Do’s and Don’ts of Packing for Walt Disney World

A lot goes into planning a trip to Walt Disney World. Generally speaking it’s something you’ve probably been saving for, for a while and you’ve probably have at least a loose itinerary of your days. Just like any trip you need to pack, and packing for Disney could bring on some specialized needs. I’ve touched on some of these things before in my tips for planning a stress-free Disney trip and must haves to bring with you, but I thought I would create more of a do’s and don’ts list to help you get ready for your trip! 

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Do check the weather frequently

I went to Disney in February, and if you didn’t already know, I’m from the midwest. Now I didn’t expect winter weather by any means in Florida, but I expected temps similar to a Midwest spring or fall. Well I was wrong. Apparently the week that we were in Florida it was a bit more unseasonably warm than usual. It was about 85 degrees and sunny pretty much every day. Great, right? Except I didn’t pack the best. I had a couple of pairs of pants, a denim jacket that I never touched, and no shorts. Luckily I brought a couple of dresses and a skirt. Anyway had I paid better attention to the forecast I probably would have packed more appropriate clothes, so I would advise keeping tabs on Orlando weather up to the day you leave.

 

What should you bring to Walt Disney World? I'm sharing my do's and don'ts of packing for a Disney Vacation.

 

Don’t forget your swim gear

You can maybe nix this if your trip is in January, but as I mentioned, unseasonably warm weeks do happen. I regretted not bringing a swimsuit on my trip. I figured I would be too busy at the parks to worry about swimming. And while I was busy, every time I walked by the pool at our resort (which was at least a couple of times a day) I wished I could swim.

Even if you think it’s going to be too cold to swim, bring it anyway. Florida weather can surprise you.

 

Do bring multiple pairs of shoes

You’re probably going to walk much more each day than what you’re used to. Plus pretty much all of Disney World is concrete. Having comfortable shoes is an absolute must, and really you should have at least a couple of pairs. It’s good to switch up your shoes day to day, or even throughout the day, in order to keep your feet comfortable.

Make sure your shoes are broken in, but not worn out. No one wants a surprise blister while on vacation.

 

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Don’t bring flip flops (unless it’s for around the pool)

Flip flops just won’t be anywhere near as supportive as you need your shoes to be. Plus Disney is crowded. You don’t want someone to accidentally step on your bare toes!

 

What should you bring to Walt Disney World? I'm sharing my do's and don'ts of packing for a Disney Vacation.

 

Do bring rain gear

It rains in Florida a lot. Having a poncho or light rain jacket (these are Disney themed!) is important. Ponchos are available in the parks, but they’re expensive! Bring your own and save some cash. Also I wouldn’t recommend an umbrella. They’re bulky and don’t work that well anyway.

 

Do bring a bag that works for YOU

A lot of people will tell you to bring a backpack for a park bag. Others will tell you not to bring a bag at all if you can avoid it so you get through security faster. My advice is to think about what you normally carry, and what you think you’ll want in the parks, and go from there. So what if you’ve never been to Disney before? How do you know what to bring?

You’re probably going to need some of the things you normally have on you: money, phone, keys. Having a portable phone charger is a good idea. I used my phone so much to take pictures and access the my Disney experience app, so I was glad I had a way to charge my phone while I was out of my hotel room. 

You may have an additional camera (besides your phone) that you want to bring. I brought my Instax camera which was fun and fit in the bag that I had to buy at Disney – I had only brought a backpack, which I hated carrying after the first night and a very tiny bag that I planned to only use at Disney Springs. If you have a DSLR, you’ll need to consider what kind of space you need for it.

 

What should you bring to Walt Disney World? I'm sharing my do's and don'ts of packing for a Disney Vacation.
Bring a good bag with you so you don’t have to buy one at the parks like I did!

 

It’s also probably a good idea to bring sunscreen. Apply it before you leave your room and then bring some with you for touch ups throughout the day. 

The rest depends on your situation: a family with kids is going to have very different needs then say I would being in the parks with my mom or friends. 

 

Final Thoughts

Hopefully this helps give you some ideas for packing for Walt Disney World. I plan on creating a PDF packing list to help even more, but if you have any packing questions in the meantime, don’t hesitate to ask. And if you are heading to Disney soon, I’m envious! Have a great trip!

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What should you bring to Walt Disney World? I'm sharing my do's and don'ts of packing for a Disney Vacation.

 

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12 Comments

  1. 2.11.19

    Going to Disney this month, so I pinned this. Great tips, thank you.

    • 2.12.19
      Emily said:

      You’re welcome! Have an amazing trip!!

  2. 2.11.19

    I couldn’t believe how much walking I did at Disneyland; I can’t imagine what it’s like Disneyworld! Bringing several pairs of shoes is a great idea!

    • 2.12.19
      Emily said:

      Thanks! We probably walked around 20,000 steps each day! The parks are so huge!

  3. 2.12.19
    Kassi said:

    Love this! As a Californian, I’ve been to Disneyland a number of times, but packing for Disney World is a whole ‘nother story. Thank you for the helpful tips!

    • 2.12.19
      Emily said:

      You’re welcome! I’ve never been to Disneyland but I know each park is different so I’m glad this is helpful!

  4. 2.13.19

    Thank you for this post. I have not taken my boys to Disney yet, but I’m hoping in the next year or so. I have 4 boys so thank you for giving me ideas of what i need and don’t need.

    • 2.14.19
      Emily said:

      You’re welcome! Hope your trip is amazing!!

  5. 2.16.19
    paige said:

    great tips – definitely can’t forget a portable charger! your trip looks so fun! x

    • 2.18.19
      Emily said:

      Thanks! It was! I can’t wait to go back!

  6. 2.26.19
    Traci said:

    Great list and your top tip about the weather is spot on! We went in February and had the opposite experience – it was so much COLDER than we expected! Even watching the forecast, the entire week was unexpected and we didn’t bring nearly enough layers. Great post!

    • 2.27.19
      Emily said:

      Thank you! Florida weather can definitely be crazy!!