I am SO excited to share today’s post — it’s a handy Disney packing list for toddlers and was so fun to pull together! Despite our best efforts to seek work/life balance, the Branns have yet to take a real family vacation since Arya’s been on the planet. So as a way to start new traditions and cap off the summer, we’ve decided to take a trip down to Disney World this week! I spent a large part of my childhood growing up in Orlando and Disney was just a way of life so I really wanted to create those same traditions with Arya. Plus, at 18 months old she’s so precocious and energetic — she’s going to LOVE all of the fun and magic that Disney has to offer. I can’t wait to see the parks through her eyes! But first things first, see below for my Disney packing list (much of which was recommended by YOU!):
Top 10 Disney World Essentials:
- Anti Lost Wrist Link: I posted an Insta story about getting this, and SO many of you reached out saying that you were going to try one too! Essentially, it’s a wrist to wrist tether that allows you to keep a close eye on your toddler, while also giving them a small taste of the independence they crave. Arya LOVES this thing — definitely a recommendation for anytime you’d like to let your toddler practice walking right alongside you.
- Travel First Aid Kit: When you have a baby, bandaids are the furthest thing from your mind. When you have a toddler, you carry them in your purse because scraped knees are inevitable! I liked this travel first aid kit because it comes in a resealable pouch with over 100 pieces. It’s lightweight and portable enough to throw into both a carry on as well as a backpack. Great buy!
- WeeSprout Reusable Food Pouches: Great replacement for the single, store-bought food pouches! These bad boys are reusable, eco-friendly and can store anything from applesauce to yogurt to oatmeal. Literally fill it with things you already have on hand in the fridge for a cool healthy snack that your toddler doesn’t need any help eating!
- O2Cool Stroller Fan: The breeze on this portable fan is AMAZING. Like, hard to believe its battery operated, might just steal it from the stroller for myself kind of amazing. Two speeds, durable and easy to clip anywhere.
- Baby Gap Disney Tees: Confession! I really just don’t enjoy most character clothing out there. It’s all either too pink or too sparkly or too character-y lol If you’re like me, you’ll appreciate Baby Gap’s partnership with Disney. SO many cute options that feature Disney characters without going overboard. I can’t wait to snap some pics of Arya in her grey neutral Minnie tee!
- Doodle Pro Trip: Arya is super into coloring and drawing at the moment, but crayons are SO risky to travel with! She’ll actually sit and interact with her Doodle Pro Trip for solid amounts of time and it’s lightweight enough to throw into the side of a bag or under a stroller. Clutch for heading off any meltdowns at the pass!
- Cool Microfiber Towel: Ok — this one was something I stumbled upon by accident. But being from FL, I know how miserable it can be when you’re stuck under the Disney sun for hours. This cooling towel promises magic — just drench it in water, wring out the excess, snap it and it stays cold for up to 3 hours. I’m looking forward to dabbing this on our necks and faces when the humidity gets the best of us. Plus it’s reusable and eco-friendly!
- Disposable Ponchos: SO much cheaper than buying them in the parks. It’s Florida — in the summer. It is going to rain. Accept it, buy the $3 ponchos from Amazon and keep it moving!
- Stickers: This recommendation came from one of my mom friends who’s been taking her babe to Disney she was brand new! Toddlers do many things well, but waiting in line isn’t one of them. There’s bound to be at least some time spent waiting around so occupying them with stickers is genius!
- UppaBaby Cruz: I polled and tons of you weighed in! When it comes to bringing a lightweight travel stroller vs a full size to Disney, the full size definitely wins at this age group. The ease of use, storage, and nap time functionality were some of the main reasons you all recommended bringing our Cruz for our Disney trip. I’m sure it may be annoying the two times we’ll need to get it through the airport but I am feeling much less stressed knowing that we will have everything we need. Tip: Use something unique to make your stroller, so it doesn’t blend in with the many others that are bound to be in the parks each day.
- Collapsable Cooler Bag: Quite literally your old school, insulated lunch bag from 3rd grade. No need to get fancy, and easy to pack in a carry-on until you actually need to fill it with items before heading to the parks for the day! Tip: You’re allowed to bring cooler packed lunches in, no questions asked!
- Amazon Swimsuits: Yup. Swimsuits blindly ordered from Amazon via 2 day shipping are my new favorite thing. Who has time to actually swimsuit shop? Trust the process, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find pretty decent quality suits for under $30. I got this one, this one and this one!
- Flexible Stroller Lock: While it’s likely unnecessary to use these while on rides (Disney attendants do a great job of manning and organizing stroller parking) tons of you suggested we bring a lock for the strollers for the other times we might need to leave it outside before going into not-so-stroller-friendly locations. It doesn’t hurt to have some peace of mind!
- Target Toddler Swimwear: Arya has the adorable “Minnie” inspired halter one piece below, but Target is great for all kinds of cheap suits for the littles! We also brought this geo print rash guard with us, to offer a little more coverage on those sunny Florida pool days!
- Scheduling & Planning: Aside from personal recommendations from other families and friends, I also fell across some great sites that specialize in Disney trips with toddlers! My favorite for deciding what rides and parks to tackle is Disney by Age. This site breaks down each park and offers suggestions of how to schedule your day based on the age(s) of your group. I also spent a little time perusing Mouse Savers for insider info on discounts and deals. And I now have a bit of an obsession with the Disney World App, so definitely download that before you go. It’s got everything you need to know about your specific trip and each park, at your fingertips. Wait times, maps, attractions info, park openings/closings, character locations, dining reservations, the list goes on!
So there you have it — my first attempt at a Disney packing list! I’m sure it’ll evolve as Arya gets older, and as we spend more time vacationing as a family and learning new hacks. After this trip, I’ll make sure to update with a recap on what worked the best. In addition to the list above, we also packed our camera so I’ll definitely be snapping lots of pics along the way. Expect an overload of Instagram stories this next week, and feel free to DM (@rowilliamsbrann) if you’ve got any secret Disney tips to share that we might have missed!