Walt Disney World: said to be the most magical place on Earth. Everyone has heard about it and often associates it with fantastic memories, incredible attractions, and a place where it is okay to be a child again. With an abundance of rides, attractions, restaurants, and night life, you will never get bored or run out of things to do.
A common question often arises for those individuals who have not yet been to Disney World: What should I bring, specifically, in the month of June? When kids are out of school and parents are taking time off from work to be with their family, Disney World is the ultimate getaway, filled with endless activities that the whole family will surely enjoy.
In order to stay on top of your Disney World packing list, here are some items to consider bringing with you that will make the packing process less stressful.
Disney Packing List MUST: Comfy Shoes!
So, it’s your first day at Walt Disney World and you are being pulled down Main Street USA by your child who is bursting with joy. (Secretly, you are bursting with joy as well.) But after many hours, your feet will drag you down. Walking around the Disney parks can get quite exhausting, especially if you are there for several hours or have difficulty with being on your feet for long periods of time.
I, personally, have been to a park for around nine hours and worn flip flops. Let’s just say I never wore sandals to the parks again. Having a pair of comfortable, breathable (non-plastic) sneakers will guarantee that you won’t be counting down the minutes until you get to your hotel room, so you can finally take off your shoes.
You came to Disney World to enjoy your family’s company and to have fun, right? Why spoil some of the enjoyment by bringing the wrong shoes? Investing in a good pair of sneakers will allow you stay at the parks longer.
If you plan on visiting any of Disney’s water parks, Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, another smart investment to make would be to buy a pair of light-weight water shoes. If you forget, they are sold at the entrance of the water parks. Whichever way you decide to get from point A to point B, water shoes are a great investment.
Magicbands are a relatively new tool that Disney has engineered that is has multiple purposes. If you are staying on Disney property, your MagicBand is the key to your room. You and your family have the option of customizing your band, where you will each choose a color. If you do not wish to customize your bands, you will be given them when you check in to your hotel.
Around 3-4 weeks prior to your trip, your free MagicBands, that have your first name inscribed on the undersurface, will be mailed to you. You should get one band for each person staying in your room. If you are not staying on Disney property, you can purchase a MagicBand at most Disney stores around Walt Disney World.
This band allows you to gain access into all of the Disney World parks, acting as your admission ticket. If you purchased your park passes prior to arrival, you will need to link your passes to your MagicBand by going on the My Disney Experience website or mobile app. If you have difficulty with this step, it is also easy to reach a representative who will help you through this process.
MagicBands are worn around the wrist and are scanned upon arrival for access into the park also on rides where you have a FastPass+ reservation. If you have linked a credit card to you MagicBand prior to your arrival, you will be able to scan your MagicBand to make purchases at Disney World stores.
This makes life very convenient, so make sure you wear the band on your wrist at all times. Another advantage to MagicBands is that they are waterproof, so there is no need to worry about damage at water parks or on rides that contain water. If, for some reason, you lose your MagicBand and your credit card is linked to that band, then immediately report this to a Disney cast member, who will deactivate your MagicBand and assign a new band to you.
Your MagicBand is your key into the heart of the Disney magic!
This might seem like an obvious choice, as everyone brings their phones on vacation. But with a smartphone specifically, there are certain apps that you can download that act as your all-access pass into Disney. A must-have app is My Disney Experience, which has all you need to know during your stay.
Such information includes park hours, extra magic hours, wait times for rides, maps of Walt Disney World, FastPass+ reservations, guest services, and so much more. You can even connect your MagicBand to the app itself so any FastPass+ you reserve on the app will automatically connect to the band.
Play Disney Parks is another great application to download, as it is an interactive mobile app that helps pass the time when you are in line. With achievement-earning games and Disney trivia, standing in line will be enjoyable for you and your children.
In order to maximize the space in your suitcases for going to and from Disney World, bringing along a backpack is a smart choice. Not only will it serve as extra storage for traveling, it will also come in handy when you are trying to find extra space to store all of the new gifts you bought in the parks. Bringing a backpack into the parks is recommended, as you may need some essential items, especially if you are staying there the whole day.
