A Disney vacation for most people usually means at least two days and often as long as a week. Not planning ahead can mean forking over money for necessities that you would probably prefer to spend on memorabilia and souvenirs. Take into account the particulars of what a vacation at Disney means when planning for a trip: sun, long lines, tired feet, and stores selling items you’ll need for twice the price you could get them outside the park.
Bring swimsuits to Disney even if you aren’t planning on visiting the water parks. Every Disney resorts has at least one swimming pool and the kids may actually prefer to wear swimsuits to the park so that they get wet on the water rides without chafing or walking around with soaked clothing.
To beat back the boredom of standing in line for two hours for a two minute long ride, pack the kids’ Gameboy or PSP or any other handheld gaming device. If you have portable digital video device that allows you to watch movies and TV shows you have downloaded or converted, that’s a surefire way to make the line wait seem shorter.
Bring along at least two pairs of shoes that you have already broken in. Disney is not the place to break in shoes. The reason your need at least two, and preferably three, pairs of shoes is because you will probably get on a water ride that will leave your shoes soaked. In order to avoid blistering and just plain discomfort, take an extra pair to the park for switching out after the first pair gets wet.
Buy a multi-pack of batteries for cameras, video games, MP3 players, and portable digital video players before you get into the park. Just as a 20 oz. bottle of soft drink costs three times as much inside park as outside, so do the batteries sold inside every park store cost way more than necessary. Digital cameras are especially likely to need multiple battery changes so come prepared.
Protect yourself from the ravages of the sun by bringing along sunglasses, a hat or visor, and sunscreen. Count on being exposed to the sun’s rays for anywhere from five to eight hours. A Disney vacation should be treated essentially like a beach vacation in regard to protecting your skin from the UV rays of the sun.
Keep all the stuff that you buy during your trip to the park in some kind of zipped storage bag. You can find nice bags at the park and you may not be bothered by the hefty price tag, but it is a lot cheaper to bring your own. The preference for a zipped goodie bag is to protect yourself against thieves.