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What’s in my bag: The final word Disney World packing information from a theme park professional

What’s in my bag: The final word Disney World packing information from a theme park professional

Planning a Walt Disney World trip has by no means been extra concerned. From reserving your resort, eating and theme park reservations to strategizing your digital queue, rope drop, park hop and Genie+ and Lightning Lane plans, there’s quite a lot of stress to get it proper given the expense and time concerned.

However all of the meticulous spreadsheeting and early reserving wake-ups on this planet can’t undo the discomfort of waterlogged sneakers or the frustration of a lifeless telephone battery unable to make extra Lightning Lane bookings in the course of your trip day.

So, earlier than you get out that suitcase and begin packing, try this record of what to pack for a visit to Disney World.

As a theme park professional who travels from Chicago to Walt Disney World as typically as twice a month, imagine me after I say I’ve made all the errors, and my errors are actually your suggestions. A few of these gadgets might not have made your packing shortlist, however they might make or break your vacay — belief me, I’ve discovered the arduous method.

Fanny pack

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I by no means, ever hit the parks with out a fanny pack.

I wish to have my sun shades, pockets, telephone, transportable charger, FuelRod and rope, lip balm, sunscreen and umbrella all proper at my fingertips, moderately than continuously slinging a backpack round and digging by way of it. I like the personalizable choices from Stoney Clover Lane. I’ve the common dimension however am eyeing the Jumbo for my subsequent buy.

Be warned, these are sort of dear, so if you happen to do not want a themed and customized choice, a budget-friendly choice is the Herschel Seventeen Waist Pack, which normally begins at beneath $30 on Amazon.

Backpack

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After I go to the parks solo, I handle to pack every thing into only a fanny pack, however after I’m with my kiddos, everybody brings their very own backpack on the aircraft and we consolidate and convey only one backpack to the parks.

My boys convey their Stoney Clover Lane Traditional Backpacks and carry their very own iPads and plush toys and I convey a Coach Outlet backpack with a compartment to securely transport my laptop computer (since my park journeys regularly double as work journeys).

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If these aren’t the best ones for you, Petunia Pickle Backside additionally makes some Disney-themed backpacks which are water resistant, which may be essential as a result of when at Disney … it can (in all probability) rain.

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Rain gear

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As I used to be saying, and I say this on a regular basis — there’s one certainty on each Walt Disney World journey: It’ll rain.

Repeat after me, “It. Will. Rain.” However a downpour doesn’t need to put a damper in your enjoyable. When packing to your journey to Disney World, you simply must be ready with the best kind of rain gear for your loved ones.

Compact umbrella

Rain jackets and ponchos are undoubtedly useful for including an additional layer of waterproof safety over your garments, nevertheless it’s typically sweltering simply earlier than, throughout and after these downpours — notably in summer time — and a jacket can simply make you are feeling sweaty and sticky.

We pack light-weight, compact umbrellas for everybody within the household and on the most well liked days, we go away jackets and ponchos at dwelling.

Light-weight rain jacket

Outdoors of these sizzling, humid summer time months, we pack light-weight rain jackets to maintain garments from getting soaked by way of. I purchase this cheap, tremendous light-weight Columbia Glennaker rain jacket for my boys, with room sufficient to suit a sweatshirt or light-weight down jacket beneath for colder days.

Columbia additionally places out an annual limited-edition assortment of outerwear themed to a brand new “Star Wars” launch. My Boba Fett-inspired waterproof Columbia jacket from final 12 months’s assortment is now my go-to rain jacket. Look out for a brand new drop this fall/winter.

Waterproof stroller cowl

If there’s even the remotest likelihood of a rain bathe and also you’re headed inside for a trip or a meal, please heed my phrases and canopy your stroller. I’ve come again outdoors to a positively drenched stroller extra occasions than I would care to confess.

Your greatest wager is a stroller cowl made to your particular stroller mannequin (we swear by the Child Jogger Metropolis Mini GT2), however a cheap common cowl also needs to do the trick.

Waterproof footwear

Sure, you’ll log rather a lot of steps throughout a Disney World trip, however your go-to cozy sneakers aren’t so cozy after they’ve been soaked by way of by a downpour. I swear by absolutely waterproof footwear.

My favourite half after I’m packing for the entire household — no socks to take up treasured suitcase house! Listed here are three completely different picks to fit your private model.

