Things to Take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist
Planning your Disney vacation can be exciting and overwhelming! There are so many resort options and restaurants to choose from, you need to figure out how those fast passes work and how to make those reservations, so it may be easy to forget some of the small things that you will want to take on your vacation.
So we are going to go over a few things that you will want to make sure that you take on your next trip to Disney:
Make sure you have all your hotel, airline, car rental, and any other reservations that you have made. You can put the reservation info into a special email folder, input it into the notes on your smartphone, or just print out the papers, but make sure that you have access to it once you are on your way!
If you have purchased your tickets or Magic Bands ahead of time, you will certainly need those. Obviously, if you haven’t purchased your tickets ahead of time, some hotels offer concierge services and you can get your tickets there rather than waiting in line once you get to the parks.
Fast Pass info… did you know that you can actually book your Fast Passes online (or download the Disney app)? If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can book your Fast Passes up to 60 days ahead of your scheduled arrival. If you are staying somewhere other than Disney property, you can book your Fast Passes up to 30 days ahead of time. Take into consideration where the rides are located in proximity to each other and decide which rides you really want to go on before you schedule your times…
Fun in the Sun Necessities
Your trip to Disney is probably going to be filled with lots of sunshine, so don’t forget too take sunglasses, sunscreen, and a spray water bottle so you can cool yourself and your kids off with a little mist of cool air… if you have the mist bottle with a little fan, that’s even better! *You can probably pick one of these up for a few dollars at Walmart, but if you wait until you get to the parks to buy one, but you will pay quite a bit more.
But just in case it is not so sunny while you are there, you will want to pick up some cheap, disposable ponchos at the dollar store ahead of time. Again, if you don’t have these and need to buy them at the parks, it will cost you…
Bring Your Own Disney Magic
If you kids like to dress up like their favorite Disney character, you can probably pick one up at a discount store or online for a lot less than buying it there. I also found a great tip about buying glow-in-the dark stuff from Hannah over at Eat, Drink, and Save Money, for when the sun goes down at Disney at the dollar store instead of buying the more expensive, in-park items… because I know that when my kids see the other kids with their glow-in-the dark stuff, they are going to want some…
Snacks and Water
Since you are allowed to bring drinks and snacks into the parks, make sure to bring a nice stash- especially if you are planning to stay all day. Even if you plan to eat meals at the parks, it doesn’t hurt to help keep your little ones satisfied in between meals without having to buy an expensive snack. Also make sure to bring an insulated cool pack to keep those snacks and drinks nice and cold.