When boarding ride, what do u do w/ your fanny-pack or backpack?

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  1. CardinalsFan

    CardinalsFan First Time to DLR in Dec 2007

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    I'm getting Disney fanny-packs for my girls (to be left out for them by "Tinkerbell" during our first evening in the hotel), and I suspect we'll bring along some sort of backpack for the camera plus all the other stuff we may need/want while in the parks.

    Having never been, I'm wondering what the CMs ask you to do with these packs when it's time to board a ride... may we keep the fanny-packs secured around our waists, or will they interfere with the safety restraints on some rides?

    As for the backpack, I'm assuming that on most rides it cannot be worn nor brought on-board the ride. So, is it safe to lay it off to the side, and then retrieve it when exiting the ride?

    Are there any designated areas (at each ride) for riders to store their belongings while they ride?

    And lastly, assuming it will be possible to temporarily store our packs while we ride, what's the chance of someone stealing a pack while we ride? The "pickpocketing" thread has me paranoid...

    What do you veterans do with your fanny-packs and backpacks when it's time to board a ride?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. arliepooh68

    arliepooh68 Mouseketeer

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    i've never had an issue with my fanny pack, it stays on me at all times. the times we have brought the backpacks there is only one ride it would be an issue and that is screamin cuz of the loop, but i have two that won't ride it so they become in charge of the backpack, oh and that orange zinger thing (the swing ride). . . otherwise the backpack sits at our feet during the ride.
     
  4. iceskatejen

    iceskatejen <font color=0000CC>I did it 4 times during my trip

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    You take them with you. On Screamin', just put your leg through one of the straps. I do this all the time. On Maliboomer and Orange Stinger, they have bins you can put your stuff in.
     
  5. DisneySuiteFreak

    DisneySuiteFreak DIS Veteran

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    When I took a backpack, the CM told me I had to be able to wear it. I would worry that it would develop legs if you just left it on the side, especially if you have any kind of valuables in it. I have heard of people leaving stuff in their strollers and coming back to find the whole stroller w/stuff in it gone :eek: -- and these are strollers they bring with them. Even though it's Disney, there are other elements and people in the parks who don't have the same morals that we may have, right? :sad2: Plus, on most of the rides, you board on one side and disembark on the other side -- so there's really no way to get your bag back from the other side without holding up people wanting to board the ride. I don't think the CMs will allow you to do this. Can you imagine on peak attendance days if everyone wanted to leave their bags on the side of the ride to be retrieved later? :scared1:
    You may want to consider turning the backpack around and wearing it on your frontside and then put the lap bar down around it. I don't know if they will allow it, but it wouldn't be any worse than if you were a larger proportioned person with a stomach issue. Maybe a CM can weigh in??? Come to think of it, I think I recall one CM telling me I had to be able to wear the bag and the lap bar had to be able to come down or I couldn't ride a particular ride. (Can't recall if it was at Universal or Disneyland...:confused: ) Any CMS out there?
    The fanny packs are fine. On the rare occasion when I've overstuffed my fanny pack, I just raise it up over the bar and pull the bar down to my lap.:thumbsup2
     
  6. iceskatejen

    iceskatejen <font color=0000CC>I did it 4 times during my trip

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    I put my backpack on the floor at my feet (except POTC--it sits on the seat next to me--I don't want a wet backpack. On roller coasters and rough rides, I just put one leg through the straps. That works just fine.
     
  7. brenda1966

    brenda1966 DIS Veteran

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    Like the other posters have said, you can't leave your bag and pick it up when you exit the ride. Many of DL's rides exit in a completely different area than you load (unlike most carnival type rides where you exit and load in the same place).

    I just wear my fanny pack and turn it to the side when there is a roller coaster type lap bar. I also do the leg through the arm strap thing for the backpack when I have one. On some of the faster rides there is a small net basket to put things in, but a backpack wouldn't fit, hats and fanny packs would.

    I'm not sure what I would do with a backpack on Splash. I think you'd need to just hold it on your lap.

    I always take a stroller and have left our backpack in it often. I don't leave any valuables in it (those are on me in the fanny pack) and so far haven't had any trouble with it being taken.

    Have a great first visit!
     
  8. Abby's Dad

    Abby's Dad DIS Veteran

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    One of the reasons we chose the Bagalini messenger bag is the fact that it can just be swung around to the front so easily for riding the rides, as well as getting into it.
     
  9. Pirate-Emery

    Pirate-Emery <font color=blue>Did the Tag Fairy see POTC2?</fon

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    My Ripcurl bag is my "horcrux." I've had it for years, and some of the straps have broken off: but I still consider it to be my good luck charm.

    So, it is constantly on my person, a little extension of my soul. So it is no surprise that I take it into the parks to carry the camera/sweatshirt/foodstuffs.

    But the trickiest part has always been, "where do I put this bag?"

    The answer is usually very easy: many rides have the "pouch": a velcro-sealed bag where you can put your hat/belongings. Usually, as soon as I get into the car, it is a mad dash to stuff my bag in there before the ride starts. This especially comes in handy on California Screamin', Indiana Jones, and Big Thunder Mountain.

    But there is one ride that is the "bane" of my existence.

