Can I just say that I think this is the way Mulan should appear int the parks. In the beginning of the movie they make it very clear that the dress she wears to meet the matchmaker is not comfortable nor does it represent her personality. She spends the whole of the film proving that she is not a prize to be won or just a pawn to be married off at earliest convenience. She proves her worth in this outfit. She saves China in this outfit. She falls in love in this outfit. She risks her life, makes her strongest friendships, and changes the entire country IN THIS OUTFIT. Then they have her walk around the park in the same outfit she wore in the first scene of the movie and I think it is really negative toward her character. That is not who she is.
Actually this is who Mulan is:
THIS is the outfit that Mulan is wearing when she saves China. Because Mulan is feminine and she kicks butt.
Look at how’s she’s dressed in the 2nd movie as well:
So she’s obviously happy in that kind of outfit (because, really, who’s going to comment on her not wearing a dress after she just saved their lives.) After she becomes the savior of China (while wearing a dress and at one point disarming Shan yu with a FAN) she still wears a dress (it’s probably not actually called a dress but you get the point).
The point of Mulan is that you don’t have to be fully 1 thing or the other. You can be multiple things that are worlds away from each other. Mulan is both a woman and a soldier. And the fact that she’s not wearing her soldier uniform and is, instead, wearing a dress, shouldn’t take away from that. In fact, (in my opinion) her wearing the solider uniform is probably more negative than her wearing the “Honor to Us All” dress because it sends the message that Mulan (and any other girl) can only be a powerful warrior if she’s dressed like a man, which is obviously not the case because Mulan saves China as Mulan (the woman) and not Ping (the man).
In reality, Mulan in the parks should be wearing the dress from the end of the movie (or one similar to it), but she’s wearing it for so short a time that it’s not as iconic as her other two outfits. (Similarly to Rapunzel’s long blonde hair in the parks.)