My Disneyworld Packing List

All across the internet there are a variety of lists for what you “must have” for Disneyworld. While this is my first trip, I find these lists must be made by people who are driving in to the parks, as those of us flying can’t take an extra two pieces of luggage to bring the whole kitchen sink. This list has my basics, being informed from our Disneyland trips. Please note that we do not have any children attending our little adventure, and plan accordingly for your own luggage. We are also not going to the water parks.

Disneyworld Packing List

Clothing: (A note about clothing- normally I pack less when traveling for multiple days and re-wear things like jeans multiple times, but Disney days are very athletic (you will walk several miles a day minimum), and you tend to get sweaty and yuck. I’d err on the side of caution and pack extra, especially if you have free luggage like we do through Southwest. )

  • Comfortable clothing for each day of the trip +2 outfits (unless you plan on washing clothes part way through your trip)
  • One dressy outfit
  • Rain Coat
  • Sweater
  • enough undies for the trip +2
  • enough socks for the trip +2
  • Walking Shoes
  • Dressy Shoes
  • Walking Sandals (Chacos!)

Pharmacy/Toiletries

  • Advil
  • BandAids
  • Neosporin
  • Aloe Vera
  • Pepto Bismol
  • Tums
  • Cold Medicine
  • Blow Dryer
  • Hair Ties
  • Make Up/Face Wash
  • Moleskin

Other Things for the Room

  • Laundry Bag
  • Detergent
  • Coffee/Tea

Park Bag

  • Water Bottle
  • Power Bank
  • Sun Screen
  • Tissues
  • Body Glide
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Snacks
  • Magic Towel
  • Extra Ziplock Baggies
  • Magic Band

 

 

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Disneyworld Redux, Part 1

Oh my lanta. As you all know, we went to Orlando for 8 days at the beginning of the month-our first ever trip to Disneyworld. I’m a big Disneyland person, but I am so glad we got the opportunity to go experience the chaos of Disneyworld. My first impression was that I am SO GLAD we went in the off season, as I cannot imagine how crowded that place gets in the summer! Today I’ll give you my impression of each of the parks, next week I’ll go more in depth with some tips and tricks I picked up on my trip!

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Magic Kingdom is a classic park, modeled after Disneyland. As such, you still have some of my favorite classic attractions, with some differences. I really liked the familiarity of some of the rides, but also appreciated that I was getting a new experience. Most notably: The Haunted Mansion, Jungle Cruise, and Small World. I felt that a few rides that are at both parks are much better at Disneyland, namely Space Mountain and Buzz Lightyear. I felt these rides were a little lack luster at Magic Kingdom, and WHAT IS WITH THE PHOTO SPOT ON SPACE MOUNTAIN?

I loved the huge castle, the new Fantasyland, and the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train was incredible!  It was also amazing to see The Main Street Electrical Parade again. We went in the off season, and as such we were able to walk on to all the attractions. We really could have seen everything here in one day.

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Hollywood Studios was a fun park, but really could have been a 1/2 day park for us. Many attractions were closed while we were there, and the signature “Ear Hat”has been torn down and that area is under construction. We loved the Rockin’ Roller Coaster (don’t let the fact that this is indoors fool you, it goes upside down!), The Indiana Jones Stunt Show, Tower of Terror, and the Great Movie Ride. We also appreciated cocktails at the Hollywood Brown Derby, Pizza from Pizza Planet, and meeting the Incredibles. We did not get to do Toy Story Midway Mania as the line was over 80 minutes long all day and no fastpasses were available.

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Animal Kingdom was our favorite park, hands down. There are very few rides in this park, but something about the ambiance and the themeing of the areas just put us in an amazing mood. Expedition Everest is an incredibly fun ride, and the queue is great. We rode it 5 times the day we were there. We were amazed by Kilimanjaro Safari, and loved walking through the animal sections in each of the “lands”. Even the children’s area, themed to Dinosaurs was a lot of fun. Do not miss the Festival of the Lion King. Or the rum infused dole whips. Vaughn and I also had an amazing dinner at Yak and Yeti that was delicious and the atmosphere in that restaurant is just amazing.

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We did Epcot on our last day, and everyone told us it was a one-day park. I wish I hadn’t listened to them! We only really got to experience the World Showcase and a few things in Future World, but I wish we had time to see everything. Our favorite Pavilion was Morocco. The rides in this park aren’t the main attraction (the one in Mexico is the worst), but the food, drinks, and fun exhibits all over the park are lovely.  I was really impressed by the fun themeing when you get off the rides though- An Aquarium at the end of Nemo, Fun outer space games at the end of Mission Space, and even photo ops with cars at the end of Test Track. This is definitely more of a grown up park. We also had an expert guide in my friend Adrienne, who is currently a Cast Member at Epcot, and I’m so glad we did!

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We also spent a day at Universal, and my thoughts are pretty clear- Harry Potter World is awesome, as are a few of the other rides, but much like Universal California, this park is poorly maintained, and many of the attractions need an update.

While the themeing of Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley were amazing, the roads were narrow and crowded, and this was in the OFF season. I would never visit this park when it was busy because we waited in 1+ hour lines at all of the major rides except the Dueling Dragons Coaster. It was so fun to grab a butter beer, hop on the Hogwarts Express, and head over to The Three Broomsticks though! I would take the time to walk through each of the shops, even if you don’t buy anything-they have some fun themeing.

See ya next week with some tips for your WDW travel.

Farewell my dearest cousin….

This week my family experienced the shocking and unexpected loss of my darling cousin Ashlee Andrews. Ashlee was a student at BYU-Idaho, with big ambitions and the whole world at her feet. She passed away very suddenly on Wednesday despite the best efforts of her medical team. I am still somewhat in disbelief at this loss, and have not fully processed everything I am feeling. I am horribly sad for her parents Emily, Wayne, and Karla-and also for her younger brother and sister. I will love and miss her always.

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Ashlee Grace Andrews

October 14th 1994- January 22nd 2015

“What the caterpillar calls the end of the world…the master calls a butterfly.”

-Richard Bach