Do not pack your bags for Disney without this ultimate packing list

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Packing Disney extras for the kids should be a priority

If you have children under the age of 12, then feel free to follow along on this one. If not, go ahead and hit the next button. My wife and I have been going to Disney since our kids were fairly young. Our oldest is now 11, our middle child is nine and our youngest is three. Our first trip together was in 2018 and we didn't even have our youngest yet. In fact, she was barely even thought of at that time. Our oldest however was six and our middle son was four. Lucky for us we are a very tall family so our four-year-old was able to go on anything that was 40" or less. Click here for a list of height requirements.

When you have a six and a four-year-old, a stroller is very important. You can pack one to save money, or you can rent one. Personally, we have always used Kingdom Strollers. The process is very simple and the small additional cost was worth not having to deal with a stroller at two airports — let alone finding room in our car. This is also true of car seats. If you are renting a car, I'd recommend paying to have the car seats included. You can take a shuttle bus too and you won't need to bring them with you either. Including them with your private transportation is also an option.

I will exclude both a car seat(s) and a stroller from our packing list, but please make the best decision for your family. Here are some essentials that you will need though. Just like all lists, not everything will apply to each family and what they consider a necessity. Remember that you can bring snacks into the parks for the little ones.

Here is an itemized list of what you might need for your children:

  • Safety Tattoos or Bands (Check Etsy for custom options)
  • Autograph Books (or other cool options like water bottles, ornaments, etc.)
  • Click Sharpie Markers or Chalk Pens (for the autographs)
  • Pool Toys
  • Goggles
  • Beach Towels (If you don't like smaller resort towels)
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Snacks (Goldfish, Granola Bars, Apple Slices, Bananas, fruit snacks, etc.)
  • Kleenex / Tissue
  • Games for resort days
  • Tablets for downtime
  • Paper/Coloring Books/Activity Books (For Plane and Downtime)
  • Colored Pencils or Crayons