Disney Park Bag

How to Create the Perfect Disney Park Bag

It’s so exciting waking up knowing it’s a Disney Park day…picking out your outfit…getting your stuff ready for the day…and packing your Disney Park Bag!!

I get excited just thinking about it!

Perfect Disney Park Bag

You know you’re going to need certain items during the day, but if you’re a minimalist like me you’ll want to take as little as possible.

After many, many trips to Disney World, I’ve perfected my Disney Park Bag… and I’m willing to share my secrets with you!!


Hand Sanitizer

I admit that I’m a bit of a sanitizing fool. It’s a thing that I typically carry everywhere with me. At the Disney Parks, I like to carry sanitizer wipes and a bottle of gel sanitizer. Because you know…germs.



This is a must-have for me. My lips stay chapped in any weather so I’m always packing a couple of tubes of ChapStick© wherever I go. My favorite is the Chapstick Hydration Lock. I think I’ve been using this brand for about 4 or 5 years now! I really love it!

Ziploc Bags

I like to have these handy in the park for several reasons.

We used them to put our phones in on water rides, and for pressed pennies(see #4)… but mostly we used them for leftovers.

Even though we shared a lot of food the snacks and meals are typically huge at Disney. We were able to put our leftovers in Ziploc Bags and munch on them while waiting in lines or later in the day.

Pennies and Quarters

Pressed Pennies…and Quarters too!! Such an awesome and inexpensive Disney souvenir!! 

I keep this simple…I count out the number of pennies and quarters I want to spend and divide it up by park. It’s 2 quarters for every penny pressed…51 cents total

Label a few ziplock bag with the park names… i.e. the Magic Kingdom, Epcot etc… Only carry the ones needed for each park day. Carrying around a bunch of change can get heavy!


Something good for pictures and video. I mostly use my iPhone for pics. 

We have also purchased the Disney Memory Maker service. Professionals taking your picture and making it fun!!

Be sure to ask the Disney PhotoPass Professional Photographer to do a Magic Shot”…. these are just one more special thing Disney does to make your pictures even more magical!! 

Portable Charger

We took a ton of photos and used the My Disney Experience app a lot during the day so this little portable charging device was a life saver.

We took turns recharging our phones when needed at the parks so we didn’t miss any important photo opportunities. Extra battery power is a must.


We applied, and re-applied, and the re-re-applied…constantly throughout the day to avoid sunburn. Florida is the sunshine state after all!

Sunburn on vacation is zero fun. I highly recommend a travel tube of waterproof/sport sunblock that is SPF 50+.



Disney is one of the few parks in the world that allows outside snacks and food into the parks.

I myself normally take a pop tart or granola bar just in case I’m in a long line and get hungry or to eat on the bus while I’m park hopping.

While I also take advantage of the Disney Dining Plan and cheap snack options around the parks…I also just like to be prepared.

Water Bottle

A little trick to know about the Disney Parks is that you can ask for a cup of ice water at any quick service location and they will give you a small cup for free.

There are also water fountains around the parks that you can fill up at as well. You really don’t want to pay $3.00 for a bottled water….do you?? 

Nah…you don’t. 

First Aid Kit

Put together a small first aid kit with band aids, tylenol, dramamine, pepto-bismol tablets, and any other prescriptions you may need to take throughout the day.

Glow Sticks

Glow sticks are super cheap and so much fun to have during the nightly entertainment at Disney!

While waiting for Fantasmic, IllumiNations and the Happily Ever After to start we had fun putting them on and handing them out to the kids around us!!

P.S. They looked awesome in our pics!!!


If you’ve ever been rained on at Disney then you know exactly why this is a must in your Disney park bag!! We got drenched on one trip and bought $14 Disney ponchos so we could continue riding rides. They’re also great for wet rides like Splash Mountain and Kali River Rapids.

I highly recommend purchasing a poncho before your trip…it will be much cheaper.


My mom introduced me to this little bottle of magic on our a previous Disney trip and it is a lifesaver!!

I used the roll-on bottle for my lower back and my knees after park hopping for 16 hours!! It was amazing!! It’s also safe for children, 2 years of age and older if their knees or feet hurt as well.

Portable Necklace Fan

We purchased these little necklace fans last-minute before we left for Orlando and I was very skeptical about how well they would work on a 98-degree sunny day.

They are life savers!!

I was not prepared for how hot our trip was and having these while waiting in line for shows and attractions definitely changed the game.

They take 2 AA batteries and we packed re-chargeable batteries with a portable charger to charge them while we took our afternoon break.

A must-have in the Disney Park Bag for sure!!


Good Bag

Any bag you feel comfortable carrying around all day will do. Besides the super cute design on this bag, I chose this drawstring bag because the straps are barely visible in pictures and it was great for my cell phone, park map, small first aid kit, and other Disney park bag essentials. 

I hope these tips on How to Create the Perfect Disney Park Bag help you out as well!

What are your must-have Disney Park Bag essentials?? 

Let us know in the comments below!!


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