Disney Signature Restaurant Dress Code: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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With so many different outfits and sometimes even costumes being worn to the Disney parks and restaurants, is there ever a time you might need to dress up in your “fancy” clothes?

For several restaurants, the answer is yes. 

Most of the clothing you see in the parks these days are simply comfortable outfits like shorts, t-shirts and tank tops, jeans or pants for colder months, and tennis shoes, flip-flops and sandals on the feet. You see this sort of fashion in both the parks, quick service, and table service restaurants. Quick service is like ordering food at McDonald’s, where you seat yourself with your food and pick up your own mess. Table service is like ordering from wait staff or enjoying a high-end buffet, where you will have a waiter or waitress and you will leave a tip.

Disney has official rules you must follow about what is NOT permitted in their parks and restaurants, which is pretty much common sense.

General Clothing Rules

Clothing that isn’t permitted:

  • contains offensive language
  • offensive (i.e. transparent)
  • excessively torn
  • string bikini tops and bikini bottoms
  • costumes (except for children under the age of 10 and for select special events)

Dressing for the parks and resorts is like dressing for a neighborhood BBQ, where you can wear your favorite Disney t-shirt and running shorts. 

Signature Dining locations have different clothing expectations, with more of a business casual attire requirement. I would describe outfits you will see at these restaurants as clothing you might wear to work on a casual day. You’ll look presentable if your boss walks by your desk. 

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The following are Signature Restaurants inside of the parks:

  • Hollywood Brown Derby
  • Le Cellier Steakhouse
  • Monsieur Paul

These restaurants do not have a posted dress code other than what you can acceptably wear to the parks. See that list above for clarification if needed. 

The following are Signature Restaurants on resort property:

  • Artist Point – Wilderness Lodge
  • California Grill – Contemporary Resort
  • Citrico’s – Grand Floridian Resort
  • Chef’s Domaine at Citrico’s – Grand Floridian Resort
  • Flying Fish – BoardWalk Resort
  • Il Mulino New York Trattoria – Swan Resort
  • Jiko: The Cooking Place – Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Narcoossee’s – Grand Floridian Resort and Spa
  • Paddlefish – Disney Springs
  • Portobello Yacht Club – Disney Springs
  • Shula’s Steak House – Dolphin Resort
  • Todd English’s bluezoo
  • Wolfgang Puck Dining Room – Disney Springs
  • Yachtsmen Steakhouse – Yacht Club Resort

Ladies, you can wear dress shorts, capris, skirts, and dresses.

Gentlemen, you’ll be fine in dress shorts, pants, and a shirt with a collar. Sport coats are optional, but the fact that some men may wear these tells you that people dining in these locations are “dressing up” for meals. 

Jeans can be worn by everyone as long as they are in good condition.  

While t-shirts are allowed, the official Disney parks policy remains in effect: t-shirts with offensive language or graphics are not acceptable.

What you absolutely should not wear, for either gender, are tank tops, bathing suits, cut offs or torn clothing, and no hats for men. Just to fit in, I wouldn’t advise hats for women either, unless you brought out your “fancy hat” just for this occasion. 

Most people dining in Signature Restaurants indicate that many times, the dress code is not strictly enforced. This means you might get away with the wrong attire on your trip, and then again you may not. Personally, I always recommend vacationers err on the side of caution, just to be safe. Dressing nice has a different meaning to different people; dressing presentable will more often than not get you seated with no big issues. 

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If you are really want to have the ultimate dining experience at a Signature Restaurant, your top choice will be Victoria & Albert’s at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. Coincidentally, they also have the strictest dress code. “Guests must wear proper attire,” which means: 

  • Men must wear dinner jackets with dress pants or slacks and shoes. Ties are optional.
  • Women may wear a cocktail dress, nice dress, dressy pant suit or a skirt with a blouse.
  • Jeans, shorts, capri pants, sandals, flip-flops or tennis shoes are not permitted for either gender.

Chances are, you will see men wearing suits with a tie, and women are wearing a dressy suit or cocktail dress. The dress code here is strictly enforced, so plan accordingly. 

 

Some Thoughts about Character Dining

If you can wear it to a theme park or resort, you can wear the same thing to a Character Meal.

A tip for the kids: since wearing costumes has become so popular with the under 10 crowd, you may want to dress your children in their princess dresses and pirate suits. Many, many children will be wearing these costumes to take pictures with the characters. Children under the age of 10 are permitted to wear costumes at any time into the parks.  

 

There’s a time to stand out, and there’s a time to blend in. Booty shorts and crop tops are not a way to blend in at a Signature Dining restaurant where guests are paying a lot of money for their meal. The Chef’s Domain at Cítricos, which is open daily at 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM, requires a minimum purchase of $800 per party, not including tax and gratuity. My friends, they won’t be dressed for a BBQ here. 

Signature Restaurants are designed to be more fancy than your regular theme park or hotel experiences, so why not make the most of your money and dress for the occasion. You’ll be glad you did when you look back at your photos.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see ya picking out a spiffy outfit for your upcoming dinner!

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