Wondering what to pack in your bag for a Disney park day? From bandaids to ponchos, you’ll want to make sure you have what you need for a great day in the parks. While you don’t need everything on this list, I hope it will help you plan what you want to put in your Disney park bag.
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What is a Disney Park Bag? Do I need one?
A Disney park bag is just that… a bag you bring to a Disney Park.
When you are planning on spending a day at the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, or Animal Kingdom you want to make sure you don’t need to run back to your resort because you forgot something important. A park bag can be a backpack, purse, or waist bag that is filled with all of the important things you need to have a great day at Disney.
>> Check out this list of bag recommendations for Disney World
You’ve been looking forward to your trip for so long you don’t want an injury or soaked clothes (thank you Florida showers) to ruin your day. Having a park bag packed and ready to go every day is especially important if you are traveling with small children.
Yes! You may bring a backpack to a Disney World park and we recommend it! When you are planning to spend a day at one of Disney’s parks, you will want to have some essentials on hand. As long as you follow Disney’s bag rules you are welcome to bring a bag into the parks.
As long as your bag is no larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. (plus no rolling bags or luggage is allowed!)
The type and size of the backpack (or bag) you will need depends on who you are traveling with and what you prefer.
If you are traveling with your children and have a stroller then you are in luck! You have plenty of room to store all of these Disney park necessities right in the stroller. Just throw your backpack in the storage area and you’re ready to go!
If you are at the park alone or with another adult (or grown children) then each of you can carry your own things, which will make life much easier!
You may want to use a traditional lightweight backpack like this one. I prefer using a small backpack like these Loungefly backpacks or this faux leather bag. Sling bags and waist bags are also very popular and perfect if you prefer that style.
You may only need a small crossbody purse if you’re not carrying too much. I really love Vera Bradley bags for this.
In the past when we traveled with our 7 & 9-year-olds we got them each their own cinch-style backpacks, this way they could help carry a few of their own items.
Must-Haves for your Disney Park Day Bag
Some of these things may seem obvious, but it’s easy to forget things when you’re rushing around in the morning trying to make it to rope-drop!
Magic bands or tickets –
This is your key to fun! Don’t leave your MagicBands or tickets behind!
Phone and/or Camera –
If you are planning on using Genie+ you will need your phone. If you’d rather unplug for a while be sure to bring along a camera so you can capture the memories without being distracted by all of the notifications on your phone.
Portable Charger and Phone Cord or FuelRod –
You will want a way to charge your phone throughout the day. Disney has several kiosks for FuelRod – Purchase a set of FuelRods (buy them on Amazon, they are cheaper than at Disney!) Then when you have used them and need a recharge you can swap them for a fully charged replacement at any Fuel Rod kiosk throughout the Disney Parks.
License or ID – Passport –
If you’re planning on enjoying an alcoholic beverage at any Disney restaurant you’ll need to have your ID.
Cash & Credit Cards –
While you can use your MagicBand to charge things to your hotel room, you will likely want to have a credit/debit card and some cash along. It’s nice to have cash for tipping too.
It’s also nice to have a glasses case to put your glasses or sunglasses in when you go inside a building or go on a ride. I prefer a double eyeglass case because I often switch between my glasses or take them off completely for rides. I like to have one with a clip so I can attach it to my park bag.
Hat or Visor –
Protecting your skin from the hot Florida sun is important besides sunblock wearing a hat or visor will give your face some extra protection.
Minnie Ears –
Don’t forget your Minnie (or Mickey!) ears!
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How do You Survive the Heat and Rain in a Disney Park?
Florida is hot, and the weather can be unpredictable. Packing a few items to keep you cool and dry is a priority!
Ponchos and Umbrellas –
These are a must-have because of the regular Florida rain showers. Don’t let a quick shower ruin your park day. By bringing ponchos, raincoats, or umbrellas you’ll be able to continue to enjoy your day even if (or when!) the rain comes. You can use disposable ponchos they are super cheap but they aren’t great. These are the ponchos that we prefer for adults- they are so much better!
