There are a few Signature Restaurants that require dress codes for dining. In my experience, Disney doesn’t strictly enforce the rules, but if you’re worried about them cracking down on your attire here are some guidelines.

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First of all, here are the guidelines listed on disneyworld.com:

In order to preserve the atmosphere of this dining experience, Guests are asked to adhere to our dress code.

Appropriate attire for men includes khakis, slacks, jeans, dress shorts and collared shirts; appropriate attire for women includes capris, skirts, dresses, jeans and dress shorts.

Attire that will not be permitted includes tank tops or hats for gentleman, swimwear, cut-offs or torn clothing. In addition, while T-shirts are allowed, T-shirts featuring offensive language and/or graphics are not.

As you can see, you don’t have to dress in a formal evening gown to adhere to these guidelines, unless you really want to. This goes for most restaurants that require dress codes, excluding Victoria and Albert’s which has a stricter guideline:

Guests must wear proper attire.

Men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants or slacks and shoes. Ties are optional. Women may wear a cocktail dress, nice dress, dressy pantsuit or a skirt with a blouse.

Jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes are not permitted.

New! 

The newly opened Disney Springs restaurant and cabaret, The Edison is now requesting a dress code for its nightly entertainment. Starting at 10:00 pm each night, the restaurant undergoes a transformation to a “nightclub atmosphere” and guests are encouraged to wear slacks, dress shoes, and collard shirts. However, they won’t turn you away if you’ve put some effort in and look put together. Before 10:00 pm there are no dress codes.

Tips for Dressing Under the Guidelines:

Some Signature Restaurants do not require a dress code, but they do offer the same dining experience as those that do. For instance, Todd English’s bluezoo doesn’t say they have a dress code, but it is very much a fine-dining experience. It’s entirely up to you whether you want to dress up for these restaurants. Personally, I err on the casual side when dining at Disney since it’s still a park atmosphere, after all.  Others like to be aware of the guidelines, in case they feel uncomfortable wearing a t-shirt in a fine dining setting.

  • Comfortable Clothing: Unless you plan on using your reservation for a fancy date, it’s best to wear something versatile for fun in the parks as well. Don’t be afraid to wear a nice pair of shorts and a comfortable button-up/blouse. You don’t have to worry about having an entire costume change from parks to restaurants.
  • Shoes:  No matter where you’re dining, you’ll want to wear shoes that you can walk in. Most, if not all, Disney restaurants require a bit of walking or extended transportation to get there. For instance, if you’re not driving or taking a Lyft to Grand Floridian, you’ll have to take a bus to Magic Kingdom, then a monorail to the resort. For style, Tiek’s are a popular traveling flat that is also built for comfort and support.
  • Indoor/Outdoor Conditions: Florida weather is unpredictable with roaring thunderstorms one minute and oppressive heat the next. If you’re traveling during hurricane season, it’s advisable to carry a poncho or rain jacket. You don’t want to mess up the one nice shirt you packed. And no one likes walking around in wet clothes. This is especially true if you’re heading inside to a nicely air-conditioned restaurant. That being said, if you’re wearing light clothing to your reservation, you might consider carrying a light sweater indoors as well.

Restaurants That Request a Dress Code:

  • California Grill- Contemporary
  • Jiko-Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Monsieur Paul-French Pavilion, Epcot
  • Artist Point-Wilderness Lodge
  • Victoria & Alberts-Grand Floridian
  • Narcoossee’s-Grand Floridian
  • Citricos-Grand Floridian
  • Flying Fish Cafe-BoardWalk
  • Yachtsman Steakhouse-Yacht Club

Whether you’re suited up or wearing blue jeans, Disney won’t stop the money from flowing in so I wouldn’t put too much thought into what you wear. It seems that the guidelines are only set to give you an expectation of the dining atmosphere. Some people feel embarrassed if they show up in tank tops and blue jeans at The Flying Fish Cafe, thinking it has the atmosphere of the Sci-Fi Dine-In Theatre. Others won’t care about the attire at all. As I’ve said before, it’s all up to your level of comfort!

 

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