Fannypack or mini backpack

Dani314

Earning My Ears
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May 16, 2020
Typically I bring a crossbody type bag for the parks which allows us to carry quite a bit but it’s a hassle removing them for character meetings. Just wondering what folks staying on site use? Is it easier bringing less into the parks as an adult? Since I’ve ever only stayed off site, we have to bring everything we need for the day so we don’t have to drive back to hotels, but figured staying on site would allow us to bring in the bare minimum and go back to resort if needed.
 

Shelly F - Ohio

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Feb 22, 2004
Well with a fanny pack you are going to have that big bulge in your front side in your photo's unless you turn the pack around to your back side. Which then makes it no different than taking a crossbody bag off since have to spend time to push the fanny pack to your backside for photo's
 


RhodyKP

Earning My Ears
Joined
May 29, 2019
When I last visited in January 2019, even though I was "on site" I stayed at Saratoga Springs, so there was really no "popping back to the room." I bought this for my park bag and it was great:


It was very lightweight and easy to stow on rides. I was supposed to go to Disneyland for a week last month :-):-):-)(), and I bought the below bag on Etsy. It can be worn as either a backpack or a cross body bag. It doesn't have as much storage as the other one, but for that trip we were going to be staying in the Grand Californian :-)worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried:) so "popping back to the hotel" would have been a lot easier.


Hope this helps!
 
  • RhodyKP

    Earning My Ears
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    May 29, 2019
    It was very lightweight and easy to stow on rides. I was supposed to go to Disneyland for a week last month :-):-):-)(), and I bought the below bag on Etsy. It can be worn as either a backpack or a cross body bag. It doesn't have as much storage as the other one, but for that trip we were going to be staying in the Grand Californian :-)worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried::worried:) so "popping back to the hotel" would have been a lot easier.
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    Lol those emojis did not publish the way they looked in the draft. It should be all sad faces for a cancelled trip!
     

    nursejackie

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Oct 11, 2014
    Next year will be the first time we don't need a stroller, which is always handy to dump all our belongings on (except valuables of course), so I'm looking for a nice bag too. I'm tempted to buy a Disney themed bag, and I'm veering towards a backpack, for the February trip but it'll make my back will sweat dreadfully during our August trip. I may have to go for an across-the-body bag instead.

    Just realised that's not answered your question! Sorry
     

    CheshKAT

    Family <3 =Disney <3
    Joined
    May 23, 2014
    We have used all of the above, strollers, back packs and fanny packs...we now use drawstring/cinch style bags. Everyone has their own and they are light and easy to take off when the need arises. Easy to stow in front of rides too.
     
  • pooh2001

    been there, done that, TRYING to go back
    Joined
    Feb 16, 2000
    I use a side bag, DH wears a small back pack like bag (Nike bag with a pull ties on top)
    We carry very little into the parks - ID, water bottles, a few snacks, our hair brushes, rain poncho, small tissue packs, hand sanitizer.
    We wear our hats, sun glasses, and magic bands.
    Not much to carry around.
     

    Jack_Sparrow_NJ

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Nov 10, 2018
    I would vote for the backpack. Even with staying on property you tend to need to carry a lot of stuff. Umbrella / poncho, tissues, power cell, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, water bottle etc. Even if you are on site you don’t want to run back to the room to get something; it just eats up too much time. If you buy something you can stick it in the bag as well. We also make sure everyone has their own backpack so they are responsible for their own stuff.
     

    tobikaye

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Dec 6, 2009
    Truthfully, I tend to always visit WDW with the following type of bags so I can change it up as needed.
    • Backpack - Good for when I need to take extras due to weather, such as sweatshirts and umbrellas, or plan to purchase something that I cannot send back to the resort.
    • Midsize cross over - Good for needing a bit of space, but not as much as a backpack
    • Wristlet - Great for days I do not have pockets, but could be bagless or for short 2-3 hour visits to parks or for dinner.

    I have also turned a couple of smaller purses with thin adjustable straps into fanny pack type bags. They look like of like a hipbag.
     
  • beachdreamr1229

    DIS Veteran
    Joined
    Mar 12, 2013
    I'm a fan of fanny packs for any amusement park trip. But...the downside is you have to tie your jacket/sweatshirt around your waist if you have one and there's no room to keep water, food, and souvenirs. So if that matters, go for a full sized backpack.
     

    Dismom820

    Mouseketeer
    Joined
    Jun 12, 2015
    Depends on your comfort level. I prefer a backpack. to me, it holds more, I can put my bottle drink in there and go completely hands free. I do have to take it off and place it by my feet on rides, I usually will hold it between my feet to make sure it doesn't go anywhere. My mom on the other hand, is a fanny pack chick all the way! the only time I could see it being an issue is rides with a lap bar. and also, if you choose to buy any souvenirs, its hard to squeeze them in a fanny pack versus a backpack...and then you have to carry them around with you.
     




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