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Packing For Disney:
Tips, Tricks & Checklist!

A trip to“The Happiest Place on Earth” is sure to bring a fun filled day of smiles and laughter! A little planning and thoughtful packing will surely maximize your fun factor and ensure a smooth experience for everyone in your family!

Summer days at the Disneyland Resort can bring high temperatures and a bit of humidity (although California humidity seems non-existent compared to Florida’s hot summer days and nights). Dress accordingly- shorts, tank tops, t-shirts, and 100% cotton clothing are all great choices to wear to the park. Stripping down to a bikini top is not permitted, and shirtless men will be asked to cover up, as this is against the Disneyland Resort Dress Code. Sneakers or sandals with good arch support will help with foot comfort during and after the many miles walked at the park. Hats are a great idea to protect the scalp, and sunglasses will help shield eyes from the bright California sun. Don’t forget sunblock! Many of the attraction lines can be long and in direct sunlight. The park does sell sunscreen, but it is pricey.

The Disney Resorts DO allow outside food and beverages. Small soft coolers (lunchbox size) are also allowed in the park. Designated picnic areas and lockers are available for storing larger ice chests, for a fee. There are plenty of drinking fountain stations to refill water bottles. For everyone’s safety, glass of any kind, or knives are NOT allowed into the park and will be confiscated upon entry.

Summer nights at the Disneyland Resort are very enjoyable. The weather cools down after dusk, so pack a lightweight windbreaker or sweatshirt. During summer vacation the parks are open late, and it can feel quite cool for the few hours after sunset.


  • Kids or adults may want to wear their bathing suits under their clothing as there are many places to play and get wet.

  • Pack an extra pair of shoes, sandals or water shoes for water play, Disney will not permit children to play in water zones without shoes.

  • Bring a change of clothes for after those “you may get soaked” rides, or any accidents- better safe than sorry.

  • Pregnant or nursing mothers, and children are provided complimentary refrigerated filtered water access in the Baby Care Center at Disneyland Park, this is a great place for mom to refill water bottles. Disney’s California Adventure Park also has it’s own Baby Care Center with filtered water, but it is not refrigerated.

  • Strollers are available for rent, and are half price with a valid Disney Visa Card, bring your own to save money.

Winter Weather

Southern California is fortunate to have relatively mild winters, though rain does occur at times. Temperatures at the Disneyland Resort during December days average in the 60s, and may dip into the 50s on colder days or in the evenings. It is a great idea to check a weather app before you leave for the park, search “Disneyland Resort, CA” as a location for the most accurate weather information. Strong winds in the parks are very rare. Layered clothing is best, jackets or sweatshirts, short or long sleeve shirts and pants. Mornings are cool and afternoons tend to warm up a bit. Indoor areas are kept very well heated, and guests may feel uncomfortable wearing long sleeves while inside.

Packing for the Park

There are many ways to maximize your dollar at the Disney Parks. Remembering to bring essentials and convenience items will save you from paying for overpriced odds and ends at the park. Lockers are available for all day use and cost $7 to $15, depending on the size of the locker. They can be found inside Disneyland on Main Street, U.S.A. and in Fantasyland. Also inside Disney California Adventure on Buena Vista Street, and outside the Main Entrances of each of the two parks. Wheelchairs require a $20 deposit and are around $12 to rent for the day and electric convenience vehicles are around $50 and are limited to availability, so it is best to bring your own if needed.


  • Sunscreen

  • Hats

  • Sunglasses

  • Change of Clothes

  • Snacks or Meals (More information can be found in the Dining and Snacking Section of

    Disneyland Inside Out)

  • Small cooler, lunchbox size, with drinks

  • Batteries

  • Camera- don’t forget to fully charge beforehand!

  • Video Camera

  • Extra Memory Card

  • Park Tickets

  • Proper Identification needed for any Ticket Discounts

  • Disney VISA Reward Card- remember to transfer rewards dollars to your rewards card before

    you leave for the parks.


  • Stroller- jogging or lightweight and easy to push.

  • Diaper Bag- well stocked, if you run out of essentials the Disney Baby Care Centers

  • have items available, for a fee. (Diapers are $1 each)

  • Blankets- for naps in strollers & cool evenings

  • Change of Clothing

  • Pants or Baby Leg Warmers- for crawling babies, to protect their knees.

  • Bathing Suits & Extra Shoes- for water play (weather permitting)

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