Looking for gifts to buy for someone going to Disney World? You have come to the right place.
As we are planning a first time Disney trip in 2018 with S-Boy – family and friends are asking us to make a registry of sorts for gifts for our Disney World trip. Disney gift registry! Isn’t that cool? I’m searching up forums and Disney blogs for Disney trip packing advice and adding items that I come across. As I remember from our previous trip, buying anything inside Disney is expensive and so I have included key practical items to my list as well.
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Here are some items that would be perfect gifts for kids and adults traveling to Disney World. I promise you, these items are so perfect and so Disney that you will also feel like tagging along!
- Practical Gifts for someone traveling to Disney World
- Guide Books for making the most of Disney World
- Disney Parks Magic Band
- Disney Park Maps
- Disney Daily Agenda Planner
- Disney Backpack for Kids
- Sturdy Daypack
- Rain Jackets, Rain Coats and Ponchos
- Water Bottles
- Hand held USB Fans
- Hand Sanitizer
- Disney Suitcases
- Disney Luggage Tags
- Disney Beach Towel and Swimsuits
- Disney Games to play during traveling
- Sunscreen, Lip-balm and Band-Aids
- Mickey Mouse Crocs
- Fun Gifts for Kids going to Disney World
- Fun gifts for Adults going to Disney World
- DIY Disney Gift Baskets for Someone going to Disney World
- What not to gift someone going to Disney world
Practical Gifts for someone traveling to Disney World
Guide Books for making the most of Disney World
Disney World may be all about magical moments but the key to making most of your Disney vacation is to have a Disney strategy in place. Disney without a strategy is just another day of running after the kids in an overcrowded, expensive place while imaginary characters walk around you. That’s where the Disney Guidebooks come in. The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World 2018 offers detailed and direct tips to make every vacation count. This guidebook has insane number of positive reviews and related app is great at planning a Disney World Trip. The other recommended book is the official guide Birnbaum’s 2018 Walt Disney World. These guidebooks are the most practical gifts for someone going to Disney and work best for families.
Disney Parks Magic Band
The Disney Parks Magic Bands are officially the coolest gifts for families going to Disney World. The Disney Magic Bands electronically load park tickets and room keys and are worn on the wrist like a bangle or a watch. The Magic Bands can be used to unlock hotel rooms, redeem Fast Passes, save and purchase Disney PhotoPass images, charge food and purchases to Disney Resort hotel bill and more. Magic Bands make entering and switching between theme and water parks easier with no tickets to keep track of. If your family is Annual Passholder or staying in the Dsiney Resort, you will automatically receive Magic Bands. For everyone else, I feel that purchasing Magic Bands are essential to doing Disney in the smartphone era.
Disney Park Maps
This set contains all maps for the 4 Walt Disney World theme parks. They are exactly the maps that you get at the entrance to Disney World for free but having them in advance is very useful in deciding which rides to prioritize, where and what to eat and hit the ground running at Disney World. We have our maps from previous trips and they are proving extremely valuable for planning our trip with S-Boy.
Disney Daily Agenda Planner
This book really exists. If you don’t want to leave anything in your Disney Trip to chance then you absolutely need the Disney Daily Agenda Planner book. This vacation planner has 14 days worth of planning pages including dining plans, reservations, must-dos and more for each day. it also has planning lists, planning tips, plastic sleeve for storing maps, tickets and more.
Disney Backpack for Kids
Every kid needs a Disney Backpack to do Disney the right way. Chances are you are going to be carrying the backpack for better part of the day. But carrying Disney travel gear is almost the rite of passage to anyone going to Disney. This Disney Mickey / Minnie Mouse backpack is perfect gift for toddlers while the drawstring Disney backpacks work great for older kids. The drawstring ones easily fit water bottles, snacks and other small items. Or get this set with matching Mickey / Minnie backpacks plus Mickey / Minnie lanyards!
Finally a gift that doesn’t scream Disney! A day at Disney is busy and tiring but so much fun! A good Daypack is essential to pack snacks, water, hats, sunglasses, souvenirs, change of clothes, swimsuit, diapers and more. I love a Daypack with lots of space, offers excellent water protection and wide, padded comfortable straps like this budget Outlander Daypack. It has multiple compartments and folds down into a compact pouch. I also like that it comes in a variety of colors like the bright orange. The VenturePal Daypack is another great budget option. Otherwise you can always go for a reliable brand like Osprey or Teton Sports.
