Wednesday, 01 January 2014 00:00

WannaBe as Plane Carry-on and as Disney Park Bag - Mistake or Good Idea?

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Our trip to Disney was a lot of fun! My 3-year-old son behaved very well, and was not afraid of the characters. That was such a relief! My daughter had a blast, as usual.

In my previous Disney post, One Mom, Two Kids, 1 WannaBe, and 1 HoboBe go to Disney!, I talked about how I was going to pack the WannaBe. Once I got there, I had to adapt what I packed in it due to change in weather. So I did not need to pack the blankets. It was still full to the brim. You know, the bigger the bag, the more things we bring with us.

I also used the WannaBe as my airplane bag. So I had the chance to see first hand how it would behave as my carry on and as my park bag. Needless to say I learned a few things, and will likely change things around next time I go to the parks.

Carrying it in the airplane was OK. A bit on the large side, so I'm sure I bumped on a few seats as I was walking in the plane with it on my back. It fit nicely on the floor in front of my son's seat, because his legs don't reach down that far. But if you have a 5 year old or older kids, you will probably need to place the WannaBe in the overhead bin.

Here are the pros and cons to bringing the WannaBe as your Disney park stroller bag:

PROS:

- It fits everything you need to bring. I had 2 fuel cels, one with snacks and the other with water bottles; extra clothes for the kids; light jackets; light up toys; extra pull ups and wipes for my son; on-the-go-charger for iPhone; rain panchos; iPad.

- Easy access to everything, which made bag check at the park entrance easier.

- Option to use shoulder strap or backpack straps when stroller had to be folded during tram/bus transportation inside Disney property.

 

CONS:

- Bag would not fit in my umbrella stroller - in the under-the-seat storage area - so I had to bring my full size double stroller. The problem is that the regular double stroller is way too havy to push all day, especially at Animal Kingdom, where the paths are irregular, and not the smoother, special pavement that you find at Magic Kingdom. Pushing it all day is hard no matter what pavement it is. I was pushing the weight of the bag, the stroller, and of the two kids all day.

- Because the WannaBe "needed" my full size stroller, that meant I had to carry the folded stroller, the bag, and manage the two kids all at once. And let me tell you, it is very difficult to carry a full stroller in and out of the tram and bus.

 

CONCLUSION:

The WannaBe itself is a wonderful bag. I love it. But I don't think it is the best option for the parks. As I said in my post "8 Things You Should Bring to Disney" Part1 and Part 2, I usually take my Mighty Be, and it fits perfectly in the umbrella stroller little storage area under the seat. If you have an umbrella stroller that can accomodate the WannaBe, than that is great. Otherwise, I would recommend taking the Mighty Be. If you prefer to rent a Disney stroller, the WannaBe will probably be too big.

Traveling with the full size double stroller is also a pain, because you cannot check it at the gate. You have to check it at the ticket counter because it is above the allowed weight limit.

Would other bags work? The answer is it depends on what you need to bring, how many kids, etc. For me, I overpack, and I like to be able to reach and grab the items easily. My vote still goes for the Mighty Be. The BFF, which is one of my favorite bags, could also work, but it would not fit everything I like to bring with me to the parks.

In any case, the water resistent fabric of Ju-Ju-Be bags are perfect to for Disney World. Remeber the Florida weather, and the occasional rain. I would not want to bring a regular cloth bag with me, or leather bag for that matter.

On a side note, my Hobo Be in Licorice Twirl is a perfect bag to carry around and take in the rides. I like to keep the autograph books and pens in there, as well as the bottled water in use, camera, phone, park tickets, fast passes, photo passes, and wallet.

As far as the WannaBe being the stroller bag, it was not the best experience for me, not because of the bag itself, but because of my stroller. Next time, I will probably bring the Mighty Be, and either rent a Disney stroller or buy a new double umbrella stroller. 

 

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