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Fall Packing Tips for the Theme Parks

by Mommy Frog on September 19, 2011

Packing for a fall trip to the Orlando theme parks can be a bit tricky. The weather, the crowds and the special events all affect what I bring on a Frog Family fall vacation. Here are my packing tips to help make this process more of a treat than a trick.


Early fall feels much like summer in Orlando with average daytime temperatures in the high 80s. You’ll want to mainly pack clothes suitable for warm weather like shorts and t-shirts, but it’s still a good idea to pack a light sweater and pair of pants. Daytime temperatures cool down later in the season when you’ll probably need comfortable pants and layered shirts each day of your trip. If we travel during late fall, I usually pack an even amount of shorts/t-shirts and long pants/sweaters for each of us.

Sunscreen, Swimsuits & Special Events

Only for an Orlando theme park vacation would your fall packing list include swimsuits and Halloween costumes. Most of the hotel pools are heated, so even if the temperatures drop a bit it’ll still be warm enough to go swimming. The Florida sun is strong year round, so sunscreen should be on your packing list no matter what time of year. And don’t forget the Halloween costumes if you’re planning to attend special events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party or SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Might-Need Medications

The pollen count can still be high during fall in Orlando, so I always include over-the-counter allergy medication. Other might-need medications are over-the-counter cold and flu remedies, pain relievers and upset stomach medication like Pepto-Bismol (especially if we’re trick-or-treating).

More Memory & Battery Backup

The number of pictures we take on an average theme park vacation easily climbs into the thousands. The fall decorations and special events at the theme parks make this number soar even higher. Make sure you have plenty of extra memory cards and batteries for your camera. It’s much cheaper to buy these at home than getting stuck paying premium prices inside the parks.

Blankets & Towels

You might not need extra towels for the water parks, but you won’t mind having them to sit on while you’re waiting for a parade to start or to wipe down wet benches in the morning. Lily loves bringing a small blanket in case she wants to sneak in a short nap or to snuggle up during a fireworks show.

Read more about planning your visit in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Happy Packing!

--Mommy Frog

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