It’s a question I get all the time. How should I pack for Disney World? Every time we go to Walt Disney World it’s a different time of year it seems. Disney World Packing in January is much different than how you pack in June! This article is my top packing tips for traveling to Disney World any time of the year.
I live in frigid New England so when I go to Walt Disney World I always plan on extreme changes in temperatures anyway. For example, even though it is extremely cold here during the winter, and I wouldn’t expect to get cold while I’m in Florida, I still pack sweatshirts. Believe it or not, there are times when it is warranted.
I know it’s Florida, and I know a lot of people assume that it’s always warm in Florida. But the fact of the matter is, it’s very different month to month. Some months are rainier than others and some months are much hotter than others.
Of course, there are staple items that you should bring with you when planning any Disney Trip.
- Loose Fitting Shoes
So in this post, we will touch further on how to pack for your Disney trip season by season.
How To Pack For Disney World In Spring
Spring at Disney World brings us the Flower and Garden Festival and is generally known as the months of March, April, and May. If you play on visiting Disney World during those months, then you will be going during my personal favorite time of the year to go.
I don’t have any qualms about pulling my daughter out of school either, mostly due to the comfort level when you go. Going to Disney World in the spring is like fine porridge it’s not too hot, not too cold, it’s just right!
The low’s in the spring at Disney World generally are around 58 to 69 degrees and the highs are rarely above the mid 80’s at the very most. This makes wearing shorts very feasible.
Some people say that they still pack a sweatshirt for the evenings, but coming from New England, I never have needed a sweatshirt during this time of year.
How To Pack For Disney World In Summer
Packing for Disney World in the Summer is simple. With daytime highs in the 90’s you will want to plan to pack as light as possible during the months of June, July, and August.
Quick dry athletic shorts are a must-have. Tank tops are called for every day and definitely pack plenty of sunscreen!
It’s easy to say that you are going to pack light, but also plan to pack light clothes that dry quickly as there is no shortage of water in the parks.
Make sure you pack several ponchos for family members especially since this is also the rainy season for Disney World.
Pro Tip: Water is free at Disney World! Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not. There are water fountains located near most of the bathrooms, but most people won’t want to use that unless it’s absolutely necessary due to its unrespectable funky flavor. However, you can go to any quick-service restaurant or snack shop and get ice water for free.
How To Pack For Disney World In Fall
Fall at Disney World is my second favorite time of year to plan a visit. Fall brings Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parties and the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to the Disney parks. It’s really a great time of year to go for the ultimate Disney World experience.
Although it can still be pretty warm with its lows in the 60’s to 70’s and it’s highs in the high 70’s to high 80’s. It is one of the most magical times of year to go to Disney World.
If you are planning on visiting in the months of September, October or November then you will still want to pack fairly light. I know that those months might be sweatshirt worthy in other areas of the country during that time of year. But that’s just not the case at Disney World.
The clothes you’ll want to pack for Disney World this time of year need to be suitable for warm weather like shorts, tank tops, and t-shirts, but it’s still a good idea to pack a light sweater and pair of pants just in case.
How To Pack For Disney World In Winter
Even though you can go to Disney in December and have a blast at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. December, January, and February are a cold time of year. There’s no getting past that. But that’s not to say that Disney World is frigid in the winter; in fact, compared to the weather at home (especially above the Mason Dixon line) January in Orlando might feel like you are in the Carribean. I would expect or plan for SNOW, but January is definitely colder than you might think in the Orlando area.
The temperatures are typically in the 50s and 60s but routinely rise into the 70s or low 80s. Women should consider wearing capris or lightweight pants. Pack at least one pair of shorts and two or more pairs for a long stay. Make the decision about whether to wear shorts or pants based on the day’s forecast.
Most men will be just fine in shorts, but you will definitely want to consider bringing a pair of jeans or two depending on the length of your stay.
The rainy season at Disney World is in the summer and fall, and precipitation isn’t as common in January, but it’s still possible. So you will want to plan on packing a hoodie sweatshirt or two as well.
Prepare to add more layers as the day goes on. The last trip we made to Disney World was at the end of January going into February. The days sometimes start out warm, but other days they start out a little chillier and they more often than not end up on the chilly side. I brought one sweatshirt with me but ended up buying another one at the parks and $50 later I was much more comfortable.
Packing for Disney World is easy if you know what different times of the year bring weather-wise. No matter what time of year that you are going if you plan to pack correctly then you won’t run into any issues.
Disney World is a fun place and if you pack for your Disney trip correctly then you are almost guaranteed to take out some of the stress while you are there.