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What to pack on your Disneyland or Walt Disney World vacation this fall

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Despite rising ticket prices, theme parks are back in a major way. If you've booked a fall trip to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you likely need to figure out what to pack on your vacation to the "happiest place on Earth." We've got some great suggestions, including genius theme park essentials (such as foldable water bottles) and deals on Disney-branded fan favorites (think Minnie Mouse ears).

Regular Disney travelers maintain that packing the right items can make or break a trip, and even potentially help you save a lot of money. Comfortable clothing and shoes, your smartphone and a sun-shielding hat might be no-brainers, but there are other, less obvious essentials to throw into your suitcase.

These gadgets, gear and personal-hygiene items will make your trip a lot more safe, fun and enjoyable for you and your kids. And, a bonus? They generally cost a lot less to buy ahead of time than at a Disney gift shop. We rounded up everything you should pack to enhance your trip to a Disney destination. And, if you haven't booked your Disney vacation yet, check out the best packages (hotel, air and park tickets included) on Orlando Vacations

American Tourister Disney hardside carry-on

American Tourister Kids' Disney Hardside Upright Luggage

Kids determined to carry their own luggage might like the Disney-themed collection from American Tourister. Available in a variety of sizes and themes, including Disney Princess, Mickey and Minnie Mouse and "Frozen," the bag rolls on side-mounted skate wheels and has dual handles for maneuverability.  

"I was very impressed by how much you can pack in it. So light yet durable," one Amazon buyer says. "We used it on our recent trip and our four year old was happy to pull it along." 

The carry-on has earned an impressive 4.8-star rating with almost 6,000 reviews. It is available in 16- and 18-inch sizes. Prices vary by size and color.  

Why we like the American Tourister Disney suitcase:

  • You can buy this suitcase in a variety of design options featuring popular characters. 
  • Reviewers report that it's durable enough to stand up to drops, scraps and kicking from little ones. 
  • It's made with a lightweight polycarbonate shell.

American Tourister Minnie Mouse luggage

american tourister minnie mouse luggage

Adults can get in on the fun too with this full-size 21-inch Minnie Mouse suitcase by American Tourister.  The suitcase also comes in a variety of other Disney-inspired designs, so every member of the family can find their favorite character or story.

This Disney hotel essential is rated 4.8 stars on Amazon. Says one reviewer: "Being a lover of all things Disney, I knew I had to get this the moment I saw it! It is exquisitely made with special attention to detail. The graphics are sharp and I receive compliments everywhere I go."  

Why we like the American Tourister Mini Mouse carry-on:

  • It come with a 10-year limited warranty.
  • The carry-on meets the size restrictions for most airlines.
  • It has mesh dividers for easy organization.

Apple AirTags


Even if you plan on walking the parks as a family, Apple AirTags help keep track of your kids and their belongings should they get lost. Attach one to luggage, important items like your wallet, or to your kids themselves.

These tiny trackers send out a Bluetooth signal that can be anonymously detected by nearby devices. Even if your own phone isn't handy, you (and only you) can locate these trackers on an Apple "Find My" map. If your iPhone is handy, it can lead you straight to the tagged item via the phone's "Precision Finding" feature (found on the Apple iPhone 11 and newer models). Apple AirTags are water-resistant and designed to last for up to one year on a standard, replaceable battery. 

Why we like Apple AirTags:

  • They seamlessly integrates with Apple's Find My network for precise tracking.
  • The battery lasts up to a year and is replaceable.
  • The Precision Finding feature utilizes the U1 chip for pinpoint accuracy.

Order a watch band for each of them, so your kids can wear the GPS tracker on their wrists.

State Lorimer fanny pack


For those who prefer to pack light for a day at the parks, a hands-free bag can be a game-changer. This popular State bag, which regularly sells out, doubles as a fanny pack and cross-body, with enough room to hold a 12-ounce bottle of water, a pair of sunglasses, and other everyday essentials like your phone, lip balm and wallet.

"I brought this on a family trip to Disney and it was the perfect item for heading out with the kids," a reviewer shared. "Incredibly comfortable and durable, this is easily my new go-to bag for most occasions."

Why we like the State Lorimer fanny pack:

  • It is available in eight colorways.
  • It's spacious and can hold all of your theme park essentials.
  • The waistband is easily adjustable.

 Don't forget to buy the child-size version for your littles. 

