What items are not allowed in Disney World?
21 Items You Can’t Bring Into Walt Disney World
We love giving you tips on what you need to bring to Disney World, whether it’s in your suitcase or in your park bag.
But there are quite a few items you are NOT allowed to bring to Disney World, and some of them might surprise you!
Okay, this seems pretty obvious, but know that you absolutely cannot bring weapons onto Disney World property.
Guns, ammunition, knives, or other weapons of any kind are all prohibited. If you’re carrying your own reusable utensils, know that your knife — be it plastic or metal — may be confiscated.
Self-Defense or Restraining Devices
Along the same lines as weapons, you can’t bring anything you would use to restrain someone like pepper spray, mace, or a taser.
Also, accidentally spraying your pepper spray instead of your hand sanitizer while in Disney would be a nightmare!
Objects or Toys that Look Like Weapons
You cannot have anything that looks like a weapon, either. Toy guns, for example, are not allowed at Disney World. This includes water guns or blasters from Star Wars.
The Disney World parks even stopped selling toy guns years ago. They do, however, still sell toy swords, but they are very obviously toys.
Marijuana or Any Illegal Substance
ANY and ALL marijuana products are prohibited at Disney. This also includes marijuana enriched products, like CBD oil.
Even if you have a medical marijuana card, the drug or any of its products is still not permitted on property, as well as any other illegal drugs or substances.
This should also go without saying, but explosives are not allowed on Disney World property. This includes fireworks, smoke machines, fog machines, or any other explosives or flammable objects.
If you’re looking for some fireworks, leave it to the professionals, and go watch one of the nighttime shows inside of the theme parks!
Obviously Disney World sells alcohol, but you cannot bring your own alcohol to Disney World EXCEPT for in a few situations. You can bring alcohol into your Disney hotel, and you can bring your own bottle of wine to certain restaurants at Disney Springs.
Make sure you check with the restaurant first if you can bring your own bottle of wine. Also, be aware that a corking fee will apply. Remember, most of these restaurants have extensive wine lists to choose from already!
Click here to see the Disney wine lists every wine lover needs to check out
You can’t bring glass containers into Disney World except for small ones that hold things like baby food.
For example, you’re not allowed to bring a small perfume bottle into the parks; maybe try some portable deodorant or a perfumed lotion instead! Glass containers ARE allowed in Disney hotels, though.
Horns, whistles, megaphones, or anything similar are not allowed in Disney World.
Can you imagine trying to enjoy your day in Disney and a tour group walks by with the guide yelling facts through a megaphone?! No, thank you!
Seems a bit broad, right? Let us narrow it down for you. Things like drones, remote control toys, skateboards, scooters, skates, or shoes with built in wheels (remember when Heelys were cool?) are not permitted in Disney World.
You can’t bring a bicycle into the theme parks, but you can ride one around some of the Disney resorts like Fort Wilderness! Several resorts actually have places where you can rent a bike.
Click here to see the most bizarre things you can do in Disney World
Strollers bigger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long are not allowed in Disney World.
Disney implemented new policies regarding strollers in 2019 so that you can no longer use stroller wagons, either. If you get there and your stroller is too big, remember you can always rent one at the parks!
Click here to se our Disney World stroller FAQ
Wagons (including stroller wagons) are not permitted at any Disney theme park or water park.
They ARE allowed outside of ESPN Wide World of Sports but not inside.
Any trailer-like object that is pushed, pulled, or towed behind an Electric Conveyance Vehicle, wheelchair, stroller, or person.
So, for example, you cannot hitch a trailer behind your electric scooter to carry a grandkid around, folks!
Wheeled Mobility Devices with Fewer Than Three Wheels
Basically, you can’t bring a device that doesn’t stand up on its own when it’s stopped, and you’re not using it. Training wheels or modifications are also not permitted.
Devices have to be manually or electrically powered and operated at a walking pace. They need to be single rider and no larger than 36 inches long by 52 inches wide.
Large Suitcases, Bags, Coolers, or Backpacks
Any of these bigger than 24 inches long by 15 inches wide by 18 inches high are not allowed in the theme parks or water parks.
Loose and dry ice are also not allowed to be in these containers. If you do use one, reusable ice packs are recommended.
Although it would be nice to bring your own chair in to stake out a good spot for fireworks, they are not allowed!
You CANNOT bring a folding chair into the Disney theme parks, water parks, or Disney Springs.
Sorry, everyone, you’re going to have to ask your friend with the really long arms to take your selfies instead of using a selfie stick!
You also can’t have any other kind of extension device for your camera or phone, and flags and banners are not allowed in the theme parks or water parks.
We know almost better than anybody that getting a steady shot is important in Disney World, but you can’t bring tripods or monopods that don’t fit inside a backpack or that extend over six feet.
It would be really lame to have a seven foot tripod blocking your view of Enchantment!
We know what you’re thinking: “but they sell balloons in Disney World!”, and you are correct! Except there’s some places that balloons are forbidden from being sold. Can you guess where the most popular one is?
Animal Kingdom! We gotta protect those animals, y’all. Balloons are also not allowed at the water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.
So, if you’re park hopping from another park to Animal Kingdom, make sure you leave the Mickey balloon in your hotel room!
