A Disney Princess Wouldn’t Wear a Fanny Pack, but a Cheapskate Princess Might!

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The fanny pack. I’m really not a clothes snob, but those are two words I can’t even say with a straight face. The thought of fanny packs have struck fear into the heart of Disney fashionsitas for years. Can you imagine Cinderella with a sparkly fanny pack to hold her car keys and lipstick?

Uh, no.

For anyone hiding out under a Prada rock, a fanny pack is a small fabric pouch secured with a zipper and worn with a strap around the hips or waist. The name “fanny pack” was derived from the fact that these bags were traditionally worn facing the rear above the “fanny.” Yet despite this highly amusing name, most people do not really wear fanny packs on their actual rear because they are easier to pick pocket there and much harder to access from that angle.

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When you head off to Disney for your vacation, do you use a traditional bag or backpack, or do you opt for the fanny pack? Here are some reasons for both.

Reasons to use a fanny pack

1. They may not be as fashionable, but they are smaller than regular bags.

2. While many a shoulder has been pained by a backpack, fanny packs don’t create the same strain on the shoulders, the main reason being, they are restin’ on your fanny or thereabouts.

3. With your bag around your waist, you have you arms more free to push little Mickey in a stroller, get in and out of rides a bit easier, and hold onto monorail poles a bit easier, etc.

4. On rides where bulky backpacks are not allowed, you and your fannypack will pass through with no problem. This can definitely help some of you Disney Moms as you grab for your kids with two free hands.

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Reasons you should stick to a traditional backpack

1. I will stop short of calling them ugly. I will simply say that you will not see Rianna or Lady Gaga rocking a fanny pack on any red carpet. I have yet to see a Dooney & Bourke fanny pack featured prominently in any Disney gift shop. I am waiting with curious fascination to see if they appear. The photo below offers an example of current styles, and you can make your own judgement of fashion worthy-ness. These fanny packs are available at tillys.com for $12.99 before shipping.

2. You cannot carry as many items in a fanny pack due to their smaller nature.

3. I mentioned in reason number one I would stop short of calling them ugly, so let’s just say they are not the height of Disney Princess fashion.

Why am I not carrying a fanny pack? Because Dooney & Bourke don’t currently have one available, and personally, I am holding out for style over substance. Plus as small as fanny packs are, this may be the only Disney Dooney I can actually ever afford. Check out prices for new Dooney & Bourke…

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Thanks for stopping by for a journey down Disney’s unfashionable lane. The fact remains that if you ever wore a fanny pack because it was cheaper than a backpack and easier to carry, you just might be a Cheapskate Princess. Whatever it takes to get the vacation job done, right?!



  1. Amy says:

    This is hilarious. I’ve always said that Disney is the ONLY place it’s acceptable to wear a fanny pack. Even there it’s questionable.

    • Cindy Bugg says:

      They may be ugly to look at, but they are very convenient and, personally, I love not have something hanging on my shoulder and having my hands free!

    • Anita Serrin says:

      A friend of mine is a runner and uses something called a Flipbelt. I don’t run but am considering it for my next trip. It is a stretchy material that can be worn around your waist but slides nicely under your shirt. It seems to work nicely for a phone, car keys, money/card and even lipstick. Just another option to consider

  2. Lauren says:

    Backpack worked great for us. We didn’t have any instances where we couldn’t bring it on a ride (though we don’t do roller coasters or anything high speed, so that may be why).

  3. Nicole G says:

    Normally I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a fanny pack. The only exception is Disney !!! 😉

  4. Eryn says:

    I have a cross shoulder backpack that is our “theme park bag”. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. Not too big, not too small, a good strap, keeps my hands free, but can also be passed around between the adults (& teen) throughout the day.

    Don’t forget 1 fatal flaw of backpacks: You’re going to end up carrying everyone else’s stuff! 😉 Heavy is the bag that holds the water bottles. You can only jam so much stuff in a fanny pack.

  5. Amy says:

    It’s quite funny because ‘fanny’ means something else (a far more intimate part of the anatomy!) in British English, so the fact you wear them at the front is quite appropriate!

  6. I wear one as a belt. I have one from Disney Movie Rewards that is Black with a Sliver Mickey on it

  7. Megs says:

    I LOVE MY FANNY PACKS! Literally. They are THE best. I have a pleather leopard print one that I got from a thrift store for 50 cents, and it comes with me to Disney, to go on walks and runs with my dogs, and on black friday! I know it isnt typical for a 21 year old, and I definitely get some odd looks, but it is totally worth it. Work that fanny pack girl. You go dang work it.

  8. Kelsey says:

    My dad has always rocked a fanny pack at amusement parks, but now he is good at hiding them! So good, I didn’t even know he had one on until 3/4 of our day at Six Flags! I did see some “fashionable” ones I would totally rock. Once my son is older, I don’t think I’ll want to tote all that stuff around!

  9. Sarah says:

    Ha! Check it out…Rihanna *IS* rocking one. LOL


    I am absolutely either buying or DIY-ing one for our next WDW trip, but I refuse to call it anything other than a ‘belt bag.’ You know, because those are chic. 😉

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