You're standing on Main Street in Disney's Magic Kingdom. You look around and see all of the gleaming nostalgic buildings you've witnessed in photos and on previous trips. You smell the fresh popcorn in the air while listening to the merry tunes that only Disney can produce. You are full of wonder as you look toward Cinderella's castle-- you are finally at Walt Disney World once again. Then... you notice that a crowd of people is staring at you, seemingly laughing as you stand there in awe of the park, but you become suddenly confused... you look down and realize you aren't wearing any pants, just bright pink Minnie slippers and you've forgotten to bring anything with you to even cover yourself up. You start to sweat profusely. Had you really forgotten everything because you were so busy planning your perfect trip? You quickly jolt up out of bed, to realize that it was only a dream, (or a nightmare of sorts), and thankfully you still have a couple more days to get your packing list in order before heading to Walt Disney World. Phew....
Planning for a trip to Walt Disney World takes time and a lot of effort. There are deadlines to meet to get the best selection for dining, experiences, and Fastpasses. Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in all of the planning, that the packing list becomes a second thought-- until it's too late and you're out of time. (Which are some of the many reasons it is best to use a Your Story travel planner when planning your trip). Your trip to Walt Disney World shouldn't be stressful. So we have created a packing list to help ensure that you don't forget anything you'll need for your upcoming trip!
Clothing (more on that in the next section)
Comfy shoes! Or two pairs if you have room.
A small camera (can be your phone)
Face masks (Disney World requirement for every person 2 and older)
Cell Phone Battery pack charger
Magic Bands, Park Tickets or Confirmation Information for will call
Magical Express letter
Socks- don't forget those comfy socks. Don't bring the ones that ride down your heel
Light jacket for fall and winter months
Rain jacket for spring months. You can often use a poncho in the summer months to keep the rain off without bringing additional warmth
Bathing suits and cover-up for the awesome Disney World pools
The essentials- underwear, pants/shorts, shirts, etc.
Flip-flops for trips to the pool and for walking around the resort
Nice to Have
First Aid kit including tylenol, aleve, asprin, band-aids, anti-chafe balm, mole-skin, chapstick
Clorox wipes and hand sanitizer
Plastic grocery bags (empty)
Pins for trading
Ziplock bags (small and large) (empty)
Zip-up water-resistant bag with wristlet (empty)
Disney gift cards
Items that Enhance Your Trip
Minnie Ears and Mickey Hats
Battery-powered lights for strollers at night
Glow Sticks/Light-up toys for night
Autograph book & Sharpie (retractable sharpies in different colors for different characters). (Pre-COVID 19). Another fun idea for an autograph book is to use the Junior Encyclopedia of Disney characters. Have the characters sign their page in the encyclopedia.
Clean pennies for the penny press
Princess dresses for the little ones
Reusable straws. Disney World provides paper straws unless other straws are requested. Do yourself a favor by bringing your own set of reusable straws to enjoy those fun and fancy drinks throughout the parks!
Quick and small snack items
Fruit/vegetable squeeze pouches
Stroller (recommend renting offsite or bringing your own) with snack tray and cupholder
Formula (if applicable)
Stroller rain cover,
Small Blanket (for napping on the go and for cold evenings)
Reusable or throw away placemats
Changing pad or a few puppy pads
Lovey/ stuffy for sleep
Don't Bring These Items
A million bags. When you go through security, they will open every bag. Don't slow down entry into the park by bringing a bag within a bag within a bag etc.!
Bug repellant. Disney takes care of those suckers for you.
For more information on what to pack and what should stay home, visit our website where we have a graphic you can download.
If you would like a quote, please feel free to reach out to me at Jessica@yourstorytravel.com