Going to Walt Disney World with children ages 0 through 5 can be an exciting adventure. However, it can also be a headache if you are not fully prepared for the day you will soon face. Properly preparing before heading to the theme parks can be the make it a magical and enjoyable day, versus not preparing, which can leave you feeling like you want to pull your hair out and leave before the day is over.
Before leaving for one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park – you might want to pack a bag with some essentials. I know, you do not want to worry about carrying a bag with you all day. In fact may parents feel this way. But chances are, especially if you are visiting with small children, you will be bringing a stroller with you or renting one when you arrive at the park. Solution to having to carry the bag around is solved – hang it on the stroller.
Many of the attractions have “stroller parking” and you can leave your bag on the stroller while on a ride. As long as you do not leave anything of value behind, your stroller should be left alone. There have not been many reports of problems associated with items left in stroller parking. But to be on the safe side take any cameras, wallets, cell phones, iPods, and so on, with you when leaving the stroller behind.
If you have little ones that require a diaper bag, you do not need to carry second bag. Any additional, non-baby items, can be tucked into pockets in the diaper bag.
Below is a list of things that I have found over the years to be useful and necessary to being with when we go to one of the theme parks. Some days I do not use everything I bring, but when I do not have it, I need it.
- Sunscreen – a necessity when visiting Florida. Bring the spray on kind because so you can still cover your can’t-sit-still kids. Also bring a face stick to get added coverage around the eyes, on the ears and cheeks. You can get sunscreen at the parks, but they only carry it is more expensive than a store.
- Sunglasses – to protect eyes from the bright sun.
- Water bottle – which can be refilled at any water fountain, rather than buy a new bottle of water every time you are thirsty.
- Wet wipes – you may need these to clean dirty and sticky hands or to wipe off an outside table before eating at it.
- Band-aids – this one is up to you. If you do need one any Disney Cast Member can get it for you. I just like having them handy in case of a trip and fall or blister.
- Hand sanitizer – good to have, just in case the little ones touch something icky and you cannot get to a sink quick enough.
- Snacks – kids always have the munchies. Pack small, simple snacks like pretzels, fruit snacks, crackers, etc. Pack what your kids like to give them when they say they are hungry.
- In cooler months toss in a sweatshirt or wind breaker.
- Autograph book and pen.
- Camera – do not forget the camera!
- Small notebook to write down anything funny that the kids do. This will help you remember when it comes time to put the vacation scrapbook together.
- Brochures and time sheets – these are available at all Walt Disney World Resorts or at the entrance to all four theme parks.
Having these items can be lifesavers while at the theme parks, but pack what is necessary for your family. If it is your first time to a Walt Disney World Theme Park, use the above list on day one and then cater it to your needs on day two and beyond.
Also, keep in mind that you will have to stop and have your bags checked before entering the park.