fan at home? You can’t go wrong with a classic Disney costume, like Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh. Personally, we’ve always been big fans of Peter Pan and his crew. In fact, it was our family costume theme the first year we went to Mickey’s Halloween Party. Don’t forget about Bambi and Pinocchio too, there are plenty of classic non-princess characters to choose from.

DIY Disney Costume for Toy Story land

Toy Story Land Costume Idea Photo Credit: Karen Heffren /Desert TravelingMom

Toy Story Land Costume Ideas

With Toy Story Land opening at Walt Disney World and Pixar Pier at Disneyland, don’t be surprised if you see a lot more ‘toys’ in the parks. This DIY Woody costume is pretty easy to pull together. How cute is this DIY Toy Story Alien costume? I love this Buzz Lightyear inspired outfit that our Day Trips Traveling Mom created for her daughter!

Buzz Lightyear inspired Disney costume

Buzz Lightyear Inspired Outfit for Toy Story Land Photo Credit: Julie Bigboy / Day Trips TravelingMom

More Disney Character Costumes

You don’t have to stick to classic Disney characters either. Recent Disney films like Finding Dory and Inside Out have inspired lots of easy Disney costumes too. And don’t forget about some of the new Disney Junior shows like Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Miles from Tomorrowland and Doc McStuffins. Check out these adorable and easy newer Disney character costumes that your little one would love to wear.

We loved Inside Out so much it was our family theme for Mickey’s Halloween Party one year.

Adorable Disney DIY Costumes you can make for preschoolers for fun at home or in the parks including Indiana Jones, Kristoff and Cubby

Photo Credit: Indiana Jones costume from Julie Bigboy / Day Trips TravelingMom, and Cubby and Kristoff costumes from Sara Wellensiek

Disney Parks Inspired Costumes

I’ve seen some amazing Disney costumes inspired by attractions in the parks. Like bellmen from the Tower of Terror, ghosts from the Haunted Mansion, and pirates from the Pirates of the Caribbean. Those ideas might only work for more adventurous preschoolers though.

If you have several little kids, then Small World costumes would be adorable. A friend’s son even dressed up as a Disney VIP tour guide one year, complete with plaid vest.

Here are a few more Disney Park inspired costume ideas.

Adorable DIY Disney Costumes you can make for preschoolers for fun at home or in the parks

Disneybounding as a costume alternative Photo Credit: Karen Heffren /Desert TravelingMom

Disneybounding is an easy Disney costumes alternative

A simpler way for a little dress up fun is Disneybounding. What is Disneybounding? Simply dressing up like your favorite character using regular clothes. No costume required.

Easy DIY Disney Costumes at Toy Story land, Disneybounding as Buzz and Jessie from Toy Story

Disneybounding at Toy Story Land Photo Credit: Karen Heffren /Desert TravelingMom

Check out our fun Toy Story Land Disneybounding ideas. it’s a fun way to stay comfortable while ‘dressing up’ in the parks! The great thing about Disneybounding is that the whole family can participate together. Remember traditional costumes are only permitted for kids 13 and under except during special events like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party when everyone can wear a costume.

Want more Disneybounding ideas? Check out Disneybounding ideas for kids, my boys had so much fun wearing simple outfits inspired by their favorite characters.

Do you have easy Disney Costumes for your Disney Vacation? Share with us in the comments below.