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What to pack in your Disney World park bag

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What to pack in your Disney World park bag

Disney World days can be long, so what should you pack in your Disney World park bag to make sure you’re prepared?

Having several essentials on hand can make your days much more enjoyable.

In this post, I’m going to show you exactly what I carry in my bag to help you plan for yours…

Some packing basics

I’m not a minimalist packer. I like to be prepared and have all of my stuff with me.

I often take a backpack into Disney theme parks because I like having all of the things I could need available to me at all times. I used to even have a separate packing list just for my park bag because there were so many little items that I didn’t want to forget.

Does Disney World allow bags on rides?

Yes! Disney allows you to bring your bags on all rides so you don’t need to worry about what to do with it while you ride (however, Universal provides free lockers that they require you to use at many of their rides which means an extra stop going in and out of those rides and it’s kind of a pain).

Can you bring your own food to Disney World parks?

You definitely can. Pack a whole lunch, if you’d like. Just don’t bring alcohol or anything made of glass.

What’s the best bag for Disney World?

In this post, I’m showing a backpack to accommodate this number of items, but smaller backpacks or crossbody bags are another good option if you still want to carry some essentials.

When I’m not carrying a backpack, I’m using this crossbody bag which fits lots of things, but is more convenient to have in front, especially if you want easy access to your phone or other items you might access frequently.

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What to put in your Disney World park bag

Here are the items I usually pack…

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Weather-related items

Heat, rain and sun are huge factors on most Disney World trips. During some months, chilly morning/evening temps could also be an issue.

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To deal with that, I’d suggest packing:

  • Ponchos and/or an umbrella. Ponchos are more convenient and can easily cover up you, your bag and a stroller (if they’re big enough). I bought ours at Disney World and just keep packing them to take back each trip.
  • Spray misters. When it’s hot, something to keep you cool can come in really handy. If it’s not summertime where you live, you might want to order these online or they’re available to buy at Disney World.
  • Sunglasses. I’d also recommend a sunglass strap, just in case.
  • Light jacket – recommended for mornings/evenings for people traveling October – March
  • Folding fans! – inexpensive, lightweight and life savers, especially when you’re in a queue with lots of other people and it can feel warm fast

Health-related items

On every trip, I’ve made use of several of these things:

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  • Mini-first aid kit – you can make your own little kit with some Band-Aids, itch/burn cream, ibuprofen, etc. There are also first aid stations in the parks with some of these items available.
  • Sunscreen
  • Anti-bacterial gel
  • Wet wipes
  • Bug spray (although bug bites are relatively rare at Disney World)
  • Tissues

Gadgets

Many or most people rely on gadgets for their trip, especially since so many of the details are managed through the app.

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Don’t forget to pack:

Park touring items

Without these, you won’t make it very far in the parks.

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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, or download them from our Disney World Maps page
  • MagicBands/park tickets – On-site guests will likely use their MagicBands. Off-site guests will use their park tickets, unless they choose to purchase MagicBands at Disney World
  • Lanyards – for off-site guests who will need to regularly use their park tickets and credit cards, I’d suggest a lanyard for easy access
  • Bitbelts – I started using these after losing my MagicBand during a trip. WDW Prep readers get a 15% discount when using the code “wdwprepschool” at checkout on the Bitbelt site. I 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 things to MagicBands, I always bring a little cash and a credit card just in case
  • Photo ID
  • Autograph book – you could also bring other items to autograph, such as a photo mat or pillow case
  • Autograph pen – the characters prefer larger pens or Sharpies (bonus points for retractable Sharpies which are a really good option).

Entertainment for kids

Although I hope that you won’t end up waiting much, it’s always helpful to have things for kids to do while waiting for the parks to open, in line at an attraction or for food to arrive.

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Some ideas:

  • Games – deck of cards or game apps work well
  • Bubbles – I carry little, party-sized bottles to blow while waiting. Kids around you enjoy it as well since they can try popping the bubbles your kids’ blow
  • Coins for pressing – cheapest souvenir ever and it’s fun for kids to look for machines. The containers pictured are ones I created out of pill bottles because the mini-M&M containers are often way too big for us.
  • Glow sticks – fun to use at night. I usually pick some up at a dollar store and bring extras to hand out to other kids who are waiting for a parade or nighttime show to begin.

Pantry items

Make sure you stay hydrated and have some snacks handy for between meals.

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I usually pack:

  • Bottled water – 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, granola bars and whatever we’re having for breakfast on-the-go that day
  • Gum – not sold at Disney World so bring it with you if you’d like some during your trip

Miscellaneous items

Some other things I’d suggest:

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  • 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 – my son wouldn’t wear wet clothes when he was little so if you think your child may play in the Epcot fountains, in the water area in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, or get wet on Splash Mountain or Kali River Rapids, you might want to pack a dry, spare set of clothes
  • Extra Ziplocs – 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 in the WDW Prep Amazon Shop, so be sure to check that out to save yourself time running around to different stores.

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Video: What’s in my Disney World park bag


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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.

What other items would you put into your Disney World park bag?

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Shannon Albert

Stacey

Friday 11th of June 2021

Have you used the body glide foot anti blister balm? If so did you find it helpful? My husband and I are going in October for the 50th and we ALWAYS get blisters at the ball of our feet and in between the toe area. I would love to try it but i also don't want to spend unnecessary money on things that wont work because we are on a kind of tight budget. But on another note on our last two trips to Disney we actually froze some water bottles and wrapped a wash rag around it and stuck in our park bag and it was really helpful.

tariq Usman

Friday 11th of June 2021

Our ultimate Disney secret is CamelBak water backpacks. Our first trip to Disney in 8/2005, we took water bottles, which were inconvenient to carry around and warm by the time we hit the bus stop. When we went with our son when he was 2, we brought a CamelBak for us, and a little one for him, which we hung on the back of the stroller and threaded the drinking tube into him. We had a well-hydrated toddler who wasn’t having July heat meltdowns like everyone else’s and cold water all day for ourselves. Now we have appropriately sized ones for all of us (the 2yo is now 11, and has an 8yo little bro), and they also hold the snacks and other sundries we consider important enough to lug around for 20K steps. *And a new 2020 Covid era benefit, you can sip water from the tube without removing your mask!*

Tabitha

Saturday 12th of September 2020

Every time I’ve gone to Disney I’ve packed a very similar bag to what you have listed the best thing for security is to pack in a see through pouch/ziploc of some sort that way when they look at your bags contents during security checks they take out a pouch look at the contents through the outside and move on. Saves a TON of time trying to repack your bag and security will thank you for it!

Laura

Thursday 25th of April 2019

love this. i get so annoyed with the sites that say don't bring a park bag, it just wastes time. those people obviously don't have children. but even before kids, i always wind up needing something and i'd rather have it with me than have to buy it and spend a fortune, or go without and have disastrous results.

Charity

Monday 20th of August 2018

In your video you show your Haunted Mansion folding fan. I am having trouble trying to find where to order one for my friend who really liked yours. Can you point me in the right direction? Thank you. ?

Shannon Albert

Monday 20th of August 2018

I had it made. They aren't for sale (yet). :)