What to Bring to Disneyland, our guide for packing for the parks.

What to Bring to Disneyland: 21 Things You Should Pack for the Parks

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Going to Disneyland can be a magical experience, but it can also be overwhelming trying to figure out what to bring. With so many attractions, restaurants, and shops, it’s easy to forget something important. That’s why we’ve put together a comprehensive list of 21 things to bring to Disneyland to ensure you have a stress-free and enjoyable visit.

What to Bring to Disneyland: 21 Things You Should Pack for the Parks

A fun-filled day at Disneyland starts with knowing exactly what to pack! We have compiled a list of 21 Things You Should Pack for the Parks that will make you prepared for a day at the Happiest Place on Earth!

1. Park Reservations

Park Reservations are a required thing to bring to Disneyland.
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We know park reservations are not something you can bring with you to Disneyland per se, but it is probably the most important thing after your ticket that you will need to have for your Disneyland park day!

Since reopening in 2021, Disneyland has implemented a park reservation system to control crowd sizes and ensure the safety of all guests. Before your trip, make sure to check the Disneyland website or app and make park reservations for the days you plan on visiting.

TIP: Making park reservations is quick and easy using the Disneyland app! We highly suggest downloading it when planning your Disneyland visit!

2. MagicBands

MagicBands are a must thing to bring to Disneyland

The next thing you will want to bring to Disneyland is a MagicBand+. MagicBands are wearable-technology devices that allow you to access your park tickets, make purchases, and even enter your hotel room with just a tap. They can make your experience much more convenient when traveling throughout the parks. We HIGHLY suggest you invest in MagicBands for your Disneyland trip!

TIP: While Disney World allows guests to choose between MagicBand and MagicBand+, when visiting Disneyland, MagicBand+ is the only band that works in the park!

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3. Comfortable Shoes

Bring good walking shoes to Disneyland

Disneyland is a huge park, and you’ll be doing a lot of walking, so it’s important to wear comfortable shoes.

We personally love to wear sandals to the parks. They are not only breathable but they are also great for water rides where you might get a little wet. Our go-to sandals are both the Croc Flip Flops and Teva Sandals (you can find the men’s version here). We love the support these two brands of sandals give.

If you would rather wear your favorite brand of tennis shoes, just make sure they are well broken in! Disneyland is not the place to break in a brand-new pair of sneakers! We like to wear Feetures when we were tennis shoes to the parks. They help support your arches and have just enough compression to support your feet for a long day!

TIP: We like to pack a variety of shoes on our Disney vacations. Rotating out to a different pair of shoes each day will help alleviate any rubbing or pain.

4. Sunscreen

The sun shining on the Matterhorn at Disneyland

California is known for its sunny weather, and the last thing you want to bring home from Disneyland is a sunburn. Not only should you apply a liberal amount of sunscreen before you head to the park, but you can bring a travel-sized sunscreen to keep in your bag and apply it regularly throughout the day.

5. Sunglasses

The entrance to Disneyland.

In addition to protecting your skin from the sun, you also should protect your eyes. The right pair of sunglasses can also be a great accessory for your Disneyland outfit! We are currently obsessed with this pair.

TIP: Make sure you have a place to tuck your sunglasses when riding some of the thrill rides so you don’t lose them!

6. Minnie Ears

The wall of ears at Disney Parks.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a seasoned Disneyland pro, no trip to the park is complete without a pair of Minnie Ears. These iconic ears come in a variety of styles and colors and can add a touch of fun and whimsy to your Disneyland outfit.

Once you get to Disneyland you will find a huge variety of ears to purchase in just about every gift shop. However, if you are a planner or on a budget, you can find a variety of Minnie ears on Amazon. We have purchased these ears to bring with us when going to the park. Or if you are more of a pony tail-wearing girl, these Minnie ears scrunchies are a great alternative!

TIP: If you choose to buy Minnie ears at the park, you can have the cast member cut the tags off after purchasing so you can wear them right away!

7. Cash and Credit Cards

The 100 Years of Disney sign greets guests at Disneyland.

