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Theme parks are incredible but they can get pretty expensive. There are certain things to buy before you to Disney World that can help you cut your costs.  Most of these things you can get in Disney World, but like all things in a theme park the price is quite a bit more than what you would pay at home. Disney World allows you to bring a backpack into the park. This means you can load up on your essentials for the day and make sure you have them. Many of these we brought in with us every day.  Here are 16 things to buy before going to Disney World.

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This is a must. If you aren’t from down south (and you can tell I’m not because I just said down south) then you will need sunscreen. We got the spray on stuff that dried super quick. It was worth the extra cost for it. Plus to spray your kids quickly in the morning will save you time getting out the door.

Tip: If you aren’t used to the stronger sun cloudy days can still burn you pretty bad. Don’t make the same mistake I did.

Cooling Towels

These were in big demand at the parks. In fact they were pretty hard to find. We got ours before leaving and they were a godsend in the summer heat. All you need is some water and these towels provide some very nice, much needed cooling. Don’t leave home without them.

Mouse Ears

These were in big demand at the parks. Our kids weren’t keen on the idea until they saw other kids everywhere with them. So they immediately wanted some. Luckily we anticipated and bought some for them before we left home. Otherwise we would have paid a hefty premium inside the park.

Autograph books and Sharpie

I was shocked at how my kids wanted every characters autograph, we would ask them over and over before leaving if they were interested and it was always met with a “Nah, not really.”

Luckily my wife picked up some autograph books before we left otherwise we would have paid an extra 400% on these inside the park.

Make sure to have a few sharpies too. The characters don’t have pens with them so you will need something and it’s better to have a thicker pen so it’s easier for them to grab. A normal sharpie will do.


Disney almost rains the same all the time in the summer 15 minutes of pouring and then you are good to go again. Having some disposable ponchos is a good idea. We ended up using ours every other day. Grab some here.

Waterproof Case

If the rain doesn’t get you rides like Kali River Rapids and Splash Mountain are bound to get you wet. I got absolutely soaked on Kali, much to the delight of my family. Luckily we had all of our electronic items in a waterproof bag or that ride would have cost us two iPhones. (As the pack mule of the family I was blessed to carry around the backpack all day). You could also use ziplock bags as a frugal choice!

Glow Sticks

If you plan on being around in the evenings for the fireworks, and you should because they will give you goosebumps. Then make sure to bring some glow sticks with you for the kids to enjoy at the park. It’s way better

Disney T-shirts

Once you get into Disney you will be amazed at how you are the only one not wearing something related to the Disney empire. At first it didn’t bother me but the longer we went the more I wanted some type of keepsake shirt. If you are looking to buy a shirt before leaving here’s some of the newer ones

Battery Pack Charger

Between optimizing your fast passes to taking amazing pictures throughout your trip you will be using your phone a lot more than you would expect. Don’t get caught with a dead phone half way through your day. Grab a portable battery charger and make sure you don’t miss any amazing picture moments.

Water Bottles

You can get a small glass of water for free anywhere in the park, but I found that it was easier to have an empty water bottle to bring with me. Also a Contigo water bottle has the advantage of keeping your water cool through out the day which is important when it’s 90 degrees.

Hand Sanitizer

If you are not a big fan of germs in public places (i mean hey who is?) or if you have allergies like I do and just need to wipe a table down before you eat somewhere it’s a good idea to pack some hand sanitizer with you.

Wipes and Kleenex

Along with the hand sanitizer if you don’t like the idea of eating on tables with those germs you can easily grab some lysol wipes and give the table a wipe down before you eat. If you have a nut allergy this would be a must bring in my book. You can get travel packs here.


When you are in Disney you will be inundated with items to buy and souvenirs to take home from your trip. Many of the items you can find online afterwards at a better price. It may seem a little weird buying things before you go on your trip but it’s an easy way to save money. If you are wanting to upgrade your magic band to something a little more stylish, it can be cheaper to do it before you go.

Pins and Lanyard

Disney big thing for the kids is pin trading and collecting. They have starter packs but each pin costs around $8.99 to start and go higher. Off site you can get much better deals but if you can stock up before you leave that is probably your best bet. It’s a lot of fun to watch the kids trade and it’s a really good way to have shy kids break out of their shell and talk with other people. I wish I had known about this before we got to the park.


There you have it. That’s the list of things to buy before going to Disney World.  I carried around many of these items in our back pack everyday at the park. It was definitely worth it.

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Cooling Towels
  3. Mouse Ears
  4. Autograph books
  5. Sharpie
  6. Ponchos
  7. Waterproof Case
  8. Glow Sticks
  9. Disney T-shirts
  10. Battery Pack Charger
  11. Water Bottles
  12. Hand Sanitizer
  13. Wipes and Kleenex
  14. Memorabilia
  15. Pins  
  16. Lanyard

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