We read a lot of other Blogs here on moderlifeisgood.com. Most of them carry handy information to plan your Walt Disney World Vacation. However, advice on what you take in your Walt Disney World Park Bag is not usually that helpful.
Most sites suggest you carry everything, including the kitchen sink, to anticipate every eventuality. What they tend to forget is you have to carry it all day. Forget what other blogs say; our guide will tell you what you need in your Disney Word Park Bag. Your arms and back will thank you for our advice!
Most guests do not need to take much into Walt Disney World parks. The only exceptions are if you have a medical problem or are traveling with a baby/toddler.
If there are items you must take but do not wish to carry, lockers are available near the entrance at each park. All lockers are subject to availability and come with the following daily charge:
- Small $10 a day (12″ x 10″ x 17″)
- Large $12 a day (15.5″ x 13″ x 17″)
- Jumbo (Magic Kingdom park and Epcot only) $15 a day (17″ x 22″ x 26″)
Surprisingly lockers are one of the few things in Walt Disney World in recent years that have not increased significantly in price.
While unanticipated events happen, you can usually get everything in the parks you might need for unforeseen emergencies. In our opinion, this is all you need to pack in your Disney World Park Bag:
- MagicBand or Park Ticket. Plus, you can now use MagicMobile and leave the MagicBands at home.
- Cash/Credit card, but not necessary if you have a Magic Band charging facility or can make contactless payments via phone.
- Something to take photos/videos
- Something to get access to park WiFi. Having access to My Disney Experience is essential when visiting Walt Disney World.
- Water or something to carry water in. Plenty of water fountains are in the parks, but it is easier to access some in your bag.
- Waterproof or poncho
- Alcohol hand-gel
- Antibacterial wipes
- Face coverings are no longer required, but you might want to carry one just in case.
One thing to note, a good phone can carry out many of the above functions, further lightening your bag.
In addition, you might want to carry the following items:
- An autograph book and pen.
- Dry clothes for kids and possibly adults if doing wet rides.
- A phone charger
- Gum which you can’t buy in the parks
- A water-mist bottle or fan.
- Insect Repellant is free in all parks, but you might prefer to bring your own.
You do not need:
- First aid kit. You are unlikely to need this & everything you could need is available for free at the park first aid.
- Umbrella. When it rains in Orlando, you need to take shelter.
- Games, bubbles, towels, books, lip balm, park map, paper copies of your reservations & the several thousand other things you will see suggested on other blogs.
- Also, the following items are restricted at Walt Disney World. So you better not pack them!
To ensure you are prepared, list what you need, e.g., a camera, face mask, and poncho. Pack your bag the night before and recheck it in the morning. Reassess, at the end of the day, whether you were carrying unnecessary items or whether essential things were missing.
If you should need anything you have not packed urgently, do not return to your resort. Speak to guest services or any cast member who will direct you to where you can obtain the item. It is doubtful there will be anything you can’t get in the park.
What you take into the park is very much a personal decision. However, remember you must carry, all day, everything in your Walt Disney World Park Bag. Do you need bubbles?
Our 2023 Guide to Walt Disney World for Beginners is a great starting place to plan your vacation. It includes all the latest information and planning tips.