Rain Jackets, Rain Coats and Ponchos
When C & I visited Disneyland Anaheim in December a few years ago, it rained both days we were there. We had to buy a Disney poncho from the park store and boy, it was pricey at ~$10/each! If you know someone who has been to Disney for more than 2 days and didn’t have to get wet in the rain, then they are super lucky! You can save so much by buying them online – this Poncho Family Pack of 8 was just under $15 the last time I checked! While C & I like ponchos, I prefer rain coats for S-Boy since he is too small for most toddler-sized ponchos and the ponchos keep tripping him up. I really like this raincoat by Columbia for toddlers – excellent quality and works 100%! Make sure to buy gear that’s lightweight and folds easily. Also it is always better to pack rain gear while planning a Disney Trip even though rain is not forecast.
Since we started traveling with S-Boy, food and water related items top my packing lists and gift registries. Disney World and all Disney Parks are enormous and water bottles are absolutely necessary. I make it a point to fill up whenever we pass a food joint or water spout. Sure, you can always take good old water bottles you have at home but if you have pre-schoolers or toddlers then they ARE GOING TO WANT that Mickey Mouse bottle in the Disney Store. It is much cheaper to but them in advance and save a few bucks. For toddlers, this Mickey Mouse sippy cup with silicone spout is just perfect while pre-schoolers will love the Disney straw cups. You can also gift these matching 25 oz Mickey and Minnie Mouse water bottles for adults.
Checking the Disney App for ride times, wait times, taking photos take their toll on smartphone batteries. Gift a powerbank to your Disney going children or grandchildren and keep them connected and happy! I have this portable Powerbank by Anker and it works excellently for my smartphones, ipod and more.
Hand held USB Fans
The weather is always hot and humid in Disney World. These mini USB rechargeable hand held fans are life-savers. They are lightweight, fold-able and have 3 speed settings and perfect as personal fans.
Disney World is so big and so crowded that you don’t even want to start thinking about the germs in there. Gift some hand sanitizers for piece of mind. These Disney hand sanitizers with holders work great and attach to backpacks and more.
Just imagine how much fun packing for Disney World trip would be in luggage looking like Mickey Mouse. American Tourister has some great Disney themed suitcases that would make any Disney lover smile. Put your family or loved ones in a great mood before the trip by gifting the Disney themed suitcases. If you are looking for toddler sized Disney luggage, there are amazing options including Mickey Mouse, Finding Dory, Elsa and more.
Disney Luggage Tags
Ever taken ages finding your luggage at baggage carousels? Even if you have a Disney themed suitcase, there might be hundreds of other Mickey Mouse suitcases if you are landing at Orlando and your luggage is going straight ahead to Disney World Resort. Do everybody a favor and just gift these Disney luggage tags. They are great at keeping your suitcases safe till Disney World.
Disney Beach Towel and Swimsuits
Disney World theme parks have many water rides and chances to get wet while Disney World Resort has great pools. The Mickey Mouse and Gang Beach towel is perfect for Disney trips and to keep in your bag. You can also check other great Disney Beach towel designs. On a related note, Amazon also has an incredible collection of Disney swimsuits for girls.
Disney Games to play during traveling
If you don’t live in Florida or California then traveling to Disney means long road-trip or probably red-eye flights with stopovers. Travel Games are perfect to keep kids occupied and the parents will thank you for years to come. Off course, a Disney vacation needs Disney themed games. I have this dry-erase sketch pad for S-Boy and he loves to draw on it while traveling. I also like the Disney stickers and activity books and magnetic game sets.
Sunscreen, Lip-balm and Band-Aids
All of these items are must on any Disney World packing list. Why not gift them in Disney themed packages and add to the packing excitement? This Disney Frozen sunscreen lotion will be appreciated by little girls while the Frozen sunscreen spray plus band-aids combo pack will be liked by the parents. Disney Princesses Lip Balm 8 pack is a great gift with 8 different flavors and pictures of princesses. These Disney Band-aids by Johnson & Johnson come in 24 different styles and include Frozen, Mickey Mouse, Planes, Princesses, Finding Dory and more.
