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10 Items That You Should Purchase BEFORE Your Disney Trip

A trip to Walt Disney World is expensive without spending extra money on items you forget. We want to make sure you are packed and prepared for your trip. You will want to buy ten things before your Walt Disney World vacation.

These ten items will not only make your trip a look less stressful, they will also save you money and frustration if you bring them along. Prepare your shopping list as we share the ten items you should purchase before traveling to Walt Disney World.

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10. Portable Charger

My Disney Experience is the official app of Walt Disney World. It is through this app that Guests will stay connected during their trip. The app allows Guests to see wait times, order food, and book Genie+ return times.

Because the app is so important, having a charged phone while in the Parks becomes essential. You will want a portable charger for everyone to ensure you don’t have a dead battery.

By having a portable charger, your phone will stay charged, and you will stay connected to the magic.

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9. Rain Gear

Don’t forget that you will want to have rain gear. No matter what the weather app says before your trip, make sure that you toss in rain gear. Save yourself time and frustration by picking up cheap ponchos at the dollar store or through Amazon. These small packages are easy to throw in a Park bag and can save the day when a rain storm suddenly pops up.

We also like to have tiny umbrellas as well. These can be great for rain storms and for providing sun shade. This can give a huge relief when there isn’t any shade while waiting for a ride or parade to start.

We all hope the weather will be magically perfect, but rain does happen, so be prepared.

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8. Good Walking Shoes

Walt Disney World is huge, meaning that part of your trip experience will be a lot of walking. Be prepared for those extra miles by purchasing comfortable walking shoes.

Invest in a good, comfortable pair of shoes before your trip. Once you have them, make sure that you break them in at home. Go on some walks to make sure that they are going to work out at Walt Disney World.

Having the right shoes can make or break a trip, so invest in a good pair before your trip.

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7. Medical Items

Walt Disney World will have many over-the-counter medicines, sunscreen, and aloe that you might need during your trip at the Baby Care Centers and Disney Resorts. Save yourself time and money by packing these items.

Consider what medicine you might need, such as stomach relief, Advil or Tyneool and pack those for the trip. Items like sunscreen are available, but they are costly. Save that money for some Mickey treats by having your sunscreen packed.

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6. Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated while in Walt Disney World is essential to a successful trip. To help make sure everyone stays hydrate, bring along refillable water bottles. These can be refilled throughout the Parks at the refiling stations or quick service spots.

Consider bringing hydration packets as well to keep everyone hydrated. Save money on water in the Parks by getting your own with you.


5. Sunglasses

Projection your eyes by making sure you bring your sunglasses. If you have little ones, think about what would also work for them. Disney offers cute themed ones, but they are expensive and might not fit how you want them to. Toss in a few pairs, just in case

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4. Glow Sticks

This might seem silly, but having glow sticks packed is a great idea. When attending a nightime show, glow sticks are a great way to entertain little ones. It can also save you money as you don’t have to purchase the ones that Disney sells. Having glow necklaces, bracelets and sticks can make waiting for the evening shows much more fun.

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3. Costumes

If you have little ones that will want to dress up as their favorite prince or princess, make purchase these outfits ahead of time. Disney will have the iconic dresses for sale throughout the Parks, but you will save a lot of money bringing your own.

Often the dresses you can get from Amazon or Target are much more comfortable for kids. They are lighter, which make them easier for kids wear in the Parks. Have your little one looking adorable while saving money.

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2. Memory Maker

When preparing for your Walt Disney World trip, you will want to purchase Memory Maker. You can add this photopass package to your Walt Disney World package. This allows you to access all the on-ride photos and all the photos you take throughout the Parks with the Disney Photopass Photographers.

This is a great souvenir that allows everyone to be in your photos. Don’t miss out on this fantastic feature thatt Disney offers its Guests.

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1. Gift Cards

Bringing Disney Gift Cards is a great way to stick to your budget while in Disney. You can use these throughout the Parks and at your Disney Resorts. These are a great way to set a budget for dining or souvenirs. Consider using gift cards to help kids stick to a budget as well. Disney gift cards are often discounted at places such as Sam’s and Costco.


We highly recommend you purchase those ten times before you trip to Walt Disney World. These can help you save time and money while on vacation. By having them with you, you can also avoid some frustration.

Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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