20 Things to Buy Before Your Disney Vacation to be prepared for fun & save money in the parks.
I’m so excited to be sharing with you the first of many new Disney posts!
After our 5-day Walt Disney World vacation two weeks ago we headed down to the Florida Keys to spend Tuesday-Sunday with Roger’s family.
We have now settled back into life in Birmingham, or at least as best as we can since we are moving out of Birmingham in less than 2 weeks!
Roger graduates this coming weekend, then we have 1 & 1/2 weeks until we move out June 15 & move back to Tennessee & soon after we will close on our first house!
I’m a little nervous about moving back to our hometown, but that’s another confession for another day.
For now, we will stick with what’s planned, which is this super fun post with tips on 20 Things to Buy Before Your Disney Vacation!
Now I know that sounds like a lot, but many of the items are small, you might already have them, & if you buy them beforehand you can save quite a bit of money while in the WDW parks.
And saving money is always a good thing. But if you are like me, money saved just means more money for food… which is my favorite part of every vacation.
Who am I kidding?
It’s my favorite part of every day!
Before we get to this list of things to buy for your Disney vacation, I thought I would share something fun & FREE!
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Now, without further ado, here are 20 Things to Buy Before Your Disney Vacation.
ps. You can click here to see all of my Disney posts, like 15 Mistakes to Avoid During a Disney Vacation, 10 Things to Do 3 Months Before Your Disney Vacation, & much more!
1. Good Shoes with Support or Inserts
I can’t stress the importance of this one enough, which is why I put it as number one.
When we went to Disney World last year for 5 days my feet killed by day 3.
Luckily we had a break day after that, but even still, I messed my feet up pretty bad.
Even with that break day, my feet were hurting on days 4 & 5.
So I decided that this time I was going to go to WDW prepared & with good shoes.
I only had enough money to buy one pair of new shoes, but I recommend having at least two pairs of different supportive shoes so that your feet stay comfortable & don’t want to hurt you.
I wore them for the first time in WDW & they were amazing!
Whatever you wear make sure it has good support. Your feet will thank you later!
2. Sunscreen & Chapstick
A must, especially in the late spring, summer, & early fall.
We applied spray sunscreen multiple times throughout the day & never burned.
Oh, & these sunscreen sticks are great for a quick application to the face.
3. Hand Sanitizer & Travel Wipes
We like to bring two travel hand sanitizers with us to Disney.
One hanging from my bag, & a larger one in my purse for meal time.
It’s easy to feel germy in WDW, but having these things on hand is really helpful!
4. Waterproof Bags or Sandwich Bags
During our first trip to WDW last year I put our phones in plastic bags in my little backpack every time we went on a water ride.
And while I brought a bunch & kept them handy in my backpack, I ended up doing something else this time to keep our things dry.
I used a polyester reusable pouch grocery bag & whenever we went on a wet ride, or it started to rain, I opened my polyester reusable pouch grocery bag & put my whole backpack inside it.
This kept everything dry & I didn’t have to waste any little plastic bags!
5. Band-Aids & First Aid Needs
Band-aids are great to keep on hand for blisters (tip #1) & any little accidents that may occur.
6. Carabiner Fan
We found that while the spray fans were nice for a spritz of water the normal carabiner fans had more power & cooled you down better.
7. Water bottles
One great secret WDW tip for you today is that cups of water at Disney World are free.
This means that you don’t need to buy bottled water or carry around lots of extra water bottles.
I do however suggest carrying at least one lightweight reusable water bottle, especially if you are going to Disney in the dead of summer since ride lines will be longer you won’t want to spend extra time to wait in line every time you get thirsty.
If you carry a lightweight reusable water bottle then when you grab a snack or lunch ask for 2 cups of water, one to drink & one to refill your water bottle.
This way you stay hydrated, the ice in the cup will keep your water cool longer, & you won’t have to be constantly seeking out snack stands (the ones with fountain drinks) that offer free cups of water.
So many magical moments happen at Disney & you are going to want to capture every single one of them!
