Having a Disney World vacation can be a very expensive holiday, especially if it’s your first time and you’re not sure how you can find the best deals for your holiday. It’s also very easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re in the middle of the magic and spend a lot more than you may realise.
I’ve learnt a lot through my planning and by visiting last year, and I think I managed to save quite a lot of money by working out what things to buy before you go to Disney World.
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Ponchos are one of the things you need for Disney World. When it rains in Florida (and it will!) you have a couple of choices. You can run for the nearest shelter and stay inside with all the crowds until the rain passes which sometimes happens within five minutes, or you can put on your ponchos and carry on with your day.
Sometimes if the rain doesn’t stop for ages, you will need to make your way from the park to the bus stop or car park. If you’re near the back of the park, you’re going to get wet so you’ll need a poncho.
Of course you can buy lovely ponchos in Disney parks, but they will cost in the region of $10 for an adult poncho with the Disney Parks branding on them. Some of the best ponchos for Disney can be purchased for a lot less via Amazon.
Each one comes in an individual clear bag which you can then fold the poncho back into. We kept ours for the time we were on holiday and then threw them away, but they are a purchase I will definitely make before the next holiday.
A new addition this year was a cooling towel. We visited in August so knew it was going to be really hot. To combat this in the past we have used zip lock bags with wet flannels in them, but this year we invested in a cooling towel and it really was one of my must haves for Disney World.
You can buy some lovely Disney World autograph books in the parks, but they are so much cheaper if you buy them before you go.
I bought a plain coloured one, and it worked just as well. It also meant that Miss A could personalise it with the Disney stickers that the cast members handed to her almost daily without ruining the lovely design of the more expensive books.
Taking your own water bottle to Disney World not only saves the environment as you’re not using throw away cups or new plastic bottles each time you purchase a drink, it also helps keep the cost down. You can use your own water bottles to refill at water fountains around the parks.
What is the best water bottle for Disney World? We like to buy ones that are not too large and can fit in the side pocket of a rucksack. It’s also a good idea to buy insulated water bottles to keep your drinks cool in the Floria heat.
Glow sticks are a great way to brighten up the night when you are waiting to watch the fireworks or evening shows. Glow sticks are inexpensive and easy to carry. You may even save money by not having to buy the flashing toys on offer everywhere in the parks.
Spray bottle misting fans for Disney World
My one main regret during our last holiday was not buying a spray fan. When you are standing in a line for rides in 90 degree heat you need something to cool you down when the queue moves you out of the shade. They are on sale in the parks for around $20 or so.
By the eleventh day, I really wished I had spent the money. Even better though is to be prepared and pay a lot less before you go.
I like to have a supply of hand sanitiser in our bag for this moments when you’re buying a quick snack but there isn’t a bathroom nearby.
If you are planning on taking your child to Bippity Boppity Boutique to be turned into their favourite princess or pirate, you can save money by taking their own outfit with you. Character outfits don’t take up too much room in your case and they don’t weigh very much at all.
Waterproof Phone Pouch
Even if you have a rucksack with you for your belongings, it’s a good idea to buy a waterproof pouch for your phone or tablet whilst you are on water rides, or for when it rains. The humidity can be high during certain months of the year, and the last thing you want is for your phone or camera to become wet and damaged
Ours came in very handy for hubby to be able to capture me in the wet seat on Kali River Rapids this year!
Disney Pins and Lanyard
There are so many Disney Pins you can buy in all the parks and resorts. If you are looking to pin trade with the children, then it’s a good idea to purchase authentic pins and a lanyard before you go as it’ll save so much money compared to buying a starter set in the parks.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and visiting the most magical place in the world means that you WILL be taking plenty of photos and videos. I found that my phone needed charging at least once a day, and then we had the tablet, camera etc etc. Travel adaptors are very reasonable priced, and easy to pack before you go away.
Have I missed anything? What would you buy before going to Disney World? When you’re at Walt Disney World, this post shows what we pack in our Disney day bag