Planning for a Disney World Vacation can seem overwhelming. Packing for a Disney World vacation is a whole other aspect. Learn what veterans pack when they travel to the parks. Many guests don’t realize they will need these 10 items at the parks. Some are essentials and some will add to your Walt Disney World experience.
1. Small Snacks
Disney World allows you to bring in your own food and drink. In fact coolers are even allowed as long as they fall within the size guidelines of no more than: 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. Bringing small snacks and drinks into Disney World will not only save you money, with a bottle of water costing $3.00, it will save time as well. If someone in your party just needs a quick snack, it is easier and quicker to be prepared versus standing in another line. Read about the 10 Favorite snacks to pack for a Disney World Vacation for snacks that travel well.
2. Ziploc Bags
Bringing Ziploc bags to Disney World Parks is a pro-tip. These bags are great for cell phones and more on water rides and rain storms. They are great for extra storage as well, especially with children and saving snacks for later. Bringing Ziploc bags to the parks can save your electronics from getting wet and save money by being able to put away unfinished snacks.
Bags and totes are nice but a backpack is what experienced Disney World travelers prefer. This is because backpacks allow guests to carry many items while keeping their hands free, plus it distributes weight more evenly versus carrying a tote. Backpack sizes hold the same size restrictions as a cooler (no more than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high). Plus, your backpack can stay with you on attractions, learn where to put your bag on rides.
4. Baby Wipes/Antibacterial Wipes
Packing baby wipes and antibacterial wipes for the parks is another time saver. For a quick spill or clean up these can save time by not having to rush to find a bathroom. Plus, there are many people at Disney World, using some antibacterial sanitizer or wipes will kill germs. A quick wipe down of your hotel room with antibacterial wipes upon arrival is also a custom to some experienced Disney World fans.
5. Old Shoes
This one may sound odd, but its true bring shoes that are not new for the parks. Disney World means lots of exploring which also translates into much walking. Therefore, bringing new sneakers and essentially breaking them in while on vacation will result in blisters. Instead, bring older, already broken into shoes that you know will not cause any issues. Being comfortable means a more enjoyable vacation.
Many guests will clear out of the parks when it starts raining, except for the ones who packed ponchos. Pull them out and carry-on as many times Florida rain passes quickly, check the weather radar on your smartphone for a better idea. For the guests that didn’t pack a poncho and want to stay, will be heading to the gift shops to pay Disney Prices for an umbrella or poncho. Many stores carry inexpensive ponchos such as Dollar Tree ($1.00), Walmart and more. At that price you can use once and toss.
7. Something to Write With & Something To Sign
Meeting Disney Characters is a highlight to many. Bring something for Mickey Mouse to sign and something for him to sign with. Of course, there is the classic Autograph books but you can get creative too. Consider having the Characters sign a Vinylmation Figurine or Pillowcase for example.
Pin trading is an excellent, and economic activity at Disney World Parks (and Resorts). They make great souvenirs as well. Pin Trading is about having fun. The easiest way to start out is to purchase in bulk before your trip. Look on ebay for reputable sellers, and receive a pin lot for under $0.50 each. This is compared to $6-$20 each at the parks. A mystery lot is perfect since you plan on trading anyways it doesn’t matter which ones you get! Make sure they come with the authentic mickey head backing.
Most remember sunscreen, picturing Florida and sunshine. However, protecting your lips while walking around the Disney World Parks is also essential. Look for chapstick that contains SPF. Disney World parks do not have a bountiful of shaded opportunities outside. A hat can also accomplish protecting your face from sunburns.
10. Bathing Suit
Especially for the children. There are some opportunities at Disney World parks to play in water and if its hot, chances are children will want to stop and play. Pack their bathing suits so they will have dry clothes to change back into. This list of Attractions & playgrounds for young children lists the splash pad opportunities at Disney World parks. There are splash pads located at Epcot and Magic Kingdom (as well as Disney Springs).