Birkenstock Arizona Necessities

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A basic, this light-weight, versatile, waterproof model of the cork-and-leather unique is usually the one shoe we pack for our Disney journeys. I can stroll miles in these sandals with no blisters, no soreness and no discomfort on the finish of the day. They arrive in children’ sizes, too!

Crocs

The look isn’t for everybody, but when Crocs are your jam, they’re one other nice waterproof choice for each children and adults. Disney often groups up with Crocs to create new designs, together with park- and attraction-specific types that includes characters and rides like Orange Hen and The Haunted Mansion.

Native footwear

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Native footwear seem like smooth sneakers however they’re light-weight and waterproof — no socks wanted. Native even has a cute collaboration with Disney if you wish to go all-in in your footwear theming.

I’ve sufficient pals who swear by these to incorporate them on this record, however a phrase of warning — not like Crocs and Birkenstocks, they provide my kiddos blisters, so make sure to break them in at dwelling first as they’re nice for some toes and never nice for others.

Extremely-light down

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Central Florida winters are famously unpredictable.

From about December by way of February, temps can fall anyplace from the 30s to the 80s, which implies you’ll must pack every thing from swimsuits to heat coats. I swear by ultra-lightweight, packable down items from Uniqlo.

Its vests and jackets are cheap, weigh nearly nothing, and include their very own little pouches so you may simply tuck them away in a backpack or fanny pack throughout the warmest a part of the day. Within the winter, I at all times convey each a jacket and a vest.

Solar-protective clothes

Efficient solar safety is crucial any time of 12 months in Central Florida. When packing for Disney World, we convey an arsenal of choices for our household. Dr. Jordan Carqueville, a number one board-certified dermatologist in Chicago, recommends beginning with the best garments. “Solar-protective clothes is right for lengthy days within the solar and is particularly nice for teenagers,” she says.

We at all times convey rashguards for the swimming pools and water parks — particularly Storm Lagoon, the place sunscreen doesn’t stand an opportunity of staying put after a pummeling by the wave pool.

Carqueville additionally recommends protecting up with a hat with at the least a 3-inch brim, and reapplying sunscreen each 90 minutes, particularly when sweating and swimming. “When selecting a sunscreen, search for the time period ‘broad-spectrum,’ so it covers each UVA and UVB rays,” she says. Her favorites are ISDIN, EltaMD and Blue Lizard.

Supergoop Poof 100% Mineral Half Powder

I led with the skilled suggestion however the reality is, I don’t put on a brimmed hat all day day by day within the parks. However, I nonetheless shield my scalp with Supergoop Poof 100% Mineral Half Powder. It goes on like dry shampoo and retains my half from burning.

Goodr sun shades

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An awesome pair of sun shades is important on a Disney World packing record, nevertheless it looks like at the least one member of my household loses a pair each. Single. Journey.

Goodr sun shades are my go-to for cheap however good-quality polarized sun shades. Technically dubbed “operating sun shades” (and nice for my runDisney coaching!), Goodr sunnies are light-weight, don’t slip and one way or the other match everybody in my household, together with my 6-year-old. We pack 5 pairs for our household of 4 in order that if (ahem, when) somebody loses a pair, we nonetheless have a backup.

Child gear

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My boys are larger than I care to confess, however I began taking them to the parks once they had been infants and these are just a few gadgets I couldn’t have gotten by with out.

Tula child service

Even if you happen to rely totally on a stroller, a child service was a lifesaver for me for lengthy traces once we needed to go away the stroller behind. service can be nice for naps in case your infant fights stroller snoozes as mine did. I additionally cherished having the ability to pop a kiddo within the service to look at fireworks, saving the pressure on my arms and shoulders.

Altering pad

The Child Care Facilities in Disney World theme parks are undoubtedly a father or mother’s greatest pal in the case of clear and straightforward diaper modifications, however you’ll wish to ensure you at all times have a transportable altering mat available for surprising stops.

Nursing cowl

Disney World is breastfeeding-friendly and also you’re free to nurse in public all through the parks and resorts, however as soon as once more, the Child Care Facilities are a soothing place to take a break and nurse just a little one. Anytime I wished additional privateness, I used a Milk Snob nursing cowl to comfortably nurse anyplace in a pinch.

