Moving to Florida and becoming Disney World Passholders has taught my family a few tricks for visiting the parks. We have found that it is easiest for all of us to take one backpack full of everything that we may need for the day. Here is our Ultimate Disney World Guide to packing for the parks.
Ultimate Disney World Guide To Packing For The Parks
Photo ID/Credit Card
If picking up tickets at will call, the person whose name is on the reservation must present a valid photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets. The confirmation number can also be used to look up the reservation, but it takes much more time.
Magic Band/Disney Card
If you are staying on Disney property, your custom Magic Band will be mailed to your house before your vacation. Magic Bands are linked to your room and park tickets. All other tickets, those picked up at will call or purchased at the gate, will be on a Disney Card. Once inside the park, you have the option to purchase a Magic Band for $12.95+ plus tax.
I received a Magic Band with my season pass and I absolutely love it. Since you have to present your ticket upon entry to each park and FastPass, it is much easier to hold up your wrist than it is to dig out a card. Plus, you have less chance of losing it.
Note: Magic Bands can only be used on they person they were originally issued to because their finger print is linked to it.
While Disney does a great job of keeping things clean, there are still billions of germs floating around the park. Put this somewhere that is easily accessible, as you will be using it all day.
Wipes are a good idea because they can be used for pretty much anything, especially when children are involved.
Ponchos or Rain Jackets
Florida is notorious for random rainfall. Just because the weather forecast is clear for the afternoon does not mean that a quick shower will not occur. Most Disney attractions are outside and I do not like spending my day walking around in wet clothes. Ponchos can also be used on water rides to help keep you from getting soaked (Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids).
Taking pictures and videos all day will drain your phone battery faster than you think. Since Disney World provides free Wi-Fi, posting pictures on social media will do so incredibly quickly, too. There is nothing worse than having a dead battery at Disney before all of the evening fun even begins. We have invested in a portable charger that charges two devices at a time and gives six hours of battery life.
This is pretty obvious. Florida is the Sunshine State for a reason. Even on days when you think it is cloudy, you will still get sun. Please be smart and reapply your sunscreen throughout the day.
Being in the sunshine all day will quickly dry out your lips. Pack a chapstick even if it is just to be on the safe side.
Disney Passholder Card
If you are a Disney Passholder, bring your Passholder Card to receive discounts on select store purchases and restaurants plus park for free. You can use your card at any Disney property, including Disney Springs and on property hotels.
Change of Clothes
If you plan on riding a water ride and not wearing a poncho, consider bringing a change of clothes. A day at Disney is full of walking. Some areas of the park do not get much sun (making drying difficult) plus you are sure to be cold at indoor attractions (they are very much air conditioned).
Light Up Gear
When night falls, Disney Cast Members bring out carts of light up gear to sell. Since these are pretty pricey, I recommend grabbing some glow sticks in advance. Michael’s is my go to store for purchasing them; you can get 12 for $1.
Some people, such as my Mother, prefer to take Disney pictures on a real camera instead of her iPhone. If this applies to you, do not forget to pack a charged battery or extra loose batteries.
This is our most recent addition to our Disney backpack. We have found that it is really fun to video the parades to watch later as well as our ride experiences. It is a great way to relive our Disney memories exactly as they happened. Heads up, GoPro batteries drain really quickly so you may want to invest in a spare.
There is no escaping the Florida sun. Do not forget these!
Hat or Visor
During the summer months, it is beneficial to wear a hat/visor to help keep the sun off of your face, as it incredibly strong. Even on days when we apply sunscreen multiple times, we go home with red faces.
I like to pack a couple bottles of water. At the parks, they are sold for $2.50, which can add up quickly. Even if it is only two bottles of water per person, we save a couple of dollars and have it on demand instead of having to stand in line to buy one.
Tip: Wrap your water bottles in a beach towel so that your other items do not get wet. Plus, you get a beach towel should you need to sit down and wait on a parade or dry off after a water ride.
After walking numerous miles on pavement all day, someone is going to have an ache or two.
Blisters happen. Better safe than sorry.
This may seem comical but seriously, pack it. Walking around in sweaty clothes all day will probably leave someone chafed and aggravated. No one wants to get chafed on the first day at Disney; that will be a very long and painful vacation.
If you want to chew gum, you have to bring it. Disney does not sell gum because they do not want it lying around their park. Smart!
While autograph books are sold in the park, it is cheaper to bring your own if you plan on using one. Also pack a big pen as not all characters can hold a normal sized one (Chip, Dale, Pluto, Goofy).
This is my favorite thing to bring to the park! I love keeping track of how many miles we walk.
Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom Playing Cards
Magic Kingdom has a hidden game that is fun for all ages. Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom will allow you to explore the entire park. Check in at the Fire House on Main Street to get your starter pack of cards and learn how to play.
Whether this is pins, lanyards, t-shirts, or ears, make sure to pack your paraphernalia.
Tip: Most people in the park wear some kind of Disney attire or accessory.
Ultimate Disney World Guide To Packing For The Parks
Well, there you have it! Our Ultimate Disney World Guide To Packing For The Parks. If you have something to add to out Disney World Guide to packing for the parks, let us know! We would love to hear from you.
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