Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

These are the most common questions we get from The Mickey Connection guests.


Where can I find the park hours?

Because the park hours change frequently, we suggest using Disney’s sites directly for this information. Please click below to ensure you’re planning efforts align with up-to-date park hours forecasts:

Disney World Parks Hours 

Disneyland Parks Hours


Do I have to carry my purchased items through the parks all day?

Not if you’re staying at a Disney Resort. Ask your cashier to ship the item directly to your Resort. Most items are eligible for this, and it’s free! (Please note that it will not be available for pick-up at the Resort lobby until the next morning.


What items should I bring to the Disney Parks/Resorts?

The items below are suggested, based on our experience:

  • Epsom Salt; after walking and standing in line all day, there is nothing better than getting back to the resort and off your feet. Pour lots of epsom salt into a warm bath and soak your feet (and/or legs!) for 30 minutes. Then, massage your feet with lotion and elevate them for another 30 minutes. We promise your feet will thank you.
  • Ibuprofen; see above – helps with swelling.
  • Anti-Chafing Gel; if you have “chub rub” and want to wear shorts, be prepared with this.
  • Tide Pods and Dryer Sheets; if you plan to do your own laundry at a Disney Resort, bring your own laundry accessories. Disney does have them for sale, but you’ll save money by bringing your own.
  • Laundry Hamper, Hangers, Clothespins
  • Quarters, pennies, and singles; you’ll need the quarters and pennies for Disney’s Penny Press, and you’ll want singles to tip the helpful folks at the Resorts, the Magical Express, etc. Store the coins in an empty M&M’s Minis case! You’re welcome!
  • Power Strip; in our experience, Disney Resorts’ outlets are not always reliable or numerous. Make it easy on yourself and bring your own.
  • Travel-sized Dish Soap; to wash out your Disney Refillable Mugs, should you buy them.
  • Ziploc Bags; keep your phone/camera dry on the wet rides or bring snacks into the park!
  • Ponchos and/or full size trash bags; Disney charges around $20 each and they sell out. Don’t let the rain ruin your day.
  • An empty suitcase; plan on bringing home souvenirs? Make sure you have space to bring it all home.
  • A case of water bottles; don’t blow your budget where you don’t have to. And you’ll get thirsty at the Resort, too!
  • Snacks, snacks, snacks; your family will get hungry at the Resort.
  • Hand sanitizer (small); keep those hands clean before eating a snack at the parks!
  • Old washcloths or paper towels; do you have someone in your group that gets sweaty and overheated? Take one and head to a drinking fountain, or pour some water from your bottled water on it, and dab their head and neck. Then place into a Ziploc bag and back in your bag. Repeat as necessary.
  • Gum; it’s not sold in the parks. Please note that this is for good reason. Do not spit your gum out anywhere other than the trash!
  • Crystal Light or other water flavors; some of the restaurants at the parks have an odd water taste. Don’t worry, it’s safe; but may be more pleasant if you make it taste like fruit.
  • Sunscreen
  • Spare phone battery; you’ll thank us for this one! Also – clean out your phone before your vacation; you’ll want space for all the pictures you’ll take!
  • Night Light; if you’ve got little ones.
  • Blister Protectors; these come in gels, creams, and bandages.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Necklaces; find these cheap and bring them with you, it’ll save money and your kid will feel included!
  • Proper footwear; you’ll need to decide what support your feet need, but we say you can never go wrong with a supportive tennis shoe.