“Fantasy and reality often overlap.” -
Planning your trip - what do you need for a
magical trip?! We go over our basics and
things that make our trips easier!
We have an Amazon list of a bunch of the things we use on a regular basis when we're in the parks!
Snacks - save some money on snacks in the park. Raisins, crackers, trail mix, granola bars, etc are good for keeping your hunger at bay. You’re walking, and sweating(!), a lot. You need to snack to keep your energy up. You do not want to have to buy snacks in the park. They won’t have what you want, and it will be really pricey. Save that for treats you can’t live without - like churros, stuffed pretzels, frozen lemonade, caramel apple, or whatever treat you love.
Water Bottles - why pay $4 for a water bottle in the park? Plus - all restaurants will give you cups of ice water for free. Some of them give a large cup - Alien Pizza Planet in Tomorrowland, Plaza Inn at the end of Main Street - I can’t remember who else. Do not get dehydrated!
Sunscreen - so much cheaper when purchased elsewhere! And you don’t want to get a sunburn - thats a great way to ruin your trip. Banana Boat is my personal favorite. It has a spray kind - which I prefer - and it doesn't feel sticky or heavy, but it's really effective. Kristin burns really easily, and have not had a problem with Banana Boat.
Jacket - It gets chilly at night most of the year. Check the weather forecast. Or you can spend $50 on a hoodie there……
Chapstick - any of your choice! (Kristin's personal favorite is Avon's Care Deeply - been using it for years - it's the BEST! IMO). :)
Cash or debit card and ID.
Stroller - if you have small kids, bring your own stroller. They do rent them there for $15 a day for a single stroller, $35 for a double, which isn’t bad, but they don’t have a ton of storage and have been used by who knows how many kids before you? You can also keep things in the stroller. People are generally very respectful of strollers - no things taken from them when they’re parked for rides, or shows, or something, generally. There’s never a guarantee, of course. I, personally, wouldn’t leave anything expensive in there. But I’m paranoid about things being stolen. Our daughter leaves things (diaper bag, toys, food, etc) all the time and has never had a problem. So it’s up to you. Click here for info on stroller rentals on the website.
Bag to carry it all in - I prefer a backpack. It’s easier to get through crowds without a bag in my hands - and not as annoying as carrying a bag. A back pack is so convenient!
Extra Items, if needed/wanted:
Ibuprofen and Band Aids are never a bad idea either. Easier to do yourself than go to First Aid. Although they're really nice in there! :)
Pins for trading (and extra pin backs for the inevitable lost, or dropped, pin backs!)
Autograph books or something for characters to sign
Things for the kids to do in downtimes - such as: waiting for food at restaurants, standing in line for rides or characters, waiting for a parade or show, etc. Basically to help with waiting. I like the packs in the dollar section of Target that have crayons, stickers and a couple of coloring pages for the kids. They rotate characters - some are Disney, some are not - but they’re really cute. And the bags are resealable.
Also - if you’re going with kids - go to the Dollar Store and get glow in the dark things for them to have at night. They’ll feel a part of the experience when it gets dark - and it won’t cost you a fortune. We have purchased things for the grandkids to play with - like a cool spinning Buzz Lightyear toy that lights up. It was great for the night. But they didn’t last forever, of course, and they weren’t cheap. So we go to the Dollar Store now. The kids love those things just as much. And you don’t worry if they’re lost or broken - it's no big deal.
Chris and I have our designated Disneyland backpacks. Mine is always ready - I was not as prepared for the birth of any of my 3 children! I never had a bag packed, like they suggest. But for Disney trips? My bag is always ready! :) What if there is a last minute, emergency Disney trip? I need to be prepared! (Call me!)
I roll my jacket rolled up and put it in the bottom. My sunscreen goes in a large baggie - that way if it spills, it doesn’t get on my stuff. I also have a small tube of regular lotion in a baggie, for my dry hands.
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Welcome to Our Disney Adventures with Kristin and Ali - a podcast featuring Disneyland tips, tricks, magic and more. Helping first time goers and avid fans alike find ways to create their own Disney adventures.
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