Disney World Vacation Packing List
What to Bring
Packing for a Disney World vacation can be stressful and chaotic. Our goal with this page is to help you organize and plan what you need to pack so that nothing you need on your vacation gets left behind. We've also provided a free, downloadable pdf worksheet/checklist that you can use to make packing even easier!
Having a comprehensive packing list is something I wished I had the first time we went to Walt Disney World. Making sure you don't forget anything and being organized sure makes your vacation easier and more enjoyable. Use the lists below (or the downloadable pdf) to make packing easier and just omit or modify depending on ages/special needs.
We developed this list for our first Walt Disney World trip and re-use it for every trip we take, making minor changes as necessary.
We find it easiest to pack by category, so the list below is separated into common categories.
The Trip There:
Depending on whether you're driving or flying and how long your trip will be, use the example below to develop your own list of what you will need on your way to Walt Disney World.
- Activities for each person. Examples: Books, magazines, DVD player and movies, travel games, crayons and coloring books.
- Snacks and Drinks. We always pack pre-portioned snack bags for each child, as well as a cooler filled with drinks. (Water works best, especially if you're in a rental car!)
- Music. iPods, music CDs and the like are usually a welcome relaxation on a long trip.
- Directions. It always helps to know where you're going. A GPS if you have one, or a map and directions are a must-have.
- Blankets & Pillows. Our kids like to each take a pillow for long trips and I pick a small blanket for each of them- obviously if your trip is not that long, these are unnecessary.
- Money for Tolls. A lot of change really comes in handy, as do singles.
- Group Activities. The license plate game is great one, as well as any card-only trivia games you may have, they come in really handy when everyone's bored!
- Diaper Bag. For babies and toddlers, pack all the essentials in a diaper bag for the car or plane ride.
Babies and Toddlers
- Crib. On request, any Disney World Resort will give you a porta-crib, but we usually bring our own.
- Stroller(s). Umbrella strollers work best, as they are easier to fold up for buses and other Disney World Transportation.
- Diapers/Wipes & Changing Pad/Diaper Rash Ointment. If need be, all Disney World Resort gift shops offer diapers and the like; also, each Walt Disney World Theme Park has a baby care center where ANY baby needs can be purchased.
- Sippy Cup, Bottles, & Formula. If applicable.
- Diaper bag/Backpack. Or both!
- Snacks for during the day. While Disney World offers a lot of snack options, not many of them are small-child-friendly. (Except the ice cream of course!) It's usually a good idea to bring finger foods/snacks for your little one so they have something to munch on when everyone else is eating popcorn.
- Baby Food, Spoons, & Bowls. Unless your child is to the stage where they can eat what you eat for dinner, it's a must to have oatmeal and applesauce!
- Ziplocs for snacks and messes. These little baggies come in real handy. I like to put a slightly damp washcloth in one for any dirty little hands at the dinner table.
- Washcloths & Handi-Wipes. Washcloths, (slightly damp) and those little wipes they sell for washing your hands while out are a great thing to have on you at all times.
- Small toys for Baby. While Disney World is great for every age, there will be times when the little ones will have to sit-out of the fun. Small toys, (especially ones that you can attach to the stroller) are great for these moments.
- Pacifiers & Security blanket or other comfort object. Comfort objects are great for nap time at the park and when you wind up staying out later than expected and your child starts to get cranky!
Depending on what time of year you are visiting Walt Disney World, you may have to bring different types of clothing. For a reference of average temperatures and rainfall in Disney World, visit our page on Disney World weather and seasons and look at the month you'll be visiting to see what it's usually like in Disney during the time you're going.
Since the clothes you will bring will invariably be based on personal preference, we haven't provided a specific list here of each different item of clothing. However our worksheet does outline these different items and you can insert the amount you need to bring as well.
These essential items belong to the category we almost always forget something from. Here we have included everything we can think of that you would possibly need on your vacation. If you use our worksheet you can add anything that we might have missed!
- Soap. If you stay in a Disney World Resort, they will provide you with hand soap, body wash, shampoo and conditioner. If you prefer, you can bring your own.
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Hair needs
- Pain relievers
- Baid-aids & Antibiotic Ointment
- Any prescription medicines
- Reservations. Although this paper is not technically needed, it's helpful to have if any technical problems arise. (We have never needed it, but it's safer to have it with you when you check-in.
- Park tickets. If bought them ahead of time, make sure you bring them with you!!
- Cash/Traveler's cheques/Credit Cards. Everyone prefers to pay for things in Disney differently. I always bring a mix of cash, traveler's cheques and a credit card just in case. The cast member who helps you check-in to your Disney World Resort can link a credit card to your room key (which, if you purchased a package will also be your park tickets) if you wish, which can be used for purchases anywhere on Disney World property.
- Camera/Video Camera. Without a camera to catch all the Disney magic, you'll never be able to show your friends and family how much fun you had! A video camera can be useful too, we used it to capture The Osbourne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios in 2007!
- Cell phones & Chargers. Cell phones are helpful if you separate in the parks and don't want to lose communication.
- Travel alarm clock. The clocks at the Disney World Resorts have never let us down, but we always like to bring a backup just in case.
- Batteries. It's always helpful to have backup batteries, for cameras or any other electronics. If you have to purchase them on Disney World property, the prices will be highly inflated.
- Snacks/Water/Breakfast. It's a good idea to bring snacks for the parks to carry around with you, in case anyone gets a little hungry in-between meals. Also, if you want to bring water bottles you could do that too. As far as breakfast goes, we like to bring granola bars, cereal (we purchase milk at a convenince store on the way down) or any other simple breakfast foods that can be eaten in the room without too much of a fuss. This way, we don't get stuck at a restaurant for the beginning of our day and can jump right into the fun at the parks. (We do however, make reservations for two of our favorite breakfast restaurants during our stay.)
- Backpack/Fanny Pack. We put all of our important papers and items in a backpack or fanny pack that one of the adults carries at all times. Depending on the size of your travel party, either a backpack or fanny pack should suffice.
If you are going to pay for your room with a debit or credit card, make sure you know what your daily limit is. Most banks and some credit card companies put a limit to daily charges in an attempt to protect you from fraud. Be sure to call your bank or credit card company before you leave to find out about any of these limitations, including possible out-of-state restrictions.
We got stuck- we tried using our debit card to pay for our hotel stay (over $2,000)- and didn't know that our bank puts a $2,000 daily limit on our debit card! Even though there were sufficient funds in the account, we had to charge our resort stay because it was a Saturday and Disney couldn't even call our bank to attempt a resolution.
Moral of the story:
Check with your bank so you are aware of any similar limits!