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What to pack for Disney World

Packing for a Walt Disney World vacation can be stressful, especially when you’re visiting with kids or extended family members. You don’t want to overpack, but you definitely don’t want to be caught unprepared.

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If you’re struggling to decide what to pack for Disney World, you need this list! I’ll go over everything you might need while exploring the parks, including suggestions for various age groups and special things to bring for each month of the year.

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Disney World Packing List

When packing for your Disney trip, there are some things that you’ll need no matter who’s coming along or what time of year it is. Whether you’re headed for one day at Magic Kingdom or plotting out a 7-day extravaganza at all four Disney parks, you’ll always need these simple things.

Thankfully, this list mostly contains familiar things that you’re likely to already have at home, so no need to go shopping for these vacation needs (but you can if you want)!

Theme Park Must-Haves

Drawstring bag
Portable charger

Here are some simple items that you’ll need for every day at Disney World:

  • Comfortable shoes: These are a must-have, full stop. You’ll be clocking a lot of miles and standing in a lot of lines, so make sure your feet have plenty of cushioning!
  • Sunglasses: Disney can get super sunny, so it’s best to pack one pair of sunglasses per person!
  • Umbrella: Then again, it could also rain! You should always pack an umbrella so that you stay dry if the weather gets bad!
  • Versatile clothing: Weather in Orlando can be unpredictable, so make sure you pack some layers. Waterproof and/or UV-resistant clothing can be a great choice. And if you pack some tops and bottoms that can mix and match, you might be able to pack fewer items. 
  • Backpack: It’s a good idea to always have something to carry all your other items, and any you decide to buy! If you aren’t storing your things in a stroller or otherwise, you should bring a backpack or small crossbody bag to Disney World.
  • Sunscreen: A sunburn will definitely make your trip less magical, so remember to bring sunscreen with you. And don’t forget to put it on as well!

Disney Packing List for Adults

If you’re the responsible adult in your group (eh, I know that’s subjective), here are some extra things you should bring along:

  • My Disney Experience app: This isn’t a physical thing, but it is a must-have for organizing your Disney vacation! My Disney Experience allows you to view current wait times for rides, order food, and plan out your day, including booking Genie+ rides or purchasing Lightning Lane passes.
  • Magic Bands: If you ordered Magic Bands ahead of time for storing your tickets, getting into your room at the resort, and making purchases, don’t forget to pack them!
  • Ziploc bags: These will keep your phone dry while you’re walking through the rain, or even better, riding Splash Mountain! You can also use them to store snacks to keep you (and the kids) energized throughout the day.
  • Portable charger: Bringing a portable charger is definitely a good idea, in case your phone’s battery dies when you need it. You can keep one of these in your bag or purse, and use it whenever you need. If you’re using the My Disney Experience app mentioned above, you’ll definitely want to bring one of these!
  • Cooling towels: These are lifesavers during the hot summer months. Wet them, wring them out, and feel the instant cooling effect.
  • First aid kit: You never know when you’ll need a band-aid, lip balm or to treat a blister. Hand sanitizer is good to have on hand (get it?). Also, make sure you have any medicine needed for anyone in your party.
Adult Disney Shirts
Star Wars shirts are a must for Galaxy’s Edge!

Disney Packing List for Teens

When you’re visiting Disney World with teens, they might want to explore the park on their own for a while. If they’re mature enough to do so, then you should make sure they have all the things they’ll need.

Teens also might want to participate in Disney Bounding — dressing in the style of a character with their everyday clothes.

Here’s a list of items you’ll want to pack for teens:

  • Park map: If your teen is old enough to have a phone with the My Disney Experience app, then they probably won’t need an old-fashioned paper map. But if they don’t have a phone, this is a great alternative for them to find their way around. You can pick one up as soon as you enter the park.
  • Disney Bounding clothes: Disney does not allow teens to wear costumes — this is because they could get mixed up for Disney’s official characters and cause confusion. However, you can still wear regular clothing that suggests your favorite character’s colors and style!
  • Instax camera: Visiting Disney World is a magical experience, and teens may want to capture their favorite moments.

Disney Packing List for Big Kids

If you’re bringing big kids (ages 5-10) to Disney World, they probably won’t need as many extra items as other age groups. Since they’re not little, they don’t need a stroller, and since they’re not teens yet, they won’t need a camera or park map to carry around. Instead, big kids will probably want to have something fun to remember the trip with!

Here’s a list of fun items that you should pack for big kids:

  • Disney t-shirt: It’s super fun to wear Disney-themed clothes when you’re in the parks! You can find plenty of character t-shirts online, and it’s even more fun when you go to meet that character in person! Afterwards, they’ll have a fun shirt to remember their day at Disney.
  • Disney pins: If your kids are into pin trading, make sure to have some on hand to trade!
  • Snacks: Even if you plan to eat at the Disney World restaurants (I definitely recommend dining reservations for the complete Disney experience), you might want to bring some small snacks. Walking through Disney all day is tiring, so pack some fruit snacks or pretzels to snack on during the day. They are a lifesaver when lines are long!
  • Disney toys and products: A smart idea is to buy these ahead of time, so you can surprise your kids once you get to the hotel! You’ll avoid paying for expensive souvenirs in the parks, and you won’t have to carry them around all day. A true win-win-win!
Toddlers at Disney World

Disney Packing List for Toddlers

Embarking on a Disney adventure with toddlers is like stepping into a storybook where every page brings a new delight. But let’s be honest, going to Disney World with toddlers requires a Mary Poppins-level of preparedness!

