How to Pack for Walt Disney World

Packing for Disney World can be a challenging task, especially if you’re packing for more than just you! Florida weather, particularly in winter, can range fairly significantly in temps, unlike in the summer when it’s simply as hot as the surface of the sun.

Personally, I love this part of pre-vacationing. I love the lead up to going away and thinking about my outfits and Caleigh’s brings me unmeasurable joy! It’s a ritual for me. And y’all, we are going to have some Mom & Me outfits for this trip. I. AM. PUMPED.

Today, I’m going to share with you how I organize my outfits charts. For the record, I do this for every trip and have been made fun of by my family for literal years. But, I’ve been able to seriously cut down on overpacking. I used to be notorious for this – actual suitcases JUST for shoes – so I needed to learn to reign myself in.

The Plan

I structure my chart by day. This includes:

  • date and day of the week
  • what park we will be attending
  • the FastPasses we have planned
  • meal reservations

I also break this up into both day and evening. I often like to change in the evening. In February, Florida can be “chilly” at night (I’m coming from New England, so this is all relative). Because of Caleigh, we don’t go out most nights, but we do have a few evening reservations for just us two!

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Packing for Disney World

Packing for Disney World Tips & Tricks

Disney World is expensive. No matter how you price it out, it’s not a cheap vacation, BUT there are ways to cut costs. Here’s what I’ve learned over the past 14 years of traveling here:

Packing Tip #1:

Use Amazon Prime Now – this service will deliver within two hours to your Walt Disney World Resort. In our cart, ready to purchase:

  • Applesauce & fruit pouches – a Caleigh favorite for snacking
  • Animal crackers
  • Fruit snacks
  • Bananas for breakfast
  • Yogurt for breakfast
  • Individual cereal packs
  • Almond Milk
  • Diet Coke
  • WATER. WATER. WATER. <– bring your own! It’s so expensive in the parks and you need it!
  • Wine… it’s vacation!

Packing Tip #2:

Bring your own:

  • Ponchos – it WILL rain at some point and the parks EMPTY. This is your chance to either escape dry or get on attractions that normally have high wait times!
  • Extra battery charger – you will be taking thousands of photos, so you may need some extra juice during the day
Aren’t these toddler ponchos cute? They are easy to transport and are reusable OR recyclable!
Pack a poncho!
  • Bubble/ light up wands – these are insanely expensive in the park and usually, they don’t even make it home. I have a few that are Disney themed (Frozen & Moana) that will be making the trip with us!
  • Glow in the dark accessories – for night time events, it’s fun and festive to have bracelets/necklaces that glow. For $1 at local stores, you can make this come true!
  • Water transport – I highly recommend a CamelBak or any type of hydration backpack. We have been using one for YEARS and it’s paid for itself.
  • Change for pressed pennies ($.51 per penny) and penny book
  • Pens for autographs and whatever you want the characters to sign!

Shopping Recommendations

In order not to spend an extra $1,000 on outfits alone, I tend to use what I have in my closet and supplement with purchases I know I’ll rewear; however, I do love to add new pieces for each trip.

Some of my favorite shirts come from:

Caleigh and I will be rocking some matching tees this vaca. I also look for sales on Target. How cute is this Disney Bomber Jacket?! Lastly, I scour websites like Poshmark. I found a Lauren Conrad x Disney Cinderella skirt on Poshmark for a steal a few weeks ago!

Packing It All Together

So, you know where you’re staying because of these amazing Value, Moderate, Deluxe, and Villa info pages and now it’s time to get packing! I hope this information helps.

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