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. This is the version of our most popular post but specifically for items on Amazon.ca for Canadian Disney travellers.
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Frogg Toggs Chilly Pads
O2COOL Cooling Towels
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 you are visiting Disneyland on a rainy day, especially in the winter and spring. Don't let the rain stop you - these days are often much less crowded. 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
There are lots of different patterns of lanyards. Find one with your favourite character on it or get a plain one and check out some of the cute DIY you can do on Pinterest. (We have a Disney Craft board on Pinterest that has a few ideas). This is one of those items that we always do Disney with. It is just so convenient not to have to dig into your wallet or purse for your tickets and fast passes all the time.
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 where 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 temporary 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.
We love the Mabel's Labels Kids Safety Bracelets. With these you decide in advance what you would like printed on them and they will ship them to you pre-printed with a variety of designs to choose from-- our kids like the pirate ones. These are very sturdy paper (similar to a hospital id bracelet). Sadly these are not available on Amazon but are available through the Mabel's Labels website.
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 near future 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 flash drive that downloads 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 full 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!
Disney Themed Sandwich or Snack Bags
Disney themed snack/sandwich bags can add a little bit of fun to a regular bag of goldfish crackers or fruit. We are big fans of bringing small snacks to the parks with us. Especially when the kids were smaller we always had a baggie of fruit or crackers with us. Those longer lines can be a good way to get a snack in and keep them happy when they are waiting.
Picnic Blanket for Parade or Fireworks Viewing
Platypus Water bottles
The Platypus is one of our number one buys for any trip to Disneyland. They are amazing collapsible BPA free plastic water bottles. It is so easy to fill it in the morning and carry it into the park. As you drink from it it collapses and takes up less space in your park bag. When empty it is virtually flat! And it comes in lots of colours so we can quickly see which one belongs to whom.
NOTE: these bottles are SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper on Amazon.com than on Amazon.ca -- it might be worth looking to ordering them on Amazon.com and having them shipped to your hotel. We have no idea why there is such a price difference but is definitely more than just exchange rate. We have included a link to the bottle on Amazon.com below.
Other items you might consider getting on amazon.com 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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Photos by Jennifer Stuart and Kim Stuart
Thoughts? Questions? Do you have a favourite item that you can't travel without?
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