We’re currently less than a month away from our next trip to Disney World. That means I’m starting to think about packing for Disney and purchasing anything we need in advance of our trip. With the high cost of everything at Disney, there are a number of things to buy before going to Disney World. Anything that we can save money on in advance helps to leave room in the budget for a special souvenir or two at Disney World.
Keep reading for our list of what to buy before Disney World.
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Disney Gift Cards
Did you know that buying Disney Gift Cards at Target can actually get you 5% off? If you have a Target RedCard, you‘re eligible for 5% off all gift cards- not just Disney! For that reason, Disney gift cards are the top of our list of things to buy before Disney World. In addition to using gift cards at the parks, you can also use them to pay for your Disney hotel and tickets in advance. We learned this trick along with other tips to save money on Disney before booking our recent vacation.
You can sign up for a Target RedCard now by going here.
Pro Tip: You can only use one gift card at a time when making payments on your Disney vacation. You’re able to consolidate Disney gift cards up to $1,000, however, using the Disney gift card website. Be aware that Target will some times place restrictions on gift card purchases. If you purchase large amounts of gift cards ($1,500-$2,000+) you may need to wait 24-48 hours before buying more.
Getting the character’s autographs is one of my fondest memories of Disney World growing up. My son will be almost 3 years old on our next trip to Disney. And it seemed like the perfect age to get him his very first autograph book. If you’re looking for the best autograph book for Disney World, we ordered this Disney autograph book. It comes with a pen and stickers. Plus it’s about half the price of purchasing an autograph book at Disney World.
For our upcoming trip, we added a few more Disney items to our toddler’s wardrobe, since he grew out of the things we bought him on the last trip. This zipper down sweatshirt is perfect for layering with the cooler mornings at Disney in the winter. You can also find several different Disney shirts for kids here.
Etsy is also great if you want more personalized matching Disney shirts for your family.
Minnie and Mickey Mouse Ears
Minnie and Micky Mouse ears are a great way to get in the Disney spirit without dressing from head to toe Disney. (If that’s not your thing!) We bought these cheap Minnie Mouse ears for our last trip to Disney. The headband is comfortable and the quality is pretty good for the price.
You can find several other options for Mickey and Minnie ears here.
For younger kids who may not keep Minnie or Mickey ears on, there are also several options for Mickey hats.
Ponchos for Disney
Between the frequent rain forecast in Florida to the water rides, Ponchos are great to have for Disney. These are some of the best ponchos for Disney World, since they’re inexpensive and also durable.
We learned the hard way on our son’t first trip to Disney World that sunscreen is always a necessity, regardless of the forecast. Like most things, sunscreen is expensive at Disney World. Our favorite sunscreen for babies and toddlers is Babyganics. These leak proof travel bottles are also great for sunscreen if you’re packing for Disney in a carry-on.
Purchase sunscreen in advance and bring it with you. It will save lot of money compared to buying sunscreen in a Disney gift shop!
Seasonal Disney Gear
In addition to the items mentioned above, I also recommend purchasing Christmas or Halloween items for Disney in advance of your trip. Given that our last trip was to Disney at Christmas, we have some experience with how to pack for Disney in December. We lucked out with weather in the 70s F the entire time.
With Disney being so festive at Christmas, it’s always a great idea to dress up too. Our son had this Mickey Christmas shirt, and there are some cute Disney Christmas shirts for girls at Target as well. We also saw these Christmas bulb necklaces throughout the Disney stores. They cost so much less on Amazon!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is another popular time to go to Disney. If you’re packing for Disney in October, I highly recommend bringing Disney Halloween costumes to get extra festive for the holiday. You can also find more Disney Halloween gear here.
Are there any other things to buy before Disney World that you’d recommend? I’d love to hear in the comments.
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