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Things to carry with you at the Parks
As with many public venues these days you will have to pass through Security Checks as you enter the Parks. To make the security checks go faster, unzip and open all compartments of your bag while you are waiting in line to be checked. Grandad always seems to be the one without anything to carry so he goes sailing off to sit and wait for us at the other side of the entrance!
Disney are quite tolerant about the personal items you may take in but remember to think carefully about the amount you are going to carry as extra ounces will feel like pounds by the end of a long day.
If you take your own buggy these can be handy for storing things or you can carry your bags to just after the entrance and hire a stroller. If you do not have small children but still have a lot to carry you can always hire a locker to store some of them in during the day. Before now midway through the day we have realized how foolish it was to carry so much and one of our party has gone back to hire a locker. If you have a party of adults try to distribute the weight amongst your party.
If you want character autographs, you’ ll want to carry about an autograph book Whilst you can buy these at Walt Disney World if you prefer it is cheaper to buy one from Walmarts before your visits to the Park. Remember to bring a thick-barreled pen that the characters can easily grasp in their gloved hands not forgetting your plastic bag to keep the book dry.
There are plenty of opportunities for kids to get wet at Walt Disney World. If the weather is warm or your little one likes the water take bathing suits along so they can enjoy it. They could also wear suits under their clothing to save at least one trip to the restroom, but remember to bring plastic bags to store those wet suits. When the girls were little we used to let them wear 2 piece suits as they were easier to take off when wet.
Do not forget the batteries for your cameras and camcorder, although if you wish you can also purchase these at the Parks but again they are quite expensive. Also if you are using film it is cheaper to bring spare/s with you. Memory Cards/Sticks for your digital camera are very expensive at the Parks.
My Father usually uses his small camera which has a loop on the back and he slips the loop on his belt then he can carry it around his waist.
Do not forget your credit card, all major cards are accepted at Disney. You will still need a small amount of cash to pay for snacks etc but don’t over burden your pockets/purses. If you are going to water parks be sure to buy one of the rigid plastic containers that you can hang around your neck, the square ones are best if you want to include a credit card. We usually keep a few of these from Wal-Mart at the villa.
Photo Driving Licenses are regularly used as ID and having one of these can save you carrying your passport. Remember alcohol laws mean you are often asked for ID.
If you care about such things, a simple comb or folding travel brush keeps you looking presentable, even on the hottest, windiest days. We always take a few bobbles for the girls to tie up their hair if it is a very hot day. Hats for children are always advisable, also sun visors or wide brimmed hats for adults.
Battery-operated, hand-held fan/misters are very popular at the parks on hot days -- you can bring one from home or purchase one while you’ re there. If yours has a strap you can wear it rather than put it in your bag. However if you do put it in your bag put it in a plastic bag as well in case it leaks.
Mother always takes a few plasters and paracetamol in case they are needed. Anti histamine tablets and cream are also useful in case of bites. Bug repellant is also worth considering in the hot summer months.
Bring a poncho from home if you have it, along with a plastic bag to store it in when it gets wet. However if you want to you can buy one virtually anywhere within Walt Disney World if it starts to rain. Ponchos are helpful for keeping strollers dry when they have to be left out in the rain.
For the pressed penny/quarter machines and for the arcade games bring along your quarters but only as much as you think you’ ll need on a given day because they are heavy to carry.
If you do not like being wet you may need to bring along some dry socks.
You can carry some of your favourite sunscreen in a small plastic travel-size container rather than take a whole bottle. However we tend to buy the small travel size ones for a couple of dollars from Walgreens or Walmart. We always take Sun Block for lips to protect them from the sun.
A water bottle with a sport " pop-top" can be refilled at water fountains. We however tend to buy bottles of water from Publix and put them in the Freezer compartment at the villa overnight. In the hot summer months everybody wants to carry them!
Finally we always take a small packet of wet wipes which we find invaluable.
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Page added on: 8 July 2008
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