We recently came back from a 5-day trip to Walt Disney World, and I wore a wig the entire time I was there. Folks, it CAN be done, and quite comfortably too! We spent 4 days in the parks and resorts in a number of situations, and not once did it feel awkward because I was wearing a wig.
I took two wigs with me to Disney. My “park wig” was a Belletress Kona that is a bit older and was starting to show the signs of the dreaded synthetic frizzies on the ends. I chose this wig for a few reasons:
- The wig cap fits me like a dream – it’s like it was made for my head. I especially like that the eartabs come down nice and low, and the back nape doesn’t ride up at all, so it has a very secure fit and never feels like it’s going to go flying off. Choosing a comfortable and well-fitting wig cap is the single most important criteria, in my opinion.
- Kona has a lot of body and beachy waves which work so well in Florida. If the wind blew the waves around it was no big deal.
- It was already showing signs of wear so I didn’t feel bad about thrashing it around on park rides or subjecting it to the sun and humidity.
Because it was already starting to frizz, I cut about an inch or two off the ends to get rid of the frizzies and to shorten the wig a bit to make it cooler on my neck. It ended up being around chin length, which was perfect.
The other wig was a brand new Jon Renau Scarlett. This was primarily a backup wig and I only wore it for nice evening resort dinners. I rolled it up nicely and stored it in a quart-size ziploc bag, and just shook it out when I was ready to wear it.
My bio hair is about a half inch long currently, so I didn’t mess around with wig caps, glue, or tape. I did sew a wig clip into each eartab on both wigs. This secured the wig well enough that I never had to worry about it. If I had more hair or no hair, the situation may have been different, but this worked well for me.
As for other supplies, I took along a Jon Renau wig comb and a bottle of Simply Stylin’ Wig Spray. I can’t recommend the Simply Stylin’ enough. I used it on the park wig each night to smooth out any tangles/frizzies and to keep it smelling fresh.
Everybody always wants to know about getting through airport security with a wig. I had metal wig clips in both my wigs and both times that I went through TSA security at the airport were super-easy. The clips didn’t set the metal detectors off and nobody ever said anything to me about wearing a wig.
We didn’t get any pool time in this trip, but typically for pool use I’ll bring along a 3-4 inch wide microfiber headband, like the one pictured below. I use this to pull the wig hair up off my face and cover the edges of the wig. It’s more comfortable and one less thing I have to worry about.
Disney’s Secret Wiggy Weapons:
There are two things at Disney that are a wig-wearer’s DREAM.
Minnie Ears Headbands: I wore a different pair of Minnie Ears every day on park. The headbands are just a little extra insurance to make sure that everything stays in place, plus they are insanely FUN and CUTE!! I would arrange most of the wig crown hair to the back of the ears, so it kept the bulk of the waves off my face. Seriously, get a pair or three of Minnie Ears as soon as you arrive. If you really aren’t into the kitsch of the ears, just bring along a couple of plain headbands!
My collection of Minnie Ears so far:
Mouse Ears Beanies: We don’t typically ride the big thrill rides, like Space Mountain, Splash Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Rock N Roller Coaster, or Tower of Terror. Soarin’ at EPCOT is about as crazy as we get. That said, if I did ride any of the faster rides, I would absolutely get a mouse ears beanie (the retro kind with the elastic strap that goes under your neck), and I would put it on specifically for those rides. The neck strap should keep the wig secure. The good news is that you’ll blend in nicely with the crowd AND you’ll look cute in the ride photos.
One huge advantage to wearing a synthetic wig at Disney is that the heat and humidity will not affect your hairstyle. You’ll always have perfect hair, especially for photos! Several Disney Cast Members and guests commented on how nice and cute my hair looked even in the heat. One Cast Member wanted to know how I got such great looking curls. The only real con that I can think of is that in the worst Florida heat, you’ll likely start to “feel” the wig, but it’s really no worse than wearing a hat.
So there you have it! Disney in a wig is totally doable. Let me know if you have any questions. 😊
Kona by BelleTress