It’s a couple days before my trip to Disney World and I feel like Cinderella getting ready to go the ball. It’s such an exciting feeling, but getting there takes some preparation, and we don’t all have personal fairy godmothers at a moments notice. No, instead you will have this blog to give you some suggestions on what I consider to be the most valuable items to pack.
Items may change depending on the time of year you go (lot’s of t shirts versus lot’s of sweatshirts) or the age of people you are going with (diapers versus hearing aid batteries). You know you and your family best, so this is not an all encompassing list. Things like MagicBands and money are definitely a must. This is my top “must haves” that might or might not be so obvious to you, followed by a list of what I deemed unnecessary baggage.
Sunscreen and/or Sunglasses and/or Hat:
I take my sun protection very seriously, and I’d advise you to do the same. Sunburns will not only kill your Disney vibe since you’ll be in pain, they also leave you wide open to infinity lobster comparisons. The sun in Disney World is bright because it’s more magical that way. Stop straining your eyes and get some sunglasses. I love finding cheap ones at someplace like Target so I don’t care if they drop, get scratched, break, or I lose them on a ride.
A Bag to bring into the park unless you are a guy with ginormous pockets:
To women, this probably seems obvious, but I want you think more about the type of bag that will work for you. If you get stuck with a huge backpack, will it get too heavy and uncomfortable throughout the day? If you stick with the forever cool fanny pack, will that be enough room if you wanted to bring some snacks or water bottles? What feels more comfortable on you, over both shoulders or just one like a messenger bag? I would never recommend using something expensive or something really special to you. This bag will be touching benches, hanging from bathroom stalls, set down on seats and floors and different ride vehicles. I have been using an orange Mickey sling book bag for what seems like forever. I like it because it’s super light weight, but I can still stuff a sweatshirt and refillable mug in there too.
Umbrella or poncho, the dollar ones will do the trick:
Depending on the time of year you go, you may experience monsoon like weather in Orlando. (Summer). While you are most likely going to experience rain during your visit, for every cloud there’s a silver lining. People will leave the park when it starts raining. I don’t know why, perhaps melting is a serious concern, but I would advise you to whip out your trusty poncho and keep enjoying the Magic. The rain is likely to pass, and in the meantime, the lines on some of your favorite rides have greatly diminished.
There is something about traveling and being in a plane or hotel that just makes me want to eat, regardless of the time of day or how many hours it’s been since my last meal. Save yourself a couple bucks and bring some snacks and even your own bottles of water if you want. (Of course you have to check all liquids over 3 oz.) And since you’re already bringing something to eat, why not bring breakfast? This only applies if you are like me, not super into breakfast but still has to eat something or I might die. In the past I have brought my own Kashi cereal, bowls, and spoons and just bought some milk at the food court. I have also brought my own bread and peanut butter. The food courts and villas have toasters for you to use. Bringing your own breakfast also cuts down on time in the morning so you can spend that extra 30 minutes or so sleeping in.
Plastic bags big and small:
Since these are super lightweight and take up virtually no room, I’d recommend throwing in a couple extra plastic bags. Throw in an extra zip lock for your liquids in case your other one rips for gets thrown away. Or incase you want to put your phone and wallet in something waterproof on Splash Mountain. Throw in an extra garbage bag so you have a dirty clothes bag in the room. Throw in an extra Wal Mart bag for wet bathing suits if you want to swim on your check out day but have already checked your luggage at the Resort airline check in. You would even throw in one of those dollar bags from the store checkout in case you are coming home with more souvenirs than anticipated. Bottom line, can’t go wrong with plastic bags.
This is more of an FYI to any serious gum chewers out there. If you want gum, you will have to bring your own. Disney does not sell gum anywhere on property. I’d imagine it’s to avoid sticky messes all over the park.
After I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon, I was beyond thankful to have some pain killers with me. Even if you’re not running a marathon, it’s still a good idea to pack something. After a long day of walking around, climbing in and out of ride vehicle boats, and doing way more standing than you are used to, your legs and feet will be feeling it. You also never know when a child induced headache will strike, so have a few over the counter drugs at hand.
Unnecessary Baggage, What NOT to bring:
This is similar to above when I mentioned there is no need to bring an expensive bag. Disney is not responsible for any lost or stolen items, so why even put something of value in a vulnerable situation like that?
Towels are always provided at the main pool of every resort. Unless you have a really deep affinity for your own pool towels, don’t waste space in your luggage. They will be provided. Disney also has life jackets for the little ones too if you want to keep their floaties at home.
But wait Sandy, before you said to bring snack, now your saying not to bring snacks?
If you’re on the Disney dining plan and you’re a human, I can almost 100% guarantee you that you will not to bring extra snacks. You get a lot of food on the dining plan and even get snack options, so in this case, it’s not necessary to bring your own. You could however still bring your own breakfast since most plans don’t include breakfast options.
Shoes you’ve never worn before:
A single blister can derail an entire Disney trip, and if you’ve ever tried to buy quality footwear in an amusement park, you know the pickin’s are slim. If you’ve read my other getting ready for WDW blog, you know that I recommend training, so you should have your proper footwear picked out ahead of time. Now is the time to go tried and true. I always like have a couple footwear options just in case. I was just in the Adirondacks where one of my favorite Dr. Scholls shoes started giving me a blister out of nowhere. So sad, but luckily I had my trusty flip flops for the rest of the trip.
There you have it folks. The last of my getting ready for Walt Disney World Blog series. I can’t wait to enjoy the fun and sun at the happiest place on Earth. What are your must haves when you pack for Disney?