The Best Bags for Disney World (and what to put in them)
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If your family is spending the day at one of the Disney World parks, you’re going to need plenty of stuff with you.
How much stuff depends on your personality, how old your kids are, and your eating game plan for the day, among other things. We’ll get to all that more in a little bit.
The important thing to know is that it’s super-important to pick a good quality bag that’s best for you and your needs.
So which bag is best? Do you need a backpack, or will a crossbody bag do? Does Disney World have any kind of “bag policy”? And perhaps most importantly, what do you need to put in them?
In this post I hope to answer just about every “park bag” question you could have, and help you choose a bag that you’re thrilled with.
Table of Contents
- 1 What is Disney World’s Bag Policy?
- 1.1 Can I bring a backpack into Disney World?
- 1.2 Can I take my own food and drinks into Disney World?
- 1.3 Great! I’ll load up a ton of food in our cooler.
- 1.4 The Best Backpack Cooler for Disney World
- 1.5 I have prescription medicine I need to bring. Is that a problem?
- 1.6 What do I need to know about the Disney security check?
- 1.7 Can we bring bags on the rides?
- 2 What is the Best Bag to Carry at Disney World?
- 3 ✅Best Backpacks for Disney World
- 4 ✅The Best Sling Bags for Disney World
- 5 ✅The Best Crossbody Bags for Disney World
- 6 ✅What About Fanny Packs?
- 7 Flipbelt and SPIbelt
- 8 Going to the parks with NO bag
- 9 ✅What Do I Need in My Disney Park Bag?
If you’re curious (or in a hurry):
What is Disney World’s Bag Policy?
There are a lot of common question about what is and isn’t allowed to be brought into Disney World, and if there are constraints concerning bags. Let’s address them first.
Can I bring a backpack into Disney World?
Yes. Bags are fine, even backpacks, as long as they are no larger than 24″ (61 cm) long x 15″ (38 cm) wide x 18″ (46 cm) high.
You’re not allowed to bring suitcases into the parks, which for some reason, I find kind of funny. I guess because it whenever I heard that, I picture an image of of hordes of people hauling huge suitcases into the Magic Kingdom. I guess I’m easily amused.
Can I take my own food and drinks into Disney World?
Yup, that’s fine too. (And I would highly recommend it as a way to save money during your vacation.)
You cannot bring alcoholic beverages or glass containers into the parks, though. (Glass baby food jars are allowed.) Also, you cannot bring juice boxes or anything else with straws into Animal Kingdom, for the safety of the animals.
Great! I’ll load up a ton of food in our cooler.
The Best Backpack Cooler for Disney World
The TOURIT Insulated Lightweight Cooler Backpack is your best bet if your bringing outside food and drinks into the parks that you want to keep cold.
This backpack (dimensions 17 inches x 13 inches x 7.5 inches) has one main storage compartment with a lot of room, plus 2 side mesh pockets, and one large front zipper pocket with a mesh divider to keep utensils.
Reviewers described this backpack cooler as sturdy, leak-proof, and easy to clean.
Reviewer Bushkin78 says:
I love it. Sturdy and kept things cool. It did not leak and was comfortable to carry. We bought it for a trip to Arizona. We took several hikes of 3-5 miles each. Carried our water. Carried some water bottles frozen. It was 90-100 degrees and after 2 hours the frozen bottles were still frozen and we had to put them in the outside pockets to thaw so we could drink more. The size is perfect to carry water and lunch for 2 people on a day hike. Very satisfied with the quality, no leaking and sturdy.
I have prescription medicine I need to bring. Is that a problem?
No problem at all. If your medication is in a glass bottle, or if it involves needles, just explain the situation to the security guard during bag check. Also, the The first-aid stations at the parks can help you with any refrigeration or storage needs you might have.
What do I need to know about the Disney security check?
If you have a bag, you’ll to go through the line to have it checked at the entrance of any Disney park.
Try to make bag check quicker and easier for everybody by taking bags out of your strollers and opening and unzipping all compartments. And when your “turn” is over, get out of the way as quickly as possible instead of standing there blocking everybody when you zip twelve compartments back up.
It probably (hopefully?) won’t surprise you that you can’t bring weapons or marijuana into the parks, but it may possibly be surprising that you can’t bring remote control toys, water pistols, or selfie sticks. Also, remember that balloons and plastic straws are not allowed inside Animal Kingdom for the safety of the animals.
Can we bring bags on the rides?
Yes, you just bring them on the rides with you. That may sound a little weird at first, but it’s not a problem at all. For the vast majority of rides, you’ll keep in on the seat next to you or on the floor in front of you. Some rides, like Mission Space, have a dedicated bin for bags in the vehicle.
Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom has a bin inside the raft, but you may not want to fully trust it to keep things dry, because it is very likely that some one in your family will get very wet on that ride.
If you prefer to play it safe, you can either put items like your cell phones in plastic baggies, or you can use the free 2-hour locker rental to the left of the attraction entrance.
What is the Best Bag to Carry at Disney World?
Not surprisingly, there’s no definitive answer to that question.
I like it because it’s pretty, not too big or bulky, and has multiple compartments.
