Here’s the scoop on what to bring to Disneyland – less is more. Lugging heavy large totes will detract from your experience (and kill your shoulders). As for clothing and accessories – if you can’t live without it, don’t bring it. Things fall out or get left behind and spills happen. Comfort is key.
Here are the essentials –
1. Smart Phone
A fully charged smart phone is essential. Be sure to include:
- The Disneyland App – fully installed and registered to your Disneyland account.
- A portable phone charger with cord (the app and photos will drain your battery).
- A spill proof case (some rides are wet and drinks are accident prone…).
- A secure storage place (like a zipper pocket). Don’t let a dropped/lost phone ruin your day!
You will get messy, sweaty and rumpled. Leave fancy duds at home. Some clothing guidelines:
- Closed-toed shoes with arch support are critical. You can walk 8+ miles in one day at Disneyland. Strollers have a tendency to run over feet accidentally. Keep supported and covered.
- Dress in comfortable layers. California may be warm during the day, but it can get chilly at night.
- Optional: A hat is great for sun – but be sure to take it off during rides.
- Optional: A rain poncho/jacket if rain is forecasted OR you like wet rides (Splash Mountain or Grizzly Run). Umbrellas are cumbersome in crowds.
Here’s some accessories to take along:
- Sunscreen – a small carry bottle is perfect.
- Credit card(s) – kept in a secure place.
- Driver’s license – IDs are asked for when making credit card purchases or using your ticket/annual pass.
- Cash – CHASE ATMs are everywhere, but fees are charged if you’re not a CHASE bank customer.
- Plastic water bottle – water fountains are plentiful. Keep hydrated.
Large backpacks, heavy purses and stuffed tote bags are bad ideas. You will be lugging them for hours – they will tire you out. If you have to bring large heavy items, get a rental locker. Here are essential storage options:
- Small purse or wallet – something you can keep close and secure on rides.
- A small backpack is another option. Just remember you’ll be waiting in lines – backpacks can accidentally hit people behind you.
- An expandable tote bag is handy to consolidate purchases as the day goes on.
- Optional: A neck lanyard for your ticket/annual pass, fast passes, parking tickets, etc. (you can buy ahead at shopdisney.com or Amazon. Get one least 3.5″ high and 4″ wide.)
Some additional things to bring:
- Bring smart phone entertainment. You can be waiting an hour or more for a parade or event. Have games (we like “Heads Up”), movies and/or audiobooks on your smart phone to help pass the time. Don’t forget headphones!
- Have a tentative schedule. Keep a list of ‘must dos’ to help you stay focused.
- Phones lose battery life, break or get lost. Have a strategy in place on what to do if you get separated from the rest of your party and they are unreachable by phone.
- Bring medical insurance cards and emergency contact information. Better safe than sorry.