Disneybounding at Walt Disney World

We just returned from a week in Walt Disney World in Florida. Of course we had an awesome time. This year, we tried something new. We decide to Disney Bound.

Once upon a time, visitors could wear costumes to visit the Magic Kingdom. But in order to avoid confusion between the workers at Disney who were supposed to be dressed up and the guests who went all out with their costumes, WDW banned costumes for anyone over the age of 12.

This means your little princess or Jedi can dress up but adults only can dress up when they attend Mickey’s Not So Very Scary Halloween party which happens on select days in September and October.

Many people still like the idea of dressing up and to get around the prohibition, they do what is called Disney Bounding. This is where guests fashion outfits that are inspired by a character.

As any of you who regularly follow my blog, my husband and I are all about dressing up for comic con so why not expand that to Disney?

Princess Leia and Han Solo

2016-11-28-08-16-57My husband is a major Star Wars fan so if we are going to Disney Bound, it was a certainty that one of them would have to be a Star Wars theme. My husband has dressed up as Han Solo before so it wasn’t hard to get him to do a toned-down version.

His Disney Bound outfit consisted of black boots, dark blue jeans, a white Henley and his Han Solo vest that I bought him many, many years ago. He fashioned a leather pouch that he could strap to his leg to simulate Han’s gun holster.

For Princess Leia, I wore a white dress which I got on a clearance sale for $7. I did my hair up in mini buns and wore white sandals. Because we were unsure of the weather, I also bought a white sweater for $10 for the cooler mornings. I also took a pair of white tennis shoes in case my feet hurt too much from the sandals. (Carrying all the supplies in a white bag of course to go with my outfit.)

Ariel and Prince Eric

2016-11-30-08-16-09-hdrWe did this one on our Epcot day. I guess it could have gone for any of the parks but I wanted to wear this outfit when Lexie and I went for our princess breakfast.

I had seen a picture of a couple Disney Bounding as Ariel and Prince Eric and knew my husband and I could pull that off. Many of the items used for Han Solo also worked for Prince Eric. My husband was able to reuse the boots, dark blue jeans and white Henley. All we needed to do was add a red sash to his waist.

For my Ariel Disney Bound outfit, I found a flowing dark teal skirt at Goodwill and paired it with a purple top I found on Ebay. I put starfish clips in my hair and wore a seashell necklace, anklet and earrings. I also carried a pink bag like Ariel.

We got a few comments on both outfits but for the most part I am not sure most other visitors knew what we were doing, but I still enjoyed doing it. However, wearing heeled sandals with the amount of walking we were planning to do probably wasn’t the best idea.

 

Making my own Harley Quinn Costume

For the past three years, my family has attended the Alamo City Comic Con. To get in the spirit, we have always dressed in costumes fitting for a comic book convention.

The first year I was Huntress. I bought the costume but replaced the shirt. The next year, I was Poison Ivy. Again, I bought the costume but made even more modifications to make it better. It was also the first time I wore a wig as part of my costume.

img_2070Now my husband has always made his costumes for Comic Con but I have had no desire to make my own. That is until this year. I had been toying with the idea of being Harley Quinn and just buying a costume. Then in April, I saw the trailer for Suicide Squad. I had found the Harley Quinn costume I wanted.

But when I looked online, I didn’t like what I saw. Then I watched a few YouTube videos on making my own Harley Quinn costume. I thought, “I can do that.” And so my adventure in making my own costume began.

Shirt

img_5231The shirt was probably the easiest. I bought a white long sleeve woman’s shirt from Goodwill. I cut the sleeves and bottom to the appropriate lengths and then used red fabric paint to color the top and add the stripes to the sleeves. My only problem with this was that the fabric paint made the fabric stiff.

To get the letters on the shirt, I created the “Daddy’s Little Monster” lettering on my computer and then printed it on transfer paper.

To create the holes in the shirt, I used sandpaper for a more natural look. My husband then sewed some areas to get the look that the shirt had been repaired. Makeup was used to “dirty” up the shirt. In the end, I think it looks pretty authentic. (Total cost $6.54.)

Baseball Bat

img_5229img_5230I spent a lot of time trying to find a cheap wooden bat that we could use to make Harley’s bat. I finally found this one at a used sporting goods store for $10. My husband stripped the paint and then I painted the diamonds and letters on the bat. For the copy on the back, I spent a lot of time looking at what people thought it should say but no one knew as this was before the movie came out. But waiting for the movie didn’t help. I finally found what I think was on the bat and handwrote it with a sharpie. We then coated the bat with varnish and added the sport tape. (Cost – $23 because varnish remover was expensive.)

