Dining at Walt Disney World is often as exciting as some of the rides. You make your reservations months in advance, study the menu for weeks, and count the hours all day till your much-anticipated meal. After working up an appetite circling the park, the food tastes that much better, and you’re sure the enjoy an experience you’ll remember for years to come. In all this prep, you’re bound to hit on that dreaded question – what to wear?
Whether you’ve booked an over-the-top evening of elegance or you’re grabbing a burger between roller coasters, we have you covered. Here are all the essentials you need to know when you’re dressing to dine at Disney.
The Signature Dining dress code
Walt Disney World has a handful of Signature Dining restaurants that have a dress code different from the majority of resort restaurants. These restaurants include:
- Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
- Flying Fish Café at Disney’s Boardwalk
- California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
- Citricos at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Narcoossee’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa
- Artist Point at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
- Yachtsman Steakhouse at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort
- Monsieur Paul at Epcot World Showcase
These destinations all have a modest dress code that most guests will find extremely easy to comply with. Women are asked to wear capris, dress shorts, skirts, dresses, or jeans. Acceptable attire for man includes a collared shirt and khakis, dress shorts, slacks, or jeans.
The biggest takeaway from this is that jeans are fine, but casual shorts are not. Tee shirts are permitted, but they may not have any type of vulgar or offensive graphics or language. Men may not wear hats or tank tops. Swimwear, cut offs, and torn clothing are inappropriate for both men and women.
Dressing up even moderately will have you well within the guidelines of the official dress code. However, you should note that restaurants that are sophisticated enough to have a dress code often draw guests who are looking to dress up for the evening. If you don’t want to risk feeling underdressed next to the other diners, you may want to go a step above jeans and tee shirt. If you’re looking for an excuse to slip on a nice dress or just get a little gussied up, these are great places to do it.
Victoria & Albert’s fine dining dress policy
Victoria & Alberts at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is indisputably the most elegant and opulent dining option available at Walt Disney World. It’s won the AAA Five Diamond Award since 2000, includes 7-course and 10-course feasts on the dining menu, and doesn’t permit children under the age of 10. Naturally, there are some requirements for your attire here.
At Victoria & Alberts, men must wear a dinner jacket, dress pants or slacks, and closed-toe shoes. Ties are optional, so do what makes you comfortable. If you’re dining on a $210 ounce of caviar, my instinct is to go with the tie. However, one could also argue that you’re paying $210 for just one of the meal’s seven courses, so you deserve to be comfortable and ditch the tie if it gets in the way of your gustatory delights.
Women at Victoria & Alberts are asked to wear a cocktail dress, nice dress, skirt and blouse, or dressy pant suit. If you like to dress up, you’ll want to go all out for this experience. Jeans, capri pants, shorts, flip-flops, sandals, and tennis shoes are not permitted on any guests here.