But as I’ve mentioned before, I tend to be a minimalist when I travel (so much so that my husband has gotten annoyed with me at times.) Obviously my bag wouldn’t accommodate things like lunch, extra clothes, and multiple autograph books.
So obviously, everybody is different — not just in personal preferences, but in their specific needs. When I was traveled with that bag, I was with my two daughters, who were ages twelve and fourteen at the time. No way would I recommend that same bag to a family with three kids under the age of 7.
Whoever you are, you want to think about things like comfort, size, durability, and ease of use. No matter what size bag you get, I would highly recommend that you get one with multiple compartments or pockets on both the inside or outside.
✅Best Backpacks for Disney World
Under Armour Hustle II Storm Laptop BackpackTOURIT Insulated Lightweight Cooler Backpack Soft Cooler Lightweight BackpackDisney “Frozen” Backpack for GirlsComic Images Yoda Back PackJanSport Disney High Stakes BackpackeBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender
I personally don’t ever bring backpacks into the park, because the idea of lugging around so much stuff all day gives me the heebie-jeebies. Still, some people swear by them, and if you want to super-prepared with food, water bottles, and extra clothing for several people, it’s a decent option.
Here are some great backpacks that many people love:
Under Armour Storm Hustle II Backpack
The Under Armour Storm Hustle II is made of 81% polyester and 19% nylon blend and has a water-resistant finish. It has and has adjustable shoulder straps, a soft-lined laptop sleeve that holds up to 15” laptops, 2 side water bottle pockets, and a top grab handle.
Reviewers loved this backpack not only because of its durability, but also because of the great colors and design.
Be sure to double-check the dimensions on this one. At 18 inches x 13 inches x 8 inches, it is “thinner and longer” than most typical backpacks.
eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible
The eBags TLS Mother Lode Weekender Convertible is 9 x 22 x 14 inches and comes in 5 different colors.
People raved about how this backpack held a ton! (One reviewer said they packed for an entire 2-week vacation using this bag.)
So this would be a great bag for families who are flying into Orlando and want to avoid having to check luggage at the airport. It has zippers that lock, allows easy access to your laptop, and fits just right in an overhead compartment.
People who didn’t like this backpack complained of the weight distribution, claiming it was uncomfortable to carry a large load for a very long time. Also, some people did not like the water bottle holder, which folds away into a zippered compartment.
Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack
The Osprey Packs Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack is designed to handle loads up to 50 pounds. It has A mesh back panel improves ventilation, as well as mesh on the harness and hip belt reduces chafing under load. Most notably, it comes with a detachable daypack to carry the essential for a hike in the hills or an excursion downtown.
Reviewers were impressed with how sturdy and well made the seams, locking zippers, and clips were. It was also described as very comfortable, even for walking long distances, thanks in part to the waist strap that helps keep some of the weight off your shoulders.
People who didn’t like this backpack said that it had too much padding that too up too much space, and that it had an awkward layout without enough pockets.
JanSport Disney High Stakes Backpack
If you truly want a “Disney backpack,” the JanSport High Stakes backpack has 3 different Mickey Mouse designs in vibrant colors.(I like the “Tropical Mickey” best.)
It has padded shoulder straps, a fully padded back panel, and comes with a lifetime warranty. The dimensions are 8.5 inches x 16.7 inches x 13 inches.
Note that there are no water bottle pockets on the outside of the bag, and there is no computer pocket on the inside of the bag.
Comic Images Yoda Buddies Plush Backpack
I saw these Yoda backpacks a couple times on our last Disney trip and thought they were a hoot.
Sure, this is not the backpack to get if you’re packing lunch for four people and an extra change of clothes for your twin 3 year olds, but it’s great for carrying a few basic items — and for getting compliments.
Reviewer Caitlin Doane says:
I was a bit hesitant to order this item after reading some bad reviews saying that it was a completely different item than the one in the picture. I first saw someone wearing a Yoda backpack in Disney World and I just HAD to get one…and I did.
I believe I paid $50-60, and this was in Disney World, keep in mind. After a couple years of wear and tear, it ended up ripping inside and all the stuffing came out. I was super bummed and decided I needed to get a new one and ordered this one.
After comparing this one to my old one from Disney, I concluded that this one is the exact same as Disney’s, but much cheaper! I have had it for a couple of months and so far so good!
You will not believe how many people will stop and comment on it. I use it most to go to concerts/music festivals, or anywhere I will be walking around and need free hands. It is not designed to be a legitimate backpack (more of a novelty item), however you can fit the necessities (keys, phone, wallet, bottle of water, etc. It is more spacious inside than I expected. Overall, very pleased with this purchase.
Yoda — “I Can be a Backpack While You Run”
Best Kids’ Backpacks for Disney
Here are some cute, well-rated backpacks for kids with a Disney theme.
