The Best Things to Buy Before Going to Disney World

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Need help packing for Disney World and not sure what to purchase in advance? With the high cost of everything at Disney, there are a number of things to buy before going to Disney World. Anything that you can save money on in advance helps to leave room in the budget for the room and tickets, food and a special souvenir or two. 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.

Disney Autograph Books

Getting the character’s autographs is one of my fondest memories of Disney World growing up. Now that character meet and greets are officially back, we’re excited for both kiddos to have those up close moments with the characters and get all of the autographs they can. 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.

Disney Clothing

Target, Old Navy, Kohls and Amazon all have a great selection of Disney clothing for the whole family. We tend to coordinate with colors and/or a theme (like Star Wars tees for Hollywood Studios) but don’t dress completely in matching family Disney shirts. Our kiddos also wear Disney t-shirts all year round, so it’s not typically something we’re buying just for a family trip.

I’ve linked Disney outfits to each of these stores below. Amazon is great in a pinch, but we tend to find the best deals with Target or Kohl’s and Old Navy when they have sales. For women, Old Navy’s activewear line is great for skorts and dresses with shorts built in.

  • Look for Disney outfits at Target here.
  • Search family Disney t-shirts from Old Navy here.
  • Find thousands of Disney clothing items on Amazon here.
  • Search Disney clothes at Kohls here.
  • Gap, Zara and H&M also have cute Disney clothes for kids.

ShopDisney is also great for purchasing items directly from Disney that you can also find in the parks. They tend to have sales about once a month, so be on the lookout for deals on Disney clothing and accessories before your next trip.

Etsy is also great if you want more personalized matching family t-shirts for Disney. My son and I did a one-day Disney trip and coordinated with these “Best Day Ever” Disney shirts.

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 inexpensive Minnie Mouse ears on our first trip to Disney with kids, and you can find several other options for Mickey and Minnie ears here.

For the best quality Minnie ears, ShopDisney is usually the best place to look, or you can find great Minnie ear headbands on Etsy too.

For younger kids who may not keep Minnie or Mickey ears on, there are also several options for Mickey hats or baby Minnie ear headbands.

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.

If you’re wondering what to pack for Disney in February or March, a lightweight rain coat is always a great option. I have this lightweight women’s raincoat and we also have these raincoats for toddlers.


Be sure to purchase sunscreen in advance and bring it with you to Disney. We learned the hard way on our son’s first trip to Disney World in the winter 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.

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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.

Miscellaneous Items to Pack for Disney

Below are a handful of other items to add to your Disney World packing list. We’ve found these especially useful when visiting Disney World with kids.

Are there any other things you’d recommend buying before your trip to Disney World? I’d love to hear in the comments.

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10 thoughts on “The Best Things to Buy Before Going to Disney World”

  1. These are all great ideas! Especially the rain ponchos! The weather in Orlando is so unpredictable and rain showers can pop up unexpectedly…

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