While most places in Disneyland accept credit and debit cards, it’s always a good idea to bring some cash with you too just in case. This is especially true if you plan on buying snacks from street vendors or souvenirs from smaller shops. We personally like to travel with at least some cash, just in case! Having both cash and card will make your trip flow much smoother.

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8. Photo ID

Bring your ID to Disneyland so you can enjoy a drink at Olga's Cantina.

While you may not need your photo ID while you’re in the park, it’s always a good idea to have it with you just in case. Plus there are several restaurants in Disneyland that serve adult beverages that you would need to show ID for.

If you’re staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel or using a credit card for purchases, you may be asked to show your ID for verification purposes. Plus, having your ID on hand can be helpful in case of an emergency.

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9. Backpack or Crossbody Bag

Loungefly's are popular bags to bring to Disneyland.

Carrying a bag while enjoying your Disneyland Park day will be essential! I mean, how else are you going to manage to bring in all of the other things on our list?!

Loungefly bags are super popular in any Disney park, including Disneyland. They come in a variety of colors, designs, and character motifs. Just like with Minnie ears, Loungefly bags can be purchased in many stores while on property. You can also find a small selection on Amazon! We love this white sequin Minnie Loungefly or this Disney Sweet Treats Loungefly.

If Loungefly bags just aren’t your thing we also enjoy a good crossbody bag. They can be much more low profile, while still providing the space that you need. We love this unisex crossbody sling bag. Or if you are like me and end up carrying things for the entire family, you might love this leather travel bag. It can be carried using the traditional purse strap or it has straps to carry it on your back like a backpack. I personally love this bag and have multiple of them in different colors!

10. Refillable Water Bottle

Water refilling station at Disneyland.

Staying hydrated is key to a successful day at Disneyland. Between all of the walking and the long days in the sun, it is crucial that you drink enough water during your Disney day!

Disneyland is equipped with many drinking fountains and water bottle refill stations to help make sure guests stay hydrated! We love to bring these Disney themed insulated water bottles into the parks with us. They keep your water cool and can be refilled over and over again during a long park day. It also comes out a lot cheaper than purchasing bottled water!

TIP: If you want water that will stay cold all day, fill your water bottle with ice and then top off with water before leaving your resort. The insulated bottle will help the ice last longer. You can continue to top off the water at refillable stations.

11. Snacks

Mickey pretzels are great snacks at Disneyland

Disneyland has its fair share of yummy snacks. But those snacks can get pretty pricey, especially when you have a whole family of snackers in tow. Bringing in your own snacks can save you money and keep you energized for a long park day. We like to bring in little prepackaged snacks of crackers and cookies. They are easy to drop in a park bag and quick to grab while in line or walking to the next attraction.

TIP: Disneyland has so many unique, delicious snacks. Make sure you allow yourself to try a few on your next trip!

12. Phone

Have your camera ready for Disneyland character stops.

It’s hard to imagine anyone vacationing without their phone. Your phone is one of the most important items to bring with you to Disneyland. We love to grab quick little videos of attractions along with taking lots of pictures!

Not only can you use it to take photos and videos, but you can also use it to access the Disneyland app. Using the app can really help you navigate your park day! You can find wait times, mobile order dining, and keep up with Genie+ all from your phone.

13. Portable Charger Pack

Tomorrowland in Disneyland.

You’ll likely be taking lots of photos and videos throughout the day, which can drain your phone battery. And if you plan on utilizing Genie+ during your park day, you will need to make sure your phone can last for a full day at the parks! Bringing a portable phone charger will ensure you don’t miss capturing any magical moments or miss your Lightning Lane for the popular rides!

We love this portable charger because it comes with the charging cables built in as well as the AC wall plug! You can truly just grab and go with this charger!

14. Cooling Towels or Portable Fan

Bring cooling towels to Disneyland

California summers can be hot, and spending all day at Disneyland can leave you feeling overheated. Consider bringing a cooling towel or a portable fan to help keep you cool and comfortable throughout the day.

Cooling towels can be soaked in water and placed around your neck or on your forehead, while portable fans can be used to create a cool breeze wherever you go. We love this 4 pack of Cooling Towels because they each come with their own pouch. We fill the pouch with ice water so that the towel is ready to go when we need it!