Small Minnie or Mickey Backpack for Toddlers
Amazon reviewer Becca explains why she loves this backpack for her 2 year old daughter:
I absolutely LOVE this little backpack! These aren’t the best pictures and they don’t do this bag justice, but I wanted to show how my almost 2yr old LOVES wearing it everywhere she goes! I use it as her diaper bag. I love the smaller front zip pocket. It is perfect for carrying her hair stuff, a small first aide kit and other little things. The two mesh side pockets are perfect for carrying her drink cups! I love the way the outline of the bow sticks out on top. It is so cute. I would definitely recommend this bag.
Frozen Print Backpack for Girls
There are a ton of kids’ cheap, cartoony backpacks and purses with Anna and Elsa on them. This backpack isn’t one of them. With padded shoulder straps, two zippered compartments and two side mesh pockets, this is a strikingly beautiful backpack for young elementary school-age girls.
Reviewer Chimney161 says:
I love this backpack. My daughter wanted a Frozen backpack for her first day of preschool and I had a hard time finding one that wasn’t too over the top with glitter and obnoxious colors. My daughter loves Elsa and Anna but doesn’t like the obnoxious bright colors too. This was subtle and beautiful, while still having Elsa. It’s a great size and a great quality, I think it will hold up for longer than just the school year. It’s a little big on her but she doesn’t mind.
I would definitely buy again!
Mickey Mouse Kids 12-Inch Backpack
Laco Little Mermaid Print 16″ Girls Large Backpack
This cute and colorful backpack is 16 inches high, has 1 zippered compartment in addition to the main zippered compartment, and has adjustable padded shoulder straps.
One downside is that this backpack does not have a cup holder.
Girls’ Pink Minnie Mouse Backpack
This pretty 16-inch backpack features a pink background with prints of Minnie Mouse, white polka dots, hearts, and bows. Like the Ariel backpack above, it does not have pockets for holding drinks.
Best Backpack Diaper Bag for Disney World
Have I mentioned before how glad I am that I never had to bring a baby that’s still in diapers to Disney World? (Yeah, I know … only about a dozen times.)
Part of the reason is because, back then, I wouldn’t have been smart and savvy enough to get a quality backpack diaper bag. I didn’t even know that such a thing existed!
If a baby (and therefore many many diapers) will be joining you on your Disney trip, consider bringing one of these backpacks:
Citi Babies Diaper Bag Backpack
The Citi Babies backpack comes in 2 colors, grey and black. I think the grey one, is particular, is quite attractive — it doesn’t “look like a diaper bag.”
The bag has a removable shoulder/messenger bag strap, which can be adjusted to be anywhere between 27 and 52 inches in length. The bag can also be carried by the handles, or — best of all — can be clipped to your stroller handlebar with a built-in clip.
It includes 10 pockets, including zipper pockets, and comes with a changing pad.
RUVALINO Diaper Bag Backpack
The Ruvalino is Amazon’s Choice for diaper bag backpacks. It comes in light grey (pictured), dark gray, and black, so it also has an attractive, unisex look to it.
It comes with a changing pad and has 2 big zipper closure compartments and 16 pockets. The interior of the bag includes a padded laptop pocket, mesh pocket organizers, and insulated pockets for baby bottles. The bag is made of lightweight, durable and waterproof fabric and has thick padded shoulder straps.
Amazon reviewer Ryan calls it the “perfect diaper bag” and has several photos of the bag in use:
I LOVE this diaper bag! The material is soft, but still durable and the pockets are great! The zippers are all sturdy. My husband said he likes the zippers on this diaper bag more than the ones on our skip hop diaper bag.
The straps are easily adjustable and they don’t slip off of my shoulders. The padding makes it comfortable to wear for long periods of time too. My husband and I like the design. I like that the pockets on the side stay small, but stretch to fit a sippy cup that I haven’t gotten to fit in any other bag. It holds lots of diapers and snacks, and it’s easy to keep everything organized.
I love the secret pocket against my back because it’s perfect for my wallet. It’s definitely worth it to purchase the stroller straps, they come in handy when we’re out and about. I would definitely recommend this bag to a friend, it’s perfect!
HaloVa Diaper Bag Backpack
The HaloVa bag comes in orange (pictured), dark blue, and black and has over 2,000 5-star reviews on Amazon.
Amazon reviewer Mae left a thorough review, including several photos:
Pretty Coral-ish backpack!
A basic run down..
Nice Snaplock strap structure✔
Easy Access tissue pocket ✔
Keeps Shape ✔
Bright color ✔
Nice interior lining, easy to clean ✔
Easy access back pocket ✔
Lots of wide pockets ✔
Front pocket has a insulated lining that’s great for drinks ✔
Huge but doesn’t look so when worn ✔
Straps could of been made a bit longer
The backpack is fashionable, and convenient to mothers whom are in need of a diaper bag. The bag opening has a nice gold zipper, that adds a nice expensive look to it.
The bag has TWO side pockets for bottles, which I tested my standard hydroflask in, and other various bottles. It has a nice elastic which ensures that the bottles are snug and don’t end up falling, or slipping out.
The main OUTER POCKET has 3 insulated pockets that can be used to keep drinks warm or cold.
