14 Disney Essentials to Buy BEFORE You Go To Disney

Going to Disney World on vacation takes a lot of planning. One of our goals for this blog is to help make that planning simpler and less stressful! To that end, today we have a list of items that we think you should consider buying before you get on the plane or load up the car.

Purchasing these items prior to going to Disney World will help save you money and give you peace of mind throughout your days at Disney!

14 Disney Essentials to Buy BEFORE You Go To Disney

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1. Sunscreen

Definitely buy sunscreen before you go to Disney. Sunscreen on site will be very, very expensive compared to what you can get at your local Target, Walmart, or Dollar store. We like the stick style sunscreen for faces and the spray for everywhere else!

2. Hat/Sunglasses

The sun in Florida can be brutal, especially in the summer months. For sure bring sunglasses and/or a hat. You may want to consider purchasing an inexpensive, yet cute pair of sunglasses to bring on your trip.

You won’t worry about losing your expensive pair of Ray Bans (click here to find out how many pairs of sunglasses are lost each day in Disney!) and you will be able to enjoy your trip a bit more!

3. BandAids

BandAids are easy to throw into your day pack or fanny pack and can bring much needed relief in case of a blister or other mishap. Be sure to pack Disney themed band aids!

4. Hand Sanitizer

Disney is upping the hand sanitizer throughout the park but it never hurts to have some extra on hand. Pick up a couple small travel hand sanitizers to stash in at least one person’s bag.

You may want to consider the sanitizing wipes, as you will be able to use those to wipe down a picnic table or bench before you sit down! These also come in handy on airplanes and in your hotel room.

5. Poncho

We definitely recommend buying a cheap poncho from Amazon or the dollar store or even a Disney one from Amazon (we promise even those are cheaper than at Disney!) and throwing it in your bag. Orlando is known for quick but strong afternoon showers, and a poncho can help you plow through to the next attraction without having to find cover!

Just think – while everyone else is waiting for the rain to pass, you are DOING DISNEY!

6. Snacks

Did you know you can bring snacks into Disney? It is one of our money saving tips! Bring some snacks in your suitcase and throw a couple in each day and you will be able to save some money throughout your vacation.

Snacks are also helpful if you had a long day at the parks and you are wanting something to munch on before bed. Granola bars, fruit snacks, microwave popcorn, trail mix and cliff bars are great options. Keep in mind – anything you bring with you to the park might melt, so stay away from trail mix and other chocolate in your day bag. (But for sure have some chocolate in the hotel for later!)

7. Water Bottle (if not getting the dining plan)

If you are not getting the Disney Dining Plan you want to consider bringing a water bottle in with you to the park. You do not want your day to be derailed by dehydration and you can get your water bottle filled at quick service place! (This is another one of our money saving tips!)

8. Autograph Book

A Disney autograph book is something you want to buy before you get to the park if you have little kids. You do NOT want your kid begging you for an autograph book while at the Magic Kingdom where you will be paying 3x as much as you will via Amazon.

If you forget this, it may be something you want to splurge on, but if you can purchase this book ahead of time you’ll be happy you did.

9. Disney Costume

This is also something to consider purchasing before you go to Disney if you have toddlers and elementary kids. Disney costumes are super fun to wear in the park – but parents will only be happy about if they paid a reasonable amount for them. You can justify the cost of this by telling your child that this is their halloween costume, too!

We love these Disney costumes from Amazon!

10. Disney apparel

We love Disney apparel. We love it so much, we have many posts dedicated to this topic – clothes for kids, adults, teens, and family! However, we ONLY buy Disney apparel before going to Disney.

Our favorite thing to do is purchase Disney t-shirts for the kids from Amazon, Target, or the Disney Store clearance section, sneak the clothes into the kids’ suitcases, and when we arrive at our hotel and the kids open their bags they see brand new Disney clothes! Katie’s daughter was convinced for a long time that Disney Magic put the shirts in her bag!

You can find some of our favorite Disney apparel on this Disney clothes for teens and tweens, Disney graphic tees, Disney leggings and some of our favorite Disney family shirts!

11. Light up toys/Glow sticks

Glow sticks and glow toys are a great find on Amazon! These are easy to pack in your suitcase or backpack and pull out for the evening fireworks or just for having in the hotel room. A fun way to add some magic to your trip on the cheap!

12. Mickey + Minnie Ears

You have to have Mickey and Minnie ears when you go to Disney – but you don’t have to pay an astronomical price for them! Look for a pack of ears on Amazon and buy them – you will have extra and you won’t feel bad if they get lost or ruined.

Let the kids have fun! Jen bought a whole pack of ears and handed them out to everyone at the airport and we wore them all week long!

Find more Mickey Ears here!

13. ID Tattoos

Keep your kids safe and have some peace of mind with ID Tattoos! These are perfect if you have small kids that don’t know their parents phone number. Disney is a pretty safe place but it is very busy, and these ID tattoos will be fun for the kids to wear!

14. Small, foldable blanket

Great for parades or taking a break! This Matdor is perfect for Disney! If you have smaller kids and anticipate extra sitting you may want to consider a blanket like this. It is especially great if you have a stroller you can throw it in!

Purchasing these items before you leave on your trip will save you money and stress. We hope this helps you as you make your packing list for what to bring on your trip!

While we do think its a good idea to bring snacks into the park, it is helpful to know which snacks you would like to purchase before you get to Disney. Be sure to check out this post with the most popular snacks in each park so you don’t get overwhelmed once you are there!

About disneywithdavesdaughters

Dave and his daughters have been going to Disney for 30+ years, all on a teacher's budget . They love helping families have the most magical Disney vacation ever by sharing all their expert family secrets. Feel free to send them a message or follow along on Instagram!

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14 Things to Buy Before Your Disney Vacation