Absorbent article such as disposable diapers, incontinent briefs, diaper holders, and the like, that have elasticized waistbands with a dual tensioning fastening system that improves the dynamic fit of the elasticized waistband as well as the containment characteristics of the absorbent article. The dual tension fastening system comprises a primary fastening system and a waist closure system. The waist closure system forms a waist closure that anchors a portion of the end edge of the absorbent article and that dynamically maintains/creates lateral tensions through the elasticized waistband so as to improve the fit and containment characteristics of the diaper by reducing gapping, sagging, and roll-over of the elasticized waistband. The absorbent article additionally preferably comprises a pair of elasticized side panels disposed in the second waist region. The elasticized side panels preferably comprise a "zero strain" stretch laminate and also preferably having an extension panel adjacent the leg of the wearer.