We have traveled to WDW several times over the years, we started traveling when my boys were very little. Now they are not so little anymore, they are in high school and college. Our love for the Disney parks hasn’t changed at all, but what we take in the park has. Now, I understand if you have babies or young children you will have to take in everything you need for your little one. The tips on this blog post are for families with older children and adults. The parks will get hot, you will walk many miles each day and it rains often in Florida. So having said that, here are the top three things I would NEVER take or wear into the park ever again….
- Bottled Water – You can stop at any quick service restaurant and some food kiosks at any of the Disney parks and get free cups of water. Unless you are adverse to drinking tap water or the water that Disney serves, don’t bother bringing water bottles. Nothing will weigh you down more than heavy water bottles. We have never been turned away when asking for water at Disney, the cast members are always more than happy to supply us with complimentary water even if we are not buying food at that moment. Water bottles are too heavy, leave them at home or in your resort/hotel room.
- Large Bag or Back Pack – Bless his heart, my poor husband has toted a heavy back pack throughout the Disney parks many times over the years. He actually doesn’t mind so much carrying a backpack, but I’m not a fan. It’s much too hot and heavy to haul all day long. If you must take a backpack, be very careful what you pack in the bag. (NO water bottles!) I have small drawstring bags that my boys can carry on their backs for their phone, passes or wallet. I like to use a small crossbody style purse or small bag. The key is to keep it small and only bring essentials for the day. I will bring a credit card, photo i.d., small travel size sunscreen, travel size antibacterial soap, chapstick and my phone. That’s it. Nice and light.
- New Shoes – Never wear your cute new shoes into the parks. You will be walking ALOT!!! So. much. walking…. You will get hot and you may get wet if it rains or you ride a water ride. I’m sure you don’t want to get your new kicks wet and smelly, PLUS you should wear shoes that are tried and true in terms of comfort. Be kind to your feet and wear your most comfortable shoes that are already broken in. If you must wear your cute new shoes, save them for a fun night out at one of Disney’s great restaurants. But please don’t wear uncomfortable shoes, that’s the best way to wear yourself out and ruin your feet for the rest of your vacation.
There you have it…my top three tips for now! Let me know what you like to take in the park!!!