You’ve got your tickets, you’ve booked the travel and accommodation, now all you need to think about is packing. “But wait. What things do I need to take to a theme park?” I hear you ask.
Outlined below I will tell you the top ten things that you should always remember to take to the parks with you.
By far, the most important thing to pack! Florida can get pretty darn hot, even during the winter months. Even when the sun isn’t shining, you can still get sunburnt through clouds. Pack it!
Bringing a reusable bottle of water (or any liquid for that matter) can be an absolute lifesaver during those hot days out. Once you’ve consumed it all, you can go to a nearby water fountain and refill it and reuse it again.
Tip: We usually freeze our drinks (non-carbonated) when we head to the theme parks. This allows them to stay freezing cold all day long.
You would be surprised at how many people actually forget their camera. Yes, most parks have photographers (that charge big bucks for prints) but if you want to take your own photographic memories, remember that camera! There are often signs displaying photo opportunities or character meet and greets.
Comfortable Walking Shoes
Think about how many miles you will be walking during one day. You probably won’t notice how much you actually travel, as you will be having too much fun! But wearing uncomfortable shoes and getting blisters all over your feet can really spoil your day. This is especially true for your children because they will get really cranky!
Or just a credit card. You will most definitely need to bring some form of payment with you. There is a heck of a lot of shopping to be done. Wouldn’t it be a shame if you forgot your wallet? Most of the things that you can buy in the Orlando theme parks are not like regular theme parks. Most other parks have a load of junk that you REALLY shouldn’t buy! But at the Orlando theme parks (especially EPCOT) there is a lot of really neat merchandise to get your hands on.
The problem that we see most often is a Merchandise Host receiving an unsigned card for payment and the guest not having a photo ID to accompany it. Disney have a rule where they cannot accept unsigned credit cards without a valid photo ID (drivers license or passport). Also if you want to consume any alcohol (and are of course over 21) you will need proof of your age. Especially when “drinking around the world” at EPCOT.
Ziploc Food Bag
A food bag?! Is this guy serious? YES! But not to put food in. Picture this. You’re on a water ride going down the highest drop, your raft plunges into the water and covers you completely. But wait! You left your cell phone in your pocket and now it’s totally water logged and won’t switch on. Wouldn’t it be seriously cool if you had a Ziploc food bag to put it in so it would be protected against water? Pack it!
And what good would a food bag be without your cell phone? But more importantly, what happens when you lose your younger children in the crowds and you have no way to be contacted? (Don’t panic – happens all the time and security are prepared).
TOP TIP: The best way to prepare for this is to take a pen and write your cell phone number on your kids arms so that they have a copy of your number to contact you. Make sure you tell them that IF you get separated, go to a park employee and tell them you need to contact the number on their arm. You will soon be reunited. Want to keep from messing up your child’s arms? Just write it on a piece of paper instead and get them to put it into their pocket. You should also take a photo of your children each time you arrive at the park so that you have an accurate description, including what clothes they have on, to show to security.
Poncho/ Rain Jacket
Sure, they sell them inside the park, and they also charge mega bucks for them. My best advice is to buy them from Walmart or another grocery store. The average price at the parks is around $9 as of this publication. Walmart price? $1.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Disney keep their ponchos locked away in a cupboard until it rains? “As soon as they hear the storms, they make a mad dash to put out all the ponchos. Time to make some money for the Mouse. But seriously, buy from Walmart. They may not be the best quality but it will save you 7 bucks” (Undisclosed Disney Cast Member).
A Spare Outfit
Remember earlier on when you were plunged into rivers of that water ride and got totally drenched? Well imagine having to walk around all day with soaking wet clothes! We’ve all done it before. Sure the hot sun will dry you a little bit but if you don’t enjoy being wet, you may be miserable for hours. And you’re meant to be having fun!