Saturday, January 4, 2014

Your Disney What to Wear: Signature Dining

When booking a meal at one of the great signature dining experiences at Walt Disney World Resort one of the things to consider besides the amazing meal you are going to have is dress code.  

There are 10 official signature dining locations with dress codes:

1.  Artist Point at Wilderness Lodge
2.  California Grill at the Contemporary
3.  Citricos at the Grand Floridian Resort
4.  Flying Fish at the Boardwalk
5.  Il Molino New York Trattoria at the Swan
6.  Jiko at Animal Kingdom Lodge
7.  Narcoossee’s at the Grand Floridian Resort
8.  Shula’s Steakhouse at the Dolphin
9.  Todd English’s Bluezoo at the Dolphin
10.  Yachtsman Steakhouse at the Yacht Club Resort

The official dress code from Disney:
“Men: Khakis, slacks, jeans, dress shorts, collared shirts. Sport coats are optional.
Ladies: Capris, skirts, dresses, jeans, dress shorts.
Not permitted in dining room: Tank tops, swimwear, hats for gentleman, cut offs, or torn clothing. While T-shirts are now allowed, the policy remains that T-shirts with offensive language or graphics are not acceptable.”

I have dined at a handful of this restaurants and found people dressed below dress code but I think part of the fun of these amazing meals is the dressing up for a night out so you may as well enjoy it.  
A few things to consider, however:
1.  Women should consider wearing a lighter top with a cardigan over it or to carry with as the restaurants can get cold.
2.  If you are dining at Victoria & Albert's the dress code is more formal and men must wear jackets. 
3.  If you are planning to go from your restaurant into a park this is a perfect opportunity for DisneyBounding! Check out this Anna inspired look that would be perfect for a romantic dinner date:

4.  Remember, even though as far as Disney Dining Plan/Price/Menu is concerned both Le Cellier in Epcot's Canada pavillion and Hollywood Studios' Hollywood Brown Derby are signature dining experiences both adhere to the normal casual dress code throughout the parks.  Additionally, dinner shows and experiences like Cinderella's Royal Table, Hoop de Due Revue, Mickey's Backyard BBQ, and the Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show that take 2 table service credits and are more expensive do not currently have required dress codes.  

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