What To Pack In Your Disney World Park Bag

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There are a lot of different options for park bags out there. Some people prefer small bags some prefer larger bags. I get questioned a lot by friends and family what I like to have in my park bag. Below I will talk about what I like to bring and also how it has changed over the years as my daughter has gotten bigger.

What’s The Best Bag For Disney World?

This is totally a personal choice. I prefer a backpack so that I am hands free and the weight no matter how large or small the bag is distributed on my back so that I don’t have to swap shoulders thru the day for comfort. For me I have found that the Lounge Fly bags are the perfect size for me. It is big enough to hold what I need but not to big to be too heavy. Also there are tons of really cute designs to choose from!

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Does Disney World Allow Bags On Rides?

Yes, Disney World does allow you to bring your bags on the rides. Depending on the ride vehicle, there may be a pouch in front of your seat to put it in like on Everest at Animal Kingdom or Seven Dwarfs Mine Train t the Magic Kingdom. Soarin at Epcot has you store all of your items below your seat in the bin. Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom has you store your items in a bin across from your seat.

Trips To The Parks Without Kids

Not that we travel without our daughter often, but when we have in the past I usually pack the lightest on these trips. Most of the time I don’t even take a bag with me into the parks. I have found that if I al only worring about my self and or my husband I can get away with my phone and magic band. If I were to bring a bag inot the parks for us It would definaltly be a small one. I would only have the bare necessities being a couple bandaids and chapstick. The bag would basically only be used to carry something that we bought.

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What Do I need For Older Kids

As our has gotten older I have foud that my packing style for the parks have definatly changed. On our last trip she had her own Lounge Fly backpack so each of our bags had a variety of things.

In my bag I had the following:

Chapstick – A must for me wherever I go

Sunglasses – I usually wear them but as it gets darker its nice to have somethere to put them.

Extra Masks – In the Florida heat it is super important to brings extra masks with you. I found after a couple of hours mine was sweaty and smelled really nasty. I liked the disposable ones for the most part as I found them to be the most comfortable.

Wet Wipes – Its nice to have a wet wipe to wipe down a surface, sticky fingers or face.

Hand Sanitizer – Even before the virus was around I always had this in my bag for a quick hand wash.

Disposable Ponchos – I found a great deal on Amazon to buy these in bulk. In Florida you can bet that you will bet at least a little shower on a couple of your park days. I always toss 1 per person in my bag and just throw them away when we are done. They take up less room and weigh less then worrying about umbrellas.

My ‘Mom bag’ – This is a term that my daughter came up with when she was small. My mom bag is a fabric zip pouch that I basically don’t leave my house without. It contains Band-Aids, spray Neosporin, Advil, Tums and a small pack of tissues.

Now, Like I said, my daughter had her own bag this time and her mix of items were slightly sifferent…

What she had in her was was:

Sunglasses, Chapstick, tissues, snacks, extra mask, wallet, gum and she even squeezed a Disney water mister fan that she bought on our first day there.

If she had not chosen to have her own bag it wouldn’t have changed my packing by very much… but she would have ended up still carrying her misting fan…lol

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Packing With Younger Kids

When traveling anywhere will little ones I always feel like I am bringing the entire house with me. When we took our daughter to Disney for the first time I wanted to bring everything that I would need into the park but not have to bring a rolling suitcase to do it…

I found that the best bag for me in the parks was a Disney backpack that I found in the gift shop in our resort. It is the standard backpack side and it had pleantty of room for everything that I wanted to pack.

Here’s what I found worked well for us taking a 4 year old to Disney for her first trip.

Wet wipes – She would get sticky fingers after snacks and it helped to have a small package ready when ever we needed it.

Chapstick – Again I never leave home with out it

Sunglasses

First aid Kit – Basic needs like band aids, spray Neosporin and a lollypop to help calm the child when the boo boo was too much to handle.

Medicines – Small pill containers with pain relievers for both adults and children. Also tums for when you indulge just a little too much on the Disney goodies.

Hand Sanitizer – Again, even before Covid I always traveled with some because sometimes its just quicker then washing you hands.

Autograph book – We did a full Princess Hunt to find every single princess on Disney property on that trip and she still loves looking at the book to this day. We got the kind that has photo slots so that you can have their picture with the character along with the autograph. This book also had an elastic spot to hold a pen which made it super convenient.

Extra change of clothes for the child – We did this only on our first trip because we didn’t know what to expect spending hours on end in a theme park and didn’t want to get caught having to buy a complete outfit while in the park.

Disposable Ponchos – I found a great deal on Amazon to buy these in bulk. In Florida you can bet that you will bet at least a little shower on a couple of your park days. I always toss 1 per person in my bag and just throw them away when we are done. They take up less room and weigh less then worrying about umbrellas.

This is what I found to be useful but if you are traveling with even smaller little ones that may still be in diapers or potty training then you would need to add normal diaper bag items to your list.

Conclusion

Every family that travels to Disney is going to have different needs. This is what worked for my family during different times thru the years in the parks. You can add or take away from my suggestions to make it work for your family and traveling party. One last suggestion that I have is to check out the article that I wrote about what you can not take into the parks. Personally I don’t want the hassle at security of having to take out or leave something behind that I packed because it wasn’t allowed in the parks.

Heather

Heather Noyes is the founder of this website and formerly a Disney travel agent. Ever since she was a little girl she's loved Disney. Over the years she has planned several trips for her family, friends and former clients to go to Disney World.

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