Going to Disney World is our families must do trip pretty much every year, and sometimes multiple years. We have been to Walt Disney’s incredible Florida Park at least 25 times in the past 15 years (yes, that’s a lot) but we absolutely love it. There is always something new that we love about the Disney Parks. The one thing that is not new about Disney World, is the cost and the incessant heat. If you don’t pack right you find yourself spending a whole bunch of extra money on overpriced items that you really don’t want to pay for. Thus, we have created the Ultimate Disney World Packing List to help you save time and money while at the parks.
The Ultimate Disney World Packing List – Over 50 Must-Pack Items
There are so many things you need when you are packing for Disney World. Here is a break down of all the necessities you need and some you might not have thought of.
Portable Battery Charger
If you are heading to Disney World, you are most likely going to use your phone quite a lot. From pictures to the My Disney Experience App to check out wait times or make reservations, your phone gets a ton of use. Get a portable battery charger that will provide a few charges so you can charge multiple devices. This one is my favorite charger – It charges your phone fast and has at least 6 charges in it for multiple phones.
Reusable Water Bottle
One of the things people do not know about Disney World is you can get FREE WATER all day long. If you walk up to any quick service dining restaurant, simply ask for a cup of ice water and voila, FREE Water. Now if you are like me, you might not like the flimsy cup that you get, because I am managing 5 kids so the last thing I need is the lid to pop off and water soak everything. Thus, I bring a reusable water bottle. This way, my water stays colder longer (plus I avoid paying $4.00 a bottle at the airport and Disney World). Here are some of the more popular double walled water bottles available on Amazon
Disney Magic Bands
If you are staying on property, you will be sent your Disney Magic Bands prior to arriving at Disney World. Pro Tip* Pack the Magic Bands in your Carry On Bag. The Magic Band is your key to your room, your theme park tickets and your credit card, so if you do not have it on you, you will find yourself scrambling through your luggage to find it. (Also, Check out 13 Amazing Things to Know ABout Your Disney Magic Bands!)
I highly recommend purchasing Bit Belts to help prevent your Magic Band from falling off. They are super cheap and will save a lot of future frustration
When you arrive to the parks at Disney World, often times you will see signs for FREE Bug Repellent, if you don’t have any take advantage. I prefer to pack my own as there are plenty of times where we are not near those booths. This one is my personal favorite as it uses all natural ingredients and we have never been bitten with it on which is amazing since I am a bug magnet. Check current prices here!
A stroller is an absolute must if you have a child 5 or under as Disney World is miles and miles of walking. You do have an option of renting your stroller at Disney World (I break down all the stroller rental options in my Disney World Stroller Rental Article) However, make sure that you do not go without bringing one if you have a little one.
My personal preference is renting a stroller from Kingdom Strollers. It is so much cheaper than renting at Disney World, they deliver the stroller and pick up right from your hotel. They are an authorized Disney Partner which means they have specified drop off and pick up areas, so you don’t have to wait to meet someone to get your stroller. You can save up to 50% off stroller rentals versus using an in park stroller. Plus, you can have the stroller once you exit the park which is nice, so you don’t have to carry your kids to the hotels (trust me I have been there). Check current prices here!
More Necessities to Pack
Weather Specific Items to add to your Disney World Packing List –
There are two things you can pretty much guarantee with a trip to central Florida, sun, and rain (especially in the summer). We have brought all sorts of umbrellas from the oversized golf umbrella (terrible to pack) to the cheap ones you buy at Disney World that last for a couple weeks. The best umbrella to pack is this one from amazon.com. I have had it for years and every time I use it, whether it’s to block the sun or the rain and it’s super easy to pack.
If you are looking for one to cover you while pushing the stroller, there is this amazing umbrella that attaches to your stroller and covers you. Check it out Here!
If you don’t like carrying around an umbrella then pre-order some ponchos before you head to Disney World. Otherwise, when the downpour comes you will find yourself either soaked or shelling out $8 a pop for some cheap thin ponchos. Instead, grab some quality ponchos that will actually keep you dry before the trip. Check current prices here
Stroller Cover –
There is nothing worse than getting off a ride and you go to set your little one in the stroller and it is completely soaked after a sudden rainstorm. We use a stroller cover to keep our stroller dry which prevents us from dealing with a very soggy stroller. Check current prices here!
Backpack Diaper Bag –
If you have little ones, you have to grab a backpack diaper bag. It will save your back and is so much more convenient. Plus, they have some super cute ones as well. Check out a full list of the top ones here.
From March to October you will see these spray fans all over Disney World and let me tell you something, they aren’t too cheap. I think it’s around $22.00 now. Grab one on Amazon for around $9-11 here.
Other weather-related items to purchase
JUST FOR FUN – Disney World Packing List Items
One of my kids’ favorite things about Disney World was the little accessories they got along the journey. And I definitely would say to pick up some souvenirs for your kids. But, there also some things you can bring along, whether it is from past Disney trips or some that you can purchase beforehand to save a little dough.
Glow Paint *** An Absolute Must Have for Animal Kingdom ***
One of our favorite things we have ever done at Disney World is painting the kids with Glow Paint at Pandora in Animal Kingdom. All of Pandora glows at night and your kids will too with this paint. They do not sell the paint at the park so you have to pre-purchase it from Amazon before your trip. Here is absolutely the best one. It does not run and the kids did not even notice it on your face. Here is the link to the highest rated glow in the dark face paint on Amazon,
Automatic Bubble Wand-
If you have kids 7 and under, bubble wand are a great way to keep them entertained. Whether they be in a stroller or a long line, the bubble wand keep your kiddos entertained for hours. It also prevents your child crying for the ones they see all over the park, and that’s a nice bonus. Here are some great ones available on Amazon – (avoid getting ones with a trigger as Disney does not allow those)
Princess Dresses & Character Costumes
Our girls loved dressing up for Disney World. Even up to the age of 9 my girl liked wearing her princess costume. In addition there are some really cute costumes for boys, however it Disney World. It is not cheap. I highly recommend adding these items to your Disney World Packing List. There are some really cute ones available at Shop Disney and often times they have large sales.
Disney Family Shirts
My husband absolutely loves matching shirts, in fact, he loved it so much he wrote a full article on the best Matching Disney Shirts. I hate to admit it, it’s really a great time when we all have some sort of unique matching shirt and it adds a lot to the trip.
More Fun Items to Pack
Snacks to add to your Disney World Packing List
Since a Mickey Pretzel can cost you an arm and a leg, I always pack a carry-on bag filled with snacks for the trip. Disney allows outside food into the parks, so this is a great way Another option is to get snacks from the Walmart down the road as you can order online and pick it up saving you tons of time. (You can read about that service here)
Easy Snack Items to Pack
For the Baby
Now, Disney World with a baby is a whole different ball game. Here are some of the absolute musts if you’ve got a little one coming along for the fun. A couple items that you should really think about are items for the stroller.
If you are heading in the springtime or summer I highly recommend bringing a stroller fan. It’s a nice simple way to help keep your little one cool. You can snag one here.
JJ Cole Stroller Blanket
Now, if it is the winter or there are cool nights in your forecast then I say grab one of these stroller blankets. We got a JJ Cole Stroller Blanket for our last child (seriously wish we had it for the previous 4) and it is amazing. The blanket attaches to the stroller and you can zip it right up so your baby is all snug in there. No more worrying about the blanket falling on the ground. I loved this item so much it was the first thing I bought for my brother when I found out he was having a kid. Check Current Prices Here
More Must-Have Items for Baby!
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