A list of 10 essential items you need to take into a Disney Park with you.
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When visiting a Disney Park, it’s important to know what to pack in your park bag. If you’re not familiar with the lingo, a park bag is the bag that you will carry with you into the theme parks themselves.
Whether you are traveling with kids or without, these are things that are always a good idea to have on hand. With all of the walking and traveling though, it’s a good idea to not go overboard. Below you will find items that I believe are essential to have in your bag as you tour a Disney Park.
What you need in your Disney Park Bag
1. Cell Phone with a Camera
A cell phone is important to bring with you when visiting a Disney Park. Especially when visiting Walt Disney World, where using the My Disney Experience app is essential. It’s also great to have at the Disneyland Resort if you’ll be utilizing the new MaxPass. You can use these apps to make FASTPASS reservations as well as dining reservations at your favorite restaurants. It’s also great to check current wait times for attractions and shows.
I like to have a cell phone to keep in contact with other members of my party. Sometimes we might ride different rides and its nice to be able to communicate when we’re not together.
If you are not taking a separate camera, its convenient to bring a cell phone that is also a camera. That way you are ready to capture precious moments and fun memories at all times!
2. Portable Charger
With all of the uses for a cell phone and camera at Disneyland and Disney World, it’s important to keep your phone charged! Although there are a few select locations around the park that you can use to charge your electronics, I find it more convenient to carry a portable charger with me into the parks. Portable chargers are nice because they are pretty compact and can help keep you connected no matter where you are in the park! If you are in the market to purchase a portable charger, I recommend this one from Amazon.
3. Autograph Book & Marker
If you plan on meeting some of the amazing characters at a Disney Park, I suggest taking an autograph book. Its fun for kids and adults to not only get a picture with their favorite characters, but having them sign an autograph book is another great way to interact with them. The characters are so fun and sign their names in a super cute way. In my experience, its better to have some sort of Sharpie or other permanent marker for the characters to use instead of a pen. It is easier for them to hold on to with their big hands!
4. ID, Cash & Credit Card
It’s always good practice to have your ID with you at al times, even when visiting a Disney Park. You never know when you might need it. Make sure you have some cash in your bag. Sometimes things come up and you might need a little cash for tipping or small items. It’s also a good idea to carry a credit card with you, even if you have a Magic Band. or a different credit card than the one that is attached to your Magic Band.
5. Zip Top Bags
I can’t even count how many times having a zip top bag has come in handy for me at a Disney Park. They are great when handing out snacks to your kids, saving leftovers from a meal or keeping your phone dry when riding on a water attraction. When I go into the parks, I usually grab a few gallon size, sandwich size and snack size. You can bring them from home or have them sent to your room. This is what I did on our last trip and it saved so much room in my luggage! Check out my post How Amazon Can Save You Money at Disney to find out how to have these bags as well as snacks and other items, sent right from Amazon to your hotel!
6. Spray Fan
If you are planning a Disney vacation in one of the warmer months of the year, I highly recommend bringing along a spray fan. On our last trip to Disney World, we ended up purchasing one at the parks after only being there for about 20 minutes! I forgot how hot and humid it can be! Save yourself a few bucks and bring a spray fan or two with you from home. They can easily be refilled to keep you cool while standing in line or waiting for a parade.
7. Umbrella & Ponchos
It’s always a good idea to bring an umbrella or two and some ponchos along with you to Disneyland and Disney World. I have been at both parks when there has been a lot of rain. Boy was I glad that I had both. Even if rain isn’t in the forecast, things can always change. If the Disney Park you are visiting has a water ride like Splash Mountain at Disneyland and Magic Kingdom or Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, ponchos are a great thing to have. If you or your kids are like me, I don’t like getting wet so a poncho allows me to stay dry and still enjoy the ride.
8. Sun Protection
I can’t stress enough how important it is to be prepared with sun protection, including: sun block, sunglasses and a hat. The sun in California and Florida can really beat down on you when visiting the parks. You don’t want your magical vacation ruined by a sunburn! I recommend a spray sun block for convenience.
9. Hand Sanitizer
I don’t know about you, but with all of the thousands of people who visit Disney Parks each day, having some hand sanitizer handy is a MUST. Especially with little kids who are always putting their hands in their mouth! I definitely recommend having a small travel sized hand sanitizer in your park bag when you visit a Disney Park!
It’s important to not let yourself get hungry when you are visiting a Disney Park. There is so many yummy treats and snacks available at the parks, but if you are not using The Disney Dining Plan, they might not be in your budget or convenient to get to. Try taking some granola bars or trail mix along with you in your park bag. That way you’ll be prepared between meals when hunger strikes and will help keep you and your kids happy! I like to stock up on snacks using Amazon Prime Pantry and have them all sent to our hotel. That saves on space in our suitcase and our snacks are usually waiting for us when we arrive!
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I hope that this list of Disney Park Bag essentials will help you be prepared for your Disney vacation. There are many more things that you could add to your bags. Just make sure you don’t over stuff your bag or make it super heavy. Don’t forget to Pin this list so that you will be prepared on your next trip! Also, check out my other Disney tips and tricks!