5. Costumes & hats
This is one of the stranger differences between the two parks. West coast people are more likely to go ‘full Disney’. I’m not just talking about a pair of ears here. I’m talking costume pieces, and large, goofy (pun intended) hats, one might even say extreme hats. No matter how outrageous the hats are in the Mad Hatter, you will see many people wearing them throughout the parks. There are little girls dressed like princesses as far as the eye can see. There are pirates and padawans of all sizes. Families have matching Disney themed shirts. Halloween at Disneyland is a sight to behold.
Contrary to this, our experience at Disney World was much different. Mr. Mouse has a large Mickey top hat with ears that he has been known to wear around a park or two. Not only didn’t we see the hat on anyone else, even cast members gave him a bit of a hard time for wearing it. We headed to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. The Princess & I were both dressed as Minnie Mouse and we were easily the tallest people in costume in the Magic Kingdom. The toddler crowd was well costumed, but hardly anyone else and definitely no adults. Not that we cared. The real Minnie Mouse blew us kisses during the parade. But we found it a little disappointing that no one else seemed to be as into it as we were.
This is one of the reasons Disneyland is better than Walt Disney World. People are more willing to be silly and get into the spirit of the park. Ridiculous hats and cosplay are just part of the whole experience. It is also a bonding experience. There is nothing like seeing a complete stranger making the same ridiculous fashion choice that brings people closer together. There’s a thumb’s up, wave, or “Nice hat” joke between people with nothing else in common. There is a smile and a parting of ways and another memory is made.