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10 Things you NEED to pack for Walt Disney World

10 Things you NEED to pack for Walt Disney World (3)Planning your Walt Disney World vacation is so much fun! You've picked the perfect resort, planned your family's park outfits, secured those dining reservations, and now you're *almost* ready to go!

It is time to pack! Let's discuss some of the lesser known items to add to your suitcase that can save you some extra stress (and money if you need to purchase some of these items in the park!) I was once the queen of over-packing for trips. I have, over many vacations, narrowed down what I pack to a few essentials. Every item on this list has been a LIFE SAVER, okay that's a bit dramatic, but definitely comes in handy and we never leave home heading to Walt Disney World without this list:

1. All of the chargers: You will spend a lot of time using your phone on Disney property. From checking wait times, utilizing Genie +, and taking 1,000 photos, to searching for the closest character meet, your battery life won't last long. I suggest bringing at least one portable charger per device. If your forget your portable charger in your room, no worries! You can find fuel rod dispensers throughout the parks and can even turn used fuel rods in for charged rods!

On the subject, I always bring a USB plug charging block for my resort room. You will have outlets and USB plugs in your room but you will find they are used up quickly if you have mobile devices, Magic Band +, portable charges, your Apple (Or Samsung, I don't judge) watch, etc, and you will need the extra ports.

2. Foot and leg care: Even our best broken in shoes can make our feet and legs struggle with the miles you will walk at Walt Disney World. Blister protection during the day (Mole Skin, Anti-rub spray) and Epsom Salt Rub at night before bed are your best friends. I prefer Epsom salt rub to soak because of the convenience. Just rub it on like lotion and let it go to work

3. Medicine:It goes without saying to make sure you pack your prescription meds, but consider the medication you don't take daily at home that you could need. Anti-nausea meds, ibuprofen or Tylenol, benadryl, etc can all catch you off guard when you need it and it is much more cost effective to bring a bit of each with you than have to track it down and spend Disney prices on a small bottle!

4. Sanitizing Wipes: You may think you won't eat off the top of a trash can if that is the only spot open to set your food down while you are eating around the world. You find a just opened table at a quick service location that is a little sticky? Bring the sanitizing wipes. Even the most magical things can be a bit gross.

5. Personal Deodorant Wipes: I'm not going to elaborate, just trust me on this one

6. Ponchos:It rains in Florida. Often. Ponchos are available for purchase in the park but are more expensive than you can order online. If you want to save a little money, bring your own.

7. Sunscreen and after sun care: You do not want your trip brought down by a sunburn that could have been avoided.

8. Pop up hamper: A small pop-up hamper in your resort room will save a mess from dirty clothes while your luggage stays stored away under your bed or in the closet for extra space.

9. Tide Pen:Dole Whip and Mickey bars melt in the Florida Sun. Keep a tide pen handy so the stains don't set in on those coordinating outfits you spent so much time picking out!

10. Ziplock Bags:I can't tell you how many times Ziplock bags have come in handy on my family's Walt Disney World trips. They are great to store cookies from the cookie stroll in EPCOT or the rest of that Mickey shaped Rice Krispie treat that looked like you could totally finish it. You can use them to pack swimsuits if they don't dry all the way before it's time to head home, protect your phone on water rides, and many other uses I probably haven't even discovered yet!

I hope this list helps you narrow down some of the tough packing decisions and gives you some helpful packing ideas! If you would like assistance in planning your next Walt Disney World vacation, I am always just an email away!

Chali Francis

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10 Things you NEED to pack for Walt Disney World

Planning your Walt Disney World vacation is so much fun! You've picked the perfect resort, planned y...

10 Things you NEED to pack for Walt Disney World

Planning your Walt Disney World vacation is so much fun! You've picked the perfect resort, planned your family's park outfits, secured those dining reservations, and now you're *almost* ready to go!

