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Best Backpacks for Disney World You’ll Love (2023)

If you're going to Disney World for the first time, you may be wondering if you can bring the best backpack for Disney world. Not only is the answer, “yes,” but we actually highly recommend it. You want to make sure you have everything you'll need for a full day at the park without sacrificing comfort or adding unnecessary bulk. But what is the best backpack to bring for a day at Disney World? Here's Disney World's bag policy, in addition to 5 of the best backpacks to bring:

Disney World's Bag Policy

Disney security used to search all bags prior to park entry, but now all you have to do is walk through the metal detectors. This is a big time saver, and your bag will only be checked if it goes off in the metal detector or if they choose you for a random search. 
Here's Disney's policy for what size bags you can't bring in:
  • Suitcases, bags, coolers, or backpacks larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high are prohibited
  • No wagons

You can also bring your bag on any ride. Many of them will have compartments at your feet to keep your bag secure and contained while you ride.

Read also: Best Rides for Toddlers at Disney Worlds

What To Pack In Your Backpack For Disney World

Here are some basic items that are a good idea to pack in your bag and have with you in the parks:

Ponchos (Or Any Other Rain Gear)

Definitely check the weather forecast before your trip to Disney World, but expect a high chance of afternoon showers and pack accordingly. Buying rain gear beforehand can save you lots of money so you're not caught off guard and forced to purchase it in the parks.

Snacks and Water

Whether you're traveling with kids or not, this is another area where you can purchase ahead of time to save some money in the park. You're able to bring any food or drinks into the park, except for glass containers and alcoholic beverages.

Read about: How to save money in Disney World?

Portable Phone Charger

The My Disney Experience app is super helpful for planning your trip throughout the day and keeping everything in one place, but it will also drain your phone battery pretty quickly. It's a good idea to pack a portable charger and cord to take along with you.

Hand Sanitizer

Disney World has definitely increased the amount of hand sanitizer available throughout the park, but it's not a bad idea to have some to carry with you.

Sun Protection

No matter what time of year you're traveling, but especially if you're going in the summer, it's a good idea to bring sunscreen to reapply throughout the day.

Top 5 Best Backpacks for Disney World

Sling Backpack

This Kavu bag has been extremely popular for years, and it's a great option if you're looking for a compact sling bag. It's great if you plan on packing light, want to keep weight off your shoulders, or if you like the option to wear your bag in front of you, rather than only on your back.

Price: $50

Cooler Backpack

If you're prioritizing bringing snacks and water into the park and looking for a bag that doubles as a cooler, a good option is the insulated Coleman Soft Cooler Backpack. It also has outside non-insulated compartments for anything else you want to take into the park.

Price: $34.99

Diaper Bag
If you're traveling with young kids or babies (or just want a bag with lots of storage space and smaller compartments), this diaper bag is a great option. It offers lots of pockets for organization, and it comes at an affordable price.

Price: $41.99
Packable and Lightweight

The Venture Pack backpack is a great option if you're looking for something lightweight and easy to fold up and pack in your suitcase. It also has lots of compartments, including side water bottle holders.

Price: $29.99

Disney Themed

Arguably the most popular Disney-themed bags right now are Loungefly mini backpacks. There's options for nearly every character or attraction you might want, and they're small, compact, and easy to carry around. They feature one main section, a smaller front section, and two side compartments.

Price: Ranges from $45-$80

Honorable Mentions

If backpacks aren't your thing, here's some other options that are still great to take to the parks:


If you're more comfortable with a traditional purse-style option, this crossbody from Baggallini is a great option. It has lots of pockets for organization but it isn't too bulky!

Price: $95

Fanny Pack

Fanny packs are really convenient if you're wanting to keep your hands free, keep weight off your shoulders, or pack extra light. This one from Herschel is a really good option.

Price: $31.99

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