Some members of the family may also like the comfort of a small portable fan. These handheld fans are fun Disney-themed and can fit easily in a park bag. Or our favorite is this neck fan that you can wear and don’t need to hold! Either way, they are sure to keep you cool!

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15. Rain Poncho

Disneyland on a rainy day.

While California’s weather is generally warm and sunny, it can also be unpredictable. Bringing a lightweight poncho will keep you dry if it rains. Some people also prefer to wear a poncho before going on water rides. Here is our choice for disposable rain ponchos.

16. Wet Bag or Ziplock Bag

The Disneyland Parade is full of characters.

If you plan on going on water rides or getting wet in any way, a wet bag can be a lifesaver. These waterproof bags can be used to store wet clothes and other items, preventing them from soaking the rest of your belongings.

You can also use a wet bag to store any items you want to keep protected while in your park bag. They are not only waterproof, but breathable. They are also light and easy to wash. We love this pack of wet bags because they are discreet and easy to tuck in the pocket of your bag.

17. Hair Ties

Rides are a must at Disneyland

With all the walking and rides, your hair can quickly become a tangled mess. Pack a few hair ties to keep your hair out of your face and prevent any uncomfortable tangles or knots. Plus, hair ties can come in handy if you decide to go on any high-speed rides that might send your hair flying!

18. Bandaids & Pain Reliever

Meeting fairies at Disneyland
Credit: Disney

While Disneyland does have first aid stations throughout the park, bringing a small first aid kit can save you time and help you deal with minor injuries on the go. I mean who wants to walk to the first aid station when you are dealing with an unexpected blister? A small first aid kit with items like band-aids, pain relievers, eye drops, and antiseptic wipes will help you be prepared for a long park day.

19. Autograph Book and Sharpie Pen

Meeting characters at Disney parks

If you’re a fan of Disney characters, bringing an autograph book is a must. You’ll have the opportunity to get signatures from your favorite characters and remember the magical day forever. There are autograph books available in the parks to purchase, or you can find this one that we love on Amazon. Be sure to also have something for the characters to sign the book with. We love using clickable sharpies because they are easy for characters to handle and make for a legible autograph.

20. Laynard for Pin Trading

Bring pins to trade at Disneyland

If you’re a fan of Disney pins, consider bringing a lanyard to wear around your neck for easy access to your pins. Disneyland is known for its pin-trading culture, and wearing a lanyard can help you connect with other Disney fans and trade for new pins to add to your collection.

You can pin trade with any cast member wearing pins and most retail locations have pin trading boards as well. When you arrive at the park, purchase a lanyard and pack of pins to get started!

21. Stroller

Strollers are a must thing to bring to Disneyland when traveling with small kids.

If you’re traveling with young children, a stroller is a must-have item for your Disneyland trip. While Disneyland does rent strollers, bringing your own can save you time and money. Plus, having your own stroller ensures that you have a comfortable and familiar place for your child to rest during the long days at the park. Just make sure to check Disneyland’s stroller guidelines before bringing your own.

TIP: Check out our Top 5 Best Strollers for Disney World for our stroller tips. Disneyland has the same stroller guidelines that Disney World does, so these recommendations hold true for both places!

What NOT to Bring to Disneyland

Now that you have a good idea of what to bring to Disneyland, it is important to know what things are prohibited. The following list of items are NOT allowed at Disneyland.

🚫 Weapons or firearms of any kind.

🚫 Glass containers, excluding baby food jars

🚫 Alcoholic beverages or any illegal drugs.

🚫 Folding chairs, tents, or any structures.

🚫 Selfie sticks, monopods, or any extending devices.

🚫 Wheeled devices, such as skateboards, roller skates, or bicycles.

🚫 Drones or any remote-controlled devices.

🚫 Pets or other animals, with the exception of service animals.

🚫 Speakers or other sound amplification devices.

🚫 Balloons, unless they are anchored to a stroller or wheelchair.

Additionally, Disneyland prohibits any clothing or accessories that could be deemed inappropriate or offensive. This includes clothing with vulgar language or graphic violence. It’s always a good idea to check Disneyland’s official website for a full list of prohibited items. This will before ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience at the parks.

