Curious what items to pack for Disney Trip? Jaclyn offers us her tips in this guest post…
Like me, I am sure you are all couponing your way to Disney (Thanks to help from Kristin!). It’s quite exciting to see my Disney account grow, knowing we will be paying our vacation in cash (or at least the majority of it anyway). As the account grows, it’s very easy to see that a Disney vacation is not cheap, but it IS well worth the money. To keep costs down while AT The World here are a few things you should get before stepping foot on Disney property.
Snacks: Even though I am a firm believer in the DDP (and we usually do go in August when it is offered for free!) I think bringing snacks is a no brainer. If on the dining plan do you really want to waste a credit on a small bag of chips? Since we have been driving down from Jersey we usually pack a canvas grocery bag full of various snacks and keep them in the back seat. We munch on them on the way to/from Disney and once we get there we bring them to the room. We get things like the variety sack of the small chips (it has 4 bags of Doritos, 4 bags of sour cream and onion, 4 bags of Fritos, etc.), the snack sized Chips Ahoy cookies, fruit snacks, candies, and some of my daughter’s favorite can’t live without snacks, etc. We also bring 1 box of cereal and disposable bowls and spoons. There are some days when my daughter doesn’t want a Mickey Waffle (I know…CRAZY kid, how could you pass on a Mickey Waffle with some strawberry sauce?!?!) and why waste credits on cereal? If you are flying down and don’t want to have an extra luggage full of snacks see my gardengrocer note below.
Water/Juices: This is a must now for us!! We always buy a 24 pack of water, some juice boxes of Juicy Juice, and some Gatorade/Powerade as per my husband’s request. We put some in a cooler for our drive down and keep it in the back seat and put the rest in the trunk (you should really see us rolling up to the Caribbean Beach and unloading ALL of our stuff, it’s quite a site!) Once at The World we put 3-4 frozen ones in our back pack everyday so we stay hydrated and we aren’t wasting snack credits on water (yaaaay! This means more kringla pretzels for meee!). If you are driving and don’t want to haul this all the way from your home you could always stop in a Target or Wal-Mart once you get close to the Orlando area, or you could use Gardengrocer.com and have them deliver it to your resort. We have done this once when we flew down during the swine flu hysteria because I felt that I NEEDED to disinfect the room myself. With that, I ordered all disinfectants to scrub down every inch of our room as well as some waters and juices. It worked out well, but I do believe you need a minimum order of $40 and you have to place your order well in advance, as they only do so many deliveries a day.
Glow sticks/light up toys: Before our trip I run into the Dollar Tree and get TONS of light up necklaces and various wands and whatnot (I even saw them at Wal-mart this week for .97, but I am unsure if this is just a seasonal thing for Halloween). I have also had luck finding Disney spinning light up toys at our Disney Store outlet for $5! I think the ones at the parks are close to $20 now! When we unpack our stuff I throw a few of these bad boys into our park bag and distribute them to my daughter and cousins once it gets dark.
Souvenirs: It’s great to check out the Disney Store or their website to see if there are any deals that allow you to buy cheaply now and put it away until your trip and give it out as an instant souvenirs once at The World.
Activities for the kiddos: If you’re driving or flying a long distance, it’s good to hit up the Dollar Tree for some coloring books/activity books for your long journey. The Target dollar spot usually has some good things too. Throughout the year I keep my eyes out for dirt cheap DS games, DVDs, books, little toys, etc. and put them away for our trip. During our drive I will give my daughter these little “surprises” so she has something new to keep her entertained. Another life saver I recommend if driving is colored pencils…DO NOT BRING CRAYONS! If they fall in between a seat and melt in the hot car….you get my drift (I learned this the hard way). Crayola also makes a line of crayons and pencils that spins and retracts back. The pencils are well worth the money because the point is almost impossible to break. A broken pencil when doing a word search is never a good thing!
Gum: Gum is not sold on Disney property, so if you enjoy some Trident it is best to get a lot before you leave. But please dispose of your gum properly and do not stick it on a bench or spit it out on the ground on Main Street USA. It kinda ruins the magic.
Antibacterial hand sanitizer: How many times do you have to do finger scans to get into the park? And how many other people touch that finger scan in 1 hour? Yeah, it’s best to have tons of this stuff!
Diapers/wipes/formula: If you have one in diapers it is best to bring more than you will need. I have never purchased these at the parks when my daughter was younger, but I could imagine these would run you a pretty penny.
Dish Detergent/bottle brush: When my daughter was a baby and still drinking from her ba-ba I always filled a little travel sized bottle with some Dawn and brought along 2 bottle brushes and would clean them out at the sink in the hotel as needed.
Toiletries: Pick up travel sized shampoos, soaps, toothpastes, etc. and then you could toss them before you come home.
Medicine: I am guilty of packing my whole medicine cabinet and I don’t mind using a whole compartment in my luggage to do so, peace of mind is GOLDEN! Especially with small ones, you never know who is going to have an upset stomach or unexpected cold. And as always, remember to bring the prescription meds that you need!
Batteries: Make sure you have enough batteries for cameras; those are pretty expensive to buy at WDW too!
Ponchos: This is one thing I do buy on property, but I know a lot of people can find better deals at Wal-Mart. I do not recommend the Dollar Tree ones, my aunt got these one year and they all ripped after the first storm we encountered at Disney. But a good sturdy one may be cheaper to find elsewhere before entering The World.
These are just some essential items we have found useful to purchase before we settle into our room at Walt Disney World. What are some things you have found useful to purchase before stepping foot on Disney property?
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