Heading on a Disney trip soon and not sure what you’ll need to bring into the parks? Try to keep it to a minimum and pack light. No-one wants to be dragging a heavy bag around for hours on end! I’ve put together a list of our must-have items for our Disney parks bag and I hope it will give you an idea of some of the things you might need!
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My Disney Bag
The bag I use for the parks is this Fab 5 backpack which I got on offer from the Disney Store for £7.99. Backpacks are ideal for a day in the parks because they hold plenty of essentials (and merch!) and they leave both of your hands free! We found this bag really good for character interaction too – Donald Duck loved counting how many Donald’s there were and he even tried to run off with it at one of our meets!
TOP TIP: If you’re staying on-site and you buy your merch before 3pm – you can arrange for your shopping to be delivered to your hotel. You can pick it up at your hotel reception from 8pm on the same day. We found this an absolute godsend as we buy a LOT of merch! If you can, try and make sure you buy everything early in the day so you don’t have to carry it around.
The weather is unpredictable, especially at Disneyland Paris. On our February 2019 trip, we were lucky to have chilly but dry weather for the majority of our time at Disney. However we did have one day of torrential rain and we would have been completely stuck without our ponchos.
TOP TIP: Buy your poncho at home before you leave, they’re ridiculously expensive at the parks. We got ours in Poundland and they did the same job!
I love any opportunity to wear my Minnie ears but sometimes it’s just too cold. I was so glad that I bought this hat on the first night of our last trip so I could swap into it for the evenings.
This is, of course, season-dependent. But in the summer it’s been known to reach over 40°C at Disneyland, and keeping yourself protected in those temperatures is essential!
Polaroid Camera and Refills
My Polaroid camera was a huge hit during our character meal at Inventions. The characters kept coming back to our table to see if their photos had developed it – it made for really good interactions! It’s always useful to have a few refill packs on hand just in case you run out!
Battery Pack/Power Bank
There are SO many wonderful photo opportunities at Disneyland Paris. So many in fact, that your battery drains much, much faster than it normally would. Make sure that you don’t miss out on photo ops by bringing along a spare battery pack, so you can charge your phone on the go.
You can pick these up as you enter the parks, or if you’re super keen you can download the weekly programme on the week of your trip! We’re pros at navigating the parks now, but we always like to make sure we have the programme handy so we can keep track of where the character meets are!
Autographs Books and Pen
We don’t collect autographs ourselves, but I know a lot of people who love it. You can buy autograph books in the parks but there are some beautiful ones on Etsy which you can buy before you go.
TOP TIP: Sharpies are the best pens to bring if you’re collecting autographs – they’re easiest for the furry characters to hold.
Ok – this doesn’t necessarily stay in your bag but lanyard’s are really handy for keeping your park passes and Photopass close to you, so you can just whip them out as you need them. Lanyards are also really handy to display your pins if you’re a trader!
Bottled Water and Snacks
We always bring our own water bottles because you can fill them up at the water fountains around the park. Bringing your own snacks to the park is a great way to cut costs and there is no rule against bringing your own food into the park, as long as it’s not in a glass container.
Walking around the parks all day, you cover a LOT of ground. We were averaging around 20,000 steps per day on our last trip and I ended up with blisters, even in my comfiest Vans. It’s also a good idea to bring some paracetamol with you – just in case!
I’d love to know what your “must brings” to the Disney parks are! Leave me a comment below!