Casual Fridays are a staple of the American workplace. It’s a time when the workforce can look forward to the upcoming weekend by taking advantage of a relaxed but still professional dress code.
This same principle can be applied to Disney dining and it’s one of the things I love about Disney. At Walt Disney World, you can experience unique and high-quality dining while dressed more casually than you could at home. Since many people eat at table-service restaurants while touring the theme parks, most diners will be dressed in comfortable clothes and footwear. T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers are not out of the norm. I don’t mind dressing up but my husband is more comfortable in casual clothes and balks at the idea of a shirt and tie for dinner. At Disney, he has the best of the both worlds – great dining in casual but appropriate clothes.
If you frequent any Disney forums, you’ll happen upon a thread when people complain about guests being inappropriately dressed in Disney restaurants. These complaints are usually about diners in Disney’s signature restaurants. Signature restaurants do have a “business casual” dress code that is less relaxed than at other Disney table-service restaurants. The following signature restaurant dress code guidelines are from the Disney website.
“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.“
Just like going to work in a nice pair of jeans can be more fun on Fridays, the food at Disney just seems to taste better to my family when we’re dressed in nice shorts and sneakers.
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.
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