Disney World has a reputation for being the happiest place on earth. What you may not know is that it can also be one of the most stressful places to visit! With so much information to take in and so many different types of weather throughout the year, packing for your Disney trip can seem like a daunting task. It can be hard to figure out what exactly to pack for a vacation at Disney World because there are so many options. To help make things easier, this compiled list of essential items that should not be left behind during your stay in Orlando should make packing much easier. That said, here are some helpful tips on what to pack when planning a trip to Disney World.
Depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you’ll need to pack clothes for the day, such as shorts and a t-shirt. Wicking fabric is always best because it will help keep you cool during the warmer months at Disney World (which are May-November). At night, layers are your friend and can be easily packed away when they become too warm. A poncho that is waterproof will also be of major help to protect you from rain showers that are frequent especially in the summer afternoons. Don’t forget your swimsuit! Disney resort pools are heated so depending on the day, you can swim in the winter!
Next, a camera or camera phone is vital! You’ll want to capture all of those wonderful memories on your trip by snapping pictures throughout each park, so make sure you have enough power in your battery before heading out to the park! I always bring an external battery pack and power cord so I can recharge during the day if needed. Some people also like to bring a battery powered hand held fan or one to strap onto a stroller for little ones.
Also, I bring a backpack or small bag for carrying around snacks, water bottles, a jacket, sunglasses, and other essentials will save you loads of time and money you would’ve spent in lines for food and items you forgot. If you’d like some uninterrupted wifi while roaming the park, be sure to take a pocket router along with you. Should there arise any hiccups, don’t be afraid to troubleshoot your wifi and get back online so you can post all the spectacular photos you took during the day.
One word; Sunscreen! This is one of those items that should go without saying, but it cannot be stressed enough how important sunscreen will be to you during your stay at Disney World. If you are going in the hotter months where sunburn is more likely than if heading out on a winter trip, make sure to pack extra protection with a higher SPF rating as well. These should be accompanied by lots of water, and maybe even an umbrella. Lastly, some basic medication like painkillers might be ideal if someone gets a headache during the day, as well as other quick fixes like nausea pills or allergy medication.
Bringing an extra pair of comfy shoes just in case there’s something specific you want to wear while exploring all four parks. Blisters are no fun! (So bring Band-Aids just in case!)And, if you’re traveling with little ones who get tired easily, consider bringing along or renting a stroller – all Disney World parks are stroller friendly. They can help make traveling from attraction to attraction much easier. Disney is a massive area and you’ll be walking for hours, so the last thing you want to be carrying your child in the heat! If you plan on staying at a Disney hotel, bring along some sort of luggage with wheels in case you have a long walk to your room.
Fun facts about Disney World
The first park opened in 1971 and was Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom. It is also the most visited vacation spot on Earth, with more than 52 million visitors per year during its peak season! Every day, there is an average of about 63 thousand people visiting, which means it can feel pretty crowded at the time, and wait times for attractions do get a little crazy throughout the summer months. The best time to visit Disney if you don’t like crowds would be either earlier in the year or just before summer, but this will also change depending upon when school holidays occur, so just keep that in mind.
By utilizing the above tips, you’ll be all set and ready to visit the happiest place on earth in no time!
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