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Updated: June 2021

If you’ve been to Disneyland Paris, you know all the things you need to consider when packing your Disney park bag if you are planning to visit for the first time and have never been, then this is the post for you. What to pack in your Disney park bag.

It is never going to be an easy task, do you pack one large bag for the family, spilt between two bags, or carry your own? These are all questions that would suit each family. We personally take one large bag with a built-in cool bag section (a must-have if visiting in the summer).

Here are the key essentials for your Disney park bag.

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The Perfect Disney Park Bag

You firstly want to keep your packing list simple, to a minimum and include essentials only. There is no point filling your bag with jumpers and cardigans if you visit in the summer months and sun lotion if you are visiting in November.

This packing guide is suited more towards a Disneyland Paris park bag rather than the American versions. Still, some items are universal between all parks, and one of the major and first considerations should be the type of bag taking into consideration size, weight, pockets, and accessories.

Choosing your Park Bag

Visiting Disneyland Paris is a very different experience to visiting Disney World in Florida. Most trips to Paris are weekend breaks or short trips and often involve a small carry-on bag, I highly recommend Cabin Max Travel Hack suitcase. Which can be used as a few days travel or as cabin luggage for a trip to Florida. Florida trips are more likely to be at least a week if not two and involve more luggage.

So when considering your Disney park bag, consider if it will be stored in your carry-on luggage or if you will be using it during your travels?

Meeting Winnie the Pooh

As a Mum, I always opt for a large backpack with lots of pockets, and it allows you to keep your hands free as you roam around the parks. Our bag also has straps that can clip it to the back of strollers, wheelchairs or pushchairs should you need this accessory.

The best Disney park bag I have ever purchased is the Marcello baby changing bag, although my children are no longer baby’s it was an amazing buy with a USB charging port, wipe holder pocket, insulated pockets and stroller straps and has a padded back, so not so harsh while walking around all day. The interior space is larger than many of the other bags I have used, and I haven’t been able to fault it.

Having a teenager in the family, who likes the nicer things in life, this Hype Disney Minnie Leopard Backpack is just beautiful and something she insisted I purchased. Having a little one obsessed with Toy Story, I have had to accommodate his wish to have some kind of bag and this Disney Toy Story Lunch bag is so cute.

Jessie During Disneyland Paris Parade

Disney Park Bag Essentials

Never underestimate a good, large, comfortable backpack for any theme park or Disney park. Now you’ve considered and chosen your bag; you now need to find those essentials to fill it with. Here are some must-have essentials to include in your Disney park bag.

Snacks – The way to survive any park trip is to plan ahead with snacks because you never know when the little ones will need something to take their minds of the queues. I’m one of those who embrace all the Disney merch and took a Disney inspired snack pot for all those little snacks. I also took some Sistema To Go Knick Knack pots as they are stackable and easy to throw in a bag. I would consider keeping snacks simple, snacks that don’t need refrigerators.

Refillable Water Bottle – Drink prices at Disneyland Paris are extortionate. The last thing you want to do is pay through the nose for bottled water when there are plenty of accessible water fountains where you can refill your Disney themed water bottles for free. I prefer the leak-proof bottles rather than the tumbler type bottles as the lids have a habit of falling off or leaking. If space is an issue, consider a collapsible water bottle, which is great for fast-moving families.

Baby Wipes – No bag would be complete with a pack of baby wipes. From sticky fingers, unforeseen spills or mess. You might even opt for Disney themed baby wipes. I’m a sucker for a theme. If you are regular user, I highly recommend signing up for the subscribe & save on Amazon, you can save up to 15% on regularly needed essentials.

Poncho/Rain Coat – Living in the UK, we are used to having to throw a raincoat or poncho into the back of the car. Paris weather is extremely similar to the UK, so don’t forget to pack your Disney inspired poncho. For those of you who prefer a more permanent option, you can purchase a waterproof raincoat.

Camera – Most of us use our phones to take photos or videos these days. If like me you take far too many photos you could maximise your phone space within hours. Your best option is to buy a separate, compact digital camera like the this digital vlogging camera like we did.

Mini First Aid Kit – When my children were baby’s I put together my own first aid kit that fit inside our baby changing bag. It’s still in use today and has come in very handy. It’s very similar to this extremely cute first aid in on Amazon and it sits comfortably in a changing bag or rucksack.

Lanyard & Holder for Ticket – Disneyland Paris have yet to introduce magic bands. Hence, tickets are either paper cards, or if staying at an on-site hotel like The Hotel Cheyenne, you get a plastic room key with park tickets, and dining included. So during our recent visit, I purchased a lanyard and hold for our tickets, so they were easy to find. Obviously if you are travelling with a special needs child or adult, a sunflower lanyard would be an excellent choice.

Portable Fan – Depending on the time of year you visit will depend on whether you need to purchase a portable handheld fan. It can get sweltering in the summer months, and this came in very handy waiting in line.

Sun Lotion – Again, if you are visiting in the spring to summer months, it is a good idea to take a bottle of sun lotion. We buy all our lotion from Superdrug as they have a great summer and holiday section.

Portable Charger – You may not be surprised to learn that phone batteries die. Park apps, taking photos, sharing on social media and just general use can have your phone battery die within hours. There is the option to hire a portable charger from Disneyland Paris, pop along to one of the many charger rental points. If you’d prefer your own version, we opted to purchase the Poweradd EnergyCell due to its compact nature.

Small Wallet or Purse – No one wants to lug around a large purse full of store cards for shops that are based near your home. I purchased the cutest Loungefly Disney Logo Card wallet to keep some cash, ID and credit cards safe.

Park Map – Collect a park from the entrance of either park and place it in your bag or make sure you download the Disneyland Paris park app.

Autograph Book – If your kids are keen autograph hunters, then grab yourself a cute autograph book and include it in your bag in case you bag a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. I especially love this cute Disney autograph book as it also doubles as a photo book.

Hint: MagicBands are currently not available at Disneyland Paris.

Bag – Covid Edition

We live in strange times when no one really knows when restrictions will be lifted. It didn’t feel right to do a post about park bags without mentioning the added requirements of covid-19, apart from everything mentioned above.

Face Masks – Disneyland Paris states that over the age of six, all guests must wear an appropriate face covering at all times except eating. There are many places you can buy face masks; even ShopDisney offer a variety of designs to purchase before your trip.

Hand Sanitiser – There are over 2,000 hand sanitiser stations around the parks, in-shop and restaurant entrances, and visiting attractions. We all seem to have become accustomed to carrying hand sanitiser in our bags, and I feel this is here to stay. After some research, I discovered that the best sanitiser is Dettol so I purchased a pack of 12 mini bottles from Amazon. Perfect size for a handbag or even a pocket.

Hand Wipes/Anti-Bacterial Wipes– Sometimes you just need a little hand sanitiser wipe after touching a surface and these Dettol 2-in-1 Antibacterial wipes are perfect for hands and those all-important surfaces.

If you are travelling to Disneyland Paris, remember that if you or any family member feel unwell that it’s best you either don’t travel or you get a negative test before arrival. No one wants their trip ruined because they end up spending it self-isolating in a hotel room.

Are you booking a trip to Disneyland Paris this year? Are you waiting until Covid is at least bearable? Let me know in the comments.

Disneyland Paris Castle

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8 Comments

    1. We went in the heat of summer and it was boiling! Thankfully I was prepared but I’ve been in the spring and it’s rained! Thank you for taking a look. 🙂

    1. My little ones loved it, I can’t wait to take them to Florida. That’s my dream when life is a little easier. 🙂

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