Mickey Mouse Costumes Through the Years

by | Oct 20, 2023 | Disney History, Disney Parks

We’re going back in time and reviewing over a hundred Mickey Mouse costume choices from over the years at the Disney Parks.

He’s worn dots, diamonds, and even a silver jumpsuit. No, we’re not talking about Ken’s wardrobe in the Barbie movie. It’s just a few of the 100+ costumes for the fashion icon Mickey Mouse. According to the book The Art of Disney Costuming by Jeff Kurtti and the Staff of the Walt Disney Archives, Mickey has over a hundred costumes The 2007 book Walt Disney World: Where Dreams Come True published by Disney editions says there are 175+ costumes worn at the park by Mickey Mouse.  Some sites estimate Mickey’s wardrobe to be in the 500+ range. Can you imagine the size of that walk-in closet? Probably a bit bigger than this…

Found! Over 80 Different Mickey Costume Choices

When you think Mickey, you may not think “style icon,” but this mouse is more than red pants and yellow bowties. His wardrobe includes everything from a scuba suit to George Washington to a farmer to serious Dad vibes in his Hawaiian shirt at the Ohana character breakfast. Through the decades Mickey has always been on trend and we have dug into our Disney library, our phones, old park maps, and asked readers to find some of our favorite Mickey looks from the last 50+ years.

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Photo by Trisha Daab

We found over 80 different costumes! Yep. We need a whole dream house to hold all these clothes. They’ve been separated into the following categories. Can you find a favorite?

  • Beyond Basic
  • Totally 80s
  • Majorly 90s
  • Celebrate! Anniversary Looks
  • This is Halloween
  • Holidays Through the Years
  • Going Global
  • All Aboard
  • Sports!
  • CosPlay Mickey
  • Career Mickey
  • Mickey’s Wardrobe Staples: Robes and Hawaiian Shirts
  • Then and Now

Looking for that Classic Mickey costume of red, yellow, black, and white? This look is so iconic and has such an interesting history, check out the entire blog post devoted to it!

Going Beyond Basic

Mickey’s costume choices go so far beyond basic! Mickey Mouse has people designing clothes just for him for specific events, like Cast Member Danny who designed Mickey’s outfit for a recent Make-a-Wish event. Guess they probably can’t buy off the rack for Mickey.

One of the best places to see Mickey in different outfits is to go to Minnie’s Seasonal Dine in Hollywood Studios. Over the course of the year, there are five themes with dishes and ensembles to match. Here is Mickey in his Silver Screen Dine outfit, which usually happens in January-February.

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Photo by Sara Griswold Winckler

Totally 80s

Insert the VCR rewind sound because we’re hopping in the Delorean to go back about 40 years to the 1980s.

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Photo from 1984 Disney World Park Map

This was the decade of Tokyo Disneyland and EPCOT grand openings, the release of Fox and the Hound and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, getting soaked on Splash Mountain and so much more.

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Disney Parks Map 1989, Photo by Trisha Daab

This was also the decade when Disney started to mix it up for Mickey and expand his attire in the parks beyond his classic look. Mickey started to have more uniforms for various careers like Chef Mickey, pictured here with Chef Paul Bocuse in front of Les Chefs de France at EPCOT in the 1980s.

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Mickey had to have a special outfit to get ready for the premiere of MGM Studios (now known as Hollywood Studios) in May 1989.

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The decade ended with the release of The Little Mermaid and the start of Disney’s animated movie Renaissance.

Majorly 90s

As if! 1990s fashion was all over the place from grunge flannels to the plaid skirts and knee highs Cher and her friends learned how to drive in. Mickey’s clothes were all about the bling, the shine and the color. You don’t get much more 1990s than this Space Traveler Mickey and Friends look.

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Photo by 25th Anniversary Cast Member Yearbook by Disney Kingdom: 1996 Edition

Could make you think you could see Horizons at EPCOT again. From the future to Colonial times…

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Photo by 25th Anniversary Cast Member Yearbook by Disney Kingdom: 1996 Edition

…to the Japan Pavilion in EPCOT!

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Photo by 25th Anniversary Cast Member Yearbook by Disney Kingdom: 1996 Edition

1990s resort wear! Do you know what this resort is called now?

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Photo by 25th Anniversary Cast Member Yearbook by Disney Kingdom: 1996 Edition

Mickey has 90s looks for everything from driving to fancy dress for spring. There are just so many ruffles on Minnie’s dress.

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MGM Studios Superstar Mickey was all about the bling!

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Celebrate! Anniversary Looks

There are a few key ingredients when Disney parks want to celebrate: food, merchandise, decorations, and in recent years, celebratory threads for characters. Mickey is always always in the mix with the anniversary ensembles, no matter where in the world the celebration is.

