The 9 Best Backpacks for Disney Travelers

Let’s face it, if you’re going to spend a full, loooonnnnnng day in the Disney Parks, you’re going to need STUFF. It would be nice if you could breeze through the “no bags” line at the security checkpoint, but to last the whole day you’re going to need provisions: snacks, water bottle, poncho/umbrella, camera, extra batteries, wallet, wipes, tissues, cell phone charger… you get the idea. You’re not traveling light.

Not so fast!

That means you need something to put all that stuff in.

Lucky for you, there are so many stylish choices of Disney backpacks available these days, many catering to your very specific needs! Let’s take a look!

By the way, you can find most of these backpacks in the Disney Parks, and ALL of them online at shopDisney! (Just click on the links or the images to go directly to the product!)

1. Diaper Backpack

Is your little one still in diapers? This sturdy Disney backpack by Petunia Picklebottom (how adorable is that name?) is designed just for your unique needs!

The Lion King Axis Diaper Backpack by Petunia Pickle Bottom Official shopDisney
The Lion King Axis Diaper Backpack by Petunia Pickle Bottom

It has lots of room for diapers, extra binkies, bottles, and all those other baby necessities; an exterior insulated zippered bottle pocket; a removable, water-resistant, and washable changing pad; plus a special insulated compartment on the bottom for keeping snacks, formula, or breast milk cool with ice pack (not included). AND there’s a monogrammed wipes case, with everything covered with a sweet all-over baby Simba, Zazu, Pumbaa and Timon motif.  For $179.95, this is one great backpack that you’ll be able to use long after you’re out of the “diaper phase”!

2. Sling Sack

If the diaper backpack above is traveling heavy, this sling sack is at the opposite end of the spectrum, traveling light.

Pirates of the Caribbean Sling Backpack Official shopDisney
Pirates of the Caribbean Sling Sack

With multiple compartments and an adjustable strap to sling over your shoulder, this compact backpack will fit most of your essentials without weighing you down, for $39.99. Plus it has an awesome, fearsome, Pirates of the Caribbean design that plainly identifies you as one of Captain Jack’s scurvy crew! What could be better for your trip to Adventureland?

3. Lightweight Cinch Sack

Another option for those wishing to travel light is the cinch sack.

Mickey Mouse and Friends Cinch Sack - Walt Disney World - 2019

This one, with the 2019 Walt Disney World motif, is made of lightweight polyester and features Walt Disney World and character screen art. It may not be great for carrying a lot of heavy-duty “stuff,” but if you’re just carrying a few necessities, this sack is for you. It will be a breeze to get through security, plus it’s easy on your wallet — just $24.99!

4. Quilted Fabric Backpack

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Paisley Hadley Backpack by Vera Bradley Official shopDisney
Mickey and Minnie Mouse Paisley Hadley Backpack by Vera Bradley

Like to be a little more stylish when you’re traveling? Need a little more room? One of the fabric Vera Bradley backpacks might be for you. With quilted cotton, a padded back and straps, side pockets and multiple compartments, this pack keeps all your essentials handy and safe — with style! Retailing for $100, this comfy backpack has a line of accessories to go with it, too. And if you can’t travel anywhere without your tech, there’s a “campus” version of this backpack with a zippered laptop compartment for $130.

5. Cooler Backpack

Think you might want to bring some cool drinks and snacks into the parks? Maybe an insulated cooler backpack would be right for you. There are a number of different options, of course, but we love this Mickey backpack in our favorite mouse’s signature black, red, and white!

Mickey Mouse Cooler Backpack Official shopDisneyThis pack has a fully insulated interior liner that’s also water resistant, so you can use this versatile and cute cooler for food and beverage or as an all-around activity backpack. You can get this one for $59.95.

6. Rolling Backpack

Do you have an intrepid little traveler who likes to be responsible for his or her own things? You need a scaled-down rolling backpack! The shopDisney store has several, like this adorable Spider-Man backpack for the young Marvel fan in your life.

Spider-Man Rolling Backpack - Personalized Official shopDisney
Spider-Man Rolling Backpack

This backpack is ideal for school trips or secret missions to Disneyland or Disney World, with a roomy main compartment, a retractable handle, and adjustable shoulder straps. At just $36.95, this versatile backpack will take your your web-slinger anywhere he or she wants to go.

7. Loungefly Mini Backpack

Want to be stylish, but not overburdened? One of Loungefly’s Mini Backpacks is just the ticket.

Dug Mini Backpack by Loungefly - Up Official shopDisney
Dug Mini Backpack by Loungefly

These cute, smaller-sized (usually around 11” H x 9-1/2” W x 5” D) backpacks come in MANY designs, featuring Disney attractions and characters like “it’s a small world”, Genie from Aladdin, Rainbow Unicorn from Inside Out, pineapple Dole Whip and Snow White’s Evil Queen, but this one featuring Dug from the Disney-Pixar film UP! has stolen our hearts! It’s $80.

8. and 9. Deluxe Backpacks

Disney Sketch Backpack by Dooney & Bourke
Disney Sketch Backpack by Dooney & Bourke

Finally, if you want to give all your Disney necessities a really deluxe carrying case, you may want to opt for a very upscale and truly pricey backpacks.

This nylon Disney Sketch Backpack by Dooney & Bourke above sells for $318! But it has roomy dimensions (17-1/2” H x 14-1/2” W x 7-1/2” D) and lots of useful features: a double-zip main compartment; exterior front-zip compartment; two exterior side pockets; a vertical zipper pocket in the back; leather zipper pulls; adjustable belt-like shoulder straps with leather trim and metal buckles; a leather top carry handle; three interior slip pockets, including a cell phone pocket; and an interior zip pocket.

Toy Story Alien Backpack by Harveys Official shopDisney
Toy Story Alien Backpack by Harveys

The Toy Story Alien Backpack by Harveys, pictured above, retails for $198, but it’s built to last! Made of durable automotive seatbelt material, this bag, which was designed exclusively for Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts features: a foldover flap with magnetic closure; drawstring top; adjustable shoulder straps; interior zip pocket; three interior slip pockets; interior attached keyring; top carry handle; an enamel Pizza Planet Space Crane keychain; and a ”Harveys Disney•Pixar Toy Story” fabric keychain.

So, which type of backpack do you need? Or do you like to try to do without carrying anything at all in the parks? Let us know in the comments!


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Debra Martin Koma wrote about food, travel and lifestyle issues for a number of local and national publications before she fell in love with Walt Disney World on her first visit — when she was 34! She's returned to her Laughing Place more times than she can count in the ensuing years, and enthusiastically shares her passion with readers of AllEars.Net and AllEars®. Deb also co-authored (along with Deb Wills) PassPorter's Open Mouse for Walt Disney World and the Disney Cruise Line, a travel guide designed for all travelers to Walt Disney World who may require special attention, from special diets to mobility issues.

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2 Replies to “The 9 Best Backpacks for Disney Travelers”

  1. A bit of a product commercial vs planning. I mean you basically just copy and pasted their online catalog.
    Also, the pleather or vinyl ones would be murder in the heat.