What to bring with you into the Parks
If you thought packing your Disney vacation suitcase was nerve-wracking, just wait until you start to pack your theme park bag. Disney Park days can be long, so what should you pack in your Disney park bag to make sure you’re prepared?
If the parks are open for 10-14 hours, that’s a long time to make it only on the contents of your pockets; you should consider extra supplies. Having been to Walt Disney World 3 times, and Disneyland Paris 4 times, with and without kids, all in the last 8 years… this is what we have learned.
A Disney Park bag and a day bag can have some pretty clear differences. Disney parks are a very high energy tourist destination. On any given day the parks are filled with excited, sweaty and possibly exhausted children and parents. As any Disney fan would tell you there is some much fun to be had that stopping to hunt down sunscreen at a crowded shop is not something to waste your, detailed, epic-schedule on. Plus think of the children!!!
Disney fans with children will tell you there are some items to carry that will just save you time and money. We will often refer throughout this article to Walt Disney World but if your travelling from afar this article is a one-stop read for all 6 Disney Parks.
The parks don’t have corner stores to buy forgotten items. And any health-related items can be time-consuming to source from the Disney Baby Care Center, First aid Station (Walt Disney World First Aid Stations), or City Hall. And weather-related items are often something you don’t think of until you are already soaked running for the closest store on Main Street USA. And from my experience, you could be paying nearly double the price of arriving prepared.
The stock is often limited, they typically only have one brand, and the line to make your purchases can last at least 30 minutes, if not longer (Yes, I have stood in one of those lines).
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Do Disney Parks Allow Bags on Rides?
Yes! Disney allows you to bring your bags on all rides. You don’t need to worry about what to do with it while you ride.
Can you bring Your own Food to Disney Parks?
Definitely. Pack a whole lunch, if that’s your jam. Just remember don’t bring alcohol or anything made of glass.
What’s the Ultimate Park Bag for Disney Parks?
Your ultimate Disney Park Bag should fit everything you usually need on any given day, plus a few extras. We use backpacks for the majority of our Disney Park trips. A nice Disney drawstring backpack is often how we roll. This will help you reduce the amount of clutter you take with you unnecessarily. It is easy to access for both yourself and your partner – but you will definitely feel it if a stranger tries to reach into it.
Don’t become the family mule, carrying everyone’s stuff around. My partner generally carries an assortment of camera gear in a backpack.
In my experience, the children often enjoy carrying their own stuff in there very own backpack. In this way, you have a completely kitted out little person how is ready for any parent to see to there needs. No digging for stuff in many bags. “One kid one kit!” If you have to hang that bag off the stroller for any period of time, at least, all their stuff is together and ready to go on there backs.
What to Put in Your Disney Park Bag
The weather is a huge factor during most Disney Park trips. Heat, rain, and sun can have a massive impact on your fun, also some months, chilly morning/evening temperatures could also be an issue.
Ponchos and/or an umbrella – Ponchos are more convenient then an umbrella and can easily be deployed to the whole family, and stored in a bag or a stroller if its big like our BOB Revolution. They can be purchased at Disney Parks, or for less on Amazon and you can just keep packing them for your next trip.
Sunglasses – We forgot sunglasses straps last Disney Park trip it was super inconvenient. We recommend them.
We travel often and have found that having these items at hand will allow for quick reaction to trip and falls as well as weather-related issues. Whether you are walking the Roman forum or walking through Epcot.
Sunscreen. Your number one item. In the parks, you WILL fry, especially at the water parks. Don’t leave home without it!
Personal First-Aid Kit. You can make your own little kit with Band-Aids, itch/burn cream, ibuprofen, Triple Antibiotic Protection Ointment (In my opinion Best Stuff Ever for skinned Knees), etc.
There are also First-Aid stations in the parks with some of these items available, prices can be double the retail price and stock limited.
Anti-Bacterial Gel. Take it easy with this stuff.
Wet Wipes. You can clean ANYTHING with wet wipes. Use them in your car in your campsite. At work. And definitely at Disney Parks.
Park Touring Items
Some items to remember in your Disney World park bag:
Park maps – you can pick these up at the park if you don’t have any of your own ahead of time.
MagicBands/MagicKeepers/Park tickets. On-site guests will likely use their MagicBands or MagicKeepers. Off-site guests will use their park tickets unless they choose to purchase MagicBands at Disney World.
Lanyards. Super handy for off-site guests who will need to regularly use their park tickets and credit cards, we’d suggest a lanyard for easy access. Remember lost park tickets are not replaceable if you lose them.
Bitbelts. This can keep you from losing your MagicBand during a trip. There are many stories online of Disney guests losing Magicbands and spending exorbitant amounts of time and energy sorting it. We recommend the wider bands for the regular-sized MagicBands and the junior bands for children who will be using the inside of the MagicBand (not sure what size your child will be wearing? Wait until you receive your MagicBands and then order Bitbelts that fit).
Credit Card. Although you can charge purchases to MagicBands, We always bring a little cash and a credit card just in case.
Autograph Book. You could also bring other items for autographs, such as a pillowcase. Remember to have a good packing plan for these bulky items.
Autograph Pen. The characters prefer larger pens or Sharpies. (Bonus Tip: Retractable Sharpies are awesome!)
Gadgets & Gizmos Galore
Many or most people rely on a smartphone and other gadgets in everyday life using them for trips is no different. Whether you need a phone for simple communication or the latest apps. Having all the required accessories is a must.
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External Battery Charger. WITH charging cords, is required for any travel adventure, Disney is no exception- phone batteries drain so quickly at Disney Parks. The Disney Parks have there very own Apps for the display of Live showtimes, ride wait times, etc..
Fitness band or smartwatch. you’ll be amazed at how many Kilometers/miles you walk each day.
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Having some snacks handy for meals is a good idea. Make sure you stay hydrated.
We usually pack:
Refillable water bottle. I used to carry 1 around per family member but that got too heavy so now I carry one and refill it in the fountains or in restaurants.
Snacks. I like bringing fruit, rice cakes, and other little things.
Stuff For Kids in Your Park Bag
Although we hope that you won’t end up waiting much, the kids do get bored. It’s always beneficial when travelling with kids to have something for them to do during the waiting game.
If the parks are not open yet, your waiting in line at an attraction, or waiting for food to arrive. Here is some stuff for Kids to do.
- Have a Snack.
- Have a Snack. lol
- Plan Your Next Meal.
- Take a family Selfie or two.
- Play with a Toy.
Miscellaneous Useful Items
Some other things I’d suggest:
Towel. used to wipe off a seat, sit on during parades, etc. I usually just grab one from our hotel room.
Spare outfit for kids.
Extra Ziploc Bags. never know what you might want to keep dry or extra storage so I just always have extras in my backpack
Park Bag Items on Amazon
Many/most of the items listed above are available, so be sure to check that out to save yourself time running around to different stores.
Of course, if you don’t want to take a full-sized backpack into the parks, you could cross things off this list and fit your stuff into a cinch-style backpack or purse.
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What other items would you put into your Disney Park bag?
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