What to Pack for Disney World {Backpack}

Today its all about what to pack for Disney World and the things you'll find inside my theme park backpack!

Today its all about what to pack for Disney World and the things you’ll find inside my theme park backpack! Over the last few years I’ve had the incredible blessing to attend The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. While I’ll be following the magic from home this year, my primary focus has always been the conference, sessions, and learning what’s new and next at Disney Parks that has had my heart since my Walt Disney World College Program days. What’s always been so magical is how the meeting format also very graciously includes time for your family to enjoy the parks both with and without you there. Its because of that need to have a well stocked theme park backpack for both myself and my husband that I decided to do this post. If you are planning a trip to a theme park soon and wondering what you should pack in your backpack for the park, check out the following tips on how to build a better “family” backpack that anyone can use!

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Go for Comfort

If there is one word that answers the question “What to pack for Disney World?” it has to be comfort.  Not just for clothes and shoes, this is especially true for backpacks because you’ll be lugging them with you everywhere you go.  Choose something that is comfortable with a single padded strap that easily rests diagonally across your chest. It lets you switch back and forth easily, not to big or small, and adjustable for the person who is carrying it.

Check out my tips for how to pack a suitcase with a strategy that will keep your hotel room from falling into total chaos.

Identify It

Your backpack is your lifeline and without it, you will find your lost.  Include your hotel information and cell phone number by adding a simple luggage tag or placing a label inside that includes the same. Also, add something special on it like our pink electrical tape, to identify that likely black back pack, one of millions in the park that day, as uniquely yours.

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Easy Access

When you think about what to pack for Disney World, its easy to throw in everything but the kitchen sink.  The wonderful thing about a backpack is it limits you to the space you have and when well designed, makes it easy to place things within easy reach while you are surely multi-tasking. This is where you need zippered and padded pockets in all the right places. Here is how we load our backpack of choice up:

a. Front Pocket: phone and camera
b. Back Pocket: autograph book with Sharpie, Pressed Coin collection, and rolls of quarters and pennies.
c. Side Pocket Secured: Extra pen, wireless charger, and secure your park tickets, hotel room keys, and children’s ID including a fingerprint in case you need to give information about them. Keep in mind a great way to make sure you have a current picture is take a daily picture before you leave the hotel. That way you can describe their outfit in a snap.
d. Outside Easy to Reach: Water bottles and snacks. One of the great things about Disney Parks is that you can bring in your own supply of both. Rather than buying them daily, start off each day with a fresh water bottle and then simply reuse them all day when you are actually thirsty, making them not heavy to tote around. Pack snacks that won’t melt and that your kids will definitely want to eat, making it easy to focus on the fun and have lunch when its time. And of course include that hand sanitizer!
e. Mom’s Secret Weapons: Sunscreen, back up medications you might need like tummy meds, aspirin, bandaids, personal hygiene including tissues, wipes, and a Tide pen to take out a stain, umbrella, ponchos for each family member, and extra Ziploc bags labeled WET and DRY incase something is wet that you need to keep. Think an extra set of clothes for little ones who may have an accident or for that family member who would have preferred not getting wet on Splash Mountain, and a reusable bag in case you have more you need to carry.

Here are the two things I did wrong that resulted in me losing my ticket. I shared them so that you can make sure to avoid losing your tickets on your next trip to Walt Disney World Resorts.

I want to make sure that when I review my list of what to pack for Disney World, I know I’ve taken the time to make it easy to focus on making memories that last a lifetime instead of frustrated that our supplies aren’t handy and our days are disorganized.

These are just a few of the things I’ve got packed inside my backpack for The Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. It won’t matter who carries it, my husband or myself, I’m hands free and my kids can get what they need just like I can. I hope this helps you know what to pack for Disney World when it comes to that all important backpack and I’d love to know~

What do you put in your family backpack?

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If you are looking for some good products to pull it all together, this collection of some of my favorites is a great place to start.

Thanks so much for stopping by ~ we’ll see you next time!