Some smart items to bring in your backpack to the parks are:
- Rain gear (poncho/rain coat/umbrella)
- Tide To-Go (for any stains)
- Band-Aids/Mole-Skin (in case of blisters or accidents)
- Snacks and plenty of water (these can be found in gift shops around the park/hotel)
- A Portable Charger (since you will be at the park for several hours)
- Cooling pads/towels (to keep cool while walking around)
- A USB Fan (to also help cool you off)
- Sunscreen and sunglasses (since you will be in the sun for several hours)
Keep in mind that there are some items that are forbidden in the parks, such as “selfie sticks,” weapons of any sort, alcohol, and several other objects. You can also find out what not to bring in your backpack or bring with you in general in order to avoid being asked to leave the park.
An Autograph Book For Character Signatures
You’re in Disney World! Disney character appearances are plentiful. Let’s face it, we all want a picture with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. It’s a good idea to purchase an autograph book before you leave. Make sure you have easy access to the autograph book for when your child’s favorite character happens to be right in front of you.
It will serve as a special memory for you and your family. You can either use the My Disney Experience mobile app or pick up a park brochure at the park entrance. Children can also bring their autograph books to character meals and obtain signatures that too.
Costumes and Disney Apparel
If you are vacationing in Disney World with kids, there are tons of occasions where children can wear costumes, such as Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, character meetups, character meals, firework shows, and just for fun around the park and/or hotel. Girls can wear a variety of costumes, and so can boys.
The options are limitless, as long as the costumes are appropriate. Unfortunately, Disney does have strict rules pertaining to costumes for those over the age of 14.
No one over this age limit can wear a costume unless to a special event, such as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. Any and all types of masks are forbidden at all times. It is, however, appropriate and encouraged to wear a set of those infamous Mickey/Minnie Mouse Ears and overall Disney-related clothing. Disney also provides a full list of rules on appropriate costumes and dress.
Cool Clothes and Rain Gear
It is no surprise that when you visit Florida in the month of June the weather will be hot and humid. To avoid overheating and risking a potential heat stroke, plan to bring several pairs of shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, swimsuits, and anything that will bring you comfort throughout the day.
Many people, including myself, leave the park for a couple of hours at the peak of the heat to go swimming at the hotel pool. In June, there is usually always a chance of thunderstorms/rain every afternoon that usually don’t last long. In order to avoid getting soaked by a shower, pack ponchos or rain jackets even if you don’t think it will rain; there’s always a possibility that it will.
A Good Quality Camera
In order to look back on all the magical memories that your family will be making, investing in a good quality camera and/or camcorder is something that you should consider. Wouldn’t it be great to have several great pictures and videos of your trip that make it feel like you are reliving those precious moments?
An over-the-door organizer is something that will save a ton of room in your suitcase. You can pack a variety of travel-sized items in it, and best of all, there are usually multiple pouches in the organizer, so fitting most toiletries in it will not be a problem. Consider this your “bathroom bag.”
If you also have extra compartments in this organizer that don’t have anything in it, this could also be a great area to put the smaller things you bought at Disney in.
A First Aid Kit
Sometimes, the inevitable happens and someone gets hurt on vacation. Carrying around a first aid kit filled with medical essentials is very convenient to have on hand. Yes, each Disney park does have a first aid station, but it is a good idea to have some items on hand with you. Such items that would be beneficial to put in the kit could be:
- Tylenol/Ibuprofen (for headaches and any pain/discomfort)
- Moleskin (for blisters to prevent further rubbing)
- Cleansing Wipes (to clean off potential dirt and bacteria)
- Band-aids (for scrapes/cuts)
- Neosporin ointment (to help cuts heal faster)
These items can be stored in a backpack, stroller or anywhere where you have access to it at all times in case something happens.
Depending on the size of your suitcase, you definitely can pack more things. This packing list is, what I believe, to be the essentials to bring with you when planning a trip. Of course, you should bring toiletries and personal items, but these are obvious things that people need when traveling anywhere.
If you have young children, don’t forget to bring something to occupy them on the plane or car ride. Also, if you have anyone in your family in need of a wheelchair or a stroller, you are able to rent these at the entrances of all Disney parks for the day. I hope this list makes your packing less stressful and is of use to you. Have a magical time on your Disney vacation!
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