Disney Park Bag

How to Create the Perfect Disney Park Bag

It’s so exciting waking up knowing it’s a Disney Park day…picking out your outfit…getting your stuff ready for the day…and packing your Disney Park Bag!!! I get excited just talking about it!

You know you’re gonna need certain items during the day, but if you’re a minimalist like me you want to take as little as possible.

After 9 trips to Disney World I’ve perfected my Disney Park Bag….and I’m willing to share my secrets with you!!

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How to Create the Perfect Disney Park Bag:
#1.) Hand Sanitizer

I admit that I’m a bit of a Hand Sanitizer fool. It’s a thing that I typically carry everywhere with me.

At the Disney Parks, I like to carry sanitizer wipes and a bottle of gel sanitizer. 

#2.) Chapstick

This is a must-have for me. My lips stay chapped in any weather so I’m always packing a couple of tubes of ChapStick© wherever I go. My go-to is Chapstick Hydration Lock in Vanilla Crème.  Love it!?

#3.) Ziploc Bags

I like to have these handy in the park for several reasons.

We used them to put our phones in on water rides, and for pressed pennies(see #4)… but mostly we used them for leftovers.

Even though we shared a lot of food the snacks and meals were huge. We were able to put our leftovers in Ziploc Bags and munch on them while waiting in lines or later in the day.

#4.) Pennies and Quarters

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Pressed Pennies…and now Quarters too!! Such an awesome and inexpensive Disney souvenir!! 

I keep this simple…I count out the number of pennies and quarters I want to spend and divide it up by park (it’s 2 quarters for every penny…51 cents) and I label Ziploc Bags with the park names…i.e. the Magic Kingdom, Epcot etc. 

I only carry the ones needed each day. Carrying around a bunch of change can get heavy!

#5.) Camera

Something good for pictures and video. I mostly used my iPhone for my pics.

Next time I will be taking my digital camera specifically for videos.

We also used Disney’s Memory Maker service everywhere we went and it is amazing. Be sure to ask the Disney PhotoPass Professional Photographer to do a Magic Shot…. these are just one more special thing Disney does to make your pictures even more magical!!


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#6.) Portable Charger

We took a ton of photos and used the My Disney Experience app a lot during the day so this little portable charging device was a life saver.

Mom and I took turns recharging our phones when needed, while at the park so we didn’t miss any important photo opportunities. Extra battery power is a must.

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#7.) Sunblock

I recommend a travel tube of waterproof sunblock that is SPF 50 or higher.

We applied, and re-applied, constantly throughout the day to avoid sunburn. Florida is the sunshine state after all! 

#8.) Snack

Disney is one of the few parks in the world that allows outside snacks and food into the parks.

I myself normally take a pop tart or granola bar just in case I’m in a long line and get hungry or to eat on the bus while I’m park hopping.

While I also take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan snack options (see my post on the top 15 Snacks @Disney) I also just like to be prepared.

#9.) Water Bottle

A little trick to know about the Disney Parks is that you can ask for a cup of ice water at any quick service location and they will give you a small cup for free.

There are also water fountains around the parks that you can fill up at as well.

Mom and I would get one each and fill up our own water bottle to share. You really don’t want to pay $3.00 for a bottled water….do you?? Nah…you don’t. 

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#10.) First Aid Kit

Put together a small first aid kit of Band-Aids, Tylenol, Dramamine, Pepto-Bismol tablets, and any other prescriptions you may need to take throughout the day.


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#11.) Glow Sticks

Glow Sticks are super cheap and so much fun to have during the nightly Entertainment at Disney!

While waiting for Fantasmic, IllumiNations and the Wishes Fireworks Spectacular to start we had fun putting them on and handing them out to the kids around us.

P.S. They looked awesome in our pics!!!!

#12.) Poncho

If you’ve ever been rained on at Disney then you know exactly why this is a must in your Disney park bag!! We got rained on, bought $11 ponchos, and then kept riding rides.

I recommend purchasing a poncho before your trip…it’ll be much cheaper.

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#13.) Good Bag

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The bag pictured above is the newest addition to my Disney Park Gear collection….and I love it to pieces!! 

Any bag you feel comfortable carrying around all day will do. Besides the super cute design on the bag, I chose it because the straps aren’t visible hardly at all in pictures and the front zipper compartment was great for my cell phone, park map, and small first aid kit.

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#14.) Biofreeze

My mom introduced me to this little bottle of magic on our April 2016 Disney Trip and it is a lifesaver!!

My sister used Biofreeze on her knees when she played basketball for pain relief.

I used the roll on the bottle on my lower back and my knees after park hopping for 16 hours!!

It was amazing!! (It’s also safe for children, 2 years of age and older if their knees or feet hurt as well)

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#15) Portable Necklace Fan

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I’m adding this one after my most recent (May 2017) trip to Disney World. We bought these little necklace fans last-minute before we left for Orlando and I was very skeptical about how well they would work on a 98-degree sunny day.

They are life savers!! I was not prepared for how hot our trip was and having these while waiting in line for shows and attractions definitely changed the game.

They take 2 AA batteries and we packed chargeable batteries with a portable charger to charge them while we took our afternoon break. Must have in the Disney Park Bag for sure!!

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These essentials got us through 4 parks and 9 trips to Disney World!!

I hope these tips on How to Create the Perfect Disney Park Bag help you out as well!


What are your must-have Disney Park Bag essentials?? 

Let us know in the comments below!!

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