Disney allows guests to bring backpacks into the park. However, there are some restrictions on the size and type of bag guests can bring.
That said, most reasonably-sized bags and backpacks are going to be well within the sizing limits.
Specifically, bags or backpacks under 24 inches long and 15 inches wide and 18 inches in height are permitted (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm).
Per Disney’s website, all bags and persons entering the park are subject to security screenings, which can include a manual search of all compartments.
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Are coolers allowed at Disney?
Coolers are also allowed but ice is not. In fact, Disney’s website recommends using ice packs if you need to keep things cold.
Disney changes its security protocols periodically. As a result, the layout and procedures in place in the screening areas are not always the same.
Sometimes, guests with backpacks simply take the bags with them through the metal detectors. However, items in storage baskets of strollers typically must be removed. Sometimes guests are selected at random to have their backpacks thoroughly searched.
We’ve also been through security checkpoints where every bag was searched. If your bag is searched, you’ll be asked to open every single zipper pocket and compartment.
With this in mind, some bags have tons of compartments, which can be great for keeping all your items organized. But It can also be a hassle if or when your bag is searched.
What size backpack is best for Disney World?
This is going to depend on the size of your family and the ages of your kids. If you have a stroller, you might be able to use the storage basket for some of your items.
This may allow you to carry a smaller backpack. But, be sure to keep the size restrictions in mind when considering a larger bag.
What backpack should I bring to Disney?
Here’s a list of 17 of the best backpacks for parents visiting Walt Disney World.
17. Aotian Mini Nylon Backpack
This backpack is extremely lightweight yet strong and sturdy.
While it’s a mini size, it’s quite roomy, making it a great theme park option if you pack light. It is one of the more affordable backpacks on the list for only $26.99 on Amazon.
16. JanSport SuperBreak One Backpack
This backpack is light on compartments and pockets, but sometimes a basic pack is best. It is $36 on Amazon.
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15. Columbia Carson Pass Backpack Diaper Bag
This backpack-style diaper bag has multiple pockets and compartments to keep all of your baby gear and supplies organized. It is currently $62.94 on Amazon.
14. Star Wars Mandalorian Baby Yoda Backpack
This basic backpack is perfect for a Star Wars family. It is currently $45 on Amazon.
13. KAVU Rope Bag
This canvas bag is great for everyday use and it’s a good choice of backpack when visiting theme parks. It has several smaller pockets and one large compartment that can expand to accommodate diapers, wipes, a change of clothes and other baby essentials.
I have the Campsite pattern, but it comes in dozens of colors and styles. It is about $50 on Amazon, depending on your pattern selection.
12. Loungefly X Disney LASR Exclusive Minnie Mouse Dress Mini Backpack
This Loungefly backpack comes in a variety of prints and designs. It might be difficult for a mom to fit everything she needs for her kids in this small backpack.
However, these faux leather packs are the perfect size for older kids to carry some of their own essentials like sunscreen, hand sanitizer and snacks. It is currently $88 on Amazon.
11. JuJuBe BFF – Red/White Polka Dots
I used this diaper bag in a different pattern when I had my first set of twins. I also had a toddler when they were born. This diaper bag accommodated three small children’s stuff.
My older sister (a mom of three) uses this bag. Her favorite feature is the matching changing pad.
Certainly, Minnie Mouse fans will be obsessed with the red and white polka dot pattern. It’s $74.95 on Amazon.
10. Packable Lightweight Hiking Backpack
This packable backpack is a great option if you’re trying to save space. It folds down into a very small bag that can be packed into a suitcase on your flight or in your car when traveling to Disney World.
Also, it has a 35-liter capacity, four zippered pockets and comes in several colors. It is currently $25.99 on Amazon.
9. Fanny Pack, Crossbody Waist Bag Pack
Did you know that fanny packs are back in style? They’re everywhere in the Disney parks. This one is currently $18.99 on Amazon.
8. Disney PTX Backpack Cooler
This adorable Mickey Mouse backpack has a large main compartment that is insulated and water-resistant. The polyester cooler backpack can hold up to 23 soda cans per Amazon’s description.
The manufacturer offers a lifetime guarantee as a testament to their product’s durability. It is currently $68.95 on Amazon.
7. Skip Hop Diaper Bag Backpack
My sister has this bag and she raves about how well it worked for her family at Disney World. She has a toddler and preschooler and was able to pack diapers and wipes, pacifiers, changes of clothes, water bottles and snacks for them.
In fact, she told me she’s had other way more expensive diaper backpacks that are way less functional. It’s listed for $75 on Amazon but at the time of this writing, it’s on sale for $46.99.
6. Hiking Backpack 40L Daypack with Rain Cover
Dad will be happy to carry and manage this manly backpack. It comes with a rain cover to keep your belongings dry during afternoon thunderstorms.
It ranges from $26-39 on Amazon depending on your selection.
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5. BabbleRoo Diaper Bag Backpack
This backpack has dozens of pockets and compartments designed to keep everything you need to care for your baby within easy reach.
And it also has insulated compartments and straps for attaching the bag to your stroller to give your back a break. It is currently $79.99 on Amazon.
4. 4Monster Hiking Daypack
This packable backpack weighs only 4 ounces and can be stored in a small nylon drawstring pouch. It is currently $16.99 on Amazon.
3. Diaper Bag Backpack
I used this diaper backpack as my everyday diaper bag with my younger set of twin boys. It comes with a matching changing pad that fits into an internal sleeve. Inside, there are pockets for diapers and wipes so everything can stay organized.
The waterproof fabric protects your belongings from spills or water rides. Plus, the insulated pockets are perfect for keeping bottles cool in the Florida heat. It is currently $89.99 on Amazon.
2. ZOMAKE Ultra Lightweight Backpack
This pack comes in 14 different colors and has a 25-liter capacity.
In addition, the mesh side pockets can hold water bottles for easy access to keep your family hydrated on your Disney vacation. It is only $21.49 on Amazon.
1. OutdoorMaster Sling Bag
I have five kids, so for me, the best backpack is any backpack that dad will carry. And this lightweight crossbody bag fits the bill.
It comes in a variety of colors, many of which are gender-neutral.
And there’s also an adjustable padded shoulder strap with a hidden front pocket for easy access to cash or credit cards. It also has an external water bottle pocket. It is currently $36.99 on Amazon.
Do you have a favorite backpack for Disney? Let us know in the comments.