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Everything You Need to Survive a Day at Walt Disney World

Brooke Schuldt

By Brooke Schuldt, Jul 29, 2016

WDWMAGIC Contributor

Spending a day at Walt Disney World isn’t as simple as waking up, hopping on the monorail, and exploring the parks. You need a strategically packed bag or stroller to help make it through the day, complete with all of the essentials you know you need and the potential life saving items you could need.

At the same time, you are looking to travel light, so you need a way to make sure you have everything your family needs to have a great day at the parks without the risk of throwing out your back.

Thankfully, we are park exploring pros and have created the ideal packing list for your Disney day. Pack these ten items and you are good to go.

Portable Phone Charger

You will be kicking yourself if you don’t have this. Using your My Disney Experience app, taking photos, and updating your Instagram will surely drain your battery by the middle of the day. Available on Amazon, you can buy one for relatively cheap, and it should be able to charge your phone completely three times before it needs to be recharged. You can also check out the new FuelRod service in the parks.

Water and Snacks

You don’t want to be a Goldfish pack mule, but some small water bottles and snack packs could help you through some tough spots throughout the day, like when a kid is getting fussy or you are hungry but stuck in the middle of a long ride line and unable to leave without losing your spot. Disney doesn’t like when guests bring coolers full of food the the parks, but you should be able to get through bag check with some light snacks and a few waters with no problem.


Nothing ruins a perfect parade viewing location like having to squint to see everything. Not only should you remember you glasses, but make sure that you pack a sunglasses case. Your bag with be thrown on and off your shoulder and stuffed into overhead or under foot bins on rides, which run you the risk of breaking your only pair of glasses.

Band-Aid’s Yes, there are First Aid stations in every park, but you are not always near one and sometimes a small scrape doesn’t need all a special trip to a nurse. Keeping a few Band-Aids and other small First Aid supplies will ensure that you can trouble shoot any bumps, cuts, and bruises without having to interrupt the day.

Hand Sanitizer

Ride safety bars and park food are just some of the many things you’ll be touching at the parks that are no doubt dirty, sticky, or covered in germs. Keep sanitizer handy so that you can stay clean without having to wait on a bathroom line.


You never know when the Florida sky will open up and it will start to pour. Look for the travel ponchos at the local supermarkets, dollar stores, or even on property because they fold up small and are light weight.

Bathing Suit and Flip Flops

This will make water rides or getting caught a rain storm a little more comfortable, because nothing is worse than walking around in wet shoes or when the seat of your pants get soaked after Splash Mountain. Swimsuits and sandals are usually smaller and lighter, so they shouldn’t take up too much space in your bag.

Ziplock Bags

Another water ride necessity, Ziplock bags can help keep your phone, camera, money, and other valuables dry after a particularly water soaked ride through Kali River Rapids. Sunblock No matter the season, sunblock should be in your bag at all times when in Disney. You’ll be spending most of your days outside in the sunshine, so sunburn protection is a must.

Brooke Schuldt

Brooke Schuldt

Brooke Schuldt is a former Kilimanjaro Safaris cast member and current freelance writer and web producer in New York City. Her Disney obsessions are EPCOT's Food & Wine Festival, The Great Movie Ride, and funky Disney Parks mugs. When she's not day dreaming about Walt Disney World, you can find her brainstorming new articles, making plans to travel the world, or binging on beauty podcasts. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter, or visit her website.
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