Visiting the Disney parks can be overwhelming but packing your park bag doesn’t have to be! Let’s talk about what to take with you in your bag for a day at the parks.
The first thing you need to do is figure out how much space you need. Are you packing for just yourself or for kids too? I prefer to take my Disney Loungefly backpack. It has plenty of space for the essentials without being too big and bulky. If you are packing for your kids as well, you’ll probably want something a little bigger.
Phone & Charger
We can’t go anywhere these days without our phones, so taking your phone with you into the parks is an obvious one. I use my phone a LOT while in the parks. From taking all of my pictures to making FastPasses via the Disney apps (My Disney Experience & Disneyland mobile app) my phone battery can drain fast! Don’t forget to take a portable charger, and a cord if needed. The parks do offer portable phone chargers for a fee but I like to save as much money as I can while visiting the parks so I bring my own.
Park Ticket, Disney Gift Cards, Money
If you’re staying at a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, you’ll have a MagicBand that has your park ticket linked to it. If you aren’t wearing it, don’t forget to pack it in your bag! Otherwise, you’ll have a card ticket and need to pack that instead. Disneyland still has card tickets as well but you can link them to the app on your phone for convenience. Disney Gift Cards are great (and not a requirement) for paying for food and snacks around the parks. And definitely don’t forget your credit card(s) and/or cash. I like to take a small cardholder rather than my bigger wallet to save on space in my bag.
Sunglasses & Sunscreen
Both US Disney Resorts are located in very sunny states! Sunglasses are a must-have! I also like to pack a travel-size sunscreen. You don’t want to ruin your Disney vacation by getting a nasty sunburn.
If you have medications you need to take regularly, don’t forget to take them with you! I also like to pack a pain reliever like Advil and a small pack of bandaids. The parks have a First Aid station but you don’t want to take time out of your day to go there if you don’t need to. I also like to pack a lip balm and hand sanitizer. With so many people visiting the parks, it’s good to clean your hands often!
We all know food in the parks is not cheap. Packing a few snacks in your bag will help save you some money! Snacks are also a must-have if you are packing for kids. When you’re waiting in line for a ride and your little one is “starving!”, it’s super easy to grab a snack out of your bag rather than having to get out of line to go find a churro cart.
Hoodie & Minnie Ears
Depending on the time of year you are visiting, you might need a light hoodie or jacket. I especially like to have one in the mornings and evenings at the parks when it’s chillier out. I also LOVE wearing my Minnie Ears to the parks. It’s nice to have a place to put them when I’m not wearing them (like on rides).
What are some of your favorite items to pack in your Disney parks bag? If you’d like to start planning your next Disney vacation, contact me today! My name is Sara Solberg and I’m a travel agent with Amazing Magical Adventures, a Disney earmarked agency. I can help you plan a magical vacation and my services are FREE.
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