The same goes for plastic straws! They’re not allowed in Animal Kingdom, the water parks, or Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. In fact, they will make you throw away your straw if you try walking into one of these places with one in your drink.
Many places in Disney don’t even use plastic straws anymore, like Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company, which has been switching over to straws made from sugarcane!
Non-Coast Guard Approved Flotation Devices
Your flotation device must be Coast Guard approved in order for you to use it at the Disney World water parks. This also includes non-approved swim noodles!
Make sure to check if your device is approved before taking it to Disney.
Costumes and Costume Masks
Costumes and costume masks cannot be worn by anyone over the age of 14. One of the reasons for this is that if you’re in a full costume dressed like Princess Ariel, some kids might think you’re the real Little Mermaid and try to meet you! Disney wants to keep all character storylines and integrity in tact!
There are a few exceptions though. Costumes are allowed for Halloween and holiday events, as well as some Star Wars costumes (otherwise, how would you truly immerse yourself in Galaxy’s Edge?!).
Those are all the things you’re not allowed to bring to Disney World! If you’re unsure about an item, always ask Disney to be safe. And stay tuned to All Ears for more Disney tips, tricks, news, and updates.
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Rick V says:
I know you can’t smoke or vape in the parks but will you be allowed to bring them into the parks past the checkpoints?
What You Can — and Can’t — Bring into Walt Disney World Parks
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)
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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Park Rules & Etiquette
Disneyland Paris is a perfect world. and then they open the gates! With visitors coming from the four corners of the Earth and bringing with them countless local customs and habits, perhaps never having visited a large theme park before, the park has created a few regulations and guidelines to keep the park «magical» and everybody getting along.
Be sure to make a note of any of these which might affect you during your visit.
Entering the Park
You will be required to pass through a baggage security checkpoint in order to enter the Disney Parks. At one of two locations, for Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park, a member of the security personnel will ask to quickly look inside your bag and its pockets. The line here is usually very fast moving, so have your bag open and ready to speed up the process. On some dates, an X-ray machine is also used for bags.
Once you’re through this checkpoint, you’re in the main esplanade area and can pass freely between both parks. However, if you wish to visit Disney Village or your hotel, you will need to pass the security gate.
Certain items are not allowed to be taken into the Disney parks:
- Selfie sticks
- Items with wheels, such as large suitcases, skateboards, scooters, roller blades, roller skates or shoes with detractable wheels
- Alcoholic beverages
- Weapons of any kind
- Folding chairs
- Glass containers (including bottles, jars and perfumes)
- Pets (unless guide dogs or service animals)
Cumbersome suitcases and travelling bags should be left at Guest Storage at the entrance to either park.
Taking in Food and Drink
Contrary to many urban myths, you are, of course, allowed to take your own food and drink into the park, be it a few snacks or some bottles of water. The belief that «no food or drink can be taken into the parks» probably comes from the request that families do not take giant pic-nic hampers into the park, a particularly French tradition for days out.
Perhaps fearing families setting themselves up with a pic-nic on the lawns in front of the Castle, Disney built a special pic-nic area which can be found to the side of the entrance walkway from the main parking lot.
Those cereal bars, sandwiches and drinks thrown in your backpack are fine!
For the comfort of yourself and other guests, a shirt/top and shoes must be worn at all times whilst in the parks, whatever the season.
For your own comfort and wellbeing, remember to dress appropriately for the weather conditions — it can get very cold waiting for a parade or nighttime show in winter, for example.
Children must not wear shoes with wheels in them, for their own safety and for that of other guests.
Whilst the attractions in the two parks of Disneyland Resort Paris have been designed to handle the maximum amount of guests, the amount of eager guests means some queuing is inevitable. Whilst in queues, stick to the marked path and don’t queue jump — Cast Members have the right to refuse queue-jumpers entry to attractions.
Smoking, eating and drinking are forbidden in queue lines and whilst on-board attractions (though small cold snacks and drinks are usually allowed while waiting. Should you wish to leave an attraction before reaching the boarding point, follow the easiest exit route or ask a Cast Member for assistance.
Some attractions have height restrictions which are enforced for your safety and should be understood and followed at all times. More intense attractions also have a series of other restrictions. These are clearly listed on signs at the entrances to the attractions and should be read before choosing whether to ride.
- Find the full listing of Ride Restrictions here.
Whilst on-board attractions, you should follow Cast Members’ instructions and keep your hands and arms inside the vehicle, with your safety restraint firmly in place. Should you have any problems whatsoever, ask a Cast Member immediately.
Video Taping and Photography
Video taping is strictly forbidden on more intense attractions and for show-based attractions which included copyrighted film footage. This rule is particularly enforced at Star Tours, CinéMagique, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril, Crush’s Coaster, RC Racer and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith.
Video photography is also technically not allowed on other indoor ride-based attractions, although most Cast Members will not enforce this. Please just be mindful of your bright screen detracting from other visitors’ experience!
Flash photography is strictly forbidden in all indoor attractions and for most indoor shows. Please turn your flash off or refrain from using your camera. Using a flash in dark rides such as Pirates of the Caribbean completely ruins the enjoyment of the attraction for other guests.
- Entering the Park
- Riding Attractions
- Video Taping and Photography
- Film Crews