We’ve gathered all the useful things to pack for a trip to Disney World so you don’t have to purchase things at the theme park like a Sunblock or a hat (ehem) – yes, I did forget those 2 during our trip and ended up buying them at Disney World Epcot! Go through our Disney World packing list and see which – if not all – will be useful to you.
Disney World has 4 (huge) theme parks. If you’re visiting, more than likely, you’ll be staying at a Disney World Resort or at a nearby resort for a few days, maybe even a week to completely see and experience it all.
If you’re planning a trip to Orlando or Disney World, check out our various Orlando and Disney World Tips.
Useful Things to Pack for a Disney World Vacation:
1. Autograph Book – don’t waste your time looking for an autograph book while you’re at Disney World. Bring one with you to save time and money.
2. Retractable Pen – don’t make it hard for the kids when they go ask for an autograph from Disney characters by bringing a pen with a cap that they might end of losing. Instead, bring a pen that is easily retractable.
3. Handheld Misting Fans – cool down at Disney World with a misting fan of your own. This is especially useful for kids in their strollers. It’s part fan, part fun! Haha. Choose from these various Disney Character Misting Fans.
4. Cooling Towel – This towel cools when soaked with water. Use it as a neck cooler, ice cooling scarf, instant heat relief bandana or chill headband while you’re at the theme park.
5. Snacks – bring a variety of snacks. Granola bars, nuts, peanut butter crackers, candies, chocolates to keep hunger pangs at bay while on the line to a ride.
6. Sweater or Jacket – we forgot to pack our jacket when we went to Disney World Animal Kingdom, it was sunny that morning then all of a sudden, it got really cold when the sun set so we had to leave early as it was too cold for us.
7. Glow Sticks – keeping it bright and fun at night with glow stick necklace.
8. Disney Trading Pins – you can purchase Disney Pins at Disney World but you can purchase them in advance to save money. Once you’re at Disney World, just find Cast Members with a lanyard filled with pins to exchange 1 of your pins to one that catches your eye. Wanna keep exchanging, keep looking for Cast Members.
9. Lanyard for Pins – now that you have your pins, make sure to get a lanyard where you’ll be pinning them. There are Star Wars, Disney Princess designs, anything your Disney heart wishes.
10. Insulated water bottle – We bring this brand, it’s easier to clean. It keeps cold drinks cool for 24 hours or hot drinks for 12 hours. Bring one per person. You can fill it with water or even drinks so you can bring it to your room, by the pool, or when going to the theme park. You can refill water at Disney World vending machines.
11. Water-resistant Spray Sunscreen – Spray sunscreen is easier to apply making it easier for everyone in the family to get ready before going to Disney World. Reapply at the theme park by midday.
12. SPF Chapsticks – keep your lips protected from the sun while staying moisturized.
13. Sun hat – I forgot to pack my hat and ended up buying at Disney World. I wish I had more time to choose and had more options but I had to get it at the first store we saw as I don’t want to burn my scalp as I’ve previously done when we went to another theme park in California so make sure you pack one in advance so you can really pick the one you really love.
14. Minnie Ears Headband – you can get these at Disney World, they even have light up versions. But getting them ahead means great pictures right at the entrance. It also cuts shopping time at the theme park that you can spend going on another ride. Just buy another design at the theme park towards the end of your day if you want.
15. Sunglasses – some classic Ray-ban would be great. Sunglasses are a must bring in the Sunshine state or any theme park for that matter.
16. Comfortable Walking Shoes – there’s going to be a lot of walking, make sure you bring the most comfortable shoes there is. The walk around Epcot alone is a lot.
17. Backpack – bring your ever reliable bag where you can easily find things to place your jacket, sunglass, hat, water bottle, snacks, and whatever it is you needed for a day at any of the Disney theme parks.
18. Poncho – it can be sunny in the morning then all of a sudden, it’s gonna rain, welcome to Orlando! Here’s a Minnie Mouse one for the kids and a cute Mickey one for adults. A family pack poncho is also available and cheaper.
19. Camera – I always bring a DSLR through all our travels. And that’s not only coz’ I’m a blogger but it just takes way better pictures than my phone of course. I used a Canon Rebel DSLR.
20. Extra Camera Battery – I forgot to charge my camera battery after 2 days at Disney World theme parks, by the 3rd day at Animal Kingdom, I run out of battery, I feel horrible about it ’til today. So next time, I’m bringing an extra battery that’s already fully charged just in case.
21. Extra Memory Card – I take many pictures! Plenty! I did bring 2 extra memory cards during our Disney World trip coz’ I’ve also experienced running out memory during a previous trip elsewhere.
22. Handy pack of Gum or Mint – long day at Disney World and all that eating, yep!
23. Hand Sanitizer – oh the crowds! I don’t need to explain but you’ll be needing this. The one that can hang from your bag is the best so it’s easily accessible.
25. Pocket Pack Facial Tissue – achhoooo!!! All of a sudden you’re sneezing, pack a facial tissue, you’ll never know if someone in the family all of a sudden catches a cold or an allergy.
26. Medicine – medicine at Disney World is expensive especially at a Disney World Resort. Bring a pain killer, fever medicine, antacid, tummy ache medicine, allergy medicine, and your prescription medication among others. If you’re traveling with kids, make sure to also pack the thermometer.
27. Medicine Pill Box Organizer – what day is it? what time is it? It’s hard to remember if you’ve taken your medicine while having all that fun. Keep it organize with a pill box.
