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Items To Leave Out of Your Disney Park Bag

We spend a lot of time at How to Disney giving you suggestions and ideas to help you prepare for your Walt Disney World vacation.  One of the areas we share is what to bring in your Disney Park bag.  Knowing what you need in the Disney Parks can make your touring experience that much better.

Today we are going to provide a little different advice when it comes to your Walt Disney World Parks bag.  We are going to focus on what you don’t want to have in your Disney Parks bag.  These items not only aren’t needed, but they often will cause more stress than help throughout your day.

As you are making your packing list, make sure you leave these items off.

Portable charger
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Heavy Items

The reality is that you will be carrying whatever bag you pick all day.  With that in mind, you are going to want to limit how heavy it is for you to carry.

You might think that you are tossing in just a few items, but keep in mind that some items can be heavy and that weight can become extremely difficult to manage.  A few heavy items to consider leaving out are those heavy rechargeable batteries and umbrellas.

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If you have read our previous articles about what to pack when it rains, you might be questioning our mention of umbrellas here.  While we do highly recommend having an umbrella with you during your day in Disney Park, what we don’t want you to do is pack the biggest umbrella possible.  There are so many small, lightweight umbrellas that are perfect for Disney Park and for your Disney bag.

A portable charger is needed for sure during your Disney vacation; however, consider what kind you are bringing with you to the Disney Parks.  Some of the chargers can be extremely heavy and even though they charge well, they might be too much to carry around for the whole day.

Think about if you will be taking a break and heading back to your Disney Resort in the middle of the afternoon.  If this is the case, maybe a smaller one would be just fine.

Consider how heavy items are and if you absolutely need them with you in the Park throughout the day.

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All the Extra

It can be hard to determine what you want to bring to a Disney Park with you.  What happens to many Guests heading to Walt Disney World is that they start to toss everything into their Disney bag.

Not only can bringing all the extra items make your bag super heavy, but it can also cause you to get super frustrated.  It isn’t fun to try to find things in your packed bag or try to manage them on and off of rides.

Take a look at our posts HERE to get an idea of what we bring to the Disney Parks with us.  Use this list to help you navigate as you plan.  Keep in mind, that if you do have an emergency and need a bandaid or medicine, there are areas in each of the Parks to get these items.


This might seem silly, but we have seen it.  Don’t toss those bubble wands or extra bubbles into your backpack.  It might not look like it, but these items will leak all over your Disney bag causing a big mess.

If you do purchase these items and your prince or princess needs them at all times, consider bringing a Disney shopping bag or something like a Ziploc to keep them in.  This can keep them from getting the lovely bubble mess everywhere in your bag.

Open Cups

Staying hydrated is super important at Walt Disney World.  We always recommend making sure you have water with you when you are visiting.  With this in mind, consider what type of water bottle or cup you are planning to use.

Although we love our Starbucks cups because they aren’t closed all the way they aren’t the best option.  You really want to make sure you have a water bottle that closes tightly.  This is important as you walk around the Parks as well as when you are getting on and off rides.

Although spilled water won’t be as messy as the bubble would be, you still don’t want to run the risk of phones, wallets, chargers, etc getting wet.

Get a fun Disney water bottle that you know will close tightly and stack closed throughout all the fun.

Large Electronics

Make sure that you are leaving large electronic items back at your Disney Resort.  Nintendo Switches, iPads, and similar items are easily stolen and broken into at Walt Disney World.

If you are worried about someone having trouble in line, consider checking out our ideas HERE of ways to stay entertained in line.

iPads are also super distracting and block views.  Because of this, we highly recommend that Guests focus on using their phones or camera in order to capture those magical moments.

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All the Crumbs

The last item we are going to suggest leaving out of your Disney Parks bag is snacks that cause crumbs and melt.  We have all been there where you find pieces of cheez-its or goldfish in the bottom of the backpack.

With putting rain gear, chargers, and all the stuff in and out of your Disney bag, these items get squished easily.  Bring a small container if you prefer these snacks. You will thank us later.

Finally, think about skipping the items that will melt in the Disney sun.  Anything with chocolate or peanut butter will often become very messy.

We always recommend bringing snacks but think about which ones won’t cause a mess in your bag.

We hope that this will help you better plan for what to pack in your Walt Disney World Park bag.  Know how to keep it light and comfortable as well as helpful with what you truly need.

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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