11 Essentials You Should Have With You In Walt Disney World Parks

1. Cash

It should come as no surprise that a Disney vacation is expensive, however bringing extra spending money to the parks is always a wise decision. While on vacation, you won’t want to miss out on a purchase or experience because of the cost (at least in most cases). Although it does hurt your wallet to think about how much money you are capable of spending in the parks, you are better off saving extra money before your trip and not spending all of it than wanting to spend more money but feeling unable to justify the costs.


2. Umbrella/Poncho

Depending on the time of year that you’re visiting, you may experience quite a few showers during your Walt Disney World vacation. Though many guests will take cover or leave the parks during a storm, you will get much more out of your trip if you come prepared with an umbrella or poncho and continue to tour the parks. With so many guests leaving as a result of the rain, the crowds in the parks can really thin out!

3. Hand Sanitizer

Disney theme parks are probably one of the cleanest public spaces you will ever visit. Even so carrying hand sanitizer when traveling anywhere can always come in handy. Whether you just feel better about using some before you eat, or you’re not thrilled with having to hold onto the lap bars on rides that so many other guests have touched, hand sanitizer is both convenient and useful to have while visiting the parks.

4. Snacks

Bringing snacks into the theme parks can help take some of the stress out of your dining budget and in some cases keep the kids satisfied. You may not want to find yourself in line for an attraction only to learn that the kids are about to have a meltdown because they want a snack. Having something to pick on in the bag you carry with you can easily take the stress out of this situation. Bringing your own snacks can also save you money—if you can pull a granola bar out of your bag, you’ll be less likely to spend the extra cash on pretzels or popcorn in the park.


5. Camera and Accessories

Though most cell phones are equipped with cameras, you may still want to consider bringing an actual camera to the parks with you. If this is the case, be sure to pack some necessary accessories, like batteries/chargers, memory cards, and depending on the camera extra lenses and a camera bag. Some of these items can be replaced in the parks, but it won’t be cheap.

6. Smartphone

With the use of My Magic+ and the My Disney Experience app, you can keep track of your entire trip right from your smartphone. From Fastpass selections to dining reservations and everything in between, all of the necessary information for your trip can easily be stored right in the app.

7. Chargers

Bringing a charger to keep in your hotel room is a no-brainer, but what about keeping your phone charged while you’re visiting the parks all day? Having a portable charger with you in the parks may turn out to be incredibly useful. If you’re in the market to purchase one, go with a portable option that does not need to be plugged into the wall—this way you can charge on the go instead of stopping to sit in a quick service restaurant until your phone charges back up.

8. Plans For Separated Children

Many guests create a plan with their children for what to do if they are separated. One important tip here would be to take this one step further. Rather than simply telling your children what to do if you are separated, give them something with your contact information on it. Whether it is a bracelet, a temporary tattoo, or even just having your phone number stored in their phone, this information may be crucial in reuniting separated parties.

9. Water

You should always have water with you while touring the parks, but this doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to carry the water into the parks with you. Rather than carrying around bottles of water, or purchasing them in the park, ask for a cup of tap water at any quick service restaurant. It’s free and it won’t fill up your bag!

10. Sunscreen

Florida is the sunshine state after all! Sunscreen is one item that you will be disappointed to purchase in the parks due to the inflated prices. Make sure to pack sunscreen from home, as it will be much less expensive to purchase from a local store before your trip.

11. Medication

If you take medications daily, you may want to keep them in your purse or backpack rather than your hotel room. Disrupting your trip to the parks by having to stop in your hotel room to take your pills can be time consuming, and with a wildly different schedule than you’re used to it would not hurt to keep them with you. Should you need refrigeration for a medication, you can also store it at First Aid while you tour the parks.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."