Disney Cruise Line Packing Hints

With my own Disney Cruise fast approaching I thought I might put together a quick list of some unique things to pack for your Disney Cruise… as much for myself as for our readers!

  • Similar to my advice for Walt Disney World, I suggest carefully packing your carryon bag. If you have an early port arrival time for the ship it is in your best interest to bring things you think you might need before your cabin becomes available at 1:30PM (on most cruises). Personally, I’d pack my bathing suit. Embarkation day is a great time to ride the Aqua Duck (Fantasy or Dream) or Aqua Dunk (Magic)!
  • A mug. Disney provides complimentary coffee, tea (hot and iced), juice and soda, but the cups in the buffet restaurants and at the drinks stands are very small! I suggest bringing your own insulated mug or cup so you can fill up and bring to the pool or back to your room.

  • Alcohol! Disney is one of the very few cruise lines that allow you to bring your own alcohol on board. Alcohol MUST be packed in your carryon bag only and cannot be consumed in public areas (but it would be great for enjoying on your verandah!) Make sure you check out the other policies regarding bringing alcohol on board here.
  • Laundry detergent. I know this is a controversial one, but as a chronic over-packer who often wishes she’d just brought the necessities I think I’m going to take my own advice this time. Laundry rooms are available for all on Disney Cruise Line and as I’m on a 9 night cruise I’m sure I’ll be taking advantage. While not necessary on a shorter trip, laundry detergent could come in handy on those 7+ night cruises. Also beneficial for laundry is a collapsible hamper or drawstring back to store dirty laundry and use to bring back and forth to the laundry room.
  • An autograph book… or pillowcase! If you take a pillowcase to Guest Services onboard the first day of your trip it will be returned the last day with all the characters signatures. How cool is that!

Other things I found helpful on my last cruise: Bonine and Sea-Bands for sea sickness, Pepto Bismol (some port food may not agree with you ), glow sticks/necklaces/bracelets and pirate gear for pirate night, a lanyard for your Key To The World card, a tote or day bag for excursions/Castaway Cay day, and my own hairdryer as the one provided in the cabin leaves a bit to be desired.



3 thoughts on “Disney Cruise Line Packing Hints

  1. LOVE that you added alcohol to the list! My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and let me just tell you we saved MAJOR $$ just by being able to bring our own alcohol aboard. Disney cruises are AMAZING! I think everyone should try to save up for at least one in their lifetime.

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  2. A tip to add to the carry on would be to take anything that can’t be easily replaced such as medication, electronics (I’ve heard of bags accidentally dropped into the water while being loaded onto the ship). And be sure to remember your Disney pins if you’re into pin trading!


    • Can you imagine if you got a message that your bag went overboard?! Oops! But, yes it is ALWAYS the best idea (and a must for me personally) to have all your medications and must haves in your carry on. I never hand over these types of things because you are so right – you never know what can happen.


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