Do You Wear Custom T-shirts for Your Disney Family Vacation?

July 10, 2015, 11:39 AM · The last time you visited a Walt Disney World theme park, how long did it take for you to see a family wearing identical, custom T-shirts?

Disney family vacation shirts
One of about a jillion Disney family vacation T-shirt designs from Pinterest

We've seen this in other parks, too, but it seems to have become somewhat of a tradition among certain Walt Disney World fans. A whole family will come to the parks in T-shirts of the same color, with some original design honoring their visit. More often that not, it seems that the shirts will use some variant of the "Disney" signature font face, as well.

For some families, getting the shirts made and wearing them in the parks provides a wonderful bonding experience. But others might consider just the thought of doing such a thing mortally embarrassing.

I remember seeing custom shirts in the parks more than 20 years ago, though back then, they seem to have been limited to extended family reunions, when people needed the shirts to identify distant relatives they might not otherwise have recognized simply on sight. On recent visits, though, it seems that you can find smaller groups who are all clad in the same shirt in almost every major queue in the park.

What do you think? Have you done this before? If so, would you do it again? If you're not into this idea, why not?

What's the most memorable custom family shirt that you've seen in the parks? Tell us your thoughts, in the comments.

Replies (20)

July 10, 2015 at 1:45 PM · First started really seeing them a lot 7 years ago, was jealous every year. We finally bit the (expensive) bullet last year, I bought them for my family of 7 without them knowing. Honestly, they were lucky I didn't get neon green shirts. Ended up being awesome. If you can't cheese out at Disney than you are taking life too seriously.
July 10, 2015 at 2:18 PM · I have never done this on a family vacation, however my went on a school trip a few years ago and the students all had matching t-shirts. She said it made it easier to locate them when in Ottawa for Canada celebrations and at the airports. For that reason, a large group of people, then I could see it but just for my family I don't think so.
July 10, 2015 at 3:25 PM · Strange, I see this frequently at Disneyland
July 10, 2015 at 3:32 PM · I honestly don't see why anyone would be bothered by other people doing this. Unlike the selfie sticks, it doesn't pose some sort of danger of rides, and it's not like they're used to please one's sense of vanity. Unless the shirts they wearing have some sort of slogan promoting Blackfish, I really don't care what they're wearing.
July 10, 2015 at 3:34 PM · I've never wanted to do this on family trips, but it is a lot of fun to see groups of people on GayDays at the Disney parks wearing T-shirts that all coordinate or have a theme.
July 10, 2015 at 4:33 PM · Brazilian tour group flashbacks.... just no....
July 10, 2015 at 6:11 PM · For me, I find the concept of my family doing this so, as I wrote, mortally embarrassing, that I actually feel embarrassed whenever I see another family doing it. (Irrational, I know!)

Of course, if you want to do this, more power to you. (You go, E Canal family!) But I must admit to feeling a lot more comfortable whenever I see people dressing for blessed anonymity.

I blame my British ancestry for this feeling, by the way.

July 10, 2015 at 6:46 PM · Next thing you know, they'll all be wearing Mickey Ears along with those shirts. Yes, Robert, I agree that it would be totally embarrassing to me. But, more power to them if they want to do it. I can always use a good laugh. And that would definitely make me laugh.
July 10, 2015 at 6:48 PM · My mother is most definitely not a theme park person and my brother couldn't care less about non-coaster rides. For those reasons, group shirts would be pointless.
July 10, 2015 at 10:33 PM · I've always wondered why Disney never sold customized t-shirts for small groups. (Maybe they do?) You'd think that there would be plenty of folks that would pay a premium to have official, licensed t-shirts.
July 10, 2015 at 10:55 PM · I've never done this and probably never would. For a big group (say 10+) it has some merit, but for a smaller family it seems overkill, especially in the modern age when everyone old enough to wander the park on their own carries a phone in their pocket. That said, if people want to do it I'm not at all bothered by it. Most of the time I don't really pay much attention to it, and when I do notice it I just find it amusing.
July 10, 2015 at 11:08 PM · Reminds me too much of Brazilian tour groups (shudder).
July 11, 2015 at 12:44 AM · Live and let live I guess - so if they want to dress like a 1st-grade infant school class then hey....
But one question... Assuming they visit for more than one day do they have a stash of t-shirts so they can have a fresh one each day? Or do they wear the same shirts all week (eeuugh)? Washing every shirt every day in your sink seems like a price too far frankly....
July 11, 2015 at 5:42 AM · I have never gone with out them. It all adds to the fun...and makes it easier to stay together and fine each other in a crowd. Here are my shirts
They are a bit of a new twist on the traditional group shirts, and I have sent literally thousands of people to parks in them.
July 11, 2015 at 5:46 AM · Hell Yeah we do it!

Disney does have a T Shirt place in Downtown Disney that does this.

July 12, 2015 at 2:34 AM · I am a 69 year old Disney nut and last christmas (1st week of Dec.) I took all our grown up kids and us (8 adults) and 5 grandkids and had ETSY make up all 13 white tee's with a mickey all done up for xmas surrounded by all of us (little minnies for the ladys and little mickeys for the guys) with each name, have pictures with the two youngest on their dads shoulders holding hands, can't do better than that ! We did not feel any strangness as stated above. For a special trip you can't beat showing your disney side.
Michael in Northern California
July 12, 2015 at 7:09 PM · We did it for the first time for our Christmas trip last year! It's fun, it's part of the magic of being at Disney and it shows family unity. We got tons of compliments and the kids got extra attention from the characters and cast members! They looked great in our photos too! Sheesh, lighten up a little! It's Disney, so show your Disney side, as they say!
July 13, 2015 at 1:33 PM · I created a shirt for me and my wife to wear celebrating our wedding university. Because of those shirts, we were picked to be Grand Marshalls for the 3:30 parade. I would say it was well worth it.

July 14, 2015 at 8:37 AM · Last year my family of four visited UOR and realized we lined up well with the four Hogwarts houses -- one goody-good son for Gryffindor, one sneaky son who insisted he was Slytherin, I claimed Ravenclaw as the smart one, and The Wife was agreeable and pleasant and so got to be Hufflepuff.

And so we got lanyards for our respective houses, and wore them the whole trip.

This isn't the same as a single unifying item of clothing, since we were each different, but it was a great family-bonding idea and it kept up through the whole trip. So I can see why people would want to do this, even as I prefer doing it my way and having something very specific for each person.

July 15, 2015 at 7:58 AM · What concerns me about matching shirts is that you've just let everyone around you know who is in your group and more importantly, who is not. Now this might not be a big deal, but for families with small children it can be. If you're in a crowded park and your child gets a little bit away from you, matching shirts have just made it easy for "predators" to identify when your child is vulnerable and doesn't have an adult nearby. Without matching shirts, the risk to your family is lower because predators (without doing extensive reconnaissance on you) can't say for absolute certainty when your child is vulnerable and when the adults aren't looking. Maybe I'm overthinking this but considering its now 2015, I'm very careful with the information I choose to freely give out to others around me.

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