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Top 10 items to pack for a holiday to save money at Walt Disney World

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September 14, 2017

There is no doubt that a holiday to Walt Disney World is magical, but it can get expensive very quickly if you are not careful.

One of the things that I was worried about was what to take with us so I did a bit of research before tackling the packing list.

Last year we upgraded our suitcases as our old ones were a wedding gift and after 12 years of use had taken a bit of a battering and were literally falling apart. The kids have Trunki suitcases and whilst they are great for our weekend breaks, they just were not big enough for our Florida break and I wanted a special suitcase with a Disney theme for our reveal.

Mickey Case Samonite
Samsonite came to my rescue with their Mickey College Collection and their Mickey Cabin Case measuring just 23x36x49cm was perfect for the job.

Mickey Case Samonite
The kids were super-proud walking through the airport with their Mickey suitcase in tow and along with our other suitcases we had plenty of room and were well within our weight limit.

Mickey Case Samonite
I was also very conscious that the kids would want Disney clothing to wear when we were away, so instead of buying expensive clothing at Disney we raided Primark for Disney themed t-shirts before we went which saved a fortune.

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So what items to you actually need for a holiday to Walt Disney World?

1. Two pairs of Comfortable Shoes per person
Two pairs of comfortable shoes sounds extreme but it is a must, particularly if you get caught in one of Florida’s epic rainstorms as you can leave one pair to dry in your room and wear another. Make sure you wear them in before you go as there is nothing worse than getting a blister and you will find yourself walking miles. According to my iWatch we averaged 20,000 steps and 19km per day.

2. Waterproof Rain Poncho
Whilst the weather was mostly high temperatures and beautiful sunshine, we did see rain every afternoon and when it rains in Florida, it is not a light shower. It is far too hot for raincoats so all you need is a lightweight rain poncho that can be thrown over you and your backpack. They are available in all Disney parks but at $10 each it is far cheaper to buy them before you go.

Rain Mac
3. Portable Power Bank
If you are the owner of a smart phone, downloading the ‘My Disney Experience App’ is a must as you can reserve FastPass+ tickets, make dining reservations, see ride times and view any Photopass pictures. However, having the app open as well as taking photo’s and videos of the day will drain your battery faster than normal, so having a portable power bank with you is vital.

4. UV Sun Suits / Rash Vest / Sun Cream
The average temperature in Florida during our visit was 34°C and whilst most of the queues are shaded, you will spend a lot of time in the sun. If you are visiting the Disney Resort then trying out the waterparks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon then a UV top / suit is a must have. It does get very hot and despite slathering on bucket loads of sun cream, we all got a bit too much sun, so wearing a rash vest or UV suit will help protect you from those harmful rays.

Typhoon Lagoon
5. Autograph Book
The highlight of any visit to Walt Disney World is meeting the characters and as well as the photo’s the kids all wanted their autographs too. You will save a fortune if you buy a plain notebook before you go.

Joy and Sadness
6. Empty Drinks Bottles
Walking around Walt Disney World is thirsty work but you can save money on buying drinks by taking empty drinks bottles and topping them up at the numerous free water fountains. Most of the ones we found were even chilled too.

7. Mist Spray Water Water Fan
I spied the kids looking wistfully at these whenever we saw them being sold in the park. More than a fan, the Mist Spray Water Water Fan sprays out mist at the same time and is brilliant for cooling off in the heat. They were very popular with all families but particularly those with little ones in buggies and prams.

8. Good sized backpack
You will need a backpack to carry all those daily essentials, some listed above and other standard day out equipment; baby wipes, painkillers, anti-bac spray, first aid kit etc. I also included a couple of carrier bags inside to keep any electrical equipment wrapped up and dry when it rained.

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9. Photocopy of your passport
You have checked in and popped all your travel documents in the safe in your room, so why would you need a photocopy of your passport? Well, despite being us being into our 40’s, if you want to buy an alcoholic drink you need to provide I.D. and a UK Driving Licence is not accepted without a copy of your passport!

10. Dressing Up Outfit
If you have room in your case I would recommend taking your child’s favourite Disney themed dressing up outfit as buying them onsite is an extremely expensive hobby. When Elsa met Eliza in her gown, she chatted at great length with her about it, much to her delight!!

Elsa Walt Disney
Are there any items that are your must have’s for a visit to Disney?
For more money saving tips, head over to see how Extraordinary Chaos saves money on her visits to Disney.

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  1. Reply

    five little doves

    September 14, 2017

    Ooh great advice! I love that mickey mouse backpack, it looks perfect for a trip to Disney! A good rucksack is great for any holday!

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    Nichola - Globalmouse

    September 14, 2017

    Great tips! We have one of those spray fans and they are SO worth it, the perfect way to stay cool!