Sunbum sunscreen


Both Orlando and Los Angeles offer a whole lot of sun, so a high-SPF and water-resistant sunscreen formula should be a priority. Stock up on Sunbum broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen before your trip. It's highly rated on Amazon and gentle enough for children and those with sensitive skin. 

Apply the sunscreen 15 minutes before sun exposure and be sure to reapply every two hours throughout your time at Disney. The sunscreen is water-resistant, oil-free and Reef Act compliant.

Why we like the Sun Bum sunscreen:

  • It is suitable for all skin types.
  • It's water-resistant, making it a good choice for water rides.
  • It's moisturizing with Vitamin E.

Mickey or Minnie Mouse headband

Minnie Mouse Sequin Ear Headband for Adults

Don't show up at the park without this classic Disney accessory. ShopDisney has a selection of fun Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears to wear, so you can outfit the whole family.

"As a forever fan of anything pink and glittery, I had to have these and I'm really glad I did," a reviewer says. "To start, these ears instantly stand out in a crowd! They're sparkly goodness that's just fun to look at. I was a little nervous about the weight to them due to sequins but they ended up being totally fine in that area. Fantastic ears!"

Why we like the Mini Mouse ear headbands:

  • You can choose from a wide range of styles as well as kids and adult sizes.
  • Reviewers report that they are comfortable to wear.

Loungefly Disney mini backback


This adorable simulated leather grain mini backpack from Loungefly features a Disney-inspired print, perfect for little (and big) Disney fans. With adjustable shoulder straps and convenient pockets, it makes for a great personal item on the plane and also a lightweight bag to carry necessities around the park. 

"I am amazed at the quality," a reviewer says. "The print is perfectly placed. The zipper is so smooth and sturdy. The material is thick and durable. Straps are sturdy. The colors are bright and vibrant without any bleed. I would absolutely buy Loungefly again."

Why we like the Loungefly Disney mini backpack

  • It offers several pockets and a zippered front pouch to keep all of your items organized.
  • It features comfortable padded shoulder straps.
  • Choose from tons of adorable designs with the Disney x Loungefly collection.

Welly Quick Fix first aid travel kit (2 pack)


Easily remedy stubbed toes, blisters, cuts, scrapes and other booboos with a Welly first-aid kit. Each tin contains 18 bandages in various colors and patterns in two sizes, plus three single-use antibiotic ointments and three single-use hand sanitizers.

If you have kids you know there is always going to be random bumps, bruises and scrapes," one Amazon customer says. "This little kit helps keep everything on handle to handle those little emergencies. Its also possible to refill the kit - which makes it sustainable!"

Why we like the Welly Quick Fix first aid travel kit:

  • The kits include bandage multiple colors and designs, so kids can pick out their preferred color.
  • It's compact and easy to throw in a purse, fanny pack or backpack.
  • The kit has a great mix of products for Disney park outings.

Vapur flexible water bottle


Leave your bulky, heavy water bottle at home and pack a few Vapur flexible water bottles instead. Available in various sizes and colors (you'll want one for everyone), they stand tall when filled with water but fold up when empty. Each comes with a handy carabiner to easily hook onto your backpack or stroller. 

"I bought two of these for a trip to Walt Disney World. They were great for touring the parks, since they roll up to fit into a small bag without the bulk of a traditional bottle," a reviewer says.

If you're visiting Disney on a particularly hot day, consider packing some electrolyte packets to avoid dehydration. Drop them into your water in your Vapur bottle for faster hydration. We like the Liquid I.V. kids hydration multiplier or Kinderlyte electrolyte powder for hot theme park days.

Why we like the Vapor flexible water bottle:

  • It's portable and folds up for easy storage and packing.
  • It comes in a wide range of fun colors.
  • It can hold up to 23 ounces of water.

Anker PowerCore III wireless portable charger


Taking photos, uploading posts to social media and using the Disney app while at the parks can drain phone batteries quickly. Make sure to pack a wireless portable charger so your electronics don't run out of juice. Whether you're an iPhone user or Android user, the Anker PowerCore III offers high speed USB charging up to 18 watts. 

"We used this for our trip to Disney. Using the app to schedule rides and taking pictures and videos keeps your phone on constantly," one Amazon reviewer says. "When you're sitting for a few moments at lunch or dinner, you can charge your phone for a bit."

Why we like the Anker PowerCore III wireless portable charger,:

  • You can use it to charge up to three devices simultaneously.
  • It offers wireless charging capabilities.
  • It's portable and convenient for traveling.

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