Things You Need for an Amazing Disney Park Adventure

When it comes to family vacations, Disney can’t be beat. While there are Disney cruises, many families still opt for the park experience. If your family plans on going this route, there are some things you’ll want to bring along. Let’s take a closer look at things you need for an amazing Disney park adventure.

Sunscreen and Other Health Items
Sunscreen is a must when visiting Disney parks. Whether you’re in California or Florida, you’re going to need a good sunscreen. You’ll also want to make sure you bring along any other medication your family may need, such as motion sickness pills, allergy pills, etc. Don’t forget to also pack a bottle of aloe vera gel should someone get a sunburn.

Digital Camera with Extra Batteries and SD Cards
You’ll obviously want to capture all the great moments of your vacation. That’s why you’ll want to bring along a digital camera plus extra batteries and SD cards. It’s a big disappointment when you want to record your kids on Splash Mountain and your battery is dead.

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Rain Gear
If you plan to visit Disney World, you’ll definitely want to have rain gear handy. It can rain daily in Orlando and a storm can brew up out of nowhere. Ponchos are your best bet because they can be slipped on and you don’t have to worry about carrying an umbrella.

Comfortable Shoes
Did you know that Disney World in Orlando covers over 27,000 acres? With multiple parks, you’re going to be doing a lot of walking. With that said, you’ll want to have the most comfortable shoes you can find. The last thing you want is to wear a pair of cute shoes that start rubbing your feet 20 minutes after you arrive.

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Discount Disney Gift Cards
Did you know that you can shop for discount gift cards? These may be gift cards people got as gifts and don’t want sold through eBay or you may just find a great deal. Some grocery stores often sell gift cards at a discount of 5 to 20% off. This is a great way to cut your cost in gift shops and restaurants.

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Light Backpack
A light backpack can make your trip much more enjoyable. You’ll be able to carry your sunscreen, camera, accessories, ponchos, and anything else you may need without having to juggle it all. Just make sure your straps are secure and you may even want to put a lock on the compartment with the pricier items inside.

Cell Phone Chargers and Power Banks
The last thing you want is to get to your hotel room and realize you forgot all your chargers at home. You also don’t want to be in the park and have your battery go dead. Pack plenty of chargers for your room and plenty of power banks to carry with you.

Inexpensive Disney Goodies
Last, but not least, if you have little ones, hit up your local Dollar Tree before your trip. You can find so many Disney items to make your trip even more special. Socks, stickers, notepads, crayons, coloring books – there are so many Disney items, and everything is only $1 each. Talk about saving some serious cash.

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An amazing Disney park adventure starts with packing everything you’ll need. The last thing you want to do is arrive at the park and have to shell out big bucks for something small, like sunscreen. Disney has shops that will have everything you need, but you’ll pay for that convenience.


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  • Rebecca | AAUBlog

    I completely agree that getting cheaper Disney goodies from somewhere else is a good idea- we found some much cheaper at at CVS!

  • Sarah Bailey

    I so wish I could head off to Disney again. it really is such a magical place to spend time and one I would love to make it to again.

  • Penny Golightly

    What a handy checklist, I’m sure it will help so many families visiting the Disney parks over the summer.

  • Gladys Parker

    I have not been to Disneyland in decades, although, I plan to bring my grandchildren and parents of course! Its very nice to have reminders and suggestions to bookmark for when the time comes.

  • Maria Magdalena

    I’ll consider your last suggestion! Saving is very important in every traveling.

  • Marcie

    We always hit up Dollar Tree before Disney trips. I’m always impressed with their Disney selection!

  • robin rue

    We bring in our own snacks & waters. That stuff can get expensive inside the park and since outside food is allowed, we load up.

  • candy

    Comfortble shoes is a big one for all the walk you will do. Cracks me up when I see women trying to walk around in high heels at Disney. Study up and get as many free goodies as possible.

  • Jemma

    We tend to take our own snacks and drinks when we go out even on a day trip on holiday that can help.

  • Tasheena

    Disney is one of my favorite places to visit. I have to look into stocking up on gift cards in advance.

  • Alli Smith

    Comfortable shoes are definitely a must. We take the grandkids to Disney just about every single year and my daughter always stocks up on Disney t-shirts and other fun things for the kids before we leave. She saves so much money.

  • Yeah Lifestyle

    This is such a great post, totally book marking it for when we do head to Disney for a family holiday with the kids.

  • Terri Steffes

    We went to Disney in Orlando in May, and we concur with your list!

  • Jeanette

    We have relatives who are huge Disney fans! They go every year! I’ll make sure to share this article with them because they always go. We went a few years ago and did not have a great time, we actually gave our tickets away and wish we had a list ahead of time!

  • Laura Dove

    This is so helpful! We are saving hard to go to Disneyland, we haven’t managed it yet as it’s very expensive from the uk but hopefully not too long!

  • Melanie williams

    Comfortable shoes are an absolute must while in the disney parks both in Paris and Florida x

  • GiGi Eats

    I definitely think one of the most important things for a SUCCESSFUL disney trip is to make sure the weather isn’t 85+ degrees! LOL!!!

