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6 Things You Don’t Need to Pack When Taking a Disney Cruise

Planning a Disney vacation is always exciting. It can be even more so if you are set to try something new. Cruising with Disney Cruise Line is a great way to travel in a new way. You’ll get to see new places and have different experiences. However, the excellent Guest service, delicious food, and the extra pixie dust you associate with The Walt Disney Company will still be part of your vacation.

Packing for a cruise can be daunting, especially if you are cruising for the first time. But, it can also be a little refreshing, knowing you don’t have to stick to a weight limit (unless you usually drive to Walt Disney World). Packing in the same way you would for a Walt Disney World Resort vacation is helpful. But it is also useful to know the items you won’t need to pack.

Here are the six items you can leave off your Disney Cruise packing list. 


Like a Guest room in a Walt Disney World Resort hotel, a hairdryer is provided in each Disney Cruise Line stateroom. Hairdryers can be found in a drawer at the desk/vanity area in each stateroom. So, there’s no need to bring your hairdryer.

Guests should bring their straighteners or curling wands if they plan to use them. These items are not provided in staterooms or available to borrow either.

Disney Cruise Line Stateroom
Credit: Disney Cruise Line


Each stateroom has shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion supplied in the bathroom. Each bottle will be filled upon your embarkation. These complimentary products are beautiful to use. The products are from the brand H20 and are the same products that can be found in the Guest rooms at Walt Disney World. Additionally, Guests are provided with a new box of facial and hand soap at the beginning of their stay. Take advantage of these products in your stateroom, as they are soon to be discontinued following the closing of the H20 Company.

H20 Disney Toiletries
Credit: Notes from Neverland

If you require further toiletries, such as a toothbrush or toothpaste, these items are available from one of the shops on board the Disney ship. Prices can be steep, though, so remember to pack your own!

Pool Towels

Guests are welcome to bring their pool towels on board any Disney Ship. This is recommended for Guests who plan to take part in port excursions away from the cruise ship. Pool towels are not always provided on excursions. If you plan on taking a port excursion that doesn’t require using a beach towel, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t need to pack one.

Pool towels are complimentary to all Guests on board. These are available from multiple points around the pool deck. Once finished, Guests can return used pool towels to the collection points. Guests can also take them back to their room, where your stateroom host will collect them during the evening turndown service. Feel free to use as many pool towels as you require. Complimentary beach towels are also provided for Guests on cruises that stop at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay. As a reminder, Guests should not use towels to reserve pool chairs and loungers throughout the day if they are not using them.

Disney Cruise Line Pool Deck
Credit: Flickr


We all want to look our best when taking a Disney vacation. If you’re like us, much thought goes into planning outfits, which unfortunately get creased in your luggage. The good news is that irons are provided and are complimentary for Disney Cruise Line Guests. While Guests cannot use them in their stateroom, laundry rooms are located around each Disney Ship. Generally, there is one laundry facility per deck that has Guest staterooms. Guests will find washers, dryers, ironing boards, and irons there. Irons are free to use, while you will need to pay to use the washers and dryers.

Disney Wish Laundry Room
Credit: The Disney Cruise Line Blog

Guest irons are a prohibited item. This is to keep all Guests safe, as it is an item that can overheat and cause a fire. Packing an iron and not declaring it upon checking your luggage may result in your iron being confiscated by security.


Like irons, candles, and candle lighters are prohibited on Disney Cruise Line. They are flammable items, providing a fire risk. With this in mind, leave any candles at home while you take your Disney vacation.

You may be wondering about the candles you purchased while on your vacation. We’re big fans of Bath & Body Works and have been known to take advantage of their offers when visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. So what happens when a Disney cruise is part of your Disney vacation, and you’ve spent a little in Bath & Body Works? Keep your candles in a separate bag, and when you check your luggage, inform security that you have a package you would like to keep at the port. Security will check the items you are leaving at the port and provide you with a receipt. Upon debarkation, present your ticket to security, who will return your items to you.

Disney Cruise Terminal
Credit: Disney


So you’re cruising with Disney Cruise Line after visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ve bought a balloon from Magic Kingdom or another Disney Park, and want to keep it, so intend on taking it on the Disney cruise ship with you. Unfortunately, you will only be able to do this if you have deflated your balloon. Guests can not embark on a cruise with a balloon as it is prohibited. Don’t want to deflate it? Why not create a little magic for another Guest and give your balloon to them before you leave for your Disney cruise on embarkation day?

Disney Balloons
Credit: Disney

Do you have a Disney cruise vacation planned? Whether sailing on the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, or Disney Wish, you’re in for a magical Disney experience. Remember to save space in your luggage by leaving all of these items at home!

Victoria Mills

Victoria is a Disney-loving, tea-drinking, Math teacher from Liverpool, England. Her motto is 'work hard, Disney harder'! Having taken part in the Disney College Program back in 2010, Victoria's love and appreciation for Walt Disney World only grew, and it's the place where she feels most herself - it's home!

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