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Taking two toddlers to Walt Disney World requires a lot of planning. Not only is there a lot of planning before the actual trip: which parks to go to, schedules for the day, what adorable outfits the tiny humans will wear, where to eat… But you need to be prepared for the long day in the park. There are some things that are absolute necessities for a day in a Disney Park with a toddler and then there are some things that may differ, depending on your kid. What, your four year old doesn’t still use a paci?
So I’ve compiled a list of what we consider absolute necessities for a day in the most magical place on earth.
Here’s what we will definitely bring everyday:
With all of these things in a smaller back pack, it’s pretty tight. So we bring a second back pack and unload a lot of things to the stroller storage pockets once were inside the park.
Sunblock. I try to be diligent about putting sunblock on the kids. They typically don’t complain too much, but I like the stick for easy application on their faces and to do quick touch ups on shoulders and noses during the day.
Friction Block Stick. We bring this every year, I like to put it on the spots that I’m prone to blisters and I always swipe it on the kids ankles, heels, or anywhere a sandal strap may rub.
Band-Aids and Neosporin. Disney themed Band-Aids are obviously a must. Target has so many options. And I like the spray Neosporin for skinned knees.
Boogie Wipes. In case there are any crusty noses, I pack a few individual sized packages of boogie wipes.
Lip Balm with SPF. I use it on myself and the tiny humans–if they’ll let me.
Band-Aids for Blisters. In case the friction block doesn’t work, I always have blister Band-Aids. Mole skin works great for this too.
Bibs. Emmy is bascially a disaster whenever she eats. I have these cute princess disposable bibs left over from our last trip. These minnie ones are adorable too.
Wet/Dry Bag. I love how huge our Wet/Dry bag is. I have two of this Disney line from Bumkins and they are the best. The inside pocket is large and perfect for putting wet or messy outfits in. It also has an outside pocket to keep the dry items separate from the soiled ones. It’s the perfect size to for a folded up a changing pad, a few diapers, and wipes. Similar Minnie wet bag here and Belle wet bag here.
Extra Outfits. I will probably end up bringing two for Emaline, and then a pair of shorts and 2-3 extra underpants for Elijah, since he sometimes waits til the very last second to tell us he has to pee and his underpants get a little wet.
Tide To Go Pen. (see above about Emmy being a disaster…) Since I don’t want to bring several spare outfits for each kid, I like to spot treat smaller stains.
Wipes. Obviously. Wipes are good for basically everything.
Spray Hand Sanitizer. The spray part is just a personal preference, but the sanitizer is absolutely necessary. With all the people and the toddlers touching everything, I don’t even want to think about all of the germs.
Snacks. We bring a lot of snacks into the park, just in case. Some days we will eat lunch in the park, and some days we will have a big lunch and then try to eat a smaller, later dinner. I like to have some of my kids favorite snacks and some healthier snacks ready.
Reusable Snack Bags. I try to be conscious of the amount of trash we throw away, and I love these Reusable bags (c/o Augie & Lola)–see below for why I love these bags. I’ll also bring a couple reusable containers, sandwich sized ones for our pb&js and some smaller ones for soft fruit. No matter what, it’s hectic loading and unloading from the shuttle buses and I like not having to worry about my sandwiches being smushed.
Granola Bars. I bring these with the adults in mind, but my kids end up wanting one whenever they see mama and daddy eating them.
Ears. I mostly bring the ears for myself, but maybe, just maybe Emmy will keep them on for part of a day. It’s part of the magic to wear Mickey and Minnie ears.
Retractable Sharpie & Autograph Book. This is the first year we are going to be collecting autographs. The kids might not be into it, and if that’s the case, then we won’t push it. But the Retractable Sharpies are the best for handing to the characters and not worrying about losing the cap. The autograph book is missing from this photo, which I didn’t realize until I was working on this post. I think a tiny human walked off with it.
Rain Ponchos. I buy two packs at the Dollar Store. I pack one per person in our park back packs, but I bought 6 packages at the Dollar Store, just in case we have a really rainy few days there. You can buy them in the parks, but they cost significantly more than .50 a piece.
Pacis For Each Toddler. I’m being optimistic that my toddlers will nap in the stroller while in the parks. They probably won’t. I like to have pacis handy in case someone gets really upset or scared or overwhelmed.
Blanket For Naps. Emaline likes to have her cozy for nap time. This swaddle blanket from Swaddle Designs has a sweet Minnie print. Blankets are useful for keeping the sun off toddlers in the stroller and saving “seats” waiting for the parades, too.
Let me tell you why I love reusable snack bags, and especially love these reusable snack bags that Augie & Lola sent us.
Not only are they generously sized to hold a lot of snacks, but they won’t rip like plastic baggies do. Eli can easily open and close them, but Emmy needs some help. They’re washable–I bring Bronner’s Castile Soap with us and I wash things in the sink each night.
How cute are these designs for Disney? The seven dwarves just makes me smile. Emmy prefers this one, because she loves Snow White. Check out all the adorable designs that Augie & Lola offers, the little boy avengers one is sort of perfect for our life too.
Backpack. Choose one that isn’t too large. For us, we bring two. That way neither one is too heavy. This one is from the park a couple years ago, but this Mickey Mouse one is super cute and the same size and this LeSportSac Mickey backpack is on my wishlist.
Sunglasses. I bring a pair for each of us. RJ and Eli also wear baseball hats most days.
Small, Lightweight Toys. Disney themed toys, obviously. Both my toddlers play really well with “guys” and cars. Eli received this World of Disney Eye Found it Travel game from his Uncle Brad for Christmas and I immediately thought it would be perfect to play in the park while taking a break on bench or waiting in line.
Crayons, Activity Books, Stickers. For waiting at restaurants for a meal or at a show.
Glow Sticks for Parades. I stock up on glow sticks in hopes that the tiny humans will be happy with the dollar store version instead of begging for the huge ones on the carts that come out at night. Probably not though.
Expensive Light-Up Toy You Bought Last Time You Were in WDW. We have two such light-up toys. Because we left it in the hotel room the second night. I don’t think we will carry them around all day, but on the days we go back to the hotel to rest up before a late night in the park, we will grab them.
A few things that I didn’t include in the picture:
A small purse for me. My LeSportSac is the perfect size and holds the necessities. It’s nice to stick that in a backpack and then when we’re going on a ride and maybe don’t want to bring the whole backpack, I have all my valuables in it.
Hoodies. For early mornings and night time, we always bring hoodies.
Water bottles for adults. This red s’well one would coordinate with my Minnie ears nicely…not like I’m the kind of person who would do that…
Magic Bands. You don’t really “pack” these in the back pack, because you wear them.
Phew, now that was a long list, right? I like to be prepared, in case you couldn’t tell. I’m sure I left something off. And I’m sure that we will inevitably forget some things each day. Or break down and buy our kids an obnoxious and expensive light-up toy. But, thats life with toddlers.
Did I forget something that is absolutely, can’t live without, necessary? Let me know in the comments!