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Special thanks to Walt Disney World Resorts Social Media for inviting me to register for the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. As part of my paid registration, I received for myself and my family discounted hotel accommodations, park tickets, attendance at special events, and select branded merchandise. I was not asked to post about my experience before, during, or after the event. As a graduate of the Walt Disney World College Program and life long fan of the brand, I can’t help but share. As always, my opinions are entirely my own.

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  • Linda April 18, 2012, 1:42 pm

    Such great tips. Thanks for sharing. Hope to put these to good use when our little guy gets a little older. Oh that just made me think, do you have a recommendation on what is a good age to take a child to Disney? Our little man is only 2 now so I know we have some time. I also wanted to ask if you could share where you purchased your bag. I have not seen one like that before and love it. Thanks

    • Molly Gold April 18, 2012, 8:31 pm

      Any age is a good age for Disney ~ you just need to plan your trip and expectations accordingly =)

  • Linda April 18, 2012, 2:12 pm

    Great tips. We aren’t going to Disney this year but we live in Virginia where we have a Busch Gardens theme park. My backpack finally fell apart last year and I need a new one. Love the Adidas one strap one that you have. May look for something similar. On a side note, I’m currently shopping for new phones. What type of phone do you have? I’m stressing between Android and IPhone. Thanks and I hope you have a wonderful trip.

  • nichole April 18, 2012, 8:45 pm

    That’s a great list! I love the idea of carrying the children’s fingerprints with you. We’re at Dollywood this week. I’m not sure about Disney, but here they’ll fill your water bottle for free at all of the food stands. So I’ve packed those little single-serving lemonade and juice packets to flavor the water.

  • Jeannie Rissman April 19, 2012, 4:03 pm


    I love this feature on what to pack for Disney. I found it very insightful. Also, I took your advice a few trips ago and purchased my lanyard with some “Disney pin bling” for the season passes and card keys. The only downfall was that my 2 year old wanted to wear it the whole time!

  • Karen May 3, 2012, 12:06 am

    What type of backpack is that? Couldn’t find one similar to it at Super Walmart. Perhaps I could find one in an athletic store (Academy or Dicks?). We have season passes to Sea World and that looks like just what I need for our frequent trips there.

  • diane June 17, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Now that disney is teaming up with vera bradley i have to get my hands on one of those backpacks!!! They.come out fall 2013 and we are going in november so its perfect. Im also going to get my boys, ages 7 & 9, there own Disney fanny packs so they.can carry their own cameras, snack, etc. at least thats the plan but somehow mom always ends up carrying everything anyway! LolLol

    • admin June 27, 2013, 10:09 pm

      I love Vera Bradley bags and can totally see that as a great excuse to make the leap =) Thanks for commenting Diane!

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  • Jemma May 5, 2015, 12:37 am

    Hi my name is jemma I am a mother of three and I’m wondering if my family can go on water rides in winter , is it possible?

  • kaitlyn May 16, 2015, 8:17 pm

    what type of snacks would you recommend for teens and kids with braces

    • RoseViolet August 16, 2015, 5:39 pm

      Hello, Kaitlyn, I would buy whatever is on sale, the kids like and won’t melt/make a mess in the Florida heat. I’ve packed a ziplock bag full of snacks-one for each day at the park. It makes it quick to be ready the next day. I’ve packed slim jims, gold fish, fruit roll ups (ones from Trader Joe’s are great!). I then can use the empty ziplock back for trinkets or wet clothing at the end of the day.

  • RoseViolet August 16, 2015, 8:19 am

    Great advice but like to add to it. 1. Get a clear back pack. The security guards love you for it and gets you through much faster. 2. NO Umbrella-too dangerous in Disney. Buy dollar store ponchos and one good poncho that can double as seating during parades. 3. If going multiple days, pre-make separate zip lock bags for snacks for each day of the park. That way each night you just need to grab that days snack bag and put in backpack. 4. If staying on property, put a little label on your cell/mobile/camera stating which hotel you are staying with initials or last name. (Don’t give room # for security reasons). This way if it is lost there is a much better chance of you getting it back.

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