28. Band-aid – in case you fall or paper cut yourself.
29. Pennies for Pressing – the cheapest souvenir at Disney World is of course the penny – coin presser. This is such a novelty when you’re a kid so if you are traveling with kids, bring a few pennies with you! You can even get this Disney Presses Coin Holder.
30. Phone Charger with Long Cable – after a long day at Disney World, you’re gonna want to enjoy some tube time back at your hotel. Make sure the cord or cable of your phone charger is long enough so it reaches your bed as you lie down. But more importantly, make sure you really pack your phone charger!
31. Power banks – you will most likely run out of battery at Disney World as you take photos and videos from your phone on top of opening the Disney App. Bring a power banks to have more battery.
32. Waterproof phone case – Bring one to protect your phone from water rides and at the pool at your resort.
33. Ribbon for your Stroller and Luggage – oh my, I can’t tell you how much strollers there are at Disney World after you get off a ride especially at the “It’s a Small World” ride. All these black strollers, which one is mine? Tie it with a ribbon with a distinct color so you can easily eye it from a sea of strollers. We also do it with our luggages so it’s easier to eye it at the conveyor at the airport.
34. Smallest Folding Stroller – if you’re traveling with young ones, this is very handy not only in going through airport x-rays but also in storing it your tiny cabin. At first we were thinking of not bringing a stroller and just renting at Disney World but since we were not only visiting Disney World but Legoland Florida and Kennedy Space Center, we decided it would be cheaper to bring our strollers.
35. D-Ring Hook – we always have D-ring hooks on our strollers. We can easily attach a shopping bag or any bags into the stroller if the bottom bin is already full. Just make sure whatever you’re hanging is not heavier than your kid, especially when they try to get out the stroller suddenly as the stroller will fall down.
36. Compact Shopping Bag – having this around means I can toss anything in it that I can no longer pack properly back into the bag we brought to the theme park. This is also handy when you shop for some things at Disney World or tossing unfinished snacks.
38. Portable Duffel Bag – I know you’re packing for the trip so you don’t end up buying them at Disney World but trust me, you’ll be buying all sorts of toys and souvenirs. Bring a foldable duffel bag to throw it all in as I’m sure there’s not enough space in the luggage you came in with.
39. Ziplock Bags (various sizes) – Handy for packing toys, extra clothes and snacks, keeping liquids contained, and packing wet clothes. I also used a sandwich size Ziplock to put our Disney Magic Bands altogether so I can easily see it before leaving for the theme park everyday.
40. Waterproof Shoe Bag – keep your clothes clean when packing with a waterproof case for your shoes.
41. Roll-Up Compression Bags – these came really useful during out trip to Orlando as we tried to fit as much since we didn’t want to check-in our luggage during our flight to Orlando. This compression bags takes out all the air so you can fit more in your luggage.
42. Packing Cubes – easily access everything if you organized them properly in your luggage using cubes. Like separate the undergarments, the sleeping clothes, etc. You can even sort your clothes by day.
43. Directional Sensor Night Light – we bring this to every hotel stay now for those bathroom trips at night. It’s also directional so you can turn it to the ground.
44. Instant Stain Remover Pen – got a stain with all that eating, manage it without laundering with this pen.
45. Mini Sewing Kit – in case that button pop-out, you needed a safety pin, or just need to stitch back something that all of a sudden pop open during the trip.
46. Swimsuit – that other thing I always forget, swimsuit! Your Disney World Resort will have a really nice pool and there are also 2 water parks at Disney World.
47. Tampons/Feminine Pads – sometimes with the excitement of a vacation, we forget of that monthly thing coming.
48. Swim Diapers – for the babies who aren’t potty-trained yet during pool time at your Disney World Resort.
49. Dental Floss Pick – I love a handy pack of dental floss pick, I keep one in the car and on my purse. There’s nothing more disturbing that something got caught between your teeth.
50. Disney Costumes – Disney World can turn your kids into Prince or Princesses at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique for added cost or you can save by purchasing their costumes ahead.
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Please note that you cannot bring the following inside Disney World Theme Parks:
- Remote control toys
- Inline skates
- Shoes with built-in wheels
- Strollers larger than 36″ x 52″ (92 x 132 cm)
- Suitcases, coolers or backpacks with or without wheels larger than 24″ (61 cm) long x 15″ (38 cm) wide x 18″ (46 cm) high. Coolers required for medication may be stored in a locker or at Guest Relations.
- Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an ECV, wheelchair or stroller
- Wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels and devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted.
- Alcoholic beverages
- Weapons of any kind or object that appear to be weapons (toy guns, toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
- Folding chairs
- Glass containers (excluding baby food jars and perfume bottles)
- Pets (unless they are service animals, defined as any dog or miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability)
- Balloons and straws are not permitted in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for the safety of our animals
- Tripod stands or monopod stands that cannot fit inside a standard backpack
- Wrapped gifts (all gifts must be able to be unwrapped for inspection)
- Selfie sticks (hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices)
Plan your Disney World Vacation:
- 10 Tips for Planning a Disney World Vacation
- 10 Tips for Visiting Disney World Epcot
- 10 Tips for Visiting Disney World Animal Kingdom
- 10 Tips for Visiting Disney World Hollywood Studios
- 10 Tips for Visiting Magic Kingdom
- Must Try Foods at Disney World and What to Avoid
- Disney World Value Hotel: All Star Sports Resort
Plan your trip to Florida:
- 15 Ways to Save on an Orlando Vacation
- The Ultimate 2 Week Orlando Itinerary
- Legoland Florida VS. Legoland California
- Tips for Visiting Kennedy Space Center
- Where to Stay in Downtown Orlando
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