What to Wear to Disneyland?

Elsa and Anna at Disneyland

When it comes to what to wear to Disneyland, comfort is key. Here are some tips for dressing for a day at the park.

Comfortable Shoes: Disneyland involves a lot of walking, so make sure to wear comfortable shoes that you can walk in for several hours. Sneakers or athletic shoes are a good choice.

Breathable Clothing: The weather in Anaheim, California can be warm, especially in the summer months. Choose clothing that is lightweight and breathable, such as cotton or moisture-wicking fabrics.

Layered Clothing: While it can be warm during the day, the temperature can drop in the evenings. Bring a light jacket or sweater to wear once the sun goes down.

Hat and Sunglasses: Protect your face and eyes from the sun by wearing a hat and sunglasses. A hat can also help keep you cool and prevent sunburn on your scalp.

Backpack or Crossbody Bag: Choose a comfortable bag that you can wear all day to hold your belongings. A backpack or crossbody bag will keep your hands free for holding snacks or taking photos.

Disney-Inspired Clothing: Show your love for Disney by wearing clothing inspired by your favorite characters or attractions. This could be a Disney t-shirt, a pair of Mickey Mouse ears, or even a full-on Disneybound outfit.

Remember, you’ll be walking and standing for long periods of time, so it’s important to prioritize comfort over fashion. Dressing in layers and choosing breathable fabrics will help you stay comfortable throughout the day.

What to Bring to Disneyland: Frequently Asked Questions

Riding the teacups at Disneyland

Can I Bring Food to Disneyland?

Yes, you are allowed to bring food into Disneyland. Disneyland’s official policy allows guests to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the park. This can be a great way to save money on food and ensure that you have snacks and meals that you enjoy throughout the day.

However, there are some guidelines to keep in mind when bringing food into Disneyland. All outside food and beverages must be in plastic containers or paper bags, and glass containers or coolers with wheels are not allowed. Additionally, all food and beverages must be packed in a soft-sided cooler no larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high.

It’s important to note that there are restrictions on where you can eat your outside food in the park. Disneyland designates specific picnic areas for guests to enjoy their own food, and restaurants or restaurant patios do not allow outside food.

Does Disneyland Check Your Bags?

Yes, Disneyland does check bags as part of its security procedures to ensure the safety of all guests. All bags, including purses, backpacks, and strollers, are subject to search before entering the park.

During the bag check process, a security cast member will ask you to open your bags and may perform a visual inspection or use a metal detector wand to scan for prohibited items. This process is typically quick and efficient, and the cast members are trained to be respectful and discreet during the search.

While the bag check process may add a few extra minutes to your entry time, it is an important part of Disneyland’s commitment to guest safety. By following the rules and guidelines set forth by the park, you can help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all guests.

Do They Have Lockers at Disneyland?

Yes, Disneyland does offer storage lockers for guests to use during their visit. The lockers are located near the entrance of the park and come in various sizes to accommodate different needs. The prices for the lockers vary depending on the size and length of rental.

The lockers are a great option if you have items that you don’t want to carry around the park all day, such as extra clothing, souvenirs, or snacks. Keep in mind that the lockers have a limited capacity, so it’s a good idea to arrive early in the day if you want to secure one.

It’s also important to note that the lockers operate on a first-come, first-served basis and that you cannot reserve them in advance. If you have any questions or concerns about using the lockers, guest services or a cast member can assist you.

Booking Your Disneyland Vacation Package

Now that you know what to bring to Disneyland, it’s time to get your vacation package booked!

A Disney vacation package of tickets and resort stay can be booked for as little as a $200 deposit and then you are able to make payments on your trip at your own leisure up until 30 days before your check-in day.

I would love to put my expertise and experience to work for you! Click the button below we can get started planning your most magical Disney vacation! And when booking your Disneyland trip with me, my services are always free!

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Conclusion: What to Bring to Disneyland

Planning what to bring to Disneyland can help ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience at the park. It’s important to consider the weather, the length of your visit, and your personal needs when packing for your trip.

By taking the time to plan ahead and pack accordingly, you can make the most of your time at Disneyland and create magical memories that will last a lifetime.

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