Planning a trip to Disneyland is no easy feat. Between buying tickets, deciding which rides to FastPass, and booking accommodations, it’s a whole ordeal. But more often than not, travelers become frustrated when figuring out what to bring to Disneyland.
Creating a Disneyland packing list requires the perfect combo of research, finesse, and strategy. Fortunately for you, we’ve done all the legwork—you just need to do the packing!
Here’s what to bring to Disneyland and what you should leave at home.
What to Bring to Disneyland: Packing Your Suitcase
If you’re staying at one of Disneyland’s resort hotels or a nearby lodging option, you’ll have to pack items for several days.
For the best trip ever, make sure you pack the essentials:
- Flip Flops or Sandals
- Sneakers or Tennis Shoes
- Rain Jacket
- Toothbrush and Toothpaste
- Eyewear Necessities
- Hair Conditioner
- Face Wash
- Shaving Cream
- Hair Products
- Personal Medicines
- Lip Balm
- Camera Batteries and/or Charger
- Cell Phone Charger
- Large Ziploc Bags
- Hand Sanitizer
- Printed Hotel Reservations
- Printed Theme Park and Attraction e-Tickets
Of course, you know yourself better than anyone else. If there are certain items you need to travel with, add them to the packing list!
When deciding what outfits to bring to Disneyland, double-check the weather forecast. While Anaheim is typically sunny and pleasant, you never know when that sporadic rain shower may hit.
Additionally, wear comfortable walking shoes. Flip flops and sandals are fine for the pool, but will quickly become a painful nuisance as you walk around the park!
What to Bring to Disneyland: Inside the Parks
Arguably the most important part of the packing process is getting your day bag together. Even if you’re the cargo pants wearing type, backpacks and other types of day bags come in handy when spending the entire day at Disneyland.
For the most magical Disneyland vacation, be sure to pack:
- Cell Phone
- Phone Charger
- Camera & Extra Batteries
- Theme Park Tickets
- Cash/Credit Card
- Drivers License/ID
- Water Bottle
- Autograph Book
- Lip Balm
- Hand Sanitizer
- Wet Wipes
Pro Tip: If you’re looking to visit Disneyland on a budget, consider bringing your own snacks and water for the day. You’ll minimize the amount of money you spend on food throughout the day and maximize your time on rides!
What to Skip for Your Disneyland Trip
The items you pack for your day at the park must also be in accordance with Disneyland’s rules. The following items are strictly prohibited from entering the Disneyland parks:
- Pets—which may be kept at the on-site kennel. (Separate fees apply and space is limited.) Service Animals are permitted.
- Scooters (motorized and non-motorized)
- Remote control toys
- Inline skates
- Shoes with built-in wheels
- Pogo sticks
- 2-wheeled vehicles, including Segway™ Human Transporters
- Strollers larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long
- Stroller wagons and wagons
- Suitcases, backpacks or similar bags with wheels
- Suitcases, backpacks or similar bags larger than 18″ wide x 25″ high x 37″ deep (the size of our large rentable lockers)
- Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an ECV, wheelchair or stroller
- Coolers larger than 6-pack sized are not permitted into the theme parks
- Loose ice inside coolers
- Alcohol, marijuana (including marijuana-enriched products) and any illegal substances are strictly prohibited
- Folding chairs, with the exception of cane-chair and seat-walker mobility aids
- Glass containers, with the exception of baby food containers, medicine or small perfume bottles (under 4 oz)
- Sporting goods or equipment (e.g., baseball bats, helmets, hockey sticks, golf clubs, bows and arrows, camping equipment, chairs, stools, tables, and Frisbees)
- Weapons of any kind or object that appear to be weapons (toy guns, toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
- Self-defense equipment (e.g., pepper spray, mace, stun guns)
- Restraining devices (e.g., handcuffs, zip ties) or any suspicious items (e.g., box cutters, razor blades, duct tape, wire)
- Items that may be disruptive (e.g. laser pointers, slingshots, stink bombs, air horns)
- Cremated remains (e.g., urns, vases, boxes)
- Miscellaneous other items (tools, fire extinguishers, musical instruments, megaphones, pots, and pans)
- Wrapped gifts (all gifts must be able to be unwrapped for inspection)
- Items with spikes (e.g. purses, bracelets, etc.)
- Selfie sticks (hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices)
Yes, it’s a lot. But it’s for your safety! Skip these items when organizing your Disneyland packing list.
Quick Tips for Visiting Disneyland
Once you’ve got your luggage and daypack organized and know what to bring to Disneyland, it’s time to hit the parks! Here are a few quick tips to help you have the best day ever:
Download the Disneyland App
Check wait times, use interactive maps, and discover where your favorite characters are in the park with the help of the Disneyland app.
Have a Ride List
If you know you absolutely must ride Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or Dumbo the Flying Elephant, make a list of your top rides and conquer these first! Having a “must ride” list will help you organize your list.
Charge that Phone
While it may be nice to unplug, you’ll rely on your phone a lot at Disneyland. From using the park app to taking pictures of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, you’ll want to keep an eye on your battery life throughout the day. Try using an external battery charger to avoid the need to find an outlet.
Have a Magical Trip!
Now that you know what to bring to Disneyland, it’s time to plan the rest of your trip. Make sure you know what to do in Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge and how to snag the best Disneyland discounts before you go!