What To Pack For A Stress-Free Trip To Disney | Hilton Head Photographer


Mat and I recently took a midweek trip to Disney and we had a blast! It was an amazingly stress-free trip even with the current global conditions! Curious about what we did and the things I brought? Keep reading!

Of course, everything came from Amazon. To prepare, I ordered some of the obvious necessities like disposable ponchos ☔️(even though we didn’t need them, thankfully!) and I even got these cute, disposable cheetah print masks so I didn’t have to worry about keeping track of the same mask all day. Disney’s current policies only require you to wear a mask when you are inside a building or transportation, so luckily we didn’t have to wear a mask often.

Mat and I went to Disney a few years ago for his 30th birthday, which was in the middle of August, and let me tell you. It. Was. Hot. We were sweating and uncomfortable and I definitely didn’t want to let that happen again. If you know me, I’m already a whiner & complainer to begin with… so it only gets worse when I’m hot and sweaty. I got these low-profile neck fans that kept me just cool enough so I wasn’t a cranky mess. They come in lots of colors, but of course, I got pink and Mat got black.

Last time we wore coordinating shirts (see below) and Mat was surprisingly totally on board with it! But the sleeves were not kind when it came to sweat stains. We learned our lesson, so this year I got us tank tops! This Minnie cheetah bow one was my favorite, and then I got this floral Storm Trooper for when we went to Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. Mat already had a Star Wars shirt to wear, so I got him this funny Gaston tank for Epcot.

I also swear by wearing leggings to theme parks! Especially ones with pockets. Wear black ones, they won’t show sweat, you don’t have to worry about thigh rub, and you don’t have to stress about the back of your legs peeling off of sticky seats ? (I know you know that feeling I’m talking about)

If you’ve ever been to Disney, you know that a pair of ears is a must-have. But if you’ve ever worn a pair, you know that it won’t take long for them to give you a headache because they’re so tight (or maybe that’s just me and my big head). I found these Minnie Mouse SCRUNCHIES and knew I had to get them. My hair was going to be up anyway (because of the heat) so I got to kill two birds with one stone. Amazon has soooo many options.

Since we weren’t staying on the property we didn’t get Magic Bands with our tickets, but Amazon had some cute ones! I got this Pink Glitter one and Mat got a Grey Magic Band. Once we got there though, I realized that they were available for a little cheaper. So I maybe wouldn’t recommend getting them online. Just wait till you get to the park.

I got these sunglass holders too, so I didn’t have to worry about them falling off our heads or my shirts. I also brought this backpack to hold everything (and everything that I bought)

If I still have you and you’re curious to see what we did and where we stayed, keep reading!

We used some of my dad’s timeshare points and got to stay at a beautiful resort, the Hilton Grand Vacations at Tuscany Village, which was only 12 minutes from the parks. We left Bluffton around 6am Tuesday morning, checked in to the hotel when we got to Orlando, then headed to Epcot to meet up with my photo bestie Whitney Kilcrease and her photo bestie Whitney Sims!

We rode the rides, drank the drinks, and walked till our feet almost fell off.

Here were some of my favorites:

  • Ride: Test Track (Mat’s car won first place overall)
  • Drink: The Dragones Top Shelp Margarita with (actual) Black Ant Salt at La Cava del Tequila in Mexico
  • Food: Got this delicious Truffle Mac & Cheese but it was just a food cart and I can’t find what it was called ?

We had dinner at the Biergarten Restaurant in Germany and I wouldn’t recommend it for large groups… or couples… or anyone actually ?. It was a buffet style, that tasted pretty good. And they had good drinks… but dinner for two was almost $150… for a buffet ?. We also stopped for a Chocolate Kringla in Norway. It was like a soft pretzel and apple pie with chocolate drizzle all in one.

Day 2 we spent in Hollywood Studios at  Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge. Honestly, this was the whole reason we went to Disney and I was so excited to nerd out! As always, Disney really pulled out all the stops for this and it’s totally worth the trip! We rode Rise of the Resistance (which you need to make your reservations for right at 7am otherwise you won’t get on) and then we did Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run. Both were totally immersive experiences and I was obsessed!

We spent the third day hanging out by the pool, recovering from the insane amount of walking we did the 2 days before.

Overall, it was a great trip! The crowds weren’t terrible. The waits weren’t very long. I spent way too much money. But I’m so glad we had the chance and the freedom to go

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September 26, 2021





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