August 2, 2021
We just wrapped up seven days in Disney World and it was, you guessed it, magical. I visited Disney World often as a kid but this was my first time being The Parent. You know, the one making all the decisions, coordinating the planning and doing all the packing. Because I’m me, researching and packing and preparing was almost as fun as the trip itself but judging from my DMs and email inbox, I realize that’s not the case for many of you. Disney can be a blissful breeze or a next-level nightmare and so much of that comes down to packing. Here is everything you need (and even equally as important-what you don’t.)
Before the pandemic, it wasn’t unusual for us to travel nearly every month with our kids but we welcomed our third baby in May of 2020 and like everyone else around the world, we were forced to slow down. It had been so long since I had to pack for such a big trip but all my tried and true tricks came in handy.
Disney World will be celebrating its huge 50th Anniversary in October of this year so the park is filling up fast and merchandise is flying off the shelves. It’s best to grab Disney-themed things often just to know they’re ready to go rather than waiting and facing ridiculous wait times and price jumps. Let’s get the Disney gear out of the way first:
1. This Mickey-ear fan. This fan is adorable and has shockingly good air pressure. I only got one which ended up being fine because we brought along two other fans which I’ll talk more about later. This fan comes with a loopy ring attachment which makes holding it even easier.
2. This Mickey stroller hook. This was an MVP for sure. To get on and off Disney transportation with a double stroller (or any stroller if we’re talking about the buses,) you need to fully break down the stroller. With the amount of items we packed every day to keep in the park with us on top of the number of things you accumulate out at the parks, emptying out the stroller can be a nightmare. *cue infomercial voice* NOT ANYMORE! The nooks on this clip made it perfect to hook all of our water bottles on it as well as our park bag and whatever shopping bag we may have picked up that day. I’d unclip it, get on the transportation with the kids and O would load up the stroller with zero issues. Absolute essential.
3. Mickey/Minnie Ears. Of course, you’ll be able to buy endless amounts of ears there but since I know we wouldn’t really be wearing them outside of the parks and I prefer a simpler style, I picked some up beforehand. These are simple and stunning and less expensive:
Disney Clothing. This is a whole thing. I personally prefer the most simple and unique styles rather than the run of the mill graphic tees so I’m linking my own personal favorite picks but a quick trip to Target or Amazon run will guarantee you’ll be sit with whatever you need if you’re thinking, “honestly-is she serious?? why would I go out of my way to buy disney clothes?” I’ve received so many questions about where we’ve gotten our more simple disney gear so here are some favorites:
While we’re on the subject of packing- Packing Cubes. I could never pack for the kids without packing cubes. I roll everything in their own cube and can fit at least four extra outfits in because of how compact they end up. Bonus points- rather than fully unpacking, I keep the clothes they haven’t worn yet inside their packing cubes in a drawer to keep track and keep them neat and tidy.