The MAIN COMPARTMENT is SPACIOUS. HUGE. HUMONGO. I included a picture to show that even if I put large thick books in here, there was plenty of space left. There are several pockets inside wide enough for diapers, formulas, baby wipes, and other miscellaneous items. The thing I really like about this, is that the inside looks easy to clean. The material sort of resembles the inner lining of a lunch bag, it’s soft, and doesn’t seem like it will rip, or get destroyed. It’s cleanable, and easy to wipe off.
I could see this bag being GREAT for mothers, or even as car ride/long trip backpack. I plan to use this as the later. The bag is very versatile. I can use it to put snacks, chips, and other drinks in. It holds a large amount and does not appear bulky. It holds and maintains its shape, without looking slouchy– presenting a really nice and expensive look to it. The straps could be a bit longer, but because I am 5’2, it fits fine.
The color orange looks more like a coral shade. It’s actually a really nice spring color that stands out. This definitely doesn’t look like a regular backpack. It stands out, while being completely convenient. I’m actually considering this in purple.
Pretty Disney-Themed Backpacks
Loungefly makes some really nice mini backpacks with Disney themed. While they are definitely Disney, they are understated enough that could wear it, say, to work, without looking goofy (no pun intended).
These probably wouldn’t make the best choices to wear into the parks, but are more for bringing some Disney into your Normal Life. They work better as purses than as a backpack where you’re lugging bottled water, clothes, and food, for 10 miles.
Loungefly Disney Minnie Mouse Bow Mini Faux Leather BackpackLoungefly Disney Villains Mini BackpackLoungefly Alice in Wonderland Floral Print Mini-BackpackLoungefly Beauty and the Beast Print StandardLoungefly Mickey Mouse Rainbow Mini BackpackLoungefly Disney Villains Mini Faux Leather Backpack
✅The Best Sling Bags for Disney World
Sling bags are very similar to backpacks (one could even argue that it’s a “style” of backpack), but instead of two straps for each shoulder, it has one strap that crosses diagonally.
I have never used either one at Disney World, so I can’t comment on that personally. But I will say a benefit to a sling bag is that, instead of taking the whole thing off to get something, you can just sort of swing it around.
A benefit to the traditional backpack is that it’s less likely to slide off your shoulder.
If you’re leaning toward a sling bag, here are several that would work well for a Disney trip:
Waterfly Chest Sling Shoulder Backpacks
The Waterfly sling bag comes in six different colors (black, blue, sapphire blue, army green, grey, and rose) and weighs less than half a pound. It is made of water-resistant nylon material.
The bag has several inner small pockets for things like wallets, keys, and change, a strap pocket created for holding phones, and an adjustable shoulder strap.
Amazon reviewer ZandMmama calls it the “perfect bag”:
I looked for WEEKS trying to find the perfect sling bag for my trip to Disney World. I ended up going with this one based on the fact that it would hold my Samsung Galaxy S5 phone (in thick case) in the front zippered pocket. Many reviews of other bags (that have a similar front pocket) said they would hold a “small phone” and most all were based on the infamous “iPhone” which not everyone has!! Go Samsung!!
Come to find out, it exceeded my expectations when I found out it would hold my phone attached to a 3″x5″ power bank and still zip up halfway to keep them securely in the pocket!!
This bag is adjustable for right or left shoulder and holds a TON, including two 8″ Samsung tablets NO PROBLEM!
At any given time during our week long trip I had the following items in this bag: 2 tablets, phone in front pocket, chapstick, travel size hair spray, comb, travel pkg of Kleenex, sunglasses, bib, Aunt Flo items, wallet (4″x4″x1/2″ in size), small bags of snacks/fruit snacks, power bank and cord (3″x5″ in size), 16.9oz size water bottle in side pocket.
The bag is VERY comfortable to wear with the light padding in the nice, adjustable strap. It has a quick release clip so you can whip it off fast when you need to.
As far as water resistance, it got sprayed on a few water rides and everything inside stayed nice and dry. It’s a sturdy nylon material and zippers are smooth and zip easily.
I HIGHLY recommend this bag and am buying a 2nd one for my husband.
Negative reviews for this bag said that it was smaller than they expected, the water bottle pouch was too small, and/or that the seams started ripping after a few months.
KAVU Rope Bag
The KAVU rope bag comes in over 30 different colors and designs, including peach, imperial purple, “popsicle party,” and “hodgepodge.” It is 100% made from cotton canvas, and its dimensions are 20 x 11 x 3 inches.
It has an internal zipper pocket and two external pockets.
Amazon reviewer Catrinka calls it a “great, comfortable bag,” but also adds a caution:
I love these bags so much that I’ve ordered a couple more with different colors/patterns (there are so many choices that it’s hard to make a decision!).
I find these bags to be less of a hassle than shrugging into a backpack. Just toss it on crosswise on your body and you’re ready to go. If I know I’m going to be doing a lot of walking, it’s a lot more comfortable than having a purse hanging from my hand or from one shoulder, since the KAVU rope bag distributes the weight better and leaves my hands free.
I think the construction and workmanship of the bag is very good. On the outside, it has two long zipper openings on either side and two smaller compartments also on the outside. On the inside of the largest zippered section, there’s an interior zippered compartment (secure spot for passports!).
