Do you Disney bound? Do you know what is Disney bounding? Disney bounding is when you dress up as your favorite Disney character. Well…not exactly. While there are people who push the limits and come close to cosplay, bounding is actually more like alluding to the character and not wearing costumes. For example, if you wanted to bound as Snow White, you might wear a yellow skirt with a blue top and a red bow in your hair. Can you picture it? You would not be dressed in a Snow White costume, yet people — at least Disney fans — would be able to recognize that you were bounding as Snow White. Fun, right?
My family enjoys Disney bounding. I probably enjoy it the most, but we all have fun with it. We were on vacation at Walt Disney Worlds and had learned that Marie, from The Aristocats, was going to be leaving her place near the flag pole in Magic Kingdom. What?!
We all got dressed, drove to Walt Disney World, parked the car, rode the tram, walked to the ferry, cruised across the water…. If you go to Magic Kingdom, you know that getting in to the park alone is an adventure. Haha. When we finally got through the gates and got to the spot where Marie was meeting people, it was time for her to leave to take a litter box break. No worries! We are not quitters, and we were on a mission to meet Marie. What did we do? We waited.
All of the sudden, I was being practically knocked off of my feet with a big hug from behind! As the people around me told me afterward, Marie had come back from her break and saw me. She then made a beeline (a kittyline?) for me and gave me an excited hug. That experience alone made the trip to Magic Kingdom worth it.
What about the rest of my family? I did say that we all got dressed, right? The guys were there, too! As a matter of fact, Marie was having so much fun with us that she kept coming up with new ideas for poses and would not let us leave. She was a hoot (a meow?) and made the experience extra special for us.
It was absolutely entertaining how amusing was Marie’s reaction when Boy told her, “You’re nothin’ but a sister.” Have you never seen The Aristocats? Peek here. We were definitely enjoying that day!
Disney bounding is pretty popular. Here are some pictures of some of our friends who also enjoy Disney bounding. Ray and Joanie put together these outfits and went bounding as Stinky Pete and Mrs. Potato Head from Toy Story. If you did not know any better, you might think that they were wearing regular clothes. Disney fans know better!
This is Traci, and I chose to share this picture with you because Traci is bounding as my all time favorite Disney character. I did not put a character image next to her because if you do not know who Dumbo is, then I do not even know what to say. 😉 I am kidding, of course. Traci designed and created this outfit and even has a sweet Dumbo on her skirt. If you know the story of Dumbo, then you know the significance of that feather in her hat!
Of course, some people go beyond characters to bound. They might bound as Space Mountain. They may bound as the red roses from Alice in Wonderland. They might bound as Disney transportation. They may even do something like Marina did and design and create an outfit to bound as Mary Poppins’ Jolly Holiday parasol. You can let your imagination go wild!
Back to you. Do you Disney bound? If you never have, maybe you have learned something new today. Are you thinking about it now? What character would you bound as if you were going to go for it? The next time that you visit a Disney place, maybe you will step outside of your norm and let your creative juice flow. Happy bounding, and be sure to enjoy yourself!