Walt Disney World resort is a huge place. It is made up of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks and a shopping district (Disney Springs). It can be overwhelming trying to figure out what you need to bring with you.
Do you need water? How about snacks or a bag lunch? Do I need to bring my wallet or purse?
I have all the answers you need when deciding on what to bring in your Disney park bag. It goes without saying, but first things first. You’ll need some type of bag. I prefer a book bag most of the time (like this one).
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They have plenty of room to bring the items listed below as well as putting some small souvenirs inside. The backpack will stay out of the way on your back, making it easy to move among the crowds. Plus they usually will fit at your feet when riding rides, so you won’t have a need to find a locker.
Let’s jump into the list of what to have in your Disney park bag. Remember these items are a must when going to either of the 2 water parks or 4 theme parks. You may even want to consider bringing them with you to Disney Springs.
Refillable water bottles
Sure you can get free ice water from any quick service locations. However, I don’t really care for the taste. Having a refillable water bottle with filter like the Brita water bottle listed here will surely be a lifesaver in the summer Florida sun.
Not only is it light weight it also makes the water taste great. I’ll hook it onto my bag with a clip for easy access so my daughter can grab it. As I said before it comes with a built in filter (link for replacement filters here)to help remove that nasty Florida tap water taste.
Even if you don’t think you will need it. I’m telling you that you will NEED it. The Florida sun is like no other in the US. Besides you will be spending a good chunk of your day outside with the sun beating down on you.
Make sure you bring one that is water proof. Especially in the summer months. You are going to sweat and it likes to rain in the mid-afternoon on most days. You don’t want to get caught in the rain and wash off your freshly applied sunscreen.
I prefer the lotion kind when having it in my park bag. Less of a chance of the inside of my bag getting sprayed. Just place it in a Ziploc bag for a little added protection.
Like I just stated, in Florida it rains a lot. Orlando receives over 7 inches on average in August alone. Have rain gear in your bag is a must.
Nothing is worse than being soaked from head to toe or having to spend $10 in the park for a disposable poncho. Grab some rain gear before hand and make sure you pack it in your bag EVERY day.
Having an extra pair socks to change into after a down pour or water ride is also very useful. If you don’t feel like packing socks you may want to consider throwing in a pair of sandals.
Walking out in wet shoes and socks can really take the fun out of a day. Besides it is not healthy for your feet. There is a reason in the military we change socks a few times a day when we are out on humps (hikes).
Having dry feet will lower your risk of getting blisters. Blisters and Disney do not go well together. So make sure you keep your feet as dry as possible.
I’m sure you see this advice everywhere. You should REALLY follow this one. Grab a box or 2 of the gallon size Ziploc bags. There are so many uses for them while in the park.
They can keep your keys and wallet dry. A place to store dry or wet socks. They are the perfect vessel to store leftover cupcakes or cookies.
They can pretty much hold any solid item and keep them waterproof. Like we went over earlier, it rains a lot in Orlando. Ziploc bags will keep that extra cupcake dry for when you get back to the resort. Who wants to eat a soggy cupcake anyway? I sure don’t.
Packing a spare set of sunglasses for you and your kids. They don’t call it the sunshine state for nothing. When it is not raining the sun is shining.
Don’t be like me and forget the 5 pairs you already bought in the parks back at the hotel room. Make sure you already have a spare set in your park bag. Keep putting them in the night before so you always have back up set for your kids.
Sure you have the dining plan and have 2 snacks per person per day. But sometimes you want a pack of crackers or a powerbar instead of “junk” food. Having snacks in your bag also helps the hunger bug while standing in lines.
Just grab a snack out of your bag to hold the little ones over till after the ride. They can be the savior instead of your kid having a meltdown. It can also save you boat loads of money if your not on the dining plan.
Snacks at Walt Disney World Theme Parks can cost any from a dollar or two up words to 9 or 10 dollars. Save the meltdown and save your wallet by having a few snacks on hand.
Depending on who you are or how you are hand sanitizer may or may not be at the top of you list. Regardless were it is on your list it MUST be in your park bag. We have all done it at one point in time or another and I know our children have done it multiple times a day.
Getting your hands smack dab right in some UNKNOWN goo. You wipe it off but now you are rushing to the nearest restroom (which you can’t find) to clean off your hands. If you have a bottle of hand sanitizer with you….. Fear not. You can sanitize your hands and than calmly look for the restroom to wash it off with soap and water.
Autograph book with Pen
If you have you kids I am sure they want to meet all the Characters. While you can meet them and not get there Autographs. But I ask you….. What’s the fun in that.
Be sure to also grab a clickable sharpie marker. The clickable ones are great to have at a Disney Theme park since you won’t be messing around with a cap. A fun little tip to do with the autograph book is to keep on side free of autographs and print a picture to place next to the characters autograph.
You will need to charge your phone at least once in the day. Having a battery pack to charge your phone will be a life saver. You will be using your phone most of the day to check out ride times.
Looking at different menus and using mobile order. Making all those extra FastPasses (read about that here). Unless you have a week old phone your battery will not hold up all day long. Having a reliable power bank can help you have your phone last all day.
So we are going to call this a bonus item. Manly because we forget to add it the first time we did this. You will need to bring your own straws to the parks now. That is unless you like paper straws.VEHHE Metal Straws Drinking Straws 10.5″ Stainless Steel Straws Reusable 8 Set – Ultra Long Rainbow Color-Cleaning Brush for 20/30 Oz for Yeti RTIC SIC Ozark Trail Tumblers (4 Straight|4 Bent|2 Brush)
These are the 10 (+1 bonus) Essential items to have in your Disney Park bag at ALL TIMES. You never want to leave your resort without any of the above items. They can really make or break your theme park day.
While there are more items than that, that you can and should bring. These 10 items are a must. I never leave my room without them and you shouldn’t either.
Is there any item I missed that is a must have for you? Is there one thing you can’t live without while spending a day at Walt Disney World. Let me know in the comments below. Be sure to follow kozmophotos on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest. By following kozmophotos you will be the first to know when a new post is up.