Disney World Packing List – What to Bring to Disney World

When you are ready to tackle the magical destination of Disney World, you must have a plan when it comes to packing.  After all, you don’t want to arrive in Disney World and not have everything that you need for your stay!  

Thankfully, your Disneyworld packing list will not be too large, unless of course, you are one of those people who needs to take everything but their kitchen sink with them!  I find that it is easy to fit many things into my Disney World backpack, which is perfect, because it is the easiest way to lug everything through the park with me.  Everything that you want, or need, to take with you may not fit into a backpack, and if that is the case, you should definitely rent a locker to keep certain things in.  This will ensure that those items you need are nearby without overwhelming you during the day. 

What to Bring to Disney World Checklist

1. Good walking shoes

Walking shoes

It is so easy to throw on a pair of flip flops in the morning, but you really will want a pair of good walking shoes if you want to survive through the entire day.  The good news is that since these shoes will be on your feet, you will not need to put them inside your backpack.  

Tickets or Magic Bands – You definitely are not going to want to leave these items behind, because if you do, there is no way you are getting inside the park!  You may want to consider placing your tickets inside a lanyard, so you can wear it around your neck and not need to keep digging through your bag for it.  

2. Camera

Taking pictures is going to be a big part of your day, so you must have either a camera or your smartphone with you when you are at Disney World.  

3. Water Bottle

Water Bottle

You will find that you are drinking a lot of water when you are at these theme parks, so make sure that this is one of the top things you pack in your Disney World backpack. 

4. Autograph Book and Marker

You know that your children are going to want autographs of their favorite characters, as well as pictures, so make sure that the autograph books and markers find their way into your bag.  

5. Sunscreen


The sun is usually out almost every day of the year in Orlando, so make sure that your Disney World checklist includes sunscreen.  This ensures that you can reapply throughout the day instead of getting burned.  

6. Pennies, Quarters, and Dollar Bills

Pressed pennies are excellent souvenirs, because they do not take up a lot of space.  You must take quarters and dollar bills with you, because you normally need to pay between seventy-five cents and a dollar for each penny that you put in to press.  Some machines may take quarters, while others may only take dollar bills.  

7. Glow Sticks

Glow Sticks

At the end of the day, darkness arrives and during the parade, your children are going to want all the light-up items that are being sold by vendors.  Skip over these pricier options by bringing your own glow sticks and necklaces.  

8. Portable Battery Charger

As mentioned above, you are going to be using your phone all day long!  Whether you are taking pictures, checking out the My Disney Experience App, or simply just checking into something you need to know, you are going to drain your battery at least once.  A portable battery charger will ensure that your phone, and you, can keep going strong until you decide that it is time to leave the park for the day.  

9. Stroller


If you have a child age five or younger, you are going to want to have a place to put them when they get tired out after a couple hours of fun.  Instead of carrying them to the next attraction or to grab a bite to eat, you can simply place them in the stroller and push them along. This is also an excellent place to set those items you are tired of carrying.  

10. Wet Wipes

There are plenty of restrooms inside Disney World, but wet wipes are still on my Disney World checklist.  I prefer to be able to wipe my hands down whenever I want, so I do not need to search for a nearby restroom or take the time to walk all the way over to one.  

11. Ponchos

Rain in Disneyland

Florida may be sunny, but this state is also known for having a rain shower or storm every single day.  Therefore, you might want to be prepared with ponchos, so you don’t get soaked while waiting to get on the next ride.  

12. Snacks

When thinking about what can you bring into Disney World, do not forget that you can bring in food.  Now, while you can take almost any type of food into the park, it must be prepared and ready to eat.  You are not allowed to take in the fixings for a sandwich or foods that need to be warmed up.  However, if you have the sandwiches made, along with the salads, and they fit in a small cooler that you can carry, you are good to go!  I love taking chips, pretzels, granola bars, dried fruit, trail mix, grapes, bananas, and apples, because they are small and easy to eat on the go.  

13. Drinks


Many people choose to take refillable water bottles with them into Disney World, but you can take almost any other drink, as long as it is not in a glass container and it doesn’t contain alcohol.  

This what to bring to Disney World checklist might seem crazy long, but you will not find yourself needing anything during you day at these theme parks!  Instead of saying that you wish you had something, you can simply say that you have exactly what you need somewhere inside your Disney World backpack!  

Trust me when I say that these items will save you quite a bit of money inside Disney World, while making your adventures better than ever!  

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