Planning a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth? How exciting!
Remember to pack early—there’s nothing worse than having to scramble to get everything into your luggage the night before. Don’t forget your Disney outfits!
Having a tough time deciding what to bring besides your essentials? Need some tips on what to pack for Disneyland?
That’s why we’re here! We’ve put together a list of things that you might want to take with you to the park.
Without further ado, here’s the list.
- 1. A Decent-Sized Bag with Zippered Pockets
- 2. Hand Sanitizer
- 3. Sunscreen
- 4. Sunglasses
- 5. Baby Wipes
- 6. Painkillers
- 7. A Portable Battery For Your Phone
- 8. Ziplock Bags
- 9. Rain Poncho
- 10. Refillable Water Bottle
- 11. Light Jacket
- 12. Snacks
- 13. Blister Bandaids
- 14. Pre-1982 Pennies
- 15. Blanket
- 16. Autograph Book
- 17. A Change of Clothes
- 18. Mickey Mouse Ears
- What Do You Pack to Disneyland?
1. A Decent-Sized Bag with Zippered Pockets
This goes without saying but you’ll want to bring some sort of bag to the park—how else would you pack your things with you?
Ideally, you want to use something that is large enough for your personal belongings and a little bit more. Having said that, you don’t want to bring something too bulky.
Personally, I always go for something with zippered pockets. Why? It protects your stuff from falling out. Don’t underestimate the speed of some of the rides—I’ve seen cellphones fly out of peoples’ bags before!
2. Hand Sanitizer
Disneyland might be the Happiest Place on Earth but it’s definitely not the cleanest. You’ll be surprised just how dirty some of the things are!
Don’t want to get sick from someone else’s germs? Be sure to pack a small bottle of hand sanitizer. The kind that goes on your bag like a keychain is super convenient and works great!
Just because you’re having fun doesn’t mean that you should skip on the sunscreen!
Think about it—you’ll be spending most of the day outdoors. It only makes sense to protect yourself from the radiation. Do you really want a sunburn?
Don’t forget, there’s a high possibility that you’ll have to wait in line for some of the rides out in the sun.
Pro-tip: Make sure to wear sunscreen every day you’re at the park, not just when it’s sunny. The UV rays can peak through even if it’s overcast!
Sunglasses are just as important as sunscreen. You want to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays!
Not sure whether or not it will be sunny later in the day? Bring them with you anyway—you can never be too prepared! They won’t add that much weight to your bag.
5. Baby Wipes
Baby wipes are great for one reason—they’re super convenient. You can use them to wipe your face (sweat can be a bit of an issue in the summer) or your hands after eating a snack!
Why go through the trouble of finding a bathroom when you can just use a wipe? When you’re done, just toss it in the trash!
It’s never a bad idea to bring some painkillers with you. You never know when you might get a headache; your feet might also hurt from all the walking.
Trust me, it’s hard to enjoy yourself when you’re in pain—even if it’s Disneyland. Why risk ruining a day of fun?
7. A Portable Battery For Your Phone
Chances are, you’ll be using your phone a lot. What’s a trip to Disneyland without taking any photos or videos, right? It’s also good entertainment when you’re waiting in line.
Given that, it only makes sense that your battery will drain fast. There’s almost no way that a phone would last an entire day at the park!
Luckily, there’s an easy fix—just bring a portable battery! Keep in mind, though, that you’ll have to carry it with you the entire day. In other words, keep your heavy duty one at home!
8. Ziplock Bags
Ziplock bags are a must if you plan on going on any of Disneyland’s water rides (e.g. Splash Mountain, Grizzly River Run).
Use it to bag up your phone and other electronics—that way, you won’t have to worry about them getting wet! It does happen sometimes.
9. Rain Poncho
Speaking of water, it’s a good idea to pack a rain poncho. Not only would it protect you from sudden rain showers, but it would protect you from getting wet on certain rides!
You can always buy a Disney rain poncho at one of the stores, but why spend the extra money? You’re probably better off saving that for some real merchandise (unless you want one as a souvenir, then by all means).
10. Refillable Water Bottle
You’re going to get thirsty with all of the walking that you’re going to do—especially if you’re going during the summer.
That’s why you want to bring a refillable water bottle. Once it’s empty, you can just refill it at one of Disneyland’s many water fountains. If you can, try to get one with a filter—cleaner water is never a bad thing!
Pro-tip: The Hydroflask is a good choice if you like your water ice cold. It can easily keep it at that temperature for 8 to 10 hours!
11. Light Jacket
The park can get quite chilly once the sun goes down. That’s why you want to bring a light jacket with you—one that you can easily pack in your bag.
It doesn’t have to be anything special; anything will do as long as it’s enough to keep you warm at night.
You can never go wrong with some snacks—things like beef jerky, granola bars, and trail mix. This is especially true if you’re going with little ones.
Sure, Disneyland has good food, but will you be buying everything from their kiosks?
What if you get hungry while waiting in line for a ride? You won’t be able to grab a bite to eat then.
13. Blister Bandaids
Make sure to wear your comfiest shoes to Disneyland. Even then, however, you might get blisters on your feet. After all, you’ll be walking a lot.
How fun would it be if every step you took was agonizing? Not very.
Fortunately, you can prevent this. Feel the back of your shoes rubbing against your ankle? Cover that part of the skin with a bandaid.
I recommend moleskin bandages—they’re thin, but thick enough to protect you from the friction. They usually come as a large sheet, so you’ll have to cut them down to size before entering the park.
14. Pre-1982 Pennies
I know what you’re thinking, ”why on earth would I need pre-1982 pennies?”. Here me out—there’s actually a good reason for this.
They’re for the penny press machines. You know, the ones that let you press cute designs onto pennies? Yeah, those ones.
I don’t know if you know but all of the pennies in the U.S. were made from 95% copper—up until 1982. The newer ones are made from zinc.
There are a couple of reasons why the copper ones are better (as far as penny machines go anyway). Not only will they look better (the zinc ones tends to leave streaks), but they’re much more durable!
Planning on watching one of their parades? If so, you’ll definitely want to bring a blanket. Put it on the floor and you’ll have a comfy place to sit!
Remember, you’ll have to get there early to snag a spot. Chances are, there will be a bit of waiting around. Why sit on the pavement when you can sit on a nice blanket, right?
16. Autograph Book
Going to Disneyland with your little one? If that’s the case, you’ll want to bring an autograph book with you. Why?
So that they can collect autographs from their favorite characters, of course! Who wouldn’t want a signature from Mickey Mouse?
I recommend getting one from Amazon. For one thing, it’s much cheaper than the ones that they sell at the park!
17. A Change of Clothes
A change of clothes might be a good idea, especially if you’re going with young kiddos. After all, spills and accidents can happen.
You might even want to bring a second outfit for yourself. Who knows? You might want to change if you end up getting drenched on one of the rides!
18. Mickey Mouse Ears
There are lots of Mickey ears to choose from at the park, but they can be quite pricey. Save yourself some money by bringing some from home!
You can buy them ahead of time at many retailers including Amazon. There’s the Disney store as well (yes, it’s still cheaper than Disneyland).
If you’re up for it, you can even make a pair! Think of it as a weekend project.
What Do You Pack to Disneyland?
Did we miss any essential items? What do you bring with you when you go to Disneyland Park?
Let us know in the comments below!