If you want to bring a bag to Disney World, but don’t carry around a backpack, what do you do? Well, how about a fanny pack! In this article, we throw it all the way back to the 1980s and 1990s, as we provide you with our list of the best fanny packs for Disney World that you’ll absolutely love.
So sit back, relax, and let’s dive right in!
Best Fanny Packs for Disney World for Men
Let’s begin with a fanny pack by the popular company Jansport.
The Way Out Plus Waistpack by Jansport
Jansport has been making bags and packs of all kinds for decades. They’re recognized as a longtime reliable brand. The Jansport Way Out Plus Waistpack has all the features of the classic Jansport backpack in a convenient belt bag. It’s made of durable ripstop fabric with a waist belt that adjusts up to 43 inches.
There is a front zippered mesh pocket for anything that you’d need to grab quickly. One feature that makes this bag stand out from the rest is the addition of two “wing pockets” on the sides. These are roomy enough to securely hold a water bottle on each side.
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The Daylite Waist Pack by Osprey
Osprey has been designing and manufacturing packs for outdoor activities since 1974. Their products have a reputation for being durable and well designed. The Daylite Waist Pack is a popular choice for carrying everyday essentials. It is made from strong, sustainable materials that can handle years of wear and tear.
The main compartment has a mesh organizer and a convenient key clip. It’s spacious enough to carry essential items, as well as a rolled-up poncho for rainy weather. The outside zippered pocket is just the right size for smaller items such as a wallet and phone.
Patagonia Black Hole Waist Pack 5L
Patagonia is an environmentally responsible company that makes high-quality outdoor gear to fit all kinds of travel adventures. The Black Hole Waist Pack 5Lis one of the larger packs on our list, with an inner capacity of five liters. It is made of recycled, weather-resistant ripstop fabric that is lightweight and durable.
The waistband is adjustable, and compression straps allow you to carry the bag close to your body. This reduces any strain on your back or hips. The breathable mesh lumbar panel makes this a comfortable pack to carry in warm weather. Another great feature is the inclusion of two stretch water bottle pockets, which are so important to have on a Walt Disney World vacation.
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Carhartt Cargo Series Hip Pack
The Carhartt company has been in business since 1889 and is known for manufacturing durable, high-quality work clothes and outdoor accessories. The Carhartt Cargo Series Hip Pack is made of the heavy-duty, weather-repellent nylon ripstop fabric that Carhartt products are known for.
This bag has a boxy shape and is a bit bulkier than other waist packs. The interior is roomy, with a mesh organizing pocket. Like most fanny packs/waist bags, there is also an outside zippered pocket for smaller items like keys and a phone. While this bag doesn’t have pockets for water bottles, it does feature two sturdy side loops where you can clip on extra gear.
Travelon Anti-Theft Metro Waist Pack
Walt Disney World is truly a place where people feel safe and happy during their vacations. While crime at the Disney resorts is quite low, if you are spending time outside of Disney World in any crowded area, or traveling extensively to get to and from the parks, an anti-theft bag might be something to consider.
The Travelon Anti-Theft Metro Waist Pack features body panels and a strap made of slash-resistant material, locking compartments, and RFID blocking slots for your cards and passport. A zippered outside compartment is a perfect size for any items you need to grab quickly, such as your phone. The strap adjusts to 56 inches, making it ideal to wear around your waist or across your body.
Best Fanny Packs for Disney World for Women
Whether you’re a single woman traveling to Disney alone, or you’re a mom traveling with a large family, here are some great, versatile bags you’ll really like.
Triple Zip Bagg by Baggallini
Baggallini bags and travel accessories are designed by women for women, with the needs of frequent traveling firmly in mind. The Triple Zip Bagg is a little bag with big organizational features. There are multiple interior organizational compartments, including several card slots.
The exterior has a quick “grab and go” pocket for your phone. The strap adjusts to 52 inches, so it can be worn around your waist or as a crossbody handbag. If you don’t want to bother with the strap, there are two belt loops on the back so it can be attached directly to your belt.
Waterfly Fanny Pack with Water Bottle Holder
The Waterfly Fanny Pack with Water Bottle Holder has a smaller main compartment than other fanny packs on this list, but it has the added bonus of a secure water bottle holder. There is an outside pocket for easy access to your phone, which is important when you’ll be using the My Disney Experience App throughout your day.
The back panel is made of breathable fabric to help keep you cool, and the strap adjusts so you can wear this as a crossbody bag if you prefer. This fanny pack comes in an assortment of bright colors and stylish prints to compliment your vacation wardrobe.
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Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack by Jansport
This is another classic bag from Jansport. The Fifth Avenue Fanny Pack is fairly simple and compact. This bag is constructed of lightweight yet durable fabrics, making it one of the more comfortable options for a fanny pack. It has a single inner compartment, with a generous-sized zippered outside pocket.
The strap adjusts to allow it to be worn as a sling or crossbody if you prefer. It’s available in a wide variety of color and print choices and is sold at a great price for anyone looking to accessorize on a budget.
Mickey Mouse Adventurer Belt Bag by Petunia Pickle Bottom
Petunia Pickle Bottom is known for designing fashionable and practical bags for busy parents. The Mickey Mouse Adventurer Belt Bag is perfect for anyone who wants to accessorize with some subtle Disney style. The cheerful allover print shows a variety of fun Mickey Mouse icons.