    The Twilight Zone... Tower of Terror! :scared:

    It has no pouch, whatsoever, so I am forced to be a human pretzel and tangle my legs in the arm straps. I did once ask the CM if I could just place it outside, but he said "nay."
     
  10. Sk8Leigh

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    I have both a fanny pack and a backpack, and I wear the fanny pack all the time, and on rides I put the backpack on the floor. If it's a ride where it could fly out, I stick my feet through the loops. On Soarin', they let you leave it on the ground over at the end of the row, and you pick it up on the way out. (I have my camera in it and the first time I rode that I put it under the seat like you were supposed to, and I was scared during the whole ride that it would fall out.)

    For water rides, I just take it on, and I haven't had a problem with the things inside getting wet, even on Splash when I was in the front row and got soaked. But that might depend on the kind of backpack.
     
  11. Hound 109

    Hound 109 <font color=teal>So non-screamin' family members c

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    Cardinal Fan, I'm not sure how old your kids are, but with my family we have ONE backpack (which carries everything) & i wear cargo shorts.

    No fannys & definitely no fannys for the kiddo. I'd be carrying my kid's fanny pack around by the third ride. (assuming he didn't lose it).

    Keep the kids hands free & fanny pack free so they can spill dole whips on the ground & hug Pooh Bear & Mickey. :thumbsup2
     
  12. DangerMouse

    DangerMouse Dangerously Addicted to Disneyland

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned the free locker rentals outside GRR. You can put your pack/purse/extra clothing etc. in a locker outside GRR for I believe up to 2 hours for FREE. If you go over the allotted time, they will charge you to get into the locker, but it's free for a designated period of time.

    On all the other rides, we have had no problem storing the backpack at our feet or spinning it around and wearing it on our front (on ToT, for example). On Splash, I just make sure the pack is not on the bottom of the log (it WILL get wet there). I usually wear it on my front or hug it in front of me.
     
  13. CardinalsFan

    CardinalsFan First Time to DLR in Dec 2007

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    Thanks Hound, but I just bought the fanny packs on eBay this morning. I'll have to see how it goes, and report back. My girls are only 7 and 4, so you may be right about it not going well, but I'm hopeful.
     
  14. Mililani Mouser

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    i wear a waist bag and have not had problems doing so, except on the roller coaster where they ask you to remove it. one time i did go on a few of the water rides with my cellphone clipped onto the waist strap. some water splashed into where the battery charger connects and that rusted. i had to get a new cellphone. now when i go on the water rides, i have to put my cell in a place it won't get wet, or give it to DH.
    :banana:
     
  15. basketballmom

    basketballmom Living in the Happiest Place in Texas!

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    On our first trip to DL, my DD5 had a string backpack type bag. She took it off and left it on snow white :rolleyes: and we didn't notice until 2 rides later.
    The next summer, when she was 6, we got her a fanny pack. It was pink with minnie and a small water bottle holder. She NEVER took it off. It was great! She carried a small bottle of water,(some of) her own money, mini fan, fruit snacks, and mini spray water bottle. The bag worked great. She would either leave it at the front of her waist on rides or turn it around without taking it off where the pouch was at her back. She rode everything from grizzly to soarin' to space, splash and big thunder. NO problems whatsoever!
     
  16. abby

    abby Abby's Mom

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    My trick to keeping the fanny pack on the kid is putting small snacks in it she can eat at will. Also, she loves to carry a map of the park in her fanny, makes her feel grownup.
     
  17. AmericanItGirl

    AmericanItGirl Back in the land of Disney...

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    I have a small sling backpack (goes over one shoulder) that fits into pouches or can easily be swung around to the front to sit on my lap. If you have a kid who doesn't want to ride the scary rides (like Splash or Thunder) then have them hold the bags (usually they can wait on the exit side with a CM).
     
  18. Hound 109

    Hound 109 <font color=teal>So non-screamin' family members c

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    Maybe it's a girl /boy thing. :lmao:

    Sounds like the girls (based on the posters above) take better care of fanny packs (& probably everything else) than my boy would. Any way you do it....you'll be in DLR so it will be a great time. :thumbsup2
     
  19. heatherleigh

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    I remember being able to bring the backpack on all the rides. That was very nice, because I was also concerned about our stuff getting stolen.
     
  20. DLR29

    DLR29 We create happiness

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    I always kept the bag with me. On the rougher rides, I would put a strap through one of my legs to make sure it didn't fly anywhere. It worked on every ride.
     
  21. flipturngirl

    flipturngirl <font color=purple>Those other people are crazy<br

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    So for rides this is what I do:

    Splash Mountain: Just put it next to my leg or put it in between the seat. Also most of the times it will get wet so I try to pick it up slightly from the floor when we get wet.
    Rollar Coasters: When I was there a year ago... Most of them has places to stick the stuff in the front of the seat or below your legs. i also put a leg thru the straps.
    Boat Rides: POTC I hold onto whatever I have

    If you are worried about it getting wet have a bag with you that is waterproof or get a poncho to put over it.

    DO NOT LEAVE YOUR BAGS UNATTENDED! Like at an Airport your bag will grow legs and walk away!!

    They have lockers in Main Street where you can rent and put stuff there as well.
     

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