Dry Socks, Sandles –
Speaking of rain, no one likes walking around in wet shoes and socks. We always like to pack an extra pair of dry socks and/or a pair of waterproof sandals to change into if it rains. You are bound to get blisters if you’re walking around in soggy socks.
You might find that you want to freshen up halfway through a hot day. Bringing a travel-sized deodorant is a great idea. Because of the heat, I do recommend bringing a deodorant spray or wipes.
When we were in Disney this past summer the temperatures were so high! 95° and up! I don’t mind the heat too much but even I needed a hand-held fan! You may also want to check out these popular neck fans if you want to go hands-free.
We prefer this rechargeable handheld fan so we don’t have to carry around batteries.
You’ll be in the sun so don’t forget the sunblock. We try to remember to apply a good amount of sunblock before we leave the resort in the morning but it’s important to continue to apply throughout the day.
I love to use a lotion sunblock in the morning and reapply it throughout the day with a spray. I recommend keeping a stick style of sunblock for your face handy. It’s easier to put on and kids don’t seem to mind it as much.
Chapstick (with sunblock) –
Don’t forget your lips can get sunburned. Grab a lip balm with sunblock too!
These are amazing! You simply get them wet, ring them out, and hang them around your neck. They are super cooling and help to keep you comfortable when it’s boiling outside.
Water Bottles –
Don’t let dehydration ruin your day! Remember to bring reusable water bottles.
Each person in your party should have their own water bottle. You can fill it with water before you leave the resort, but remember, that any quick-service restaurant will be happy to give you a cup of ice water that you can use to refill your water bottles.
There are also several water bottle refilling stations throughout the parks, just ask a cast member.
Water Flavor Packs –
Not a fan of water? Bring along some water flavor packets. We like to use Liquid IV to get some extra electrolytes but you can also bring Gatorade, Crystal light, or other flavor packets for your water.
First Aid Kit for your backpack
While Disney has excellent First Aid centers in each park, it is helpful (and time-saving!) to have a small first aid kit in your park bag. You will likely have someone in your party that ends up with blisters, a headache, or an upset stomach.
First I highly recommend this awesome pill container. I stored all of our park-day pills in this container. It was great!
Here’s what I like to include in our first aid kit:
Tylenol and Advil –
For headaches, cramps, or sore muscles.
Important to remember if you have serious allergies
Anti-nausea and Motion Sickness Medicine –
Important for anyone in your group that might get motion sick on rides.
if you’re sensitive to dairy but still want to enjoy a Mickey ice cream bar without an upset stomach.
Band-aids, Blister Bandaids, First Aid Spray, and Moleskin –
Bandaids are great for cuts and scrapes and Moleskin is what you need if you feel a blister coming on.
Tums will help after your second serving of Nachos at Peco Bill’s or when you’ve had one too many Mickey Icecream bars.
Goldbond Powder –
Did I mention Florida is hot… I think you might know what this can be used for. I prefer this powder for myself, silly name but it works wonders to keep you dry and comfortable.
Anti-Chafe Sticks –
Small Pack Tissues –
No one wants to blow their noses into a rough paper napkin, and it’s no fun getting stuck in a bathroom stall that has run out of toilet paper. Make sure to bring a small pack of tissues.
Eye Drops, Contact solution, contact case, or eyeglass wipes –
If you wear contacts or glasses you want to make sure that you have everything you might need in case of an emergency.
It’s always smart these days to keep a mask in your bag, just in case you need it.
More Things You Don’t Want to Forget:
We keep it hooked on the outside of our backpacks for easy access because…. germs! Antibacterial wipes are also handy for wiping down tables before eating.
Stain Remover Pen/wipes –
Spills happen, having a stain remover pen or wipes can really help when you’ve had a spill on your favorite Disney tee.
Zip-lock Bags (Quart & Gallon) –
These are a must-have for us. We have used zip-lock bags to pack up leftover snacks that we couldn’t finish. You can pop your phone, electronics, etc in a zip-lock bag to keep it dry when needed.