While this KAVU bag isn’t anywhere near as large as most backpacks, it still holds a good bit (phones, small tablets, wallet, snacks, water bottle, etc.).
One caution I would mention is that there could be some vulnerability to theft of its contents in crowded spaces since the zippered compartments fall around your mid-back out of your own view. We’re just careful to be aware of those around us and in those rare cases of being packed like sardines in sketchy public spaces and transportation, I even rotate the bag around to my side or front to keep an eye on it.
MALEDEN Sling Bag
The MALEDEN sling bag is listed as “Amazon’s Choice” in the “man purse” category. It is made of nylon and comes in six different basic colors: black, blue, green, orange, purple, and red.
It has a large zippered compartment, a smaller zippered bag for things like a phone and wallet, and a nylon band to keep something that you want to be easily accessible.
Amazon reviewer VegasGirl723 calls is a “great little bag”:
I bought this so I could have a small bag for Disneyland so I would have to be constantly digging in my back pack for essentials. I love it! I think the size is perfect for my phone, battery charger, wallet and other immediate essentials. I love all the zipper compartments, most of all the tiny one on the strap, perfect for chapstick and my inhaler.
I was hesitant since some of the reviews said it would not be suitable for heavier people. I am heavy set and it fits perfectly.
I love that there is a plastic ring on top for keys etc. it is perfect for my water bottle that has a built in clip. The zippers seem sturdy and it is perfect for my potential needs.
Most of the negative reviews for the MALEDEN claimed that the seams began tearing quickly, such as this 1-star review that has photos.
OutdoorMaster Sling Bag
The OutdoorMaster Sling Bag is listed “Amazon’s Choice” in the sling bag category. It comes in six different colors, including black, azure blue, dark blue, garnet red, grey, and mocha brown.
It is made of a lightweight, sturdy material, and has a hidden anti-theft pocket and external water bottle holder. It also has a reversible shoulder strap, making it convenient whether you’re right or left-handed.
Reviewers praised this bag for its sturdiness, the multiple pockets, and the fact that it holds more than you would think by looking at it.
AmeriBag Classic Microfiber Back Bag
✅The Best Crossbody Bags for Disney World
Vera Bradley Little Hipster, Water BouquetLeSportsac Classic Small Cleo Crossbody HoboKipling Alvar Solid Quilted Crossbody Bag, True BlueKipling Alvar Mini Crossbody Bag, CtrusorngeTravelon Anti-Theft Classic Light Mini Crossbody Messenger BagVera Bradley Triple Zip Hipster, Coral FloralWomen’s Little Hipster Havana DotsVera Bradley Triple Zip Hipster, Charcoal
I like using crossbody bags for Disney. They’re cute, convenient, and hold what I feel are the essentials if you’re bringing a lot of food or extra clothing.
Here are several bags that were attractive and highly recommended on Disney discussion forums:
LeSportsac Classic Small Cleo Crossbody Bag
This bag comes in 19 different colors. It has 2 exterior pockets: a large zippered pocket on the front and a large open pocket on the back. Its dimensions are 9 inches by 10 inches wide by 5″ wide at the bottom. It is very light weight and has an adjustable strap, so it can either be used as a crossbody or just a regular shoulder bag.
Travelon Anti-Theft Classic Light Mini Crossbody Bag
This bag measures 6.5 inches by 25 inches by 9 inches and includes a pen loop and tethered key clip with led light, a front zippered pocket, and a rear drop pocket for your phone. It comes in 7 different designs, including black and white stripes, mocha, and blue.
Some people disliked this bag because they felt the material was too thin and it was too small, with little room for versatility.
Amazon reviewers Heidi M. does a great job describing when she loved using this purse on her vacation:
I was looking for something small enough not to be bulky and large enough to carry multiple items as well as hold an iPhone 6s+ in a Mophie case. This bag did all of that and provides great anti theft properties.
#1 It’s well constructed. Seams are reinforced and zippers are smooth gliding. No catching on loose threads or hanging up and stuttering along. The strap is well attached and doesn’t seem flimsy. The main pocket zips ¾ around the bag and not just at the top making it easier to reach in and get stuff. The size is about the size of an iPad mini. The strap allows you to carry it over the shoulder, a hip pack and a cross body. I’ve used it all three ways.
#2 The strap is smooth and without kinks. Usually, the anti theft cables make most of the these strap stiff and not hang on your body very well but this strap is nice and smooth. It also unhooks at one side so that you can secure the purse to your chair or table and not worry about someone walking by and stealing it.
#3 It can lay flat but also fill up pretty good without being bulky AT ALL. I over stuffed it and it still looked nice and slim. The pockets are well designed and hold a lot without taking up all the room in the purse. It’s RFID safe too!
#4 The fabric feels like rip-stop nylon and repels water nicely. Looks like it won’t hold stains and is washable. It’s double lined because of the wire crisscross cables in between but doesn’t look bulky or add weight.
#5 The anti theft properties, wire cables in strap and bag keep it safely on you and guard against would be slash and runners. The main zipper pull is also a carabiner that hooks on a d-ring when bag is zipped closed to keep would be theives from getting into your bag.