Mickey Mouse Crocs
A typical day at Disney World involves lots and lots of walking. Comfortable, quality walking shoes are absolutely essential to survive Disney without blisters and band-aids. While I love almost all crocs for walking, the many options in Mickey Mouse crocs make them absolutely perfect for Disney World trip. You can gift Mickey Crocs that light-up, Crocs that have Mickey design all over them or crocs with Mickey band, or Crocs with Minnie Mouse design. They come in toddler, kids as well as adult unisex (men & women) sizes.
Fun Gifts for Kids going to Disney World
Walt Disney World Autograph Book and Pens
The Walt Disney World Autograph Book is exactly the one sold at Disney; it is perfect gift for young Disney visitors to collect autographs from their favorite characters. I’m sure S-Boy would love handing it over to Mickey Mouse and his friends to sign. Though you can buy it at Disney, I recommend buying it in advance so you don’t have to spend valuable time during the trip. It is great for breakfast with the characters and makes an excellent trip souvenir. Or you can buy the Disney Princess Autograph Book Plus Photo Album for little girls. This book also has photo sleeve to hold photographs with characters. You can also gift the Disney characters pen set to make it complete.
Disney World Pressed Penny Album
Have you ever lost your pressed pennies during a trip? The pressed pennies and quarters make great little Disney mementos but are really hard to keep track of, especially during an exciting day at Disney Parks. This Disney themed pressed penny passport book keeps all the pressed pennies safe and is one of my favorite gifts for someone going to Disney World.
Disney Trading Pins
Disney trading pins are stamped with the Disney Logo and are trade-able at all Disney World Parks with the Disney Cast Members. Kids love trading the pins for the ones they want with cast members. Buying the trading pins in advance saves a lot of money as the pins are very expensive at Disney World. I really like this set of 25 trading pins that includes hidden Mickey and other unique pins. Alternatively you can gift a set of 50 trading pins to big families. These pins are the perfect gifts to get everyone in Disney mood pre-trip.
Lanyard with Coin Purse
These Mickey and Friends Lanyards with Coin Purses are great companion gifts to Disney trading pins. The pins can be attached to the lanyards to easily trade with Disney Cast Members. A great alternative to the Disney Backpack, they are also excellent additions to Disney themed travel gear and make excellent gifts for an upcoming Disney trip. The coin purse can be used to store Disney Resort room keys, IDs, park tickets and passes, souvenir pressed pennies, trading pins, chap-stick etc.
Princess Dresses and Disney Costumes
How adorable are the photos of Disney character princesses with toddler or pre-teen princesses? Princess Dresses are the ultimate gift for little girls going to Disney World! If you know a little girl who loves Disney, she will adore a princess dress of her favorite character. You can choose among Belle or Elsa or Ariel and more among Disney’s favorite princesses. You can also buy Disney costumes for boys including
Books on Disney World and Disney Characters
Young readers will devour these books that tell them more about Disney World. The Junior Encyclopedia of Animated Characters has fun facts, trivia and quotes from Disney’s 150+ heroes, princesses and villains. The Disney Book has excellent information on Disney’s incredible animations, live-action movies, park attractions and more. Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia has trivia and anecdotes on all things Disney. Disney Who’s Who is a great book with information on all of Disney’s characters including latest movie characters and more.
Instant Camera makes a great fun gift for kids going to Disney World. The recent versions of instant cameras take bright pictures and have loads of smart features. I especially love the Fujifilm Instant Camera for kids as it comes in bright colors including blue, green and pink and also has a selfie mirror. The Polaroid Instant Camera is also great camera with 4 scene settings. Kids can take instant photos with characters and get them autographed as keepsakes.
Fun gifts for Adults going to Disney World
Disney World Dining Guide Books
Did you know that Walt Disney World has over 300 dining choices? The Disney Dining Plan has to be utilized properly to maximize its value while advance dining reservations are not that easy to figure out. Luckily there are detailed dining guides to Disney’s food carts, eateries, restaurants and dinner show’s that are bound to make life easier for the adults. The Walt Disney World Dining Guide 2018 has a wealth of information on almost all food stations and the Disney Dining Plan. It also includes advance dining reservation tips, menu recommendations and more. Alternatively you can gift the Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide – book describing ‘must do’ character meals and other tips and tricks to have great meals at Disney World.