Mickey and Minnie are at the height of Parisian fashion with a style almost as effervescent as the sparkling Eiffel Tower to celebrate Disneyland Paris’ 30th anniversary.

Mickey’s Walt Disney World anniversary looks have changed from his look in 1986 to celebrate WDW’s 15th anniversary to the 50th anniversary in 2021.

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For the 25th, Mickey kept things simple. Who needs a special outfit when the backdrop is a giant pink balloon cake castle?

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Photo by Kimberly Masimore

Come to this happy place, we have cupcakes! Mickey celebrates Disneyland’s 60th with Goofy and cupcakes.

 

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Rocking the birthday dots with Minnie for their 90th birthday.

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This is Halloween

At every Disney park around the world they celebrate Halloween. Mickey may have enough haunt couture to fill a Haunted Mansion. The award for the spookiest Mickey costume? Tokyo Disneyland Spooky “Boo” Parade

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Mickey rarely leaves home without a bowtie, even when spending Halloween on the High Seas on Disney Cruise Line.

 

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This time the bowtie is a bat for Oogie Boogie Bash at Disney California Adventure.

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Every year at Disneyland, Mickey and his friends get new Halloween costumes. Got to love the classic pumpkin Mickey from 2022.

 

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In Walt Disney World Mickey gets dressed up for the Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Boo to You parade.

Mickey and Minnie in the Boo To You Parade

Photo by Laurie Sapp

Holidays Through the Years

He may not have a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, but Mickey Mouse loves festive fashions. It may be Halloween one day and Christmas the next at some Disney parks, but let’s not forget Thanksgiving.

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Photo by Michael Ulrich

One of my favorite Mickey’s holiday looks is from Mickey’s Christmas Carol, which has been spotted at Make-a-Wish events.

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I’m a big fan of Santa Goofy, but Mickey does rock the red suit.

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Disney World has a number of different holiday looks for Mickey. Back in 2001 Mickey was looking quite dapper in his holiday top hat. Oh the days when you could see the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios.

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Photo from Magic Kingdom 2001 Park Map, Courtesy of Trisha Daab

It’s not a spectacle of lights, but it does snow during Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade at Magic Kingdom.

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Or dad on his way to a fancy holiday party in the 1950s at Minnie’s Holiday Dine in Hollywood Studios

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Mickey and Minnie also celebrate the Lunar New Year at multiple parks around the globe including Disney California Adventure.

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Going Global

Some of the most unique and memorable Mickey ensembles can be found when he journeys outside the US. Mickey is ready for Springtime at Shanghai Disneyland.

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Mickey opens the Hollywood Hotel in Hong Kong Disneyland in dazzling blue.

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This Tokyo DisneySea Plaza outfit has just the perfect touches of color.

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Giddyup! It’s Mickey, Goofy, and Minnie in the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Disneyland Paris.

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In a study in contrasts, check out these Mickey looks from the China Pavilion in the 1990s to recently in Shanghai Disneyland.

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All Aboard!

Whether he’s on the sea or under it, Mickey has ensembles specifically for being on, or near, the water. Mickey swaps the Captain’s hat for a colorful hoodie during Pixar Day at Sea. When the Disney Cruise Line stops in Alaska, Mickey is ready for the rain.

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Argh! It’s a pirate’s life for Mickey.


The festive fashions take to the high seas during the Very Merrytime Cruise.

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Off land but near the water, Mickey is all stripes at this Beach Club pic from the 2010s.

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Photo from Walt Disney World 1986 Yearbook by the Walt Disney Company

Sports!

Mickey has all the gear for going under the sea. Over 40 years Mickey has upgraded his scuba tech. From the 1980s to 2023!

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Photo from WDW Magazine

From the first runDisney event in 1992, Mickey has all the gear to cross the finish line. These days, Mickey is all about the hoodies.

 

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Disney has become a destination to not just celebrate sports wins but to run and play. And of course, Mickey needs something to wear for Game Day. When he is up to bat…

 

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…or hitting the greens back in the 1980s.

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Photo from Walt Disney World 1986 Yearbook by the Walt Disney Company

Roller skating is totally a sport, especially when you can look this good!

 

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Cosplay Mickey

Even Mickey has his fandoms and has shown his love with some memorable CosPlays. This Jedi look is totally Con-worthy.

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Photo by Sara Griswold Winckler

Even Mickey loves the MCU!

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Two of the Three Musketeers!

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Photo by Kristina Banko

Seeing Mickey in the Usatama on the Run parade at Tokyo Disneyland is now officially on my bucket list!

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In Shanghai Disneyland at the Royal Banquet Hall character meal, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Daisy look straight out of the Tudor period.

