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Spring Packing Tips for the Theme Parks, by Mommy Frog

by Mommy Frog on March 15, 2011 · 12 Comments · in Crowd Calendar & When to Visit

Packing for a spring-time theme park vacation used to give me nightmares. I would over-pack clothing and completely leave out necessities. Epcot International Flower & Garden FestivalThis resulted in paying full price for things like sunscreen and having to unpack and put away clothes we never even wore. To save you from packing nightmares, here are my spring packing tips…

Average springtime temperatures in Orlando are in the mid 80s, but it can get blistering hot!  Light clothing like shorts and t-shirts are good choices. Light colors and lightweight fabrics are even better. That being said, this is Florida we’re talking about, so throw in one light sweater and one pair of pants for each person in the group. That should be plenty.

Sun Protection
I’ve had to buy so many over-priced tubes of sunscreenBlizzard Beach over the years by forgetting to pack this seemingly obvious item. (Tip: waterproof aerosol sunscreen works best.)  I also pack hats or visors for the kids. They are lightweight and if they get dropped or lost, they aren’t as expensive as sunglasses to replace.

Heat Relief

Leap loves those cooling scarves. They pack easily and don’t weigh anything at all, so if they make him happier, they’re going in the suitcase. I also bring misting fans for the kids. As much as they drive me crazy, I’d rather pay less by buying them in advance from an online store like Oriental Trading.

Of course you’ll pack the swimsuits, but make sure to pack one-pieces that don’t have any hardware, clasps or buckles. These types of suits stay in place much better on the fast slides (if you know what I mean) and don’t get snagged on the way down. I usually bring two suits for each person so we don’t have to put wet ones on in the morning.

Water Park Necessities

  • Water shoes – They are recommended for the water parks and I always feel better when Tad and Lily take off hopping over the wet surfaces with their little booties on. Plus, it’s much more sanitary for their little frog feet when they use the bathrooms.
  • Towels – I pack one or two beach towels for safe measure, Typhoon Lagoonbut we usually just rent them at the water parks. This way you won’t have as much laundry to do when you get home!
  • Cooler – As long as you can safely carry it, any type of cooler is typically permitted at water parks. I prefer the soft-sided ones that I can stuff in my luggage though.
  • Wet bag & a change of clothes – I use the fancy wet bags (aka garbage bags) to throw our wet suits in at the end of the day. A fresh change of clothes makes the trip back to the room much more comfortable.

Click here for year-round packing tips and weather information.
Read my Spring Travel Tips for a Theme Park Vacation here.

Happy Planning!
-Mommy Frog

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12 Responses to “Spring Packing Tips for the Theme Parks, by Mommy Frog”

  1. Stephanie says:

    Outstanding. I have just shared this link with my travel group.

  2. Sharon says:

    Hello everyone I have a question about park tickets. With the Park hopper + Water park ticket are they 2 different sets? If I had a 5 day Park hopper + Water park ticket and only went to the water park 2 days but did the Disney parks 5 days will I still have 3 water park days left?

    • FrogBlog says:

      Hi Sharon,
      It sounds like you have the right idea. The 5 day Park Hopper + Water Park Fun & More ticket gives you five days of hopping at the 4 main parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) AND 5 “fun visits” (admissions to the Disney water parks, DisneyQuest, Wide World of Sports and Oak Trails Golf Course.) So yes, the fun visits are completely separate and are not counted as days. Additionally, all the options are included on one ticket. Hope this helps! –Leap

  3. Melissa says:

    Hi everyone, I am very interested in the 14-Day Ultimate Tickets(2011). I think I have a pretty good idea of what these tickets include but would love for someone to break it down for me exactly. Thank you in advance :)

    • FrogBlog says:

      Melissa, The 14-Day Ultimate Ticket includes 14 days of unlimited admission to the 4 main parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom) as well as Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, DisneyQuest, Oak Trails Golf Course and Wide World of Sports Complex (Hopping is allowed). The ticket expires 14 days from activation (the first time you use it). I hope this helps. -Leap

  4. Mary says:

    Where can I find information about the 14-Day Ultimate Ticket? I don’t see anything about it on the list of tickets that can be purchased through Undercover Tourist. I’m going to WDW in May — do you know the cost of the Ultimate Ticket?

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