The Basics: Disneybound vs Disney Style

What is Disneybounding?

If you’re new to the Disney community, chances are you’ve never heard the term Disneybounding before. But if you are anything like me (an adult who loves all things Disney and who wishes they were young enough to wear Princess dresses in Disneyland – and well, IRL), you will come to love Disneybounding as much as I do.

The trend stemmed from the Tumblr blog: Disneybound.co created by Leslie Kay in 2012, as a way for adults to show their love for Disney in more modern, fashion forward ways. Since people above 14 years of age are not allowed to wear full costumes to the Disney parks, Disneybounding allows adults to dress up as their favorite characters without breaking any park rules. If you search #Disneybound today, you will see a whole community of participants showing off their creative and stylish interpretations of their favorite Disney characters.

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How do you do it?

Now how exactly does Disneybounding work?

It is when you take elements from a particular character – colors, placement of colors, accessories, even hairstyles – and translate them into modern clothing. Like taking Belle’s yellow gown and turning it into a yellow off-shoulder sun dress. Or taking Ariel’s purple shell bra and green tail and wearing a purple tube top and green fitted skirt instead. The possibilities are endless, which is what makes Disneybounding so much fun.

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Into the Wild: Lion King Disney Style in Adventureland

I was never much of an Adventureland girl. Growing up, Disneyland always meant Fantasyland and Toontown for me. So every time I’d style my park outfits even as an adult, I’d mainly focus on those two lands with either Princess or Mickey Style. But with Lion King in theaters on the week of our Hong Kong trip, I decided to give Adventureland style a go for the very first time.

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And I have to say, I think I’ve been converted. I don’t think I truly appreciated the theming and attention to detail of this place until I styled an outfit around it, and it was really fun to discover places that I never took photos in before.

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Pretty in Pink Disney Style: Gingham Galore!

I’ve always had a fascination with picnics. As a kid I remember putting together a simple basket (the one we used to store our fruits) with peanut butter sandwiches and iced tea, and heading to our neighborhood park ready to read and relax by the trees.¬†Of course we didn’t have much of a park really. We did have a small playground with a nice little patch of grass, where I sat for all of 10 minutes before realizing that Manila heat and humidity wasn’t ideal for picnics.

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Still, I’ve always been in love with the idea. And to this day whenever opportunity permits, I take picnics when I travel – or more likely, I dress like a picnic table instead. Lol.

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Andy’s Toy Box: Toy Story Land (Disneybound!)

Possibly my favorite outfits from the whole trip: Woody and Buzz!

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I can’t even tell you how much getting to Disneybound these two meant to us.

After watching and crying over Toy Story 4 together, we got out of the cinema and stumbled upon 0917 – Globe Telecom’s clothing brand. After comparing ourselves to Buzz and Woody throughout the movie, seeing these items in the store got an immediate “yes” from us!

Even without a Disney trip or occasion planned, we knew we wanted to Disneybound our favorite duo together.

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Summer Disney Style: Sunny and Yellow

Just came from a short trip to the Happiest Place on Earth! Went to Hong Kong for a business trip, in my company blazer and monochromatic clothes – but in my suitcase were brightly colored tops and sparkly ears lol. I wouldn’t normally schedule any kind of park trip in the height of summer, where it goes from scorching hot to scorching hot with rain every hour, but schedules aligned, so off to Disney we went.

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Truly Magical: Lion King Lookbook

It is time. The mane event draws near! The Lion King hits cinemas in just a few days!

The excitement is so real, that this is the second #KatsieDisneyStyle Lion King style blog I’ve done in preparation for the movie. (You can find the first one here)

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This time, I decided to do something a little different. Instead of styling a Lion King t-shirt like I did in the first style blog, I styled 3 outfits themed to the movie. After all, you don’t have to wear something as obvious as a character t-shirt to celebrate your Disney style. Sometimes all you need is a little imagination and pixie dust – and in my case, ears.

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#KatsieDisneyStyle: 1 Lion King Shirt, 3 Different Ways

After 25 years, we are just a few lion sleeps away from hearing Simba’s roar back on the big screen. And just as how I’ve felt with every Disney live action remake so far, I am both nervous and excited – especially for this one.

The Lion King was such a big part of my childhood – its music absolutely unforgettable, its dialogue superb, its storyline the first of its kind. Plus it’s my dad’s favourite Disney movie – which pretty much made it a Sunday morning staple growing up.

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This movie is a true Disney classic, so I was really skeptical at first. How exactly would you make a “live action” film about talking and singing lions? But when the first trailer dropped, my jaw did too. It looked visually stunning! (I mean, did you see that gorgeous Rafiki clip with the fireflies??) And I am looking forward to seeing how Disney and Jon Favreau have made this masterpiece into a familiar, yet brand new work of art.

Lion King merch has started to line store shelves in anticipation of the big day, and instead of buying all of them (though believe me I was tempted to), I decided to do something more practical. I got one shirt instead, and figured I’d show you 3 different ways to style it. So for those of you who are looking for some outfit inspo for the Lion King premiere, keep reading.

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