Books that reveal Walt Disney World Secrets
Make the forthcoming Disney World trip more interesting for adults by giving them something new to look forward to! Disney World has over hundreds of secrets, juicy tidbits and information that visitors generally miss on their first trip to Disney World. Hidden Mickeys: A Field Guide to Walt Disney World’s Best Kept Secrets is a great book to that has 6 scavenger hunts for the adults in your party to make them search for Hidden Mickeys and more. The Hidden Mickeys of Walt Disney World is another great book with scavenger hunts, hints, clues and more. The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World is a great book that reveals over 600 secrets while The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World Trivia is a treasure trove of Walt Disney World trivia.
Matching Disney T-shirts
What better way to celebrate your inner child in Disney World than by wearing matching Disney Tshirts? Gift these matching t-shirts to everyone and make amazing memories at Disney Parks. The matching Disney T-shirts look great in photos. These matching shirts on Amazon come at a great price and quality and fit great. I also like these matching Tshirts with the Vacation year printed on them plus they come in a great variety of sizes. Or you can check out these for a different graphic. They really are the perfect gifts for Disney trips.
Disney Travel Pillows
Disney World trip are bucket-list experiences and often involve long flights and layovers. These Disney character travel pillows make perfect gifts for adult Disney fans. the pillows are officially produced by the Disney Store and come in lots of characters and options including Mickey, Minnie and more.
Matching Mom & Dad Caps
These Disney Mom & Dad caps are great fun, useful gifts for adults. The Dad cap has Mickey Mouse while Mom gets Minnie Mouse’s cap for the vacation. There are also other great caps including the Mickey Mouse Ears cap or the Minnie Mouse Ears Cap.
Mickey / Minnie Mouse Ears Headband
DIY Disney Gift Baskets for Someone going to Disney World
Are you looking for gifts for someone in your family who is going to Disney World? These DIY gift basket ideas are perfect ways to combine gifts for extra fun and give to grandchildren, children, parents, neices and nephews. You can create your own gift basket by adding extra items like chocolates, candy, Disney movie DVDs, greeting cards and gift cards to make the most of a Disney World trip.
Toddler / Pre-schooler First Disney World Visit Gift Basket Ideas
Perfect for toddlers or anyone in elementary school, this gift basket is excellent to build excitement for first gift to Disney. Gift the Mickey Bandana Bib, Disney Autograph book, Disney sippy cup or Disney Straw Cup and Disney stickers in a convenient Disney toddler backpack.
Pre-teen / Teen Disney World Trip Gift Basket Ideas
Perfect for pre-teens or teens going to Disney World, these gift baskets are wonderful to make the older kids look forward to a Disney Trip. Gift the Disney Water Bottle, Disney Scavenger hunt book, Disney Encyclopedia book, Instant camera, and in a Disney drawstring backpack.
Adult Disney Lover Gift Basket Ideas
Perfect for Disney nerds, Disney fans and simply adults who love Disney, these kits will get the adults excited even about their tenth or twentieth Disney World trip. Gift the Disney World Agenda Planner, Mickey Mouse Ears Cap, and Disney Trivia book in a Disney tote or hiking backpack.
Adult ‘I survived Disney’ Kit Gift
What about adults who are not really looking forward to Disney World trip? Make the perfect ‘I survived Disney’ kit for them with some band-aids for blistered feet, sunscreen, sunglasses and a Mickey / Minnie cap, mini USB fan to keep cool, Disney Hidden Secrets book to get them excited, and in a Disney tote or hiking backpack.
What not to gift someone going to Disney world
Selfie sticks are banned inside Disney World which totally makes sense considering the number of people in there.
Though drones usually make the coolest gifts for travelers, they are banned in all Disney World Theme Parks.
Wagons are super useful to carry children as well as snacks and other items but they are banned inside Disney Parks.
Masks or Adult Costumes
Disney World Theme Parks ban masks or adults wearing costumes because they can’t be easily distinguished from the staff.