Adventure is Out There: Marissa Smith’s Trip to Walt Disney World

Our friend at NYLON Magazine, Marissa Smith, just finished up a mini-honeymoon at Walt Disney World. On her trip she went through all the parks, ate her way through classic Magic Kingdom snacks, and had to make sure she had an outfit for every kind of weather. In Florida during December, the weather can be tricky – rain, sun, hot, and cold. She had to make sure she had clothing that worked to ride rollercoasters, go to a fancy dinner, and celebrate her wedding with her new husband. Check out her outfits!


Saturday – Magic Kingdom

On Saturday, I arrived at Walt Disney World early. I hopped on a plane from New Jersey at 6 a.m. just to make sure I had a full day in the Parks. After checking in at the All-Star Music Resort, I went right to the Magic Kingdom—my favorite park in Walt Disney World. Since Disney is amazing, and they pick up your luggage from the airport for you and deliver it to your room, I had to dress the way I wanted to for a full day at the park. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to touch my luggage until the end of the day, I planned an outfit that I knew I would be comfortable enough to wear on the plane and in the theme park.


Marissa Smith Walt Disney World Minnie Mouse

I wore a Disney and Vans Minnie Mouse t-shirt, some Paige denim black skinny jeans with some rips, and Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. I had to make sure I was wearing sneakers, because being in the park all day you can end up walking up to 15 miles without even knowing it! I chose jeans with rips to make sure I wasn’t too hot depending on how hot it got that day. I brought my Disney and Dooney & Bourke backpack to carry my essentials I needed on the flight (a.k.a. my headphones, a magazine, and a snack) as well as what I needed in the Parks! Top it off with the Disney and Missoni Minnie Ears and I was set to go.


Sunday – Epcot, Disney Springs, Disney’s Boardwalk, Magic Kingdom

Marissa Smith Walt Disney World Epcot


Sunday was a jam-packed day of fun. We started a bit later and went to Epcot for lunch and character meetings. After walking the World Showcase and stopping in my favorite pavilions (United Kingdom, Morocco, and Japan) we headed back to the hotel to change. The weather was way hotter than I thought it would be, so I had to refresh and luckily that meant an outfit change. After dinner at the All-Star Music Resort, we headed out to do all of our shopping in Disney Springs at the World of Disney (retail therapy anyone??) and back to where we got engaged at Disney’s Boardwalk to reminisce and recreate as much as we could. Thankfully, since it was the holiday season Magic Kingdom didn’t close until 1 a.m. so we rushed back to Magic Kingdom to catch the Main Street Electrical Parade and some rides with less of a crowd (and less wait time!).


Marissa Smith Walt Disney World Epcot-2

For the first half of the day I went with my Disney and Vans Mickey crew neck sweatshirt and an American Apparel suede yellow skirt – really tried to channel my inner Mickey Mouse. I wore my favorite Adidas Superstar sneakers and changed Minnie bows to a huge Pink one – inspired by the Kawaii exhibit in Japan at Epcot! I wore a smaller bag, since I had way less to carry.



Marissa Smith Walt Disney World

After the refreshing break, I changed into a white T-shirt and high-waisted Levi’s Jeans. I paired them with my pink Minnie bow headband and my Disney and Vans sneakers. Since the sun was down, I wasn’t worried about being too hot in pants, and I felt comfortable enough to shop till I dropped and ride Splash Mountain!


Monday – Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Marissa Smith Walt Disney World Chip 'n Dale

Monday was devoted to Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. We started in Animal Kingdom with a FastPass to Dinosaur bright and early at 10 a.m., and we got there early enough to meet Chip n’ Dale and Pocahontas before hitting the ride. I got to ride my favorite ride of Walt Disney World, Expedition Everest, twice within 20 mins! We ended the trip to Animal Kingdom with Kilimanjaro Safaris and a fresh Coca-Cola.

We went straight to Hollywood Studios from there and got all our favorite rides out of the way before dinner at the ’50s Prime Time Café, for some jokes with the waiters and some old-school Mickey Mouse Club shows. I rushed over to the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. This was my first time seeing this; I was completely in awe of how many Christmas lights, songs, and hidden Mickey’s there were throughout the display. It was definitely the best Christmas light display I’ve EVER seen.


Marissa Smith Walt Disney World Dug Carl Up

I wore an easy Vans dress and black Nike sneakers. The weather got hotter on Monday, so I had to dress more like summer than I was expecting! I’m thrilled I brought a couple easy dresses that are great to pack with no wrinkles.


Tuesday – Magic Kingdom

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Tuesday was the last day in Walt Disney World, so I spent it in my favorite place, Magic Kingdom. I always love to go to this park as much as possible, because nothing can beat the view of Cinderella Castle, especially when it’s decked out for the holidays. It’s nice to have one last day, where you can just hang out in one of the grassy areas and watch everyone enjoy themselves. And even see Mary Poppins casually walk by. Nothing is better.


Marissa Smith Walt Disney World MU

Since I was leaving for the airport right after the park, I kept my carryon packed and brought it to the park with me, with a change of clothes. I wore a white Calle Del Mar dress and my Adidas Superstars with my Monster’s University hat I bought the day before. It was a great outfit to wear since I knew I wasn’t riding a lot of rides, and would be just walking around and taking it all in before leaving.


Walt Disney World at Christmas time was definitely something I was so happy to experience. You really can’t even believe all the hard work that goes into making all the parks look like Christmas exploded all over them. It’s beautiful.


Marissa Smith Walt Disney World Castle

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