What you can – and cannot – bring to Walt Disney World parks


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You arrived at your hotel and unpacked your luggage. Now is the time to figure out what to bring with you to the theme park the next morning. But wait, do you even know what you can – and can’t – bring to Walt Disney World parks? This is definitely something you should know.

Disney’s policies are pretty straightforward, but there are certain restrictions that can catch you off guard. Let’s take a look at what’s allowed and what’s not so that you are ready for the gate security check.

What you CAN bring to Walt Disney World parks

All guests are required to pass a security checkpoint before entering Disney theme parks and water parks. Bags, clothing and other personal items are subject to control. With that in mind, it’s crucial that you only bring permitted items inside the parks so that you don’t get turned back.

Remember, just because you can bring something to the park doesn’t mean you should. The more things you pack, the more you will have to carry around all day (or put some in a storage locker). Lighten the burden and bring only what you really need.

With that said, here are the items Disney allows you to bring to the parks.

Bags for personal items

Guests can bring almost anything to the parks as long as it’s not on Disney’s shortlist.

Many people just bring their wallet and cell phone and just carry them in their purse, backpack, or pocket. However, you may want to bring extra items such as sweatshirts, sunscreen, medicine, phone chargers, cameras, diapers, formula, toys, Mickey Ears, etc. In these cases, you will need some type of bag to carry your personal items. .

Disney allows backpacks, fanny packs, tote bags, wallets, and other types of carrying bags and cases in parks. As long as it does not exceed 24 ″ long x 15 ″ wide x 18 ″ high, any type of bag is allowed. Anything larger is strictly prohibited.


Food and drinks

There are dozens of fantastic restaurants and snacks at Disney theme parks and water parks. Yet despite the variety of restaurants and menus, some customers may still wish to bring their own food. Are they allowed to do this?

Yes, you are allowed to bring food and drink to the theme park and water parks. But there are a few caveats.

Food and drink outside should be for your own consumption. It should not require heating or reheating, refrigeration, processing, or have a pungent odor.

Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited inside the parks.

Coolers are permitted, but they must not exceed 24 ″ long x 15 ″ wide x 18 ″ high. Bulk ice is prohibited, but reusable ice packs are permitted (and recommended) by Disney.

Customers often bring their own refillable water bottles, sandwiches and snacks to parks to save time and money, or to meet personal preferences or food allergies.

You should always inform security about any food or drink you have when entering the park.

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Strollers and mobility devices

There are several options when it comes to strollers: rent one inside the park, rent one through a local (non-Disney) stroller supplier, or just bring your own. Disney allows guests to bring their own strollers.

If you plan to bring your own stroller to the park, be aware that strollers exceeding 31 ″ in width and 52 ″ in length are strictly prohibited. Strollers are also prohibited, as are any type of trailer-like object that is pushed, pulled or towed.

Manual or electric mobility devices are permitted in Disney Parks, provided they are intended for a single rider, operate at walking speed, have at least 3 wheels, and are no more than 36 “in width and 52” in height. length.

entrance and sign of the animal kingdom

What you CANNOT bring to Walt Disney World parks

Now that you have a general idea of ​​what you can bring to Walt Disney World parks, let’s take a look at the items you can’t bring to theme parks and water parks.

Note: This list is subject to change, so check for updates before you arrive.

• Weapons of all kinds (firearms, knives, ammunition)
• Objects and toys that look like weapons
• Self-defense and restraint devices (mace, pepper spray)
• Fireworks and other flammable or explosive objects
• Buzzers, whistles, horns and megaphones
• Fog and smoke machines
• Illegal substances
• Marijuana and products fortified with marijuana
• Alcoholic beverages
• Glass containers (small jars of baby food are allowed)
• Bulk ice and coolers over 24 ″ L x 15 ″ W x 18 ″ H
• Plastic straws (prohibited only in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and water parks)
• Balloons (only prohibited in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and water parks)
• Selfie sticks
• Folding chairs
• Large tripods and monopod stands
• Non-medical costumes and masks
• Inappropriate or offensive clothing, body art or attire
• Backpack, handbags, tote and miscellaneous bags over 24 “long x 15” wide x 18 “high
• Strollers over 31 ”wide (79 cm) x 52” long (132 cm)
• Strollers and trailers for strollers are prohibited
• Recreational devices (skateboards, scooters, inline skates, remote control toys, drones, etc.)
• Swimming noodles and floats not approved by the Coast Guard (in water parks)
• Pets and other animals (except service animals)

Prohibited activities
Here is a list of activities prohibited by Disney in the parks.
• Unapproved photograph or recording of any kind for commercial purposes
• Sell items
• Distribution of material or requests of any kind
• Use of banners or signs for commercial purposes or to entice crowds
• Conduct demonstrations, speeches or events
• Use profanity
• Engage in dangerous activities
• Disruption of the operation of the park
• Feed the animals
• Unauthorized entry into prohibited areas
• Representation of costumed characters

Follow the rules and regulations of Disney property, and you won’t have any problems!

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Herman C. Harkins

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