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Packing for Disney with Kids: Must-Have Items for a Stress-Free Trip

It might seem like you need to bring the whole house when packing for Walt Disney World. When traveling with kids, there are so many items you might consider getting with you, but what is truly important? We want to provide you with the must-have items for your trip so you can have a stress-free vacation at Walt Disney World.



No matter how old your kids get, they aren’t used to all the walking during a Walt Disney World vacation. Even if you don’t use a stroller at home, we highly recommend looking into having one during your Disney vacation. Even kids between six and nine get tired and worn down. Having a stroller can be a game changer.

Consider bringing one from home or renting one through a company like Kingdom Strollers at Walt Disney World. Although you can rent from Disney at the Parks, these can only be used at the Parks. This means you will carry the tired kid to your Disney Resort.

Even if you bring the stroller to Magic Kingdom with you and leave it at the front of the Park all day, having it for that long walk to the bus and back to your Resort at the end of the evening will be nice.

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Disney has snacks everywhere; however, bring some from home to save money and stress. If your kids have favorite snacks such as goldfish or Cheerios, make sure you get them from home. Mickey pretzels and ice cream bars are everywhere, but these classic toddler snacks aren’t easy to find.

Having snacks with you when in line or before a show will also be nice. This is typically when kids realize they are starving. Being able to provide a quick baggie of goodies can prevent meltdowns from happening.

Rain Gear
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Weather Items

No matter how magical Walt Disney World is, the weather still happens. Be prepared for the weather that can impact your trip. No matter when you visit, make sure you have rain gear. This is for your little one as well as for your stroller. Put that stroller cover on whenever you leave it as the rain storms show up suddenly.

During the majority of the year, it is warm at Disney. She was prepared for this by having fans for the stroller, cooling rags, and lots of water. We know your princess will look adorable in her Cinderella costume, but we also know it will be hot. Pack clothes that will are breathable and cool so everyone can stay comfortable.

Layers are also great for Walt Disney World. Shows and dining locations are fantastic. A nice, light layer for your little one can be beneficial.

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Even though we all hope that we won’t have to wait in long lines while at Walt Disney World, the reality is that at some point, you will be waiting. Keep kids from melting down while waiting by having different entertainment forms.

This might be having games or shows on your phone downloaded, or you could bring new, small toys each day for them to play with. Having some entertainment for lines, meals, and shows is essential when traveling with little ones.

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We never want to think about our little ones getting sick at Walt Disney World. With a new environment and busy days, they could start not to feel 100%. Be prepared for this by bringing your over-the-counter medicine from home. These items, from fever remedies to allergy medicine, can relieve stress.

Disney works with AdventHealth and provides First-aid stations in each of the four Parks if you need additional help. Most of the time, if you have your basic first aid kit and over-the-counter medicine, you will be good to go.



This might seem silly, but if you can pack extra bubbles, do so. Every kid seems to be drawn to the adorable bubble wands at Disney. The issue is that once that original bottle of bubbles runs out, your bubble wand is no longer fun.

Save time, money, and stress by having extra bubbles with you. You can easily refill the bubble wand machine, and magical bubbles will again flow.

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Glow Sticks

Another fun item to bring for kids is glow sticks. These are great to have during evening shows. From necklaces to bracelets and everything in between, stop by your dollar store to stock up and have a great time during those evening shows at Disney.

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This is needed for any trip to Walt Disney World, but with little ones, you will want a stack. Don’t forget to bring those wipes. Mickey bars are delicious, but they will make a mess quickly in the heat of Walt Disney World. Having wipes to promptly clean up those sticky hands and faces is essential to a stress-free and less messy trip to Walt Disney World.

Although Disney does a great job, especially since covid, making sure surfaces are wiped down, we still appreciate having our wipes on hand. We can use these to clean our hands quickly before snacks or wipe down a table before a meal.

Ziplock Bags


Finally, toss in a few different-sized Ziploc bags. These come in handy throughout a trip to Walt Disney World. You might need to pack up a snack that can’t be finished or toss in some extra clothes for the Park. We also use them when things get wet from splash areas in the Parks or after rain storms. From small snack sizes to larger gallon sizes, having a few Ziploc bags on hand is helpful.

You don’t need to pack the whole house as you prepare for your Walt Disney World vacation with your little one. Remembering these essential items will prepare you for a stress-free, more relaxed holiday.

Related: Magic Kingdom Rides for Toddlers

Related: Ultimate Ride List for Your Little One


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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