#6 It has 2 great tiny little d-rings placed in strategic spots to hang keys or Chapstick from without it getting in the way.
All in all, I’m extremely happy with this purse and would not change or add anything to it’s greatness. It’s just the right size, shape and has all the features I was looking for in a travel anti theft bag – made by a reputable company that stands behind their product.
Kipling Alvar Solid Crossbody Bag
I must say, people on the DisBoards mentioned Kipling over and over as their favorite Disney park bag.
The Kipling Alvar crossbody has adjustable shoulder straps, a front main compartment that contains an open all-purpose pouch pocket, tablet pocket and two pen sleeves, plus a back main compartment contains one zipped pocket and a key clasp.
Reviewers love how it is lightweight, water-resistant, and has tons of room. In addition, the strap is wide and comfortable.
There were very few negative reviews of this bag, and many of them had to do with the fact that the color was different than they expected.
Kipling Aisling Solid Crossbody Purse
Here’s yet another Kipling crossbody bag that people raved about.
Described as “casual polish” with a “laidback but styled look,” this bag is made from crinkle nylon to give it a textural appeal and add to its durability. It has an adjustable shoulder strap, zippered compartments, and the cute “signature Kipling monkey key chain” (which you can see a photo of here.
Reviewer Nancy describes why she loves this purse:
Finally, the perfect purse. I didn’t like the color so I bought it in dark navy and I love the color. Mostly I like the size and reasonable/useful pockets. I wanted a purse that would collapse small when not stuffed but one I could put a book in, or a light sweater. It’s light weight, durable and useful for most occasions. As a former fan of Baggallini, I am now a Kipling convert.
Vera Bradley Little Hipster Crossbody Bag
And finally, here’s my personal Disney World bag — Vera Bradley’s Little Hipster.
I noticed just now that this is called an “RFID purse.” I had no idea what this was, even though I’ve owned two of these purses for years. Apparently it stands for Radio Frequency Identification Devices, and it’s some short of shield material that keeps people from electronically pick-pocketing you.
To be perfectly honest, that kinda sounded like a bunch of hooey to me. I’ll leave you, if you’re interested, to read this to decide whether the RFID part matters to you or not.
Either way, I’ve enjoyed the purse and have it to be just the right size for a day at a Disney park. I will say, however, that I’m getting a little tired of the busy, colorful pattern. For my next crossbody purse, I’ll probably get a solid color. And I’ll probably splurge and get a Kipling.
Cute Outfits and Accessories to Wear to Disney World
✅What About Fanny Packs?
I’ll be honest; I wore fanny packs to Disney World and had no problem doing so them until:
1) I started wearing sundresses to Disney instead of shorts (fanny packs just look weird with a dress, or at least they did on me);
2) My daughters informed me that fanny packs looked absolutely hideous
It took me about 30 seconds of research to discover that fanny packs are general considered to be embarrassing, out of style, and inappropriate for anyone under the age of 70.
Huh. I’d had no idea that I’d been embarrassing myself on those earlier trips.
Now does that mean you shouldn’t wear a fanny pack?
Not necessarily. (And BTW, if you do, you should consider calling it a “waist pack.”)
The Disney Fashionista proudly wears
fanny packs waist packs on Disney vacations. She likes them because they’re easy to get through security, you don’t have to take them off for rides, and you can wear them in photos (she just shifts the bag part to the back and covers the strap with her shirt).
In fact, it seems that
fanny packs waist packs might possibly be making a comeback. And they’re not quite what they used to be, either. My daughters would say I’m not a good person to ask, but in my opinion some of the packs available today look rather nice:
And why on earth should you have to apologize for wearing something like this to Disney World?
Flipbelt and SPIbelt
I recently stumbled upon two other bag options people sometimes use for Disney that are somewhat similar: Flipbelt and SPIBelt.
The FlipBelt is mainly designed for running and going to the gym (neither of which is something I ever do), but some people also wear them them to Disney in lieu of a bag.
You can think of FlipBelts as a more fashionable, non-bouncing alternative to a fanny pack. They’re also great for people who need a hands-free way of carrying an insulin pump, inhaler, or EpiPen.
It’s important to note that there are no zippers, but rather you flip th belt so that the pocket openings are against you
Amazon reviewer ShortonWords says it comes it handy just being a Mom in general:
I wanted a purse free way to carry my car key, my cell phone and ID cars/credit cards as well as a lipbalm for while I’m out and about with my kids at busy places where a purse is excessive. For example playing at the playground and pushing kids on swings and merry go rounds, at an amusement park/Disney, walking on trails, bike riding, chuck e cheese’s, kid school fair, going to rummage sales, site seeing & tourist type activities ….
It is also discrete (for photographs) and I think would be challenging to pick pocket. I have not had any issues with items coming out of it, reading previous reviews helped me know that the logo would go front and center and the best place for cards/id’s was at the back.
Megan says it’s “worth the money” but also has some limitations:
So I don’t actually use this to work out, but I wear it to theme parks like Disney where I don’t want to carry around a bag and go on roller coasters. For this purpose, it works like a charm.
