7 Things You Should NEVER Buy At Disney World

As you get ready for your Disney trip, we realize you  have a lot on your mind — such as making advanced dining reservations, selecting your FastPasses+, and choosing your MagicBand color. Now, we’re adding to your list. Sorry! But these are seven things you should bring from home — do NOT buy them at Walt Disney World!

Don’t Forget to Pack These Items!

We know those suitcases are packed tight, but find some room if you can — bringing these things from home can save you some money.

First Aid Supplies

Between all of the walking and overindulging in sweet food, it is likely you may need some first aid items on your Disney trip.

Sure, you can find bandages for blisters and knee scrapes, medicine to settle your stomach after “just one more bite”, or aspirin for the inevitable headache — but it will be expensive. You will pay as much for a travel pack of bandages, aspirin, etc. in your resort’s gift shop  as you will for a “normal” size at home.

Pack a basic first aid kit and you’ll be prepared for most incidents on your trip — and save some money!

Poncho and Umbrella

Florida may be the Sunshine State, but it rains often and randomly. It is likely you will encounter at least a few showers on your Disney vacation.

Rainy Day in Epcot

Bring, or buy, a light raincoat or poncho and umbrella that fit in your park bag. You will save more than a few dollars by bringing these from home instead of buying the Disney ponchos and umbrellas in the park.

Click here to see our readers’ Rainy Day Tips!

Sunscreen

Pick up a bottle of your favorite sunscreen at home. Sunscreen is another overpriced item in the resort shops. Plus, the brand and strength selection is lacking.

Sweatshirt or Jacket

In the fall, winter, and spring the  mornings and evenings can get chilly in Florida. Pack a jacket or sweatshirt so you don’t have to buy one “under pressure” because you are cold.

Sure, we have all bought sweatshirts in Disney to wear at home, but unless you consider it an expensive souvenir, buying the first one you see just because you’re freezing doesn’t make sense! I mean, you may not even LIKE Frozen — you don’t want to have to wear that sweatshirt forever, right?

Water Bottles

Bring your favorite water bottle from home. There are water fountains all over the Disney Parks that you can use to refill your bottle. You can save a significant amount of money using your own water bottle over purchasing a $3.50 bottle of water every time you need to rehydrate. Plus, you’re being eco-friendly!

Water Fountain in Magic Kingdom

Bagged Snacks

Bring snack packs of your favorite crackers, chips, pretzels, etc. or a large bag and plastic bags to pack your own snack packs. You can find snacks in the resorts and parks, but will pay as much or more for a smaller size bag as you will for a full-size bag at home.

Disney Parks Souvenirs or Park Essentials

Many of the Disney Parks souvenirs or park essentials (such as autograph books) can be found on shopDisney.com or the shopDisney Parks app. The bonus — shopDisney.com has sales on a regular basis. Before your trip watch the site for sales and offers to get your park essentials and save money.

2019 Pin Set

During your trip if you see something you want, be sure to check these two sites first. You may be able to get them online, have them shipped to your home (no need to cram that last souvenir in your suitcase), and maybe even save some money!

What items are on your must-pack and never buy in Disney list? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sarah has built a career in communications and marketing that started when she was the editor of her high school newspaper. She has written for AllEars.net since 2018, and enjoys sharing Disney news and updates with the AllEars community. She's been a Disney fan ever since her first visit to Walt Disney World when she was 5, and has been known to arrange trips around visiting a Disney park!

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6 Replies to “7 Things You Should NEVER Buy At Disney World”

  1. We did purchase the Disney ponchos, and we bring them with us every year. They’re stronger than some of the others.

  2. if you have kids, go to the dollar store to stock up on glow bracelets, wands, and necklaces. then you don’t get pressured or nagged into dropping a small fortune on nightly glow items. bonus is that your little can make a friend by sharing with a nearby child 🙂

  3. Rather than bring water bottles from home, I purchase one at the park and then refill it throughout the trip. The quick service will give you a cup of ice water that I just pour into the water bottle. I will also fill it with water in the morning at the drink machine in the hotel. The water from drinking fountains is not good at WDW. Throw away before I head home. Don’t need to worry about losing a metal or plastic nice bottle from home and no need to pack heavy packs of bottled water.

  4. Here are a few better tips: instead of bringing first aid items from home or purchasing them from a store.. there are first aid stations in every park and will gladly provide you with basic first aid supplies including tylenol and bandaids completely free of charge.

    Also instead of using a water fountain while in the parks, you can ask any counter service restaurant for a cup of ice water and they will be happy to free of charge. That water is much better filtered and often much colder than the fountains. Also there are much more drink stands then there are water fountains.