It is time to pack! Let's discuss some of the lesser known items to add to your suitcase that can save you some extra stress (and money if you need to purchase some of these items in the park!) I was once the queen of over-packing for trips. I have, over many vacations, narrowed down what I pack to a few essentials. Every item on this list has been a LIFE SAVER, okay that's a bit dramatic, but definitely comes in handy and we never leave home heading to Walt Disney World without this list:

1. All of the chargers: You will spend a lot of time using your phone on Disney property. From checking wait times, utilizing Genie +, and taking 1,000 photos, to searching for the closest character meet, your battery life won't last long. I suggest bringing at least one portable charger per device. If your forget your portable charger in your room, no worries! You can find fuel rod dispensers throughout the parks and can even turn used fuel rods in for charged rods!

On the subject, I always bring a USB plug charging block for my resort room. You will have outlets and USB plugs in your room but you will find they are used up quickly if you have mobile devices, Magic Band +, portable charges, your Apple (Or Samsung, I don't judge) watch, etc, and you will need the extra ports.

2. Foot and leg care: Even our best broken in shoes can make our feet and legs struggle with the miles you will walk at Walt Disney World. Blister protection during the day (Mole Skin, Anti-rub spray) and Epsom Salt Rub at night before bed are your best friends. I prefer Epsom salt rub to soak because of the convenience. Just rub it on like lotion and let it go to work

3. Medicine:It goes without saying to make sure you pack your prescription meds, but consider the medication you don't take daily at home that you could need. Anti-nausea meds, ibuprofen or Tylenol, benadryl, etc can all catch you off guard when you need it and it is much more cost effective to bring a bit of each with you than have to track it down and spend Disney prices on a small bottle!

4. Sanitizing Wipes: You may think you won't eat off the top of a trash can if that is the only spot open to set your food down while you are eating around the world. You find a just opened table at a quick service location that is a little sticky? Bring the sanitizing wipes. Even the most magical things can be a bit gross.

5. Personal Deodorant Wipes: I'm not going to elaborate, just trust me on this one

6. Ponchos:It rains in Florida. Often. Ponchos are available for purchase in the park but are more expensive than you can order online. If you want to save a little money, bring your own.

7. Sunscreen and after sun care: You do not want your trip brought down by a sunburn that could have been avoided.

8. Pop up hamper: A small pop-up hamper in your resort room will save a mess from dirty clothes while your luggage stays stored away under your bed or in the closet for extra space.

9. Tide Pen:Dole Whip and Mickey bars melt in the Florida Sun. Keep a tide pen handy so the stains don't set in on those coordinating outfits you spent so much time picking out!

10. Ziplock Bags:I can't tell you how many times Ziplock bags have come in handy on my family's Walt Disney World trips. They are great to store cookies from the cookie stroll in EPCOT or the rest of that Mickey shaped Rice Krispie treat that looked like you could totally finish it. You can use them to pack swimsuits if they don't dry all the way before it's time to head home, protect your phone on water rides, and many other uses I probably haven't even discovered yet!

I hope this list helps you narrow down some of the tough packing decisions and gives you some helpful packing ideas! If you would like assistance in planning your next Walt Disney World vacation, I am always just an email away!

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10 Things you NEED to pack for Walt Disney World (2024)

FAQs

What should I pack for my Disney trip? ›

Theme Parks – Frequently Asked Questions
  • Autograph book (for Disney Characters)
  • Backpack.
  • Bathing suit.
  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • External battery for mobile phones.
  • First aid kit.
  • Hand sanitizer.
  • Hat.

What do you bring into Disney World? ›

Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverage items into the park for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers and do not require heating, reheating, processing, refrigeration or temperature control and do not have pungent odors.

What not to pack for Disney World? ›

Prohibited Items
  • Firearms, ammunition, knives and weapons of any kind.
  • Self-defense or restraining devices (e.g., pepper spray, mace).
  • Marijuana (including marijuana enriched products) or any illegal substance.
  • Objects or toys that appear to be firearms or weapons.

Is $1000 enough for Disney World? ›

Visiting Disney on a Budget

As you can see, it's totally possible to visit Disney World for under $1000 a person. Using the calculations above, it would cost around $2,000 for a family of 4. That's pretty impressive when you recognize that the usual cost is between $3000 and $5000 for a family of that size.