Necklace, Bracelets and Belt

img_5233Again, I shopped at Goodwill and Salvation Army to find these pieces. The necklace was a white belt that we painted gold. The PUDDIN letters are just foam painted and attached to the necklace.

The bracelets were a black belt that I got for 50 cents because it was damaged. We cut them to the correct length and added Velcro. And the belt is just a belt we found and painted the correct colors. My husband 3D printed a few extra of the raised pieces and while the belt is almost too short, we were able to make it work. (Total cost for all 4 pieces- $5.93)

Wig

img_5236I bought a cheap wig off of Ebay since I didn’t like the fake look of the pink and blue on the store bought Harley Quinn wigs. I watched a few videos on how to dye it but will admit it wasn’t as easy as it looked. My pink side came out too red and even after lightening it, the wig seems much frizzier on that side. Also because I bought a wig that was not already in ponytails, I had to do them myself and anyone who works with a cheap wig knows that this isn’t an easy task. Overall it turned out okay but not my favorite piece that we created. (Cost – $12.15.)

Gun and Holster

img_5232I have to give my husband all the credit for these. He had leather to make the gun holster and on the opposite side he created a little pouch so I could carry my cell phone and ID. img_2011He 3D printed the gun and did all the painted detail work. It looks awesome! (Total cost was $2 for a paint pen.)

Now I did buy a couple of pieces. img_5235Even though there were videos on how to do them, I bought the shorts ($8) and boots ($43) off of Ebay and ordered a set of waterproof tattoos to take care of her arm band and tats on her legs. (We still drew with eyeliner the ones on her face.)

Overall, I did enjoy making this costume. It is way more authentic than one you can buy in the store and I liked searching for the pieces and finding great deals. The whole costume, including make-up, cost about $120.

Dressing up for the Alamo City Comic Con

Batman, Wonder Woman, ninjas, Jedi Knights and few characters I can’t even name surrounded us at the Alamo City Comic Con last weekend. When we decided to attend the Comic Con, it was pretty much a given that we would be dressing up too.

We are not typically Comic Con goers. This is only our second one. We went to our first – the Lone Star Comic Con in June of 2013. Even though this is the second year for the Alamo City Comic Con, it was far larger and had more stars than the Lone Star one. Stars included Stan Lee, Clark Greg (from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) and a host of others from the Walking Dead, Star Trek (the original series), and well…there are too many other shows to name.

CIMG3393Our cast of characters….

The Queen – Lexi originally wanted to go as Batgirl. She even picked out a light pink dress with a black Batman symbol, belt and mask. But then she decided to be Elsa for Halloween, and I ordered her a new Elsa costume that came with a hair piece. It came in a week before the Comic Con, so she decided to go as Elsa the Snow Queen.

The Jedi Knight – Now my husband’s costume is one he made. He had a Jedi robe which he wore to the Lone Star Comic Con. This time he decided to go for the whole costume, but he didn’t really like the costumes online. He bought scrubs as the base and then made the lighter tunic and belt. While originally we were going to make do with some pirate-type boot toppers that he had from his pirate costume, he ended up ordering boots. I think his costume looks great and far better than something I would have been able to make.

The Clone Trooper – Jase originally was going to wear his 501st Clone Trooper costume from last Halloween. But he picked out a Star Wars ARF Trooper costume for this year’s Halloween (Yes I ordered these way before Halloween. That will be the topic of next week’s post.) Jase is very excited about this costume and chose to also wear it to the Comic Con.

The Huntress – I had the hardest time picking a costume. Originally, I wanted to purchase a Supergirl costume and even found one I liked. But then I saw a Huntress costume – not the comic book character Huntress. It is more of a medieval type character and right up the alley of the type of stories I write. I love it but didn’t think it fit perfectly in for the Comic Con as it was, so I changed out the grey shirt for a black tunic tank and liked the effect even better. (My husband was hoping I would wear a Darth Vader dress that was like the R2D2 dress I wore during Star Wars Weekends. Here’s a link to a photo of me in the R2 dress.)

Photo Sep 28, 11 56 36 AMSo we all went dressed-up last Sunday. It was fun. Lexie got tons of attention. Everyone wanted a photo with her. Here is a photo of her with a drawing of Elsa. The artist (pictured in the background) even snapped a photo Lexie holding up the drawing. Those who knew Star Wars of course wanted a picture with Jase or my husband. Sadly, I think I was only included in one picture of the whole family. Hmmm…next year maybe I will go as Supergirl.