Tech

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White-noise machine

I discovered concerning the magic of white noise for sleep when my children had been infants, and nonetheless pack our Rohm Journey Sound Machine for each journey as a result of it really works wonders for drowning out the incessant noise of tossing, turning, drinks of water and loo journeys that inevitably include 4 folks sleeping in a resort room collectively. There are apps to your telephone that generate white noise however the Rohm is just the perfect, most pure sound choice I’ve discovered.

USB charging station

A contemporary-day Walt Disney World trip requires quite a lot of tech, which implies charging quite a lot of units at night time and all through the day.

With Disney MagicMobile, your iPhone, Apple Watch or Google Pay-enabled Android telephone can now act as your park ticket (taking the place of a MagicBand). You’ll additionally want your telephone to entry My Disney Expertise to handle eating, Genie+ and Particular person Lightning Lane reservations, in addition to the Play Disney Parks Cell App.

Disney has been including extra USB ports in resort rooms as they’re up to date, however with so many various units to cost, we’ve discovered that there are by no means sufficient for our complete household so it’s greatest to convey a charging station to get just a few extra ports.

MagicBand+

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MagicBands aren’t a necessity, however they make it a lot simpler to faucet into the parks, your Disney World resort room, and particular person rides with Lightning Lane reservations. Plus, the most recent model, MagicBand+, unlocks experiences unique to MagicBand+ wearers. These embody the Star Wars: Batuu Bounty Hunters expertise in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the Disney Fab 50 Quest, a form of scavenger hunt throughout all 4 parks the place you may “accumulate” the 50 characters represented as golden sculptures that remember Walt Disney World’s fiftieth anniversary.

Moveable chargers

Even while you begin the day with a full cost, it doubtless gained’t be sufficient for a full park day, so we at all times convey this high-quality transportable charger, which has sufficient juice to completely recharge at the least two iPhones. We additionally throw just a few additional transportable chargers within the backpack too, together with some additional cords, simply in case.

FuelRod

And since you may by no means have too many backups, we additionally carry a FuelRod as an additional insurance coverage coverage. FuelRods are bought in merchandising machines all through the parks, however you will get them cheaper by ordering one prematurely on-line.

Swap your FuelRod free of charge at machines all through Disney World’s theme parks and plenty of motels.

Waterproof telephone pouch

If you happen to’re planning a day on the pool or a Disney water park and don’t wish to be with out your telephone, a water-proof telephone pouch ensures you by no means have to depart your machine (and digital camera!) behind. I additionally stick my bank cards in right here and don’t go away any valuables at my chair so I by no means spend the additional cash to hire a locker.

iPads with protecting instances

For essentially the most half, we’ve a no-device rule for our youngsters as soon as we step off the aircraft on trip, however we make an exception in Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. Right here, your “Datapad,” “Star Wars” converse for a sensible machine (iPad minis for our youngsters) logged in to the Play Disney Parks app, turns into a software for a few of the land’s experiences, together with the Batuu Bounty Hunt, performed along side a MagicBand+.

Packing cubes

When you uncover the surprise of packing cubes, you’ll by no means look again. I preserve our household of 4 organized by packing all of our garments in packing cubes. This can be a nice method to separate clothes not simply by member of the family, however by climate since Disney World may be so unpredictable. I take advantage of separate cubes for the entire household’s rain gear, for light-weight down, and for the pool, in order that something we don’t find yourself needing stays packed and arranged.

If you wish to make investments a bit extra in your packing cubes, TPG’s Summer time Hull swears by these Calpak packing cubes.

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Cooling towel

In peak summer time warmth in Orlando, actually something to take the sting off helps. My children love cooling towels. I don’t love once they use them as weapons to fling at one another, however, hey, at the least they’re staying cool.

Neck followers

If you happen to aren’t certain a cooling towel will likely be sufficient, some households additionally make the most of transportable neck followers on the most well liked of days in Disney World. Whereas there are a selection of choices available on the market, a few of the most inexpensive are generally on sale for beneath $10 every on Amazon.

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Backside line

Figuring out what to pack for a visit to Disney World is half the battle, so study from what has labored for me on our quite a few journeys to Orlando after which you may return to deciding between all the perfect eating places at Disney World (together with my favourite out of doors spots) and whether or not to start out your day with Hollywood Studios or Magic Kingdom.

Further reporting by Summer time Hull.