What You Can — and Can’t — Bring into Walt Disney World Parks
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You’ve arrived at your hotel and unpacked your bags. Now it’s time to figure out what to take with you to the theme park the next morning. But hold on, do you even know what you can — and can’t — bring into Walt Disney World parks? This is definitely something you should know.
Disney’s policies are pretty straightforward, but there are some restrictions that may catch you off guard. Let’s take a look at what’s allowed and what’s prohibited so you’ll be prepared for the security check at the gates.
What You CAN Bring into Walt Disney World Parks
All guests are required to go through a security checkpoint before entering Disney’s theme parks and water parks. Bags, clothing, and other personal items are subject to screening. With this in mind, it’s crucial that you bring only items that are allowed inside parks so you won’t be turned away.
Remember, just because you can bring something to the park doesn’t mean that you should. The more stuff you take, the more you’ll have to carry around all day long (or put in a storage locker). Lessen the burden and bring only what you really need.
With that said, here are the items that Disney allows you to bring into the parks.
Bags for Personal Items
Guests can bring nearly anything into the parks as long as it’s not on Disney’s restricted list.
Many people just bring their wallets and cell phones and simply carry them in their handbag, backpack, or pocket. However, you may wish to pack some additional items like sweatshirts, sunblock, medicine, phone chargers, cameras, diapers, baby formula, toys, Mickey Ears, etc. In those cases, you’ll need some type of bag to carry your belongings.
Disney allows backpacks, fanny packs, totes, pocketbooks, and other types of bags and carrying cases into the parks. So long as it doesn’t exceed 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high, any type of bag is allowed. Anything larger is strictly prohibited.
Food and Beverages
There are dozens of fantastic dining and snack locations throughout Disney’s theme parks and water parks. Yet, despite the diversity of restaurants and menus, some guests may still wish to bring their own food. Are they allowed to?
Yes, you are allowed to bring food and beverages into the theme park and water parks. But there are a few caveats.
Outside food and drinks must be for your own consumption. It must not require heating or reheating, refrigeration, processing, or have a pungent odor.
Alcoholic beverages and glass containers are prohibited inside the parks.
Coolers are allowed, but they mustn’t be larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high. Loose ice is prohibited, but reusable ice packs are permitted (and recommended) by Disney.
Guests often bring their own refillable water bottles, sandwiches, and snacks into the parks as a way to save time and money, or to accommodate personal preferences or food allergies.
You should always inform security of any food or beverage items you have as you enter the park.
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Strollers and Mobility Devices
There are a few options when it comes to strollers: rent one inside the park, rent one via a local (non-Disney) stroller provider, or simply bring your own. Disney does allow guests to bring their own strollers.
If you plan on bringing your own stroller to the park, be aware that strollers exceeding 31″ in width and 52″ in length are strictly prohibited. Stroller wagons are also prohibited, as are any type of trailer-like object that is pushed, pulled, or towed.
Manual or electrically-powered mobility devices are allowed into Disney parks, so long as they are for a single rider, operate at a walking speed, have at least 3 wheels, and do not exceed 36″ in width and 52″ in length.
What you CAN’T Bring into Walt Disney World Parks
Now that you have a general idea of what you can bring into Walt Disney World parks, let’s take a look at the items you can’t take into the theme parks and water parks.
Note: This list is subject to change, so check for updates before you arrive.
• Weapons of any kind (firearms, knives, ammunition) • Objects and toys that look like weapons • Self-defense and restraining devices (mace, pepper spray) • Fireworks and other flammable or explosive objects • Noisemakers, whistles, horns, and megaphones • Fog and smoke machines • Illegal substances • Marijuana and marijuana-enriched products • Alcoholic beverages • Glass containers (small jars of baby food are permitted) • Loose ice and coolers larger than 24″ L x 15″ W x 18″ H • Plastic straws (prohibited only in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and water parks) • Balloons (prohibited only in Disney’s Animal Kingdom and water parks) • Selfie sticks • Folding chairs • Large tripods and monopod stands • Costumes and non-medical masks • Inappropriate or offensive clothing, body art, or attire • Backpack, handbags, totes, and various bags larger than 24″ L x 15″ W x 18″ H • Strollers larger than 31″ W (79 cm) x 52″ L (132 cm) • Stroller wagons and stroller trailers are prohibited • Recreational devices (skateboards, scooters, inline skates, remote-control toys, drones, etc.) • Swim noodles and non-Coast Guard approved water floats (at water parks) • Pets and other animals (with the exception of service animals)
Prohibited Activities Here’s a list of the activities Disney prohibits in the parks. • Unapproved photography or recording of any kind for commercial purposes • Selling items • Distributing materials or solicitations of any kind • Using banners or signs for commercial purposes or to incite crowds • Conducting demonstrations, speeches, or events • Using profanity • Engaging in dangerous activities • Disrupting park operation • Feeding the animals • Unauthorized entry into prohibited areas • Portraying costumed characters
Stick to Disney’s property rules and regulations, and you won’t have any problems!
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