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What’s in my Disney park bag? A few essentials always make a Disney World day more enjoyable and can even save a day from turning, well, un-magical!

Our daily Disney park bag is filled only with essentials. I want the bag to be as light as possible and don’t want to be carrying around any more than necessary. These items only fill half the bag, so there’s plenty of room for gift purchases or space to shed lightweight jackets after a cool morning.

Vera Bradley Mickey and Minnie Medallion backpack

This bag is everything! It’s so comfortable and easily holds all the essentials while leaving plenty of space for purchases. And it still looks brand new after dragging it around the parks for nearly a half dozen week-long trips.

This specific backpack fabric is no longer available for sale, but the same Vera Bradley “campus” backpack style is still available in a variety of fabrics. Of course, choose the best back that works for you, that’s comfortable, and that holds what you will need. I highly recommend a back with at least one water bottle pocket on the outside. This is a lifesaver since the kids can easily grab water themselves whenever they need a sip. If you can make do with just a hip pack, even better!

Simplified Disney Trip Planning printables

Simplified Disney Trip Planning printables


A smartphone – any phone that supports the Walt Disney World app – is a MUST at the Disney parks. Carrying a device to make all those additional FastPass reservations and avoid waiting in stand-by lines is priceless.

At Disney World, I switch out my usual phone case for a folio case. Since my phone is also my camera, it’s always in my hand. A folio case with a loop keeps my phone securely attached to me, the screen safe, and the card slots allow me to keep my Passholder card and driver’s license handy. Both are needed when making purchases with a Passholder discount.

Disney Park bag

Extra MagicBands

We always carry around at least one extra MagicBand and/or hard ticket for each of us because those buggers DO fall off (we know this from experience!) or can be forgotten when leaving the hotel room in the morning (again, experience is the best teacher). Disney cast members have shown us impeccable customer service in replacing lost MagicBands, but it’s still a hassle to waste time completing that process when we could easily just pull another one out of the backpack.

Water bottle

Chances are, if you see me anywhere in my normal daily life, I’ll have a water bottle with me. This is even more important when outside in the Florida heat walking around all day. Our favorite is the Nalgene Tritan 24oz On The Fly bottle which is made from rugged BPA-free plastic and has a flip top that is quick to access and yet fastens securely. My boys also carry these to school every day.

Disney Park bag

Handheld Fan

We ventured to the parks outside of winter this year and have been reintroduced to the horror that is Florida Humidity. I keep two of these portable, USB rechargeable handheld fans in the backpack and the boys love carrying their own breeze machines around! Complaints about the heat immediately disappear when these fans are in use. Magic!


Having emergency food on hand to immediately appease a cranky kid (or *cough* myself) is essential! My kids’ go-to portable snack is Zbars and there are always a few in the bottom of the backpack.

I prefer Lara Bars for myself. Cashew Cookie is my favorite flavor and staying away from the chocolate varieties will prevent a melted mess when you open the wrapper for a quick snack!

Character Autograph Book and Sharpies

A Mickey autograph deserves a golden touch. Carrying around an autograph book with Sharpies is a must and metallic ones are just more fun!

Disney Park bag

Keeping Clean

We eat 95% of our Disney meals at quick service dining locations and while Disney does a great job keeping those tables clean between guests, we can often find a little mess left behind when there is a quick turnaround. We always have premoistened wipes to clean up tables, clean mouths from ice cream, and to quickly wash hands before a snack.

Pouch of little things…

Because you never want to get stuck without a bandaid when you need one or some aspirin/ibuprofen when you feel a headache coming on at the Most Magical Place on Earth. And we keep all these little items in a clear pouch. Those security bag checkers at the entrance to each park are thorough! The clear pouches make check-in time quicker with one less zipper to open.

Emergency Ponchos

… because it’s Florida.


It’s not called the Sunshine State for nothin’.

Extra space!

The backpack never begins the day full. This gives us space to shed jackets in the winter or hold any small purchases we may make.

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What's in my Disney World park bag
What's in my Disney World park bag
What's in my Disney World park bag
What's in my Disney World park bag

So what are your park day essentials?