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DisneyBounding is an alternative form of cosplay in which the participant dresses up as an iconic Disney character in casual contemporary fashion by assembling a color-coordinated outfit that is subtly evocative of the aforementioned character.


On January 27th, 2012, the Tumblr blog Disneybound[1], which features pictures of cosplayers wearing outfits which evoke a certain Disney character, normally by matching the colors of their outfit to that of the Disney character, was created by Leslie Kay. The blog also features curated outfits for would-be DisneyBound cosplayers. In an interview on DisneyGeekery[2] Kay defined DisneyBouding as:

"A way of showing your love and appreciation of Disney through fashion."



On May 18th, 2012, The Huffington Post[7] published a post titled "10 Super-Stylish Disney-Inspired Outfits From The Fashion Tumblr" which highlighted the DisneyBound blog. On May 25th, 2013, the subreddit r/disneybound[6] was created by redditor Lyssa_Ray. On May 30th, 2013, Buzzfeed[3] published a list titled "39 Stylish People Who Are Secretly Disney Characters" which featured a collection of pictures from the DisneyBound blog.

On June 24th, 2014, YouTuber Leo Camacho[8] uploaded a video titled "The Difference Between Cosplay and Disneybound." As of September 2014, the video has gained over 14,000 views. Also on June 24th, YouTuber imsarahsnitch[9] uploaded a video titled "HOW TO DISNEYBOUND!." As of September 2014, the video has gained over 14,000 views.

On June 16th, 2014, Disney's official blog[5] published a quiz titled "Which Character Should You DisneyBound As Next?" On September 8th, MTV[4] published a list titled "These 22 People Are Secretly Dressed As Disney Characters" which featured pictures of DisneyBound cosplayers from Instagram.

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