The reason I gave it four stars is because it’s not very big, just big enough for a credit card, keys, and a smallish phone; my iphone 5 with case hardly fit. I do like it though. I’m about 5’3″ and 120 and I got the smallest size and it fit snug, but it fit and didn’t move out of place. I liked that I didn’t have to be adjusting it all day.
If the idea of carrying all your valuables around with no zippers makes you nervous, you can also check out SPIbelt.
This article from PeakHomeFitness does a good job of summing up the different between Flipbelt and SPIbelt:
1) FlipBelt has a better, more comfortable design and is less like a fanny pack than SPIbelt.
2) SPIbelt is a little cheaper.
3) SPIbelt has an adjustable strap, making it easier to share with other members of your family;
4) Flipbelt stands up to multiple washings better than SPIbelt.
Going to the parks with NO bag
Amazingly, there are some people who always go to the park bagless.
No bag at all.
I don’t think I could do this, even though the idea definitely appeals to me. It would make me nervous that something would happen and I’d kick myself for not having Whatever. Also, I’d be in big trouble if I didn’t have sunscreen with me.
So how in the world do these people do it?
Jo-Jo on the DisBoards says:
For just DH and I, the system is……in his cargo pockets,, 2 cheap ponchos, his meds in a tiny container, his wallet, flip phone and a few pieces of candy (like lifesavers). I have a lanyard with ticket, id, cardit card, dvc card, $20 and two or three small strips of mole skin.
I have my phone, and small camera that just hangs on a belt loop (no case) and a frozen water bottle that also hangs from my belt. We walk in carrying another water bottle which we drink within the first hour , so we just have to the one to deal with during the day.
Callope describes how they go bagless with a 4 year old:
This is how we go bagless:
I don’t bring my wallet; DH carries anything I might need (ID, little cash, a credit card) in his wallet. I just have my magic band.
My phone goes in my pocket. I don’t bring a camera.
Hat and sunglasses are on my head.
A small tube of lip balm and a few bandaids are also in my pocket.
If we’re thirsty, we stop for water at a QS. We leave bottles back in our room. We wash our hands frequently in the bathrooms so we don’t need sanitizer.
That’s it. No bag is necessary with so little to carry. We travel with our 4 year old and we are trying to teach him that all the stuff he thinks he “needs” with him aren’t really needs. It makes for some interesting negotiations as we leave our resort in the morning but it worked! It helps that we build in midday breaks and don’t visit at the hottest time of year.
✅What Do I Need in My Disney Park Bag?
Now let’s talk about what you might like to put in your bag.
Minimally, you need to bring your Magic Bands (if you’re using them) and an ID. If you want to be safe, also bring a credit card and cash.
Past that, it’s somewhat of a personal preference. For example, some people may not be interested in pressing pennies, and people with short hair won’t need hair ties.
So take this list as more of a starting point, and not a definitive, everybody-must-have-all-of-these list. I’m sure it will be easy to see what resonates with you and your situation and what doesn’t.
Okay, this is is pretty non-negotiable. Don’t think that you won’t need sunscreen because it’s cloudy that day, or because it’s November, or because you burn that easily, or whatever. Trust me, you will need sunscreen, and plenty of it.
If your family isn’t as sun-sensitive as we are and you don’t feel that you need a “doctor-approved sunscreen,” you might to consider using a spray sunscreen. They’re much more convenient, especially if you have kids, and sometimes have the added benefit of smelling nice.
Also, don’t forget a lip balm with spf. Here’s one with fun flavors and good ratings:
2. Hat (or other head covering)
If you’ve ever gotten a sunburn on your scalp, you know how important some headcovering is when you’re spending a day outside in Florida.
I have this hat in my wish list for our upcoming trip:
Of course, Mickey and Minnie hats are fun too:
If you want something a little more versatile, you might want to opt for a bandanna:
3. Water bottle with filter
Yes, you can get free ice water at any counter service restaurant, but the tap water tastes … not great. This water filter is inexpensive, durable, BPA-free, and dishwasher-safe.
Sunglasses are important (and fun), and you don’t want to waste your time at the parks shopping for a pair.
5. Pennies & Quarters
Here’s a fun fact: There are 500 pressed penny machines throughout Disney World parks and resorts. Finding and using some of them is a way to keep the kids on their toes and get inexpensive souvenirs (two quarters plus a penny).
Instead of having tons of change banging around in your purse or backpack for the entire trip, you can store them in these, which has the additional benefit of being required to eat many M&Ms first.
If you’re really into the pressed penny idea and plan to get a lot of them, you might want to consider this Disney World pressed penny book for storing them in an organized way. One particularly nice thing about it is that the sections are divided by park, so there’s a specific section for the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, etc.
6.Mickey Mouse Ears
Some people like to carry an extra pair or two of mouse ears in their park bag so they can swap them out during the day.
You can find mouse ears at ShopDisney, but I’m planning to get some at Etsy for my next trip, partly because I like to support small business owners, and partly just because the selection there is amazing.
7. Rain ponchos
We’ve gotten caught in rain twice at Disney World. One time we got drenched, and another time we spent a fortune on the Disney rain ponchos.