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Hands down my favorite scene from Fantasmic! Love black & white Steamboat Willie with the pops of color from all the other characters.

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Photo by Cliff Wang

Career Mickey

Like Barbie, Mickey has had a few side gigs through the years with the perfect outfit for punching the clock. As an Astronaut in the 2000s.

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Photo by Joanne Jojo Dileo

In healthcare to celebrate International Nurse Day in Hong Kong Disneyland.

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Whipping up delectable popcorn flavors at Chef Mickey in the Disney Ambassador Hotel in Tokyo Disney.

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The leader of the band.

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Photo by Tiffany Hatley Dobraski

Painting with his artsy pals at Breakfast a’la Art at Topolino Terrace in Walt Disney World.

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Mickey’s looking very Walt Disney in the 1920s in his Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure threads.

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Making magic in Disneyland Paris and in Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. <Magician Mickey – but a different version of Mickey in the show Mickey and  Magician in Disneyland Paris>

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Mickey’s Wardrobe Staples: Robes and Hawaiian Shirts

When we think of Mickey’s style, images of bowties and fancy jackets come to mind. But this mouse has a few other charming wardrobe staples: robes and Hawaiian shirts. It all started with Sorcerer’s Apprentice in his classic red robe and blue star-studded hat.

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Photo by Erin Dunlap Martinez

During Fantasmic! Mickey changes into this look to battle the villains. Little more bling on this version.

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Not all of Mickey’s robes are red! Mickey in the Magic Happens Parade at Disneyland.

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Mickey is a totally different kind of robe for Grad Nites at Disneyland.

 

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Dads love their Hawaiian shirts and so does Mickey!  These are but a few of the many fanciful printed button-downs that are bringing Mickey joy. When in Hawaii, you must wear a Hawaiian shirt.

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Mickey even has a Hawaiian shirt for Castaway Cay!

Back in the 2000s, my son’s favorite Character Breakfast was at Restaurantosaurus at Animal Kingdom. Sadly the breakfast is gone but we will always have the memories of Mickey’s dino-style Hawaiian shirt.

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These days you can find Mickey in a Hawaiian shirt over at ‘Ohana at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. He probably needs to channel his inner dad to keep Stitch in line.

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Photo by Anna Warner

Back in the 1990s, Mickey wore his Hawaiian style at the Mickey’s Tropical Luau at Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort.

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Photo from 25th Anniversary Cast Member Yearbook by Disney’s Kingdom Editions 1996

Then and Now

Just like us, Mickey’s style has evolved. He does have to stay on trend and has essential costumes that are updated for the times. Farmer Mickey at EPCOT Garden Grill got an update from his look in the 2000s.

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Photo by Kristin Adamski

Farmer Mickey in 2020.

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Photo by Jamie Nelson

Like the little black dress, Mickey’s Adventure/Safari look must stay up-to-date and on-trend no matter where in the world he is exploring. Adventurer Mickey from Camp Minnie and Mickey at Animal Kingdom in the 2010s.

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Photo from Let the Memories Begin: Impressions of the Walt Disney World Resort by Jen Darcy and Jennifer Eastwood

From Tusker House at Animal Kingdom in the 2010s.

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And at Tokyo DisneySea now to study the ruins of ancient civilizations

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Mickey also updates his patriotic look for greetings with presidents, parades and 4th of July celebrations. This is Mickey in the 1970s during America on Parade for the American Bicentennial.

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Photo from A Portrait of Walt Disney World: 50 Years of the Most Magical Place on Earth by Kevin Kern, Tim O’Day and Steven Vagnini

What would a Disney park be without a parade? Mickey has specific looks created for every parade. Like this colorful look for the Festival of Fantasy Parade in Magic Kingdom.

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And covered in lights for SpectroMagic. No one does a nighttime parade like Disney!

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Photo by Deborah Alvarado

There you have it folks, 85+ Mickey costume choices belonging to the mouse who started it all. Thank you to all our WDW Magazine fans on Facebook who shared their favorite Mickey costume options and helped provide all these outfits! Mickey Mouse is a fashion icon and we’ve got over 80 of his iconic looks from hoodies to five different Hawaiian shirts. 

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Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food and characters at Walt Disney World. Find her on the WDW Magazine blog and in the magazine “Character Magic” column. When not writing about Disney, Trisha is traveling for food or spoiling her Disney dog, Wall-E. Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
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Trisha Daab

Trisha Daab is the author of five books about the magical food and characters at Walt Disney World. Find her on the WDW Magazine blog and in the magazine “Character Magic” column. When not writing about Disney, Trisha is traveling for food or spoiling her Disney dog, Wall-E. Follow Trisha on Instagram @notsoevil_disneystepmom
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