  • Gemille Sleweon

    My family and I are planning a vacation to disney world next year. I havent been since i was a kids, so im really excited about it. We always think about the big details of the trip, but we forget about the small things. thanks for this helpful post.

  • Amber Myers

    I so agree with all of this. We’ve been to Disney many times and will be going again in October. I bring nearly all of these. I forgot a power bank last time and instantly regretted that.

  • Shannon gurnee

    These are definitely some great tips to have an amazing time at Disney! Love all of these tips and suggestions.

  • Becca Wilson

    I have not been to Disney in such a long time…like maybe 15 years! We are definitely trying to make it happen to take our kiddos and this is some really great advice.

  • Ann F. Snook-Moreau

    Comfy shoes are definitely a must! It’s crazy how much walking you do on a Disney park day . . . I am always in shock to see that many people (and kids) are there in flip-flops!

  • Garf

    I am still looking forward to my very first Disney park adventure 😉

  • Ashley

    Comfy shoes are a must for sure. All that walking my feet are screaming just thinking about it lol But I do love it!

  • Heather

    Yes to all of this! And willpower not to buy all of the snacks and toys!

  • Melissa

    I definitely agree with the comfy shoes. There’s nothing worse than trying to look cute and killing your feet!

  • Kelly Reci

    I once wore very uncomfortable shoes to Disney and I regretted it so much! It taught me a lesson for the other parks during our weeklong visit.

  • Peter

    Rain gear and power banks. Two things that I have forgotten too many times on most outings. I’d definitely buy goodies off premises too

  • Anonymous

    What a wonderful post! This seems like a fun little time. My kids would love this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Tara

    This is a very useful list of what to pack to go on your Disney Park adventure. So exciting to go to Disney!

  • Heather

    I agree on the things to bring to the parks. We definitely forgot allergy meds and motion sickness medication last time. That was not fun. Not sure when we’ll be back at Disney, but we went twice in one year back in 2014.

  • Sara Welch

    I never get enough of Disney World. They have everything there for the kids!

  • Michelle Goth

    This is some really great information. I plan on travelling there soon!

  • Ada

    These are amazing tips! My biggest tips is shoes! I wore some semi comfortable shoes and it was my worst mistake.

  • Nichola - Globalmouse

    Great tips, especially to visit somewhere like Dollar Tree beforehand, particularly if youhave kids, it’s a good way to get them some fun bits and pieces without breaking the bank!

  • Mellissa Williams

    I think you’ve managed to cover absolutely everything for the perfect adventure! What a great idea to get discounted gift cards

  • Kacie Morgan

    I’ve actually never been to a Disney resort, but I hope to one day – it must be an enchanting experience!

  • Nikki

    It’s a smart idea to buy Disney goodies at a dollar store! I’ve also heard that you can get super cheap souvenirs outside the park down in Orlando. Like, stores sell sweatshirts and what not at half the price. I’d rather do that, then get one or two unique souvenirs inside the park.

  • Nina

    thank you for sharing these handy checklist 🙂 saving is good and comfy attire.

  • A.lly

    I love this post! We travel to disney a lot wearing comfortable shoes is so essential otherwise you’ll be miserable. I love the dollar tree idea – you can save so much money by doing it that way!

  • Ally

    I love this post and completely agree with you! Wearing comfortable shoes and dollar store souveniors are so essential!

  • Khushboo M

    I have been plotting and planning the perfect disney adventure and I hope to visit the park soon! Thanks for the lovely ideas you have shared 🙂

  • Catalina

    All these are absolutely a must have in any trip! I use them everytime we travel or organize a vacation.

  • Kate | Life of a Ginger

    These are great tips for any park. I would love to bring my daughters to Disney World. So much to see and do there!

  • Emma Riley

    I agree that all of these are the things that you mush have if you are going to Disney park. Everything is so important most especially were you are able to save money while having.

  • Carrie Liu

    Comfortable shoes are the most important! Bring your own cheap goodies is such a brilliant idea. Or at least bring the things you bought last time there haha.

  • David Allen Elliott

    Batteries and cards are so important. If . you can bring phone chargers with you it’s good too. Disneyland eats my phone charger more than anywhere else on the face of the earth.

  • AAdya

    Very useful tips !! Especially in which you mentioned about goodies one can buy for little ones at $1

  • Samuel frodo

    I have been to Disney, but lord knows I dream of it as often as possible, its right up there on my bucket list of fun things to do in life. Oh yea! I’ll save this list.

  • Blair Villanueva

    I haven’t been to Disneyland and I definitely need these Disneyland travel hack! We need to be strategic to fully enjoy the trip!

  • Nicole

    These are all really great tips for a great trip to Disney! I agree that good walking shoes, carrying light, and making sure to have extra phone chargers and power banks are definitely essentials. I’ll have to remember the others when we go. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jess

    Discount Disney gift cards is such a smart idea. I’ve never even thought of that!

  • Kiwi

    It is definitely Disney season! I am such a big kid I enjoyed my first Disneyland park in June and I cant wait to return!

  • Prerna

    I can never forget to carry my power bank as I always lose out on my phone’s battery LOL. Cannot afford doing that in Disney! Had a ball visiting the theme park last year.

  • Nancie

    Purchasing discounted Disney Gift Cards is a fantastic idea. I would never have thought to do that.