• On Nov 19, 2019
    Evelyn from CA Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Does anyone have a simple reference for a packing list as well as a good map to use for the general area where all 4 parks are vs the central 'downtown disney' type area? I just want to get a sense of distance between places...

    Hi there, Evelyn! 

    Welcome to the Disney Parks Moms Panel. When I'm not packing for the Walt Disney World Resort, I'm dreaming about packing for a vacation there, so you're surely at the right place!
    I have 4 essential checklists for every trip. First, I think of the items I need for the plane. Usually pack a comfy coat, sunglasses, extra glasses, headphones, phone and notebook chargers, a travel pillow, hand lotion, lip balm, hand sanitizer, and medication. I also like to pack my MagicBand on my airplane luggage, but, to be fair, I always put it on before I even get to the airport! 

    My checked luggage always includes park outfits, clothes to wear in the room after I shower, pajamas, flip-flops, at least two pairs of sneakers or other comfy shoes, and swimming attire. I also carry a sun hat, a cooling towel, a poncho, and a rainproof jacket. My dear friend Anne Marie always takes her Toms and Keen sandals, and she loves them. I'm curious to try them, so I may pack them on my next trip, too! 

    I also pack some evening clothes to wear at places that have a dress code (like my favorite restaurant, Jiko - The Cooking Place). It doesn't have to be fancy, so I pack 2 or three dresses that go well with flats, and I'm good to go.  

    Finally, it's necessaire time! The most important item on my Disney necessaires is sunscreen, so I take a big tube to use in the morning, a small one to use during the day, and two facial sunscreens: one stays in the bathroom, and the other one goes in my purse. 

    If you're traveling with kids or a big group, your packing needs may change a bit, so it's also smart to Google packing tips for your specific needs, Evelyn!  

    Finally, to get a sense of distance between places, my best tip is to use Google Maps to test the routes. Not all maps follow a scale, so you may be deceived even by the best options out there. Google Maps can be very helpful, especially if you're planning on renting a car! 

    I hope that these tips help you plan for the most amazing days at the Walt Disney World Resort. A well-planned suitcase usually means no worries for the rest of your (vacation) days. With this problem-free philosophy, you're going to be singing Hakuna Matata for the rest of the trip!

    May the magic be with you, 

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Meet the Panelist: Julie, California

Hi! I am Julie, a Brazilian brand strategist, and amateur cook. I grew up in Brazil, but I currently live in California. I dreamed of visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort since I was a little girl and now I love to help others enjoy the magic as much as I do. Being an all-things-Disney nerd and Disney Vacation Club member, I'm here to help you find the perfect hotels, park events, and seasonal festivals to make your trip a memory to cherish forever! Learn More About Julie

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