You can get away with carrying nothing on you for a park day at WDW, since your Magicband acts as your hotel room key, your park tickets (combined with your fingerprint), and you can add a credit card/password to it so you just need to scan it and enter your pin to make a purchase. However, we are not those people.
We always carry a bag with us into the park – and we typically take turns carrying it since we only ever take one bag for the two of us. Lately, we’ve been using our Disney Vans backpacks that I found super cheap at Winners:
But you can use any bag you’re comfortable carrying around!
Now – what could we possibly need a giant bag for? What do we keep in it? That all depends on the time of year we’re at Disney, what we have planned for the day, etc.
This list is not inclusive, and you don’t have to carry all of it (or any of it – just make your list based on your own personal needs)
- Sweater/jacket – it cools off once the sun sets
- Raincoat/poncho – Florida weather is unpredictable! We like having those small ponchos from the Dollarstore which we just throw away once we’ve used them.
- Sunglasses/glasses and case – I’m blind, and need to switch back and forth between the two during the day
- Passports – Disney has a rule where you can not purchase alcohol without a passport (unless you are an American citizen, then any government-issued ID will work). If my jacket has a zipper pocket, I like to keep the passport there for protection.
- FuelRod – these are portable chargers that will work on basically any phone (they come with a few different adapters). The great thing about this brand is that they have vending machine-type things in every Disney park that let you swap out your charger for a new, fully-charged one as many times as you’d like (Luke and I only own one between us – my phone will be low so I’ll use the FuelRod, get my phone back up to almost a full charge, then we’ll swap it out for a new charger for Luke to use. On the day we got engaged, our phones were going crazy from all the text messages and Facebook notifications, so we ended up swapping out our FuelRod at least 5 times in one day).
- Brita water bottle – we like this one since it has a built-in filter. Florida water is gross.
- Sharpies – for character signatures
- Pen/notepad – I like to keep notes of what we do during the day
- Snacks – granola bars, fruit snacks, etc – you are allowed to bring food into the parks with you, some people bring sandwiches to save money (I like Disney food way too much to do that haha)
- Gum – Disney does not sell gum on property – but you are allowed to have it/chew it
- Camera/phone – If I have pockets in my pants/sweater I just hold onto these things myself, but it’s nice to have a place to put them while on rides.
- Ziplock bags – Come in handy for water rides to stick our phones/electronics into
- Tylenol – the parks are loud and can be quite crowded, which leads to headaches.
This seems like a long list, but most things are very light or don’t take up much space in our backpack. I like to be prepared for anything!