When a Disney family vacation is in the works, there’s normally one awesome woman that’s doing the Disney packing list and planning all the things (and secretly trying to fight the overwhelm). She’s thinking… Where will we stay? Do we need Disney transportation? What Disney activities should we do with our older kiddo? When is the best time to go to Disney World? How many days do we really need in the Disney Parks?
It doesn’t help that you see all the color-coordinated families in front of Cinderella’s Castle, looking as if they are “Disney planning ninjas” – making YOU even more overwhelmed! As a travel writer, even I was intimidated by our recent Disney vacation planning because we had not been in so long. I pray that my love for details will streamline your planning and make it fun. Today, you’re getting Disney packing list advice, what to pack & what not to pack, and a free Printable Packing Checklist!
DISNEY PACKING LIST & MORE
This Disney packing list post is part #1 in my Walt Disney World series. There is so much I want to share that I can’t contain myself! Yep, that’s what the Disney magic does to you. I’ll be answering the questions that YOU have been asking via my inbox, Facebook, and Instagram.
- Are those Magic Bands worth the hype?
- How should we dress for Disney Park days?
- Which Disney splurges are worth the money?
- How can we save money on food while at Disney?
- Should we stay at a Disney Resort or off property?
- Is Disney Springs worth the time and effort to visit?
- Can we really enjoy just one day in the Disney Parks?
- How can I avoid extra expenses like Disney Resort parking?
DISNEY PACKING LIST ESSENTIALS
I would highly suggest bringing bottled water and snack foods along. If your hotel does not have continental breakfast, bring convenience breakfast foods along too. Our resort did not have free breakfast. We saved tons of time and money eating pop tarts before heading out to Disney activities. It didn’t kill us, Y’all, I promise! 😉
Besides the obvious items like outfits and toiletries, here are a few things not miss for your Walt Disney pack list:
A Raincoat and poncho for every person ~ Florida is known for its unpredictable weather. In the summer especially, it rains a little bit most days. Taking raincoats and ponchos on your Florida vacation is a necessity any time of the year. I’d pack raincoats for rambling outside of Disney Parks and save the ponchos for when you go into the Disney Parks. Ponchos also come in handy to keep you dry while riding wet rides like Splash Mountain.
Cash, credit cards & travel receipts ~ Of course, you know to bring your money, but I also take receipts for reservations and all things Disney that was bought in advance. I know it sounds old school but you never know if technology messes up and you need to prove a transaction that you made before the trip.
Sunscreen & Water Bottles ~ Inside all Disney water parks, counter service restaurants will give you a free cup of water when it’s hot or a free cup of hot water when it’s chilly. For the cold months, take packets of hot chocolate. When it’s warm, you can drink the water plain or you can bring electrolyte packets to ensure that no one gets dehydrated. You can also take these collapsible, pocket-sized water bottles.
Preventative and post-walking bandaids ~ Any time we will be walking for long distances, I bring these high-quality blister guards. We also take this moleskin wrap in case someone does get a blister but there’s more walking to do.
Magic bands ~ We’ll talk more about all the hoopla surrounding magic bands if you don’t know. If you already have them or are planning to get them, place them in your suitcase as soon as they arrive in the mail.
Pockets & Waist packs ~ This is my favorite Disney packing hack! Women have the curse of having to carry so much stuff in the parks – especially if you have littles. Princess and I did not want to lug purses around the Disney parks. That’s a dilemma because shorts and Capri yoga pants (my outfit) don’t typically have pockets. We needed to be able to carry cash, phone, GoPro, allergy meds, and an EpiPen.
Oh yeah, and we were being snobs by not wanting to wear a fanny pack. 😉 Two items came through for us that solved our probs and they were game changers:
This specific waist pack was a lifesaver because it fit FLAT across our waists and UNDERNEATH our shirts. We were able to fit cash, meds, debit card, EpiPen, Disney Pins, etc. There’s also a place for a water bottle but we didn’t want to sport that look.
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Disney Maps ~ Did you know that you can print out Disney maps of each park? That way, the fam can map out which attractions and restaurants are the non-negotiables. Just go to the main page HERE and click on the Disney park you wish to print out. Right under the main image, you see something like, “Magic Kingdom Guide Map.”
Travel activity bag for everyone ~ I would suggest a small travel bag or backpack with everything can keep you and your family entertained in the car. If flying, this would be everyone’s carry-on bag. Enjoy!
Devices & accessories ~ Phones and other electronics should go in your travel bag along with chargers, cords, and earbuds. The one thing that I almost bought and regretted not buying was a tiny rechargeable battery. I had a fully-charged phone and GoPro, and my phone still died rather quickly by early afternoon. You always have the option of the $30 rechargeable batteries within the park that you buy from. But tiny, pre-bought batteries like these make more sense to me.
Souvenir gear ~ If your kiddos enjoy collecting character signatures and/or Disney pressed pennies, don’t forget the books that hold those special souvenirs!
WHAT NOT TO TAKE TO DISNEY
Some ideas that you can consider leaving home are things you aren’t sure you’ll need, inexpensive items you can purchase at your destination, and duplicates of anything except undergarments and shoes. Be sure to leave at home clothes that won’t mix and match with all the outfits too.
In my opinion, umbrellas are too obtrusive in the parks for you and other guests, but ponchos/raincoats are better. There are MANY things listed below that is against Disney magic to bring.
Don’t miss the rules below!!!
WALT DISNEY WORLD RULES
Walt Disney World has high standards when it comes to what you can and cannot do and wear within the parks and I’m thankful for it. Here are some paraphrased rules concerning what to wear or what NOT to bring:
You have to wear appropriate clothes and keep on your shoes and shirts at all times, folks. Don’t wear tons of layers or you could be searched. No one over the age of 14 can wear a costume or mask unless it’s a special event. There are specifics for wearing costumes for Halloween parties or runDisney.
No drones, remote-controlled cars, skateboards, scooters, or shoes with wheels on them are permitted. Strollers can’t be bigger than 36″ x 52.” Glass containers are prohibited too like baby food jars. Nothing pulled by a person or wheelchair (like wagons) can come in. No containers of any kind that are larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high.
You and all the stuff you try to carry in will go through screening and security. Selfie sticks, hand-held camera poles or weapons of any kind are not permitted inside Walt Disney World Parks (even toy or squirt guns and pocket knives).
FREE DISNEY PACKING LIST PRINTABLE
I have a special gift for you! Below you can sign up to receive a free Disney packing list “checklist” with all the things we discussed. If you are already a subscriber, just check your latest email from me for the password to the “free Wifey Printable library” to find yours.
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