By Jennifer Stuart
There are many items that you can find on Amazon that will make your life easier for your next visit to Disneyland. Some of our picks are below.
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Insider Tip: Ask your hotel if they will accept a package delivery for you and have your Amazon order sent there. It is a good way to pack a little lighter. Many area hotels are willing to accept and hold a small package for your arrival.
Insider Tip: For Canadians - consider ordering on Amazon.com and have the items shipped to your hotel (if they will accept a package), as many items are less expensive in the US even with the exchange rate. Just remember to declare them when you return home.
Insider Tip: These bottles are easily refilled in the park with ice cold water throughout the day. Read our post on How to beat the heat at Disneyland for more information and more great tips.
Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads
Misting Bottle Fans
Another item that we have found to be a life saver on a hot park day is a misting fan. This is our son taking a break in DCA during a heat wave. (Don't just fill it with water add some ice cubes too - ice water is available throughout the park). He is holding the Disney version that was close to $20USD in the parks. Be prepared and save enough for a few Dole Whips by buying them elsewhere in advance! Below is the one we plan on ordering next time.
If it is not one kind of weather it is another. Although there is an on-going drought in California, you may still find that especially in the winter and spring that you are visiting Disneyland on a rainy day. Don't let the rain stop you--- these days can be very light crowd days. Make sure you have a few disposable ponchos on hand so that you don't spend a fortune on them in the park. These can also make a decent rain cover for a stroller. Even on non- rainy days you may want some so you don't get soaked on Grizzly River Run or Splash Mountain.
Kids Rain Ponchos
I am usually pretty impressed with how clean the parks are but I still always pack hand sanitizer. When the kids were younger I always had some of this on hand for those impromptu snack breaks and sticky fingers. The wipes are especially great if you are flying as you don't have to worry about declaring your liquids for the plane. The plane is another place that I ALWAYS use hand sanitizer.
Kids ID Safety Bracelets
If you are worried about keeping track of your kids in the parks, at the beach or in busy airports, kids ID bracelets or tattoos are a great idea. We have always gone with the bracelets but I know other people swear by the tattoos, so check them out and see which might be a better option for you. The bands below are pretty durable and can be written on with a sharpie so they can be customized for different purposes.
External Battery Packs
I know I have come to rely on my phone so much at Disneyland. It is not just the photos and videos but also texting my husband when we split up to ride different rides or to use the Disneyland app. Read our post on Why you should Download the Disneyland App Before You Go. The app is one of the most useful tools to make your Disneyland visit go smoothly but all of this can really drain your battery! Even with going back to our hotel midday to refresh and recharge ( our phones too) we find that we need more battery life. A good external pack is an essential these days. Below are a couple that we will be road testing in the next while as we have found that the smaller ones that we already own just don't have enough power to supply our needs anymore.
External Phone Storage
My new favourite travel item! For those of us that use our phones more and more for photos and video, I have recently found this fast drive that download through the lightning port on my iPhone. This is a lifesaver! I had to scramble to get more iCloud space on my last park visit as my memory was fun on my phone and I had no way to save my photos. This can also be used with an iPad and would also be great to hold a bunch of movies for longer flights and road trips. Planning on getting another one with even more space!
Picnic Blanket for Parade or Fireworks Viewing
Another highly recommended item. I love this for so many uses. We use it for beach visits, and hiking picnics too. It is thin but the water doesn't seep through if the ground is a little wet and it is just SO small and portable. At Disneyland it is good for reserving your spot for parades, fireworks etc...and will take up very little space in your bag.
Other items you might consider getting on amazon if you are going to ship to your hotel are sunscreen (we find it is pretty heavy in the luggage - probably because we need so much or we will burn to a crisp) and non-perishable snacks. Especially if you are not going to be making a grocery stop --- shopping ahead can be a money saver.
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