Now we know better. These rain ponchos are cheap, disposable, and compact.
The Best Men’s Walking Shoes for Disney World
8. Portable phone charger:
Between using the My Disney Experience app and taking photos, you’re probably going to be using your phone a lot at the parks. You’ll want to have something like this on hand.
9. Hair ties
We have three people in our family with long hair, so we like to have plenty of hair ties on hand. Hair ties help us stay cool and keep hair from blowing in our face while we ride Test Track.
10. Hand Sanitizer
I read that the Magic Kingdom has over 50,000 guests per day. That’s a lot of germs that you’ll be wanting to get off your hands, and your kids’ hand, all day long.
If you like to stick with the Disney theme, there are several cute choices you can get before you arrive at the Disney parks.
Disney Hand Sanitizer with Classic Minnie Mouse HolderDisney Hand Sanitizers with Classic Mickey and Minnie MouseDisney Hand Sanitizer Princess Gels with Backpack ClipDisney Hand sanitizer — Mickey MouseDisney Pixar Cars ~ Hand Sanitizer with ClaspDisney Parks Ariel Hand Sanitizer Keychain
11. Wet Wipes
Similar to hand sanitizer above, but also needed for things like when your 3 year old eats a Mickey ice cream bar.
12. Change of Clothes
We never did this (I told you I was a minimalist), but I can see how it would be handy. There are many reasons you might get drenched, between rain, fountains, and rides like Splash Mountain in Magic Kingdom and Kali River Rapids in Animal Kingdom. (And let’s not forget the possibility of accidents if you have very young children.)
Are you or your kids likely to be miserable if you’re stuck in wet clothes? If the answer is yet, bring some extras, along with gallon-sized Ziploc bags to store the wet clothes in.
The Best Toddler Stroller for Disney World
13. Extra socks
I prefer to wear sandals at Disney World, but if I wore socks, I sure wouldn’t want to walk around in wet ones. You don’t need to have Princess socks — any dry ones will do — but these are cute and don’t take up too much space in your bag:
If you do get a pack of pins before you go to Disney World, make sure you buy official Disney trading pins, because there are some imposters out there.
A lanyard is nice for holding and displaying your pins, but not necessary. Some people prefer to pin them on their park bags or hats.
14. Eye drops
These are good to have on hand if you wear contact lenses. I go so far as to bring an extra contact lens, just because I’m so extremely nearsighted that having a contact tear or get lost during the trip would be a big problem for me.
15. Pain Relief Medication
Every Disney park has a First Aid center, and (somewhat amazingly) they offer a wide variety of over-the-counter medication, like cough syrup and Tums, for free.
However, I know when I start to develop a headache, I don’t want to have to quit what I’m doing and go on a hike looking for some Tylenol, so I always carry a small bottle in my purse.
16. Mosquito Repellant
Same as above — it’s available at First Aid, but you might want to have your own small container on hand.
17. Autograph book and pen for character greeting
Autograph books are not mandatory for for meeting Disney characters, but kids tend to like having them.
These 9 personalized Disney autograph books are really cute and worth checking out.
This is the pen I recommend for Disney signatures because the characters don’t have to fumble with a cap. I’d recommend packing one per kid and then an extra one. If you’re like me, writing utensils always seem to magically disappear.
Check it out here!
18. Ziploc bags
This is for keeping things like cell phones dry when going on water rides. Don’t forget to bring gallon-sized bags to put wet or soiled clothes in if needed.
Even if you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, you’ll want to have some of your own food handy. How much and what kind depends on your family and how much you want to avoid eating the park food. Things like beef jerky, protein bars, and fruit strips work well.
20. Glowstick necklaces
You can easily save a lot of money by buying these at your local dollar store before your trip instead of paying a fortune for them at the parks. I like to have a few extra on hand to pass out to nearby kids who are glowstick-less.
21. Ear Protection for Kids
I never even knew about this until a month ago, but there are headphones specifically created for reducing noise for babies and toddlers.
That may sound strange if you aren’t a parent, but on our very first visit to the Magic Kingdom our girls started howling and shrieking non-stop when the fireworks show started. We had to run as fast as we could and duck for cover inside Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe in Tomorrowland and be entertained by Sonny Eclipse until they were over.
22. Things to Keep Kids Entertained While Waiting in Line
No matter what you to avoid lines, you’re going to have to spend some time waiting in them.
Some people like to have things like bubbles, Play-Doh, pipe cleaners, or other small toys on hand to keep kids occupied. Actually, I’d probably enjoy rolling some Play-Doh balls while rolling in line myself. It sounds peaceful.
23. Portable Misting Fan
We never go to Disney World during the summer, but if we did, we would probably bring something like this.
So, um … that’s kind of a long list, isn’t it?
Don’t worry. I don’t think every single family needs all these things. Then again, you may want to be super-prepared and get almost everything on the list. Everyone is different.
Now it’s your turn.
What’s your favorite bag to bring to Disney? Do you dare to show yourself in pubic wearing a fanny pack? Have you ever tried the Flipbelt? What’s something unique or handy that you always bring into the parks with you?