Updated September 15, 2017
Just added – The Disneyland Encyclopedia by Chris Strodder. Recommend! Purchase here.
Also just added – links to items for HOT days at Disneyland in this post.
I’m not sure how we functioned as a society before Amazon (especially Prime), but I hear that we all did just fine. It’s not a world I want to live in again, though.
I’ve listed 10ish things you should consider purchasing from Amazon before your trip. You can pick these up at the park, but you’ll buy them for less on Amazon. I’ve included links to Prime options as often as possible, too, as I think that membership is totally worth it.
Let’s take a look:
Hand Sanitizer – Disneyland is a clean park, however, there are more than a few people who enter those gates each day. Be ready with sanitizer. The kit I recommend gives you enough to slay the toughest germs both in the parks and wipes for your hotel room, too.
Ponchos – These ponchos are inexpensive and worth the money in case you get stuck in the rain. A Disneyland poncho will run you just under $10 in the park. Buy this pack if there is even the slightest chance of rain and have some peace of mind walking in.
Foldable Blanket – Matador Blankets are just smart. There is a Mini Matador that seats 2 or the Matador. I recommend the larger if it’s available (sometimes they’re out of stock), but both are awesome. They’re water repellant, puncture resistant, and have weighted corners to keep it held down. And, they fold up into the size of your hand. They also come with a little pouch to carry them in with instructions even I can follow to fold it up into. You’ll want this for parades and fireworks.
Stroller Lights – This small purchase will save your sanity in the park. After you leave an attraction, you’ll return to a sea of strollers. In the dark, they all look alike. Spend a few dollars and makes yours easy to find. Totally worth it. These, below, are waterproof and just enough for a stroller.
Lanyards – Lanyards keep tickets close by for quick FASTPASS distribution. I think I mention in every post possible not to let children hold their own tickets. You’ll want one person in your group in charge of tickets and FASTPASSES. Make sure that person is not a child. If kids plan on trading pins, get them a lanyard for such and let them hold something meaningless in the lanyard pocket.
First Aid Kit – Disney has excellent First Aid, but you don’t always want to cross the park for a skinned knee. And, believe me, someone will fall during your trip. It will probably be me if you see me in the park, so please have a bandage ready.
Purse Pod – The purse pod has everything and is perfect for Disneyland vacations. It includes lip balm, Eucerin Lotion, a collapsible nail file, hand sanitizer gel, nail clippers (great for removing clothing tags), tweezers, a pill box, and a bandage dispenser. I love this for my purse at home, too. But, I always have it with me at the parks. It’s just SO CUTE and useful!
Autograph Book – If you have children with you, you will want an autograph book. Even if they say they’re too old or that they don’t care about the autographs, there is something that takes over children when they see characters. Go ahead and buy them before you get there.
Clickable Sharpie(s) – Don’t fuss with pen caps. Have a clickable sharpie on hand. They work best for character signatures because of the way they fit in characters’ hands and because the writing is big enough for characters to see. Get those in color to coordinate with tfhe character’s colors or black & white.
ID Tattoos for Children – Disneyland is a safe place, but I always recommend having your contact information located somewhere on your kids. These tattoos work well, are waterproof, last up to 2 weeks, and work nicely with sensitive skin.
Stuff to Keep Kids Busy in Line – I’ve spent about a total of 3 full years of my life in line after attending Disney parks and zoos and museums and other amusement parks and you name it. I’m a pro at standing in line. I’m also a pro at keeping my kids happy in line. (Except for any time you’ve seen them melt down or misbehave in line. Or lick hand rails. Those times don’t count.) A few of my favorites to keep kids busy:
- Wikki Stix – Sounds kind of weird. Children love them. I also use these at restaurants.
- The Hidden Mickey Book – Look for Hidden Mickeys while you stand in line.
- Bubbles – Know your surroundings and don’t annoy too many people with these, but bubbles work in line sometimes. They also work for pre-parade and waiting just about anywhere in Disneyland for anything.
- Glow sticks and bracelets – Every age loves these!