"Disneybounding" is cosplay light for Disney nerds visiting the theme parks

Posted Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:30 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Grown-ups are playing dress-up in a fashion trend called "Disneybounding," which allows fans to display devotion without donning a Cinderella gown or a Buzz Lightyear spacesuit. The styles shoot for subtle, yet colorful, salutes to Disney characters. A Disneybounder might wear a yellow skirt, blue top, red bow and apple pin as a quiet shout-out to Snow White or go all-green with a feathered fedora to represent Peter Pan.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:23 AM

This is actually kind of interesting. I'd be up for doing this since it doesn't scream geek (as loudly).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:57 AM

I know a few people who do this. It screams geek pretty loudly.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 11:59 AM

I apparently can't read the article without signing up for the Sentinel, but judging from the two photos I briefly saw, I thought it was rather deafeningly geek.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:04 PM

This seems a little more geeky than going all out, for some reason. ...Not that there is anything wrong with that. I don't think I'd ever dress like this.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:18 PM

Vater said:

I apparently can't read the article without signing up for the Sentinel, but judging from the two photos I briefly saw, I thought it was rather deafeningly geek.

But...You knew what they were doing. Just seeing some random person slightly resembling a character doesn't necessarily scream Geek (Unless you do the Peter Pan all green). IMO of course.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 12:38 PM

Ok, so I just registered for the Sentinel and looked at more of the photos. I suppose knowing what they are doing does result in these folks registering off the geek richter scale, whereas not knowing might just result in me puzzling over their fashion sense. But if I'm at Disney, I'm likely going to "get" what they're doing, so it's a moot point.*

Some of the outfits are obviously more subtle, but they're still...I don't know...not something I'd ever consider wearing in public, even at the Mouse. But hey, don't let me stop you.

*If I'm not at Disney and I see folks dressed like this, well... Oh never mind. I'll be nice.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:07 PM

I saw an Anna and Elsa, presumably friends, that completely nailed it. It was mostly the colors of their clothes and hair, maybe some subtle makeup. If they were anywhere other than Magic Kingdom you may not have even noticed.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 2:57 PM

LostKause said:
....I don't think I'd ever dress like this.

Puhleeze. Wasn't that you in a rock and roll band wearing a gas mask?


Tuesday, May 19, 2015 3:32 PM

Now I'm worried that if I wear the wrong colors to Disney people will think I'm one of these folk. It's like gang colors or something. I don't want to be mistaken for something I'm not.

I suppose it's clever. They're playing with the shades of grey between full blown costumes and not dressing up at all. At some point it becomes so subtle that I think I miss the point.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 3:47 PM

I don't know who half of those people were trying to be.

Also for some reason it seems like when specific girls do it that it can be cute, but everyone else looks like an idiot. Probably just because I'm a fan of specific girls.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 4:00 PM

You would like the Disneybounding Snow White I saw a few weeks ago at Epcot. If Snow White took her cues from Bettie Page and had lots of high end tattoos, well, there you go.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 5:52 PM

kpjb said:

I don't know who half of those people were trying to be.

Yeah, I just didn't want to admit it.

My Disney IQ is at special needs levels.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:41 PM

I didn't register for the article but what does the word "disney bounding" even mean?

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:44 PM

Try this link bouncing through Google.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 9:12 PM

A few really nail the idea of evoking a Disney character without simply dressing as the character. And some left me wondering who exactly they were supposed to "be".

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 10:38 PM

It reminds me of how the Power Rangers dressed when they weren't Power Rangers.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 2:38 AM

I love everything about this.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:13 AM

Don't skirt the issue, Krause. Rock band, gas mask. Let's see it. :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 8:47 AM

I can't wait for my next visit. I'm thinking of going subtle, maybe just some giant yellow pumps and a red and white polka dot bow on my head.


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