(Closed) Theme park. Florida. Summer. No bags. What would you bring?

posted 4 years ago in Travel
Post # 2
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Jabberwocky:  Hi there! I’m from Central Florida, so I grew up going to theme parks and trying to “beat the system”. I even had a formula for what to wear: one piece bathing suit under a pair of comfy shorts and a very thin long-sleeved t-shirt. In the early part of the day I’d wear the t-shirt tied around my waist, which you can get away with on the rides. Then around noon we’d go on water rides to cool down, which is why the bathing suit is a good choice (wet bras are the worst). Finally in the afternoon as you’ve noted you can usually expect a thunderstorm, which is where the shirt comes in handy (if you’re damp from a water ride it can get chilly, and it’s just nice in general to have the option to cover up and hide from the sun).

As for what to bring, I’d take my smallest cross-body bag with my ID, a sandwich (park food is crazy expensive), and a small bottle of sunscreen to reapply. Water fountains are free, so no worries there. Wear it tight across one shoulder and it should get by on the rides – plus you’ll reduce the risk of losing it/having it stolen. I’d keep a credit card in the purse and some cash in the pocket of my shorts, in case of emergencies/pickpocketing, though I’ve never had a problem with either.

Get on the most popular rides early and save the water rides for later, even if it means criss-crossing around the park several times. And don’t underestimate the “kiddy” rides, if you have a healthy sense of whimsy – the Dr. Seuss Caroseussal is one of my favorites! 🙂 I hope you have a blast! I went to the original opening of HP World and it was great, enjoy it!

Post # 3
8731 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Jabberwocky: We are going in September (so less busy) but i have been reading trip advisor for tips.

Apparently the best thing to do for the HP rides is to go straight to them during the early opening hours. 

As for avoiding the lockers I plan to wear cargo shorts that have a deep zip pocket (they are actually the shorts part of my zip off pants) so I can put my ID, cas, small tube of sun screen etc in that and it is secure on the rides (not sure about pick pockets though but pretty sure I would notice someone groping my leg, but a safety pin through the zipper would work too). I could probably fit a granola bar in my pocket as well to combat hunger while waiting in line.

I also plan on wearing a bikini top, tank top and light weight long sleeve t-shirt and a hat. That way things are quick to dry and provide sun protection. 


Post # 5
142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Jabberwocky:  That’s a shame if they’ve gotten stricter. I can remember sitting on my purse on the roller coasters so I wouldn’t drop it! But the belts you’ve picked out look fine, I’m sure they wouldn’t make you take them off. Also I’ve been in the dead of summer, and just like you said for October, the lockers really weren’t a big deal. There’s always been someone in the group who needs to use them, but we never had to wait for lockers to become available, or to retrieve our things. The worst was a line two people deep to get assigned a number 🙂 either way, good luck and enjoy!

Post # 6
5219 posts
Bee Keeper


Jabberwocky:  I grew up going to Orlando with all the theme park madness and IMO, less is more.  You do NOT want to be bogged down with zippers and staps and hidden compartments! You’ll only be gone for a few hours, so just apply a generous amount of sunscreen before getting to the park and wear two layers: a bathing suit and then shorts + tank or t-shirt.

I like to wear these bad boys because they do have pockets that have a zipper big enough for an iPhone and credit card/cash, dry really fast and are very light weight:



Also, wear a hat. Obviously it protects you from the elements, but it also can hold items you don’t want to get wet if you’re on some of the rides where the bottom 1/2 of you gets sprayed a little ( like on the kiddie rides). I just secure my cell phone and cash in my bathing suit strap or under the hat during the ride and put it back in the zipper pocket afterwards. 

Post # 8
8731 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Jabberwocky:  I got mine at an columbia outlet in LA. So they must be out there. I hadn’t seen women’s ones like that here in Australia.

Post # 9
2743 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Disney

Although I’ve not done universal in years I am a Disney fanatic and in the past we went during the summer. They have baskets under the rides for your stuff or infront of your feet, so I’m not sure about the locker situation.  I’d wear a summer dress typically and tevas. I’d carry a small sling backpack. In the backpack I’d carry a small cardigan, waterbottle with filter, lara bar for snacks, phone, camera, and creditcards/cash.

Post # 10
9916 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would just wear shorts with pockets.  If you can’t find women’s shorts, just buy men’s…it’s not like you have to impress anyone, right?  I’d look at hiking stores, because they’re likely to sell shorts with pockets that both a. exist and b. close securely.


I was at the Harry Potter thing at Universal in 2011, and I think I just wore shorts and a t-shirt.  I took pictures, so I know I had my phone with me…I think I just brought a bag.  I don’t remember lockers at all…


Anyway, have fun!  Butterbeer is WICKED sweet, so try it but make sure you have water handy.

Post # 12
1123 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Disney still lets you bring backpacks and purses, they just get checked before you enter the park, but when I go to Universal I tend to wear shorts with pockets and only bring my cell phone, an ID card, $40 cash, and one credit/debit card for buying food. The ID, cash, and card all get tucked into flexible business card holder in my pocket. Bring a hat that you can fold up and put into a pocket.

Post # 14
8731 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Jabberwocky:  I take it you had a blast? What was your favourite ride? Was the line for Gringotts terrible? I have been reading trip advisor and using touring plans.com and the wait times are scaring me. On one day it is estimated that the wait is 5hrs just after opening. Arghhhhh.

Any restaurant recs? 

We leave in less than 3 weeks for the States and in a weeks time I will be able to do our fast passes for Disney.

Post # 15
2092 posts
Buzzing bee

I got this bag from Kavu for my trip to Disney and universal


It’s great cause it’s a cross body bag with zippered closures and it lies flat against you, so you can just buckle up with it on rides and you don’t have to worry about stuff flying out or it being too big and having to put it in a locker.

I wore it on all the rides at Disneyland and universal studios and not once did I have to put it in a locker nor did I have any workers tell me to stow it.

*Sorry I didn’t check the date on this, I didn’t realize it was such an old post

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