My family has gone on a Walt Disney World vacation with babies, toddlers, preschoolers, tweens, and teens. As a family of 7, we have had many magical firsts. With all that magic, you also have to be prepared to travel with young children. Traveling to Disney World with toddlers can sometimes can be tricky, but these 7 packing necessities for Disney World with toddlers can be helpful.
Packing for Disney World With Toddlers
So what should you pack when traveling to Disney World with toddlers? Things can differ with travel by airplane or by car, but we usually travel by plane. If I was driving, I would probably throw everything in the car, but here’s a good list to start with and things that saved us on our Walt Disney World trips.
Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or automobile, snacks are a necessity for all children – at least all of mine! Without fail, within the first 10 minutes of departing, the first question is, “Can I have a snack?” I put a few snacks in a Ziploc bag for travel, but also for park days. You never know when you’ll need them, but it’s always best to be prepared. My ‘ol standby is a lollipop. Yes, I will bribe my child with candy, thank you very much. But I also add in their favorite healthier snacks, too.
I always carry baby wipes with me. Even to this day, my children are out of diapers, but my purse and suitcase will always have some, and I’ve helped out fellow passengers and guests in a jam. When traveling to Disney World with toddlers, they are a must! Sticky hands + rides are not a good combination.
I use them for everything from wiping down surfaces on an airplane to washing hands off of each attraction to wiping faces from eating all the delicious foods at Walt Disney World! Um, yes you will have ice cream running down your face, and you’ll probably have sticky syrup hands from eating Mickey Waffles for breakfast.
I throw a tub in my regular suitcase and a refillable pouch in my carry-on and park bag.
I always stuff diapers or Disposable Huggies GoodNites in between all the empty spaces in my suitcase. We’re out of the diaper stage, but I do have a preschooler who still sometimes wets the bed at night. For my girl, she chooses Cinderella. We need a dry bed in the morning, so we can hurry and get to the Walt Disney World Parks to ride our favorite attractions. Rope drop, baby!
Extra Change of Clothes
Aside from packing each day’s clothes in a separate gallon-sized Ziploc bag, I also carry an extra change of clothes in my carry-on bag as well as a diaper bag or backpack that I bring to the park. Toddlers are unpredictable. There may be a potty accident, a complete food spillage, a “I don’t want to wear my Princess dress anymore” declaration, or they may just want to play in Casey Jr. Splash ‘N’ Soak Station in Magic Kingdom Park (when it’s open). So I throw in a t-shirt, shorts, diaper/underwear, and a pair of socks, and it doesn’t take up much room and can lie flat.
I bring my child’s favorite toy or stuffed animal to remind them of the comforts of home. It functions as a travel buddy and a sleeping buddy. Don’t forget to leave extra space in your suitcase to bring new friends home. There are plenty to choose from in the shops around Walt Disney World or grab some inexpensive ones at the best Disney outlets by Walt Disney World.
Disposable Sippy Cups and Placemats
These are my favorite for traveling, especially air travel. When the free drinks come around, I grab a cup out of my carry-on and pour it into one with a lid. They are especially great for using inside the theme parks, too.
When my little one is in a stroller, I can grab a cup of water from a quick-service dining location, pour it into the sippy cup, and not have to worry about spills. My little one is independent and hydrated.
Disposable placemats are also a must for eating at quick-service and table-service dining locations. These little beauties definitely come in handy. They are small, fold easily, and make eating fun and clean. I use them on an airplane tray and when at Walt Disney World restaurants.
You peel off the sticky side and stick them to the table. My little ones usually just like to eat off the table with some finger foods, so now I don’t have to worry about what else is on the table or the mess they’re making. When you’re done, you just throw it in the trash.
UPDATE: Walt Disney World is no longer requiring masks in the theme parks if you have been vaccinated, but you will need them for transportation like on buses and the monorail. Here is the mask policy. So while young kids are still unable to be vaccinated, I haven’t heard of Disney employees calling out children.
So, you’ll still need to bring some comfortable masks for your little ones.
My kids prefer paper masks in the heat, but Disney masks are so cute, so that may help your toddler or preschooler keep theirs on.
One question my friends always ask me is if taking little ones to Walt Disney World is worth it. I can truly answer, “100%, YES!” Does it take some preparation? Sure.
Walt Disney World is where we can be anything we want to be – pirates, princesses, Jedis, or rebels. It’s here where my family laughs together, plays together, have adventures together, and act like kids together.
It’s where my 12-year-old still holds my hand, where my 9-year-old wants me to try Expedition Everest for my “first,” because I’m a ride chicken, where my 8-year-old wants me to sit next to her on Dumbo the Flying Elephant, where my 6-year-old wants me to dance with The Incredibles with her, and where my 4-year-old wants me to take her to each Disney character collecting autographs. Now that’s magic.
Now that we’ve got the essentials packed for Disney World with toddlers, my little Jedi and I will race you to the castle!