Reusable bags have also come in handy for wet socks, dirty clothes(in case of accidents), and many other things.
Baby Wipes or Water wipes –
These are also handy for wiping up sticky, messy faces after an ice cream snack. We were surprised by how many wipes we went through and we don’t even have young children anymore! These are nice to have for a quick freshening up in the bathroom too.
Mini Tripod –
Earplugs or noise-canceling earphones-
Handy if the music or noise becomes too much for your children (or yourself!) The fireworks can be especially loud for little ones.
Hair Ties –
I always need an extra one of these!
If you or your children like to collect pressed pennies you will love collecting all of the pennies in the parks. Also, you don’t need to bring a pile of pennies and quarters anymore for the machine, you can just use a credit/debit card.
Disney Collectable Pins and Lanyards –
You can also collect and trade pins at the parks. You can purchase inexpensive pins online to get started.
If you are at Disney during the year when it gets chilly at night you’ll want to make sure you bring a lightweight sweatshirt or sweater so you can enjoy the fireworks without freezing.
Yes! You can bring food into Disney Parks and you should!
Not only will this save you lots of money, but your children WILL get hungry and cranky (trust me, you might get “hangry” too!).
Having snacks will quite literally save the day! Some easy snacks to pack are Granola Bars, Chips, Crackers, Cookies, fruit snacks, clementines, apples, etc. Try to skip anything that melts, even chocolate chips.
If you need to bring ice into the parks it must be in plastic bags, not loose in a cooler.
Popcorn Bucket –
When you are in the park be sure to buy a popcorn bucket. Then bring it with you every day to the parks so you can get a $2 refill whenever you need a snack!
If you like to chew gum be sure to bring your own because they do not sell gum in any of the parks.
Reusable Straws –
If you don’t like mushy straws then you’ll want to bring your own. Disney, like many other restaurants, is going green and ditching plastic straws and switching to paper straws only. I prefer this style with a case.
Disney with Kids – What to Bring into the Parks
Stroller Sign or Decorations:
If you are traveling with young children you will likely be bringing a stroller. You will want to find a way to mark your stroller so you can easily find it in the sea of strollers when you get off a ride. Many families make a fun family stroller sign with their family name on it. Others add ribbons, balloons, or twinkle lights.
Don’t forget to bring a cover for your stroller in case of rain.
These can be attached or clipped to your stroller to keep your children cool.
These huge clips are perfect to hold your shopping bags, diaper bag, and many other things.
Autograph Book and Jumbo Markers –
These were so fun to have at the parks. We made our own books and the kids had each character autograph their book. It was a sweet souvenir. Be sure to bring a jumbo marker for the characters to use. They have BIG hands (paws… mitts?)
Small Toys/Games –
There is a lot of waiting at Disney, waiting in line for a ride, waiting for food, waiting to meet Mickey… Be sure to bring some things to keep your kids entertained while they are waiting. Travel-sized games, toys, small coloring books, and crayons all come in handy. This Eye Found It card game is perfect for waiting in line.
Glow Sticks –
These are so much fun for kids while they are waiting for the fireworks. I like this multi-pack – it has mickey ears too.
Diapers Bag –
Don’t forget to fill your diaper bag each night so it’s ready to go in the morning. Pack plenty of diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes in case of accidents. Don’t forget a wet bag or large ziplock bag to put any soiled or wet clothing in.
Bibs and Table Covers –
Be sure to bring sippy cups or bottles, snack cups, and formula or milk.
Small Cooler and Ice packs –
If you need to keep milk or food chilled you will want to bring along a small cooler – soft-sided coolers are easier to store and work well for a day at the park. Just remember that if you need to bring ice cubes be sure they are in a bag and not loose in your cooler – this is a park rule.
Lightweight blanket –
If you have an infant or toddler they might still need a blanket when you go into an air-conditioned building for shows or to eat. They also come in handy if you need some shade for the stroller. Muslin blankets are thin and perfect for park days.
Baby carrier or sling –
If you have an infant you might find it easier to use a baby carrier or sling, especially when they need a little extra comfort.
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