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10 Things You Don’t Need to Pack for Your Trip to Walt Disney World

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We’ve written a lot about things you might need to pack for your Walt Disney World vacation. To simplify things even further, here are ten things that you might be tempted to pack, but can reliably be left at home. (More room for souvenirs, right?)

Basic toiletries are available in your WDW hotel room. No need to bring your own.
  • Large amounts of cash: While you do want to have a small amount of cash on hand for tipping, there’s no need to bring large amounts of cash with you on your trip. Virtually every restaurant and food kiosk takes credit/debit cards, Disney gift cards, and/or MagicBands as payment. Unless you have a huge amount of luggage or you’re using the automobile valet service every day [currently on pause during the pandemic], it’s likely that $50 in cash will be more than enough.
  • A hair dryer: There are hair dryers available in all Walt Disney World hotel rooms.
  • An iron: Before you start with the “who the heck irons clothes on vacation” talk, remember that there are business events and conferences that take place in and around Walt Disney World. Additionally, some folks like to wear dressy clothes for meals at signature restaurants. Regardless of your reason for wanting to neaten up, there are irons and ironing boards available in all Disney World hotel rooms. If you’re not in the mood to iron yourself, there is a dry cleaning and pressing service available at the resorts.
  • Shampoo and conditioner: H2O brand shampoo and conditioner are available in Disney World hotel rooms, as is bar-style hand soap. Body lotion is available in the moderate and deluxe resorts.
  • Towels: There are towels in your hotel room and by the pool at your resort. You might want to buy a beach towel as a souvenir, but there’s no need to bring one to use while you sunbathe or swim.
  • Adult costumes: Disney World prohibits costumes in the parks worn by guests over the age of 13. There are some exceptions to this, notably Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, but the Halloween Party has been cancelled for 2020, so there’s no need for any adult costumes.
  • Clothing with “adult” sayings or graphics: The Disney parks prohibit the wearing of clothing with obscene language or images.
  • New shoes: I get the temptation to splurge on new outfits for vacation, but leave the new shoes for a different trip. A typical Disney vacation involves 7-10 miles of walking each day. Make sure that whatever you put on your feet for the trek is already vetted for comfort and fit.
  • Marijuana and related substances: Disney prohibits all forms of marijuana at the parks and resorts, including medically prescribed marijuana and marijuana obtained in a state where it is legally sold. There have even been kerfuffles related to guests bringing CBD oil into the parks. Leave the pot at home.
  • Drone-style cameras: All drones are prohibited at the Disney parks and resorts. We’d love to take aerial photos in the parks, but that’s a big no-no. And while we’re on the subject of photography, you can leave the selfie stick at home too. Those are also prohibited at Disney World.

Do you have any questions about packing for your Disney World vacation? Let us know!

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Erin Foster

Erin Foster is an original member of the Walt Disney World Moms Panel (now PlanDisney), a regular contributor to TouringPlans.com, and co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise Line. She's been to WDW, DL, DL Paris, Hong Kong Disneyland, Aulani, DVC Vero Beach, and DVC Hilton Head. She's a Platinum DCL cruiser and veteran of 10 Adventures by Disney trips. Erin lives near New York City, where she can often be found indulging in her other obsession - Broadway theater.

3 thoughts on “10 Things You Don’t Need to Pack for Your Trip to Walt Disney World

  • If you’re plus-sized like me, I would consider bringing your own bath towel. The ones in the hotel rooms are alright, but you can find ones more comfortable for you for pretty cheap. Also, if you are planning on going to a lot of table service restaurants and want to tip with cash, $50 will definitely not be enough. However, I would recommend loading a gift card and using that to tip instead.

  • I would like to second the recommendation not to bring new shoes to wear at Disney World. One year I brought my trusty old running shoes, but while we were visiting family in FL before heading to WDW, the sole separated from the shoe so I had to get a brand new pair. Running shoes are something I always want to be super careful about, but the store I visited didn’t have my go-to brand so I did the best I could in selecting a new pair.

    Fast forward to the last day of our 6-day WDW trip, and my knee basically gave up at the airport. At least I got the full vacation in, but I was out of commission for about 8 weeks afterward.

  • For years I have packed special band aids for blisters and no one in the family ever needed them. Our last trip was pretty spontaneous and we packed quickly/light but I still threw them in the bag at the last minute. On our last park day, my daughter proclaimed “I have a blister” and I swooped in and saved the day! (Finally). 🙂


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