Here’s what to pack for Disney World for toddlers, ensuring they have as much fun as you do while keeping meltdowns at bay:

  • Stroller: Even if your toddler is now walking, they won’t be able to walk all day around the parks! Make sure you bring a stroller so they can get a rest. They might even fall asleep in the stroller — a great time to treat yourself to a yummy snack!
  • Comfort items: A stuffed animal or blanket can help calm your toddler in unfamiliar settings, or when they need to settle in for a nap!
  • Safety identification: It’s a good idea to have some form of identification on your child — like a bracelet with your contact information — just in case you get separated or there’s an emergency. It’s good to be safe and prepared!

Disney Packing List for Babies

Going to Disney World with a baby can be stressful! Babies need constant attention and their moods and needs can be unpredictable. You’ll definitely want to have the important items on hand.

Here’s a list of items to pack for babies at Disney World:

  • Pacifiers: More than one! If your little one loves their binky, be sure to pack a few. It’s no fun for anyone when baby is upset, and you don’t want to be caught without one.
  • Baby toys: You might be very close to the front of the line after a long wait, but babies have no concept of how much longer they’ll need to wait. To keep the tiny ones entertained while waiting in line, why not bring a cute Disney-themed baby toy for them? 
  • Diapers and swim diapers: Diapers, diapers, diapers! Fortunately, if you get caught without one, Disney has amazing baby care centers that have all the supplies you need. And, if you plan to ride the water rides or go to one of Disney World’s water parks, you should also bring swim diapers!

What to pack for Disney World for each season and month

The above lists will get you far in your preparation and packing for Disney World! But there are some variations among the seasons at the parks, and you might want to consider bringing some additional items depending on the time of year you’re visiting.

Disney PJs
Matching PJs for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

What to pack for Disney World in winter

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Disney World. Go in early December or early January to enjoy the holiday ambiance without the massive crowds. The weather can be very pleasant at times, but freezing at others, so you’ll want to be prepared.

Below I’ll share what to pack for Disney World in December, January, and February.

What to pack for Disney World in December

  • Holiday-themed outfits: For Christmas celebrations and photos.
  • Warm clothing: Jackets, scarves, and gloves for chilly days and nights.
  • Portable phone charger: For capturing all the holiday lights and magic!

What to pack for Disney World in January

  • Warm layers: Jackets, sweaters, and long pants for cooler days and nights.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: For exploring the parks and protecting your feet.
  • Sunscreen: Even in winter, the sun can be strong!

What to pack for Disney World in February

  • Rain gear: Light rain jacket or poncho for unexpected showers.
  • Valentine’s themed outfits: For those cute photo ops.
  • Layers: Temperatures can fluctuate, so layering is key.
Cold at Disney World
Yes, it can get quite cold in Florida!

What to pack for Disney World in spring

Spring is a beautiful time to visit Disney World. The weather is mild to warm, and you’ll enjoy plenty of lovely flowers and plants in bloom. However, spring break weeks can cause attendance to skyrocket, so choose your dates carefully.

The lists below will give you some special tips on what to pack for Disney World in March, April, and May.

What to pack for Disney World in March

  • Spring attire: Light jackets, cardigans, and breathable clothes.
  • St. Patrick’s Day accessories: Don’t get pinched!
  • Water bottle: Stay hydrated as the weather starts to warm up.

What to pack for Disney World in April

  • Easter themed outfits: Perfect for Easter weekend celebrations!
  • Lightweight clothing: As temperatures rise, opt for shorts and t-shirts.
  • Hat and sunglasses: For sun protection.

What to pack for Disney World in May

  • Swimsuits: For hotel pools or water parks, as it gets hotter.
  • Comfortable, cool clothing: To stay comfortable in the heat.
  • Sunscreen and aloe vera: Essential for sun protection and after-sun care!
Big kids at Disney World

What to pack for Disney World in summer

Summer is very hot in Florida, so make sure to pack these warm weather essentials and get ready to sweat!

Here’s what to pack for Disney World in June, July, and August:

What to pack for Disney World in June

  • Rain poncho: June begins the rainy season in Florida.
  • Summer clothing: Lightweight and moisture-wicking fabrics.
  • Bug spray: For evenings and areas near water (especially when you’re not in the parks — Disney does a great job keeping the bugs at bay).

What to pack for Disney World in July

  • Fourth of July attire: Patriotic clothing to celebrate that American spirit!
  • Cooling towels: To help beat the heat and humidity.
  • Water shoes: For water rides and rainy days.

What to pack for Disney World in August

  • Sun protection: Sunscreen, hats, and UV-protective clothing.
  • Lightweight backpack: For carrying water, snacks, and rain gear.
  • Portable fan: To keep cool while waiting in lines.

What to pack for Disney World in fall

Fall is a great time to head to Disney World. Temperatures are cooling, but very pleasant, and crowds are smaller than in the summer months.

Carter and Kylo

Here’s what to pack for Disney World in September, October, and November.

What to pack for Disney World in September

  • Halloween costumes: For Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!
  • Light layers: For cooler evenings.
  • Comfortable footwear: Essential for extensive walking.

What to pack for Disney World in October

  • Autumn attire: Themed clothing for fall and Halloween celebrations!
  • Light jacket or sweater: For the cooler evenings.
  • Camera: For capturing the Halloween decorations and festivities.

What to pack for Disney World in November

  • Warmer clothing: Layers for variable temperatures.
  • Thanksgiving themed accessories: Perfect for holiday photos.
  • Moisturizer: The air can be drier in November, so skin care is important.

Remember, Disney World is not just a destination; it’s an experience! Every group has their unique needs and desires, and making sure you have what you need on hand will ensure that every moment is filled with magic and memories.

Take this list, personalize it for your own needs, and have an amazing visit to the Happiest Place on Earth!

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