How do I pack my own food for Disney? ›

A: Guests are allowed to bring outside food and nonalcoholic beverages into the parks for self-consumption, provided they are not in glass containers, do not require heating, reheating, processing or refrigeration and do not have pungent odors. Inform a Security Cast Member of any food items when you enter the park.

Should I bring snacks to Disney? ›

Valerie, you'll be pleased to know that you can bring outside food and non-alcoholic drinks into the theme parks. As a family of four who try to keep to a tight budget, we make sure to load up with plenty of outside food whenever we visit Walt Disney World Resort. Sometimes we even bring our lunch.

Does Disney allow backpacks? ›

Luckily, backpacks are permitted in the theme parks, so it's easy for me to bring along everything I need to enjoy my day. My park bag is always stocked with portable phone chargers, sunscreen, band-aids, a jacket or sweatshirt, rain gear, and a refillable water bottle.

What do you need cash for in Disney World? ›

Cash is widely accepted all over Walt Disney World at the theme parks, Disney Resort hotels and at Disney Springs. You may run into a few stands or kiosks that can only accept digital currency, like the carts that sell bubble wands and glow items or the balloon handlers.

Can you refill water bottles at Disney World? ›

Replenish your water bottles at convenient locations throughout Walt Disney World Resort.

What can't you wear to Disney? ›

Clothing which, by nature, exposes excessive portions of the skin that may be viewed as inappropriate for a family environment. Clothing with multiple layers are subject to search upon entry. Visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or designs.

How many outfits to take to Disney? ›

YOUR SUITCASE

I pack at least two outfits per day for Annabelle and at least 1.5 for Mitch and I. We find that showering and changing midway through the day incredibly refreshing in the Florida heat. I also bring a light sweater no matter what the weather because the air conditioning can get pretty cold.

Will Disney bring your bags to your room? ›

If you arrive before your room is ready, you may check your bags with Bell Services so you can begin your vacation right away. Your bags can be delivered to your room for your convenience later in the day.

What is the cheapest time to go to Disney World? ›

In general, the months of January and February (except for the days around Presidents Day weekend) are usually priced lower than during mid-March through April when many schools have spring break. Early May is also a good time to visit as well as later August and also September.

How much money should I take for a week at Disney World? ›

The Average Cost of a Disney Vacation vs. Affordable Alternatives
EXPENSEWalt Disney World Resort Area Hotel/ResortWestgate Vacation Package
Stay (One Week)*$2,040.78$519.00
Dining (One Week)**$2,051$1557.50
Activities$50/day or $350/weekFREE
3-Day Disney Tickets ***$1,125.88$1,125.88 w/$200 towards park tickets*
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Is Disney World cash free? ›

You are welcome to use cash throughout your vacation. Please note that some kiosks and carts may have an attendant who doesn't accept cash based on their available technology and space limitations of the moveable location.

Are backpacks allowed at Disney? ›

Luckily, backpacks are permitted in the theme parks, so it's easy for me to bring along everything I need to enjoy my day. My park bag is always stocked with portable phone chargers, sunscreen, band-aids, a jacket or sweatshirt, rain gear, and a refillable water bottle.

How many outfits per day at Disney? ›

Two per day/person. We change after our pool break for the evening. Short of a change of clothes, is recommend extra underclothes if you are traveling in the warmer months… I always need extra shirts because I'm a notorious food nerd.

Can I take my backpack on Disney rides? ›

Backpacks are allowed on all other attractions and can be stowed at your feet while you are riding. There are lockers for rent if you do not want to carry your backpack around with you all day. There is at least one set at each theme park and they are usually located towards the front of the parks.

How much money should I bring to Disney with me? ›

Using the above analysis as a guide, a good daily budget for Disney is around $233 per person per day if you are traveling as a family of four, or a total of $935 for the whole family. This figure includes theme park tickets, parking, food, and spending money, but not accommodation.

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