Disney Packing List 2017-09-14T21:21:11+00:00

Disney World Packing List

Walt Disney World is the ultimate travel destination. Since there are so many exciting things to experience in a short timeframe, vacationers often find preparing for their trip overwhelming. An easy way to reduce this stress is by reviewing the MagicGuides Disney World Packing List. From clothes to snacks, our Disney packing list covers just about everything you will need to bring.

MagicGuides Disney World Packing List helps you visualize what to pack for Disney World, and which items should be left at home. It’s always easier to check items off a list rather than raiding your dressers and closets at the last minute!

Packing List for Disney Trip

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Disney Packing List Essentials

Wallet, Tickets, and Directions

Don’t leave home without your ID (license), credit card, and Disney gift cards (if applicable).  Having some cash on hand is always a good idea. If you have Magic Bands or hard copies of tickets/reservations, bring them as well. Having a hard copy on hand can save you lots of aggravation if phone or internet issues were to arise. Make sure you know the names and addresses of any destination you have booked. Also, a copy of a written itinerary, if you have one, will make things a bit easier.

Comfortable Shoes

A top recommendation on the MagicGuides Disney World Packing List is to bring comfortable walking shoes. Happy feet are crucial to happy Disney World vacationers. A typical Disney vacationer spends a large portion of his/her day walking between attractions and standing in lines. Therefore, be sure to pack shoes that will keep your mind on having fun rather than on sore feet.

Backpack /Daypack

We suggest you bring a lightweight backpack/daypack to Disney parks. This will hold your essential items – like tickets, maps, ponchos, sunscreen, water bottles, snacks, phone charger – and spare you the expense of renting a storage locker. Since it will be with you all day, be sure any backpack you choose is lightweight and fits comfortably. See our Best Backpacks for Disney World and Best Fanny Packs for Disney World pages for suggestions.

Water Bottle

It’s import to consider hydration when deciding what to pack for Disney World. Walking around all day – under the warm Florida sun – is sure to make you thirsty. We recommend packing a refillable water bottle inside your daypack. This allows you easy access to water throughout the day, and saves you the expense of purchasing bottled water inside the park. Tip: If you ask a cast member at any counter service restaurant, they will be happy to refill your water bottle for you.

Rain Jacket/Poncho

Rain is always a possibility in Orlando, even when clear skies are forecasted. Walking around in wet clothes can be uncomfortable, to say the least. Therefore, the MagicGuides Disney World Packing List recommends a rain jacket or poncho for each member of your group. Disney does sell ponchos, but they will run you $9 – $10 each.  Purchasing these types of items before entering the park can save you money. (see our poncho recommendation below)

Cell Phone Charger

At Disney World, cell phones are an extremely value tool.  They help us communicate with our travel companions, use park maps and apps, research Disney information, share photos, make reservations, check times, etc. It’s easy to drain batteries at Disney, so come prepared to recharge you phone. We recommend that your Disney packing list includes an external battery charger and/or additional batteries. (see our charge recommendations below)

Nice Outfits

So you have your shorts, t-shirts, jeans, flip flops, and other warm-weather clothing ready to go. But did you remember to pack nicer clothes for fine-dining reservations and nighttime entertainment? Disney World is home to some of the best dining and entertainment available. If you plan on partaking in these aspects of Disney, consider packing a few classier outfits for these events.

Extra Bags

Bringing extra bags is often overlooked on Disney packing lists. We recommend that you bring several large Ziploc or trash bags to keep your dirty (or wet) clothes separated from your clean clothes. A well-organized Disney World vacationer is a less stressed Disney vacationer! Small Zip top bags can come in handy to protect electronics and wallets on water rides.

Sunscreen/Sunglasses

It’s no surprise that Orlando, FL is a warm, sunny destination. This is usually a good thing, but too much sun can quickly turn into a negative. Be sure you are prepared to deal with the Florida sunshine. Pack sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, or whatever else you may need to keep the sun from effecting your enjoyable Disney vacation.

Snacks

If you are looking for ways to cut down on spending, we suggest packing your own snacks. While there are plenty of concession stands at Disney World, extra costs add up, and time spent at concession lines could be otherwise spend on rides. Snacks are also a great item to pack for road trips and flights to and from Orlando.

MagicGuides Disney World Packing List

Now let’s review a more comprehensive list of what to pack for Disney World. We have grouped the MagicGuides Disney World Pack List into separate categories to make it easier to follow.

