Visiting Disney is one of my favorite things to do, and thankfully my family feels the same. It’s a dream of ours to visit every Disney Park around the world. Since our first family trip to Disneyland when Benjamin turned two, to our most recent visit to Walt Disney World, this stroller has been with us through countless Disney miles. After so many visits, we’ve pretty much got our packing system down. For those of you putting together your Disney packing list for your first visit to Disneyland, Walt Disney World, or any of the Disney Parks, here’s how to pack the ultimate emergency stroller kit for Disney.
Originally published May 2018; Updated June 2021
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First of all, it should go without saying that I highly recommend utilizing a stroller for as long as you possibly can! I sometimes hit 20k steps on an active Disney day and that would be really hard to do with a little one without a stroller. It allows our kiddo to rest and even nap, and also serves to carry things for us. To date, we’ve always traveled with our own umbrella stroller, since you can check a stroller for free on most airlines. However, should you not want to travel with one, Disney does offer a great rental service at every Disney park.
I purchased this adorable, customized “Stroller Spotter“ on Etsy. I would consider this an “extra” but it really does make spotting our stroller easier in the crowd of designated stroller parking throughout every park. Occasionally, Cast Members have to move your stroller a bit, and this has helped us to find our stroller easily in that situation as well.
Before you are able to walk into any Disney park, a Cast Member will look through your belongings. This includes anything you might have stored in the stroller. Having a bag like this, makes it easy and quick to pull out, look through, and put back under the stroller seat, before walking through.
I am a huge fan of the TravelWise Packing Cube System, which is a 5-piece luggage organizer set. We have the teal and pink sets, but there are several colors available. Packing cubes are life-changing in terms of packing for vacation! They help keep things tidy and organized. Pictured here is one of the two medium packing cubes included. It’s the perfect size for our ultimate emergency stroller kit because it fits everything we need and can easily be packed and then transferred under the stroller seat.
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What to pack in your ultimate emergency stroller kit. (and a few things you might just like to have):
In my lifetime I’ve experienced rainy days at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, and have still had a blast at both! Even if you don’t see it in the forecast, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, especially at WDW, and you’ll save a ton of money should you need them. They’re disposable but come in a tiny bag if you want to hang on to it after it dries.
No definition needed. 😉 Also, essential oils or anything you would normally use to treat a minor scrape or blister. Hello, Lavender!
Disney pins for trading
We keep our trades on a separate lanyard than our “keeps”. Here are my tips for Disney pin trading for beginners. If you plan on pin trading, get this mini storage case with locking pin backs for your keepers and a pack of these pin backs for your traders. In the picture, our pins are in that Minnie Mouse “Dots are Hot!” tin.
Hand and face wipes
Necessary for cleaning up sticky messes from all those yummy Disney treats!
We swear by these! We use them for our iPhones, iPad, camera lenses, glasses, sunnies, etc. I like to throw a few in this bag just in case.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen
These are long days to be without sun protection and sometimes you’re offered limited shade. We use Alba sunscreen. I also like using the Miami Gorgeous sunscreen stick for my face and Babyganics Pure Mineral sunscreen stick for my son’s.
Glow Sticks and Bubble Solution
Hit up the dollar store or Target for this! Bubbles are a great way to kill time in line or waiting for the parade to start. If you splurge on a bubble souvenir, bringing your own solution will save you money so you don’t have to purchase refills. Every kid is wanting a glow in the dark souvenir once the sun goes down! I purchased enough for our entire trip—glow necklaces, sword, bracelets, for about $10!
Extra Magic Bands [at your own risk]
We have a purchased set of Magic Bands, but when you stay at a Disney Resort, they also give you a set. I am so glad we had our extra set packed in the stroller because we had one fall off and would have either missed using our last FastPass or purchase another band at the park.
Medication and Motion Sickness Relief
Don’t forget any Rx meds you’re taking or might need in case of an emergency. Ibuprofen is always good to have on hand. We also bring Hyland’s 4 Kids Natural Calm’n Restful tablets (for towards the end of fun) and Motion Sickness Relief tablets. If you think you might have issues with motion sickness, I highly recommend Gem Gem All Natural Ginger Candy. Oh my goodness! So good. We also love using a Young Living essential oil blend called TummyGize — it’s geared toward children but I love it for myself too!
Portable Phone Charger
Not pictured but HIGHLY recommended! My husband and I each have a Belkin Pocket Power Bank. As you can imagine or may know, we take a ton of photos and videos with our phones to share on Instagram, etc. These help extend the battery life significantly.
Empty grocery bags or ziplocks
Accidents happen — you can’t go wrong with having a stash of bags “just in case”.
In addition to everything mentioned above, you could also fit a child’s windbreaker and change of clothes. A windbreaker or sweater is nice for the cooler evenings and a change of clothes is always useful when we’re talking about kids, am I right?
Having everything I may ever need in my emergency stroller kit really allows me to enjoy myself at Disney. Things happen, but you don’t have to let it ruin the Disney Magic, and I hope you have the most magical time!
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