The strap on this bag is easy to convert so you can wear it as a belt bag, a crossbody, or even as a wristlet. The inner compartment is roomy enough for most essentials, with a zippered pocket on both the inside and outside for smaller items. Other accessories by Petunia Pickle Bottom are available in this same Mickey Mouse print, so you can have a matched set
Stowaway Packable Waistpack by Eddie Bauer
The Stowaway Packable Waistpack by Eddie Bauer is a good choice for anyone looking for a quality waist pack on a budget. It’s made of strong ripstop polyester, but weighs only four ounces! In the hot months of Summer, a lightweight bag is a more comfortable choice than bags made of heavier fabrics.
This bag has a simple design, with a large main compartment and an exterior zippered pocket. The most unique feature of this bag is that it can be folded up and stored in its own pocket. This is a nice space-saving feature if you need to conserve luggage space.
Best Fanny Packs for Disney World for Kids
You might be wondering if kids really need to carry a fanny pack while at Walt Disney World. Children probably don’t need a lot of the organizational features of adult bags, but having access to their own stuff during the day makes it easier on parents and kids alike. Kids probably don’t need to carry much more than basics such as sunglasses, a few small snacks, and maybe souvenir money.
A small container of hand sanitizer and a couple of band-aids are also a good idea. If your child has medical issues, such as the possible need to use an asthma inhaler or epi-pen, consider storing them in that child’s fanny pack. That way, you won’t be rummaging through a large, adult-sized bag when your child needs help.
Here are some suggestions for fanny packs for small children.
Disney Mickey Mouse Belt Bag
This adorable Mickey Mouse Belt Bag is sized for small children. A cheerful Mickey Mouse design with bright colors will appeal to little kids and adults alike. It’s simple with one zippered compartment and an adjustable waist strap. The polyester fabric easily cleans up with a damp cloth.
Disney Minnie Mouse Belt Bag
Another choice for little kids is this Minnie Mouse Belt Bag. A pretty and pink, feminine Minnie Mouse design is such a sweet accessory for a little girl. A zippered compartment and adjustable waist strap are the simple features that make this a good choice for children. It cleans up easily with a damp cloth.
Everest Kids Adjustable Organizer Waist Pack
This is one of the larger capacity packs for kids. The Everest Kids Adjustable Organizer Waist Packresembles the adult-sized Everest waist pack, making it a fun option for children who want to “match” with Mom or Dad. It features two zippered compartments for keeping things organized.
The waist strap adjusts from 14 to 60 inches, meaning it can “grow” with your child, or be adjusted to use as a crossbody bag.
Twelve Hip Pack For Kids by Herschel
The Herschel Supply Company is dedicated to creating classic accessories with extra attention to detail. They stand by their products by offering 30-day returns and a limited lifetime warranty. The Twelve Hip Pack for Kids comes in eight fun color options and has a label on the back panel to add your child’s first name.
Like most fanny packs for kids, it has a single zippered compartment, and a generously adjustable strap so it can be worn as a cross body as well as around the waist. A corded zipper pull makes it easier for small fingers to open and close the bag.
Dino Belt Bag by Floss and Rock
One of the more fashionable choices for a child’s fanny pack, the Dino Belt Bag made by Floss and Rock has cool accents like a fully printed liner and a fun zipper pull. There is a convenient front pocket, and the strap adjusts up to 19.5 inches.
Inside, there is an “I belong to” label sewn in so it can be personalized with your child’s name. It’s the colorful dinosaur print that really sets this bag apart from others! The bright colors and cheerful looking dinosaurs are sure to appeal to most kids.
Get a Fanny Pack on eBay
One additional option, and certainly a cheaper idea, is to consider getting a fanny pack for Disney World from eBay.
Why would you do this, you may ask? Well, here’s my reasoning. We all know fanny packs were all the rage in the 1980s and 1990s. So in my mind, that means that there are a ton of households that probably want to unload their old school, and highly unused, fanny packs.
You can probably find an old fanny pack for just a few dollars on online marketplaces like eBay, and the cool thing about it is that wearing a fanny pack in the 21st century already gives off retro vibes–but now, your fanny pack will truly be retro (or vintage, if you like that word better).
And who knows, you might just be able to find an online auction selling an old school Mickey Mouse or throwback Donald Duck fanny pack, which could be really cool.
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t want or need to carry a large bag while visiting the Disney Parks, a fanny pack could be a great choice for you. With that in mind, we really hope our suggestions for the best fanny packs for Disney World helped you discover some great choices for your travel needs.
Fanny packs used to be all the rage when it came to Disney World, especially back in the 1990s. Everywhere was wearing them. Sure, it was part of the 90s fashion back in the day, but they were also practical. The truth is that, well, fanny packs just worked—and worked really well.
And then suddenly, they stopped working. And they stopped being cool. Fanny packs, too, apparently became less practical—for whatever reason. But now, perhaps because we all use cell phones now that are massively large (but don’t want to throw those big things in our tiny jeans pockets, we now want a simple, easy-to-use bag to place items like smartphones in.
Welcome back, fanny packs. I’ve missed you.
Fanny packs are great because they’re so comfortable, lightweight, and leave your hands free. While you can’t fit much more than basic necessities in a fanny pack, it’s certainly possible to fit your phone, portable charger, keys, credit cards, travel-sized sunscreen, band-aids, and aspirin in most. I mean—that’s a lot of stuff for such a small bag!
All of the parks at Walt Disney World require bag screening before entering—for children and adults both. Even if the bag screening lines appear to be long, they usually move at a quick pace. In most cases, every single bag no longer needs to be searched, but if a security officer does need to look in your bag, be sure it is one that can be easily opened. And, because a fanny pack typically appears at your waist level, with a simple zipper to open and close, it makes getting through the screening process all the more easy and painless.
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