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    Sarah Bailey

    September 14, 2017

    I would love to make it back to Disney one day, it really is a place of so many happy memories. I love your tips as well I’ll have to keep them in mind.

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    Patrick

    September 14, 2017

    Your list is smart and well thought out which will make anyone’s trip all that more enjoyable…

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    Rebecca

    September 14, 2017

    Looks like you had an amazing holiday! I love the Mickey suitcase.

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    Rhian Westbury

    September 15, 2017

    Great list of items to take, most of these are things you should take regardless of what type of holiday you’re going on x

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    melissa major

    September 15, 2017

    Some brilliant items to take if you’re planing to go to Disneyland! I hope we go one day

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    Amy Deverson

    September 15, 2017

    Comfortable shoes are a must in Disney – there is so much walking to be done! I have visited Disney World Florida four times and the most important item to take is definitely comfy shoes! Its worth taking a fan too for the hot weather and of course an autograph book.

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    kirsty

    September 15, 2017

    I never knew you needed a copy of your passport to buy drinks. I love the idea of buying disney themed clothes from Primark as they have an amazing range. The power bank is must for me, you don’t want to miss any memories because of a low battery x

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    Gareth Torrance

    September 15, 2017

    Sun cream is an absolute must! I went as a kid and got so burnt it was actually pretty stupid.

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    Helen

    September 15, 2017

    Fantastic tips – I like the idea of taking a rain poncho, they’re so much more compact than a rain jacket!

  12. Reply

    Super Busy Mum

    September 15, 2017

    What an amazing list and it looks as though you had such an amazing holiday – I mean – how could you not, it’s DisneyLand!!

  13. Reply

    Sophie's Nursery

    September 15, 2017

    LOVE the Mickey Mouse bag!! Great list, really useful to know 🙂 x

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    Flavour Seeker

    September 15, 2017

    Looks like it was a great holiday! Thanks for sharing these tips, wouylove to go one day!

  15. Reply

    Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    September 15, 2017

    Fantastic tips and all noted down for the future

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    Cass Bailey

    September 16, 2017

    What great tips – I especially love that you bought the Disney clothes before you went x x

  17. Reply

    Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    September 16, 2017

    Great tips and ideas, comfy shoes all round are an absolute must!

  18. Reply

    Katy Stevens

    September 16, 2017

    You’ve got some absolutely LOVELY photos here and some great tips too! I can’t wait to take our daughter in a couple of years.

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    Louise Smith

    September 16, 2017

    Pinning this list for when I eventually manage to save up enough pennies to take the kids to Disney World. I feel like you’ve covered every essential we could possibly need 🙂
    Louise x

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    Anosa

    September 16, 2017

    I would never have thought about an autograph book, what a lovely idea and the bags are totally gorgeous.

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    Jenni

    September 17, 2017

    I always photocopy my passport and important documents, I keep a copy and also email them to my Mum so we have a copy in our emails as well as my Mum having a copy in the UK

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    Louise

    September 17, 2017

    These are such good tips I especially loved the tips about buying the Disney clothes here before going. Also I loved the Mickey Suitcase it just looks fab ????

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    Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    September 18, 2017

    Backpacks and water bottles are essential for any day out! Great ways to save money

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    Chloe Ciliberto

    September 18, 2017

    Definitely bookmarking this page for our up and coming Disney trip. I didn’t know they had an experience app, that’s such a great idea. I absolutely adore the Mickey suitcase too. A great idea for your trip reveal and for travelling. Fab list of tips! x

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    Kate Williams

    September 18, 2017

    Oh I love the tips about getting some Disney themed clothes in advance, I know my kids would want to wear Disney themed Tshirts too!

  26. Reply

    Jo @ Mummy Needs Wine

    September 18, 2017

    I love these tips. They are really useful. I hope it take my boys to Disney World soon

  27. Reply

    Stephanie

    September 18, 2017

    Fantastic list of items to remember to get before. I would love to wear everything Disney!!

  28. Reply

    Tanya

    September 18, 2017

    I recently went to Universal Studios and they have an app too, they are so helpful with keeping up to date with ride waiting times and being able to book fast track. This is a really great list of tips, some things I would never have thought of

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    DJT @ Thinking Thrifty

    September 19, 2017

    Buying the Disney clothes before you went is genius! Great tip on the passport too, I’d never have thought to do that!

  30. Reply

    Yaya

    September 21, 2017

    Great advice! We want to go to Disney World and this list is perfect to get us ready!

  31. Reply

    Ashish Sharma

    October 2, 2017

    Awesome and very useful tips provided here but the idea of carrying that autograph book was amazing and unique seriously.

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