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Old 02-19-2013, 04:19 PM   #16
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We've seen the whole range from super park casual to suits and formal wear. What we've observed is far more men wearing polo shirts than tee shirts in general. Also, people dining late (after 8:00) tend to be dressed more in resort casual, than park clothes. In the end the "dress code" is more guidelines than code and you'll have no problems if you avoid the "not allowed" apparel, although even then we've seen people in some of those items.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:44 PM   #17
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There is almost nothing that you won't see. It really has more to do with what makes you feel comfortable. When we go to a signature within a park, I make sure that when dressing for the park that day, I wear what I would wear if I were golfing at a nice country club. Nice shorts and a collared shirt. Loafers instead of sneakers. I skip the "I'm With Stupid" t-shirt, or any shirt that is a walking billboard for a theme park or sporting goods company. If we are not staying in a park to dine, I always shower and change into long pants, a Tommy Bahama type short-sleeved shirt, and toss on a blazer if the night time temperature permits.

On any given day at WDW in the signature restaurants, you will find people getting engaged; people on dates; people celebrating anniversaries and birthdays; and families just out for a decent meal after coming off of Kali Rapids. Those are all good reasons to be at the restauant, and each group dresses the part. Kids show up at the California Grill with pirate and princess attire every day. As an adult, would I walk in with pirate make-up on? No. But that doesn't make it wrong. I just wouldn't feel right about it.
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Old 02-19-2013, 05:05 PM   #18
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On our last trip, we ate in about 5 signature places, and my observation was that the majority of the people in the restaurants were in casual, jeans, cargo shorts, t-shirts, etc. There were a handful of people who may have been out on a date and dressed up a bit. For the most part, as long as you are neat and not offensive, you are fine to go in the same clothes you walked around the park in. On the nights I went to a nicer place, I'd bring a fresh top and a nice pair of sandals to freshen up in the ladies room first.
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Old 02-19-2013, 07:23 PM   #19
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I appreciate all the input! Thinking I will likely pack one long sleeveless dress to put on just for a couple of dinners and switch out our CA Grill day. Hubby will probably put on khakis. He often wears polos to the park anyway, so not a big deal. The only hassle about is returning to the room before heading to another resort but it will hopefully be worth it. Haven't done signature dining before so hoping for smaller portions and better flavor.
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Old 02-20-2013, 12:22 AM   #20
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I wear a scoop neck, calf length cotton dress and leather flip flop style sandals.
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I appreciate all the input! Thinking I will likely pack one long sleeveless dress to put on just for a couple of dinners and switch out our CA Grill day. Hubby will probably put on khakis. He often wears polos to the park anyway, so not a big deal. The only hassle about is returning to the room before heading to another resort but it will hopefully be worth it. Haven't done signature dining before so hoping for smaller portions and better flavor.
Sounds like a great plan, though I like to wear dresses in the parks anyway. Nice clothes can be just as comfy as not so nice.

I hope you have a lot of fun and enjoy yourselves.

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Old 02-20-2013, 08:22 AM   #22
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We rarely make it back to our hotel before a signature meal. When we know that we have an ADR, we just dress up a little more for the parks.
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Old 02-20-2013, 01:24 PM   #23
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For anything in the parks we just wear our park clothes, but for anything at a resort we go back to our room to clean up and change into nicer clothes. I would say our style of dress for resort restaurants is casual but put together (sundresses, skirts and cardagins, nice slacks and blouses for the ladies in the family and for the men usually a nice collared shirt or polo and khakis or dress shorts).

I think the key is to just look neat and not sloppy and you'll be fine.
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