Family on Big Thunder Mountain
  • On Aug 29, 2022
    Mike from NS Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If wearing backpacks in the parks, what do you do with them when getting on a ride?

    Welcome to planDisney, Mike!

    As the mom to three little ones, including a tiny princess that we just welcomed into our family, we've carried backpacks and diaper bags for many miles around the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks. And trust me...a great way to ensure you have an awesome theme park day is to ensure you have all of your essentials with you in your park bag throughout your day!

    The attractions at Walt Disney World Resort all have different ride vehicles that will accommodate bags and backpacks differently. Many attractions, such as "it's a small world", The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, and Haunted Mansion, have plenty of room to fit your backpack with you in your ride vehicle on the seat or the floor. On fast attractions where you need to secure yourself during the ride, such as Expedition Everest or Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, you will need to secure your backpacks more carefully. Generally, you'll find a netted bag for smaller belongings on those vehicles, which may not fit your backpack. I like to put my legs through my backpack straps so it securely hangs from my lap as we ride. Cast Members can also direct you to a location to leave your bag if it can't be accommodated with you in the ride vehicle. There are a few attractions, such as Soarin' Around the World and Avatar Flight of Passage, where you can't hold your backpack during the ride. These attractions have specific storage locations for all of your belongings and Cast Members will direct you to those locations as you are boarding.

    Mike, keep in mind that if you are riding water attractions that include any splashes, such as Pirates of the Caribbean, the floors of the boats are often wet and I recommend that you avoid putting your backpack on the floor to keep it dry. Also, you can always rent a locker in the theme park to enjoy some time in the park without your backpack, while it's securely stored in your locker. Finally, per Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules, your backpack must be smaller than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm) to be admitted into the parks.

    Feel free to come back to see us if we can help you again! T-T-F-N, ta ta for now!

    ~Crystal
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Meet the Panelist: Crystal, Colorado

Hi! I’m Crystal and I’m a wife and mommy to two little Mouseketeers. My husband and I have been enjoying Disney Parks since before we were married, and now we take our children to see Mickey and the gang as often as we can, while  managing my oldest son's food allergies. Planning is key for my family to ensure that everyone has a safe and fun trip to our favorite place and it can be just as exciting as the trip itself. I can’t wait to help you plan your next adventure there, too! Learn More About Crystal

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