• On Jul 15, 2019
    Diane 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.

    Are there any packing lists available to recommend what to bring when traveling from another state? Thank you

    Hi Diane!

    Thanks so much for visiting the Disney Parks Moms Panel!

    I'm sure you must be so excited knowing your Walt Disney World Resort vacation is a few short days away!

    I will admit, I'm the self-proclaimed queen of packing way too much, but below are my must have items when visiting the theme parks:

    MagicBand/Admission Card (take a picture of the number with your phone and save it to your favorites so you will have it if needed)
    Comfortable Shoes
    Photo ID
    Lip Balm
    Sunglasses and/or Cap
    Health Insurance Card (Keep it with you just in case - but I truly hope you don't need it.)
    Water Bottle (Glass bottles are prohibited per the Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules. I prefer the double wall insulated style. They keep my water nice and cold and don't sweat and ruin other items in my backpack. Complimentary water is available at Quick Service dining locations.)
    Rain Gear (Carry it with you if needed. I look at the weather report each day and make the call on whether or not I will carry rain gear with me.)
    Cash (I usually have a little bit of cash with me, but I truly cannot think of a time I have needed it over the past few years. I do, however, use it outside of the theme parks for gratuity.)
    Mobile Phone (Make sure you have downloaded the My Disney Experience Mobile App.)
    Portable Phone Charger
    Hand Sanitizer
    Small First Aid Kit with blister relief items as well as pain relief medicine (This really isn't necessary. If you are in need of over-the-counter medicine or bandages, the First Aid centers can provide you with what you need.)
    Camera (or use your mobile phone)
    Autograph book and pen (if you plan to visit Characters). I recommend placing the autograph book and pen in a plastic storage bag. It will make them easier to find and will protect them if it rains.

    Is all of this needed? No. Do we use everything during every visit? No. Do I still continue to drag everything with me? Yes.

    When we travel bag free to the theme parks, and I am limited to the bare essentials, I take my MagicBand, phone and photo ID. I also try to find room for lip balm and hand sanitizer. After a day or two of lugging everything around, you will know what your must have items are. All bags are checked when you enter the theme parks so going bag free can save you time. We typically are bag free if we know we will only be at a theme park for a short time.

    When reviewing the list above, I want to emphasize the water bottle. Please stay hydrated! We were at Walt Disney World Resort a couple of weeks ago and the water was so needed!

    You will also want to pack your swim wear. The pools at the Resort hotels are amazing!!

    Thanks so much for sharing your question with the Disney Parks Moms Panel. Please let me know if you need any other information as you pack for your magical Walt Disney World Resort vacation!

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"Welcome home," Disney friends! I'm Kari, a wife and mom from Texas. In 1997, we became Disney Vacation Club Members and have enjoyed every magical moment. We have also set sail on the Disney Cruise Line, enjoyed the benefits of Annual Passes and put our best foot forward with runDisney. I love helping Guests add pixie dust to their vacation plans! How may I help you add magic to your next Disney vacation?

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