And while I brought two Canon cameras to Disney & took thousands of pictures & videos, we also purchased the PhotoPass so that we were able to capture all of the magical moments of Disney.
It’s sunny in Florida.
Not only are they great for keeping your eyes protected from the sun, but they are great for outdoor rollercoasters too!
Sunglasses are a must to help keep your eyes from drying out.
Just be sure to bring a cheap pair (or two), I’ve heard & read that WDW’s lost & found receives hundreds of pairs of new sunglasses every day.
We never lost our $5 sunglasses in WDW, but we did come prepared with an extra pair we left at our resort just in case.
10. Walking Attire & Light Jacket
I wore shorts one-time last year in Disney & it rubbed me wrong so I decided to never wear normal shorts again.
Instead, I wear running shorts under sundresses.
A lot of women wear exercise shorts in the parks, but I noticed a lot of them pair it with t-shirts. Hot cotton t-shirts.
And while some people prefer that, I really like my lightweight sundresses.
Also, if you are going the early spring, late fall, or winter you might also want a light jacket to keep you warm in the cool evenings.
This is Roger totally making fun of me wanting a picture in front of every angle of the castle.
Also, don’t you love his Pizza Planet shirt we found online!!
11. Small Backpack & Wallet
I have a cute little backpack that I use for trips & vacations & it is extremely handy for our Disney trips.
I can easily stuff 2 rain jackets, an umbrella, two cameras, a water bottle, & fill the pockets & small pencil bags with all the little things on this list with no problem.
12. Rain Jacket or Poncho
It doesn’t rain often in Disney, but when it does you will wish you had a rain jacket or poncho.
Plus it can be nice to have them on the water rides if you don’t want to be soaking wet afterward.
We brought both this time since there were possible spring storms.
We did, however, make the mistake of buying our rain ponchos from a dollar store, Roger’s tore while he was putting it on.
Luckily we had our rain jackets too.
13. Disney accessories
I have some Minnie ears from WDW, but if you want to save time (& money) you can purchase your Disney ears, hats, etc. before you even get to the park!
Having someone in your group get hangry halfway through a long line is never good.
If you, your kids, or your husband are known for getting the munchies or always being hungry it can be a good idea to get snacks from outside of the park to have on hand anytime you get hungry.
15. Mints & Gum
Gum is not for sale in the parks so if you love gum you will want to stock up ahead of time.
Just remember, they don’t sell gum in the parks for a reason, so please be sure to deposit your gum in a trash can, especially before going on a ride.
16. Disney Trading Pins
If you love trading pins or you know your children might love it, it can be financially helpful to purchase them in bulk ahead of time so that you can have a bunch on hand to trade throughout the parks.
17. Portable Phone Charger
This is a major must, especially if you are going to be using your phone throughout the day to check wait times, book more Fastpass+, check your reservations, take pictures, or just use it like you normally do.
We brought two portable phone chargers & alternated between them which worked great!
18. Kids Toys & Souvenirs
It’s hard to resist all of the magical toys in Disney, especially the bubbles, glow sticks, & balloons during the parades & fireworks.
But you can plan ahead & save money on these too!
You can tell your kids ahead of time that you will have special Disney souvenirs each morning (or night) for them.
Then just buy less expensive Disney plush toys, Disney autograph books, toys, etc. before you leave for your trip to have for them to take into the parks.
19. Hotel Reservations
These last two are a little more obvious, but they are also two of the most important.
There are so many hotel options both in & outside of the parks, but don’t forget all of the perks that come from staying in a WDW resort!
20. Disney Tickets
The most important part of a WDW vacation is your Disney tickets.
I wrote about how we bought our tickets online & saved money in my post 10 Things to Do 3 Months Before Your Disney Vacation.
Of course, you don’t have to buy them the same way we did, there are lots of places you can buy Disney tickets online.
And of course, the safest way to buy them is directly from the official Disney website!
I hope you have found these tips helpful & that you have fun planning your Disney vacation!
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What do you think is the most important thing to purchase before a WDW vacation?
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With love, G
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your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
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