General Packing List

  • Clothing for each day +1
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes/Sneakers
  • Cell Phone
  • Portable Backup Battery
  • Phone Charger w/ Cords
  • Books/Magazines/Games
  • Sweatshirts (seasonal)
  • Laptop/Tablet/Kindle
  • Extra Memory Card
  • Pillows/Blankets
  • Park Tickets /Magic Bands
  • Rain Jacket/Poncho/Umbrella
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Autograph Book and Pen
  • Change of Clothes
  • Ziploc Bag for Wet Clothes
  • Misting Fan
  • Camera
  • Batteries
  • Flip-Flops
  • Hat or Visor
  • Earplugs
  • Backpack
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Gym Clothing
  • Deck of Cards
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush

Food and Snacks Packing List

  • Bottled Water
  • Juice Boxes
  • Plastic Utensils
  • Disposable Cups
  • Nondairy Creamers
  • Granola Bars
  • Crackers & Chips
  • Microwave Popcorn
  • Instant Soup
  • Dish Soap
  • Paper Plates
  • Cereal
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Napkins
  • Paper Towels

Travel Documents Packing List

  • Park Tickets
  • Magic Bands
  • Airline Tickets
  • Wallet/Driver’s License
  • Hotel Confirmation
  • Restaurant Information
  • Car Rental Information
  • AAA Member Card
  • Credit Cards/Cash
  • Maps/Guidebooks
  • Magical Express Tags
  • Copy of Itinerary

Baby Care Packing List

  • Diapers
  • Swim Diapers
  • Diaper Bag
  • Bottles
  • Baby Food
  • Portable High Chair
  • Baby Wipes
  • Pacifiers
  • Rash Cream
  • Stroller
  • Car Seat
  • Games/Toys
  • Sunscreen
  • Baby Hat
  • Bibs
  • Blankets

Medicine Packing List

  • Ibuprofen/Tylenol
  • Prescription Medication
  • Cold/Allergy Medicine
  • Motion Sickness Medication
  • Mini First Aid Kit
  • Vitamins
  • Aloe Vera
  • Antibiotic Gel
  • Eye drops

Road Trip Packing List

  • iPad/iPods/Kindle
  • Movies/DVD Players
  • Chargers for Electronics
  • Pillows/Blankets
  • Headphones
  • Games
  • Cooler
  • Trash Bags

Water Park Packing List

  • Bathing Suits
  • Beach Towels
  • Beach Bag
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Ear Plugs/Nose Plugs
  • Goggles
  • Flotation Toys
  • Flip Flops
  • Swim Diapers

Recommended Items for your Ultimate Disney Packing List

In most cases, you will already own most of the things needed for your Disney vacation, including toiletries, electronics, warm-weather clothing, and baby care items (if applicable). Here is a list of recommended items which you may not already have. As a starting point, we have included one suggested item (from Amazon) for each category.

American Tourister Disney Suitcases
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Disney packing list suitcase

American Tourister and Disney have co-branded a fabulous line of Mickey and Minnie-themed suitcases. These are perfect to get you in the Disney spirit as you pack for your vacation in Orlando. The American Tourister Disney suitcases feature a 100% ABS plastic or polyester exterior, single spinner wheels, push-button locking pull handle, split construction interior with large mesh pocket, and fun Disney designs. The dimensions are 28” x 19” x 11” for the large suitcases, and 18” x 13” x 9” for the smaller ones. Other sizes are also available.

Multi-Purpose Disney Daypack/Kid’s Backpacks
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disney packing list minni backpack

American Tourister and Disney both offer a selection of fun Disney-themed backpacks. These multi-purpose backpacks can function as either an in-park daypack, or as a kid’s backpack to store travel essentials. These would make a great addition to any Disney World packing list.

Comfortable Shoes
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disney packing list comfortable shoes

Comfortable shoes should be a top priority on your Disney World pack list. It may be a good time to update your wardrobe with a new pair for walking shoes/sneakers prior to your Disney vacation. Allow a break-in period (of a week or two) before using your brand-new sneakers at Disney.

Ponchos
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Be prepared for rain and save money by purchasing rain gear in advance. As we mentioned before, ponchos will cost you $9 or $10 in the park. This 10-pack – by Wealers – gives you a variety of different colors in a one-size-fits-all package. These will cost you considerably less than ponchos purchased inside WDW, and ensure that you stay dry if that bright Florida sky turns grey.

External Batteries
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Whether checking wait times, reservations, apps, or sharing photos to social media, your cell phone battery life can diminish quickly at Disney World. We recommend packing an external charger in your daypack so you can recharge your phone or camera battery when needed.

USB Wall Chargers
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We also recommend packing a multi-outlet USB wall charger. These save precious space in your suitcase by effectively keeping your cell phones, tablets, external charger, and cameras juiced without the need to pack separate chargers for each device.

Water Bottles
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To avoid getting dehydrated during your Disney vacation, we recommend you carry a refillable water bottle in your in-park daypack. This will allow you to avoid stops at pricey concession stands or waiting in lines to get free water at counter-service restaurants.

Frogg Togg Chilly Pad
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When the Orlando heat hit you hard and you need some relief, grab a Frogg Togg Chilly Pad. These space-age towels are made from a synthetic material which keeps you simultaneously cool (up to 30 degrees) and dry. So, if you are bothered by the heat, a small investment in a Frogg Togg Chilly Pad may provide you with relieve on those sweltering Disney afternoons.

Beach Towels
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If you plan on heading to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach – or just down to your hotel pool – you will need some beach towels. Consider picking up a Disney-themed beach towel before you depart for Orlando.

We hope the MagicGuides Disney World Packing List has helped you formulate your own list of what to bring on your trip to Walt Disney World.

If you need help planning and booking your magical Walt Disney World vacation, contact our friends at The Vacationeer. Their services are always helpful and totally free of charge! Thank you for reading our page, and we hope you have a magical Walt Disney World vacation!