Off Limits at Disney Parks

13 Items Off Limits at Disneyland and Disney World!

If you’re planning a visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World for the first time you may not know that there are many everyday items that are off-limits at Disney Parks!  We often see customers being asked at security checkpoints to discard their items or rent a locker to store them before entering the park.

Before you enter any Disney park you have to go through security checkpoints.  Security will do a bag check and screening of their guests to ensure the safety of everyone.  We are all eager to enter the parks and certainly do not want to be delayed because someone brought a prohibited item.  Here is a list of all of the things you should leave at home, in your car, or at your resort hotel when visiting the Disney Parks!

1. Glass

Glass Bottles

While many people like to bring their own water bottles to stay hydrated, many people don’t know that glass is prohibited from entering Disney Parks!  It doesn’t matter if the glass bottle is covered in rubber, it is still considered a potential hazard.  Also prohibited are glass storage containers and sealed drinks in glass bottles, even if they are packed in an approved cooler!

Of course there are exceptions to this rule including medications and baby food that need to be stored in glass containers.  Please note, these exceptions are at the discretion of Disney Parks security.  All other items may be confiscated or guests may be asked to return them to their vehicle or hotel room.

Guests are able to bring plastic or metal reusable water bottles into the parks.  You can find water fountains throughout the parks for thirsty guests to wet their whistle!

2. Alcoholic Beverages

No Alcohol

Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited from entering Disney Parks.  Luckily, there are restaurants and quick service locations for adults 21 and over to purchase alcohol.  Just remember this is a family environment and to drink responsibly!

3. Illegal Drugs

No Drugs

This should be obvious, but needless to say we’ll list it.  Absolutely no illegal drugs of any kind will be allowed inside of any Disney park.

4. Folding Chairs

Folding Chairs

While it might seem like an amazing idea to bring a folding chair to sit on while you watch a parade or fireworks, these items are banned from Disney Parks.  Though it may not seem like it, but there are lots of places to sit around the parks!  Guests who have trouble standing or walking for a long time might want to think about renting a wheelchair or ECV (Electronic Conveyance Vehicle) for their visit.

5. Selfie Sticks

Selfie Sticks

Of course one of the biggest trends in the last few years has been getting the perfect selfie.  Disney has even created Instagram-worthy walls in every park for guests to get that perfect shot!  What many guests don’t realize is that selfie sticks can be a potential hazard while walking around the parks and especially while riding attractions.  The good news is, even if you don’t pay for Disney PhotoPass, the Disney Cast Member photographers will use your phone or camera to take photos for you!  How awesome is that?

6. Extra Large Strollers

Extra Large Strollers

Extra large strollers over 36″x 52″ (92 cm x 132 cm) will not be permitted at Disney Parks.  Fortunately, most strollers are smaller than the maximum size, and if yours isn’t then don’t fret!  You can always rent a stroller at the front of every park!

7. Two-Wheeled Recreational Devices

Hoverboards

I know what you’re thinking – my feet will get tired from walking end-to-end at each park.  If only I could ride a hoverboard or scooter around the parks.  Scooters, hoverboards, skate boards, shoes with built-in wheels, roller skates, and in-line skates are all banned from Disney Parks.  Also, no trailers and wagons are permitted in any of the parks, whether they are being towed or pulled by hand.  This is not only for your safety, but the safety of other guests as well.

8. Large Suitcases, Backpacks, and Coolers

Extra Large Backpack

Any bag, suitcase, or cooler brought into the parks may not exceed 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high (61 cm long x 38 cm wide x 46 cm high).  If you are just arriving to the parks from the airport and your hotel room isn’t ready, many hotels will hold your suitcases for you!  Also, if you want to bring your own foods into the parks you can, just make sure your cooler is smaller than the size indicated above.  Just remember that every bag/cooler will be thoroughly inspected!

9. Drones and Large Tripods

Tripod

We all want to get the perfect footage of our visit to the Disney Parks or record the nighttime fireworks.  While flying a drone can be a lot of fun, for everyone’s safety they are not permitted at any Disney Park.  Large tripods for videotaping or taking still photos are not allowed.  Guests can bring tripods in, as long as they are small and if they are collapsible, even better!  Who wants to carry a big tripod around all day with them anyway!

10. Weapons

Safety is Disney’s top priority and all weapons are prohibited.  Weapons of any kind including knives, swords, and guns are absolutely not permitted from entering any Disney Park.  This also includes toy weapons like squirt guns.

While it is true that weapons and weapon-like items can be purchased in the parks, like swords at the Japan pavilion in Epcot, they are not allowed to be carried throughout the park.

Please be advised, all guests go through security checkpoints before entering Disney Park!  You may be required to go through a metal detector.  Some guests may receive a second screening, at random, that may include a hand held metal detector or pat-down.  So, for everyone’s safety and yours, please do not bring weapons to Disney Parks!

11. Pets

Service Dogs

Pets of any kind are not permitted at any Disney Park.  The exception to this rule are approved service animals like dogs and miniature horses.  Service animals must remain on a leash or harness.  Feel free to contact the Disney Parks with any questions about your specific needs. 

Don’t forget, if you do need to bring your pets with you on vacation there is a pet hotel on Walt Disney World Property!  Best Friends Pet Care is a full service facility that can offer dogs, cats, birds, and even mice a deluxe vacation!  They open 1 hour before the parks, and have day care and overnight accommodations!

At Disneyland Resort, the Disneyland Kennel Club provides climate-controlled daycare for your pets.  It opens 30 minutes prior to the earliest park opening and closes 30 minutes after the latest park closing time.

12. Plastic Straws and Balloons (in Disney’s Animal Kingdom)

Plastic Straws

Disney announced that plastic straws and stirrers will be eliminated from their parks, resorts, and properties by mid 2019.  At Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park, straws and balloons are not permitted for the safety of the animals.  Paper straws are available for guests to enjoy their beverages as these pose no hazard to animals.

13. A Bad Attitude!

Grumpy and Grumpy Cat
Image by Disney

Last, but certainly not least, a bad attitude is not permitted at any of the Disney Parks!  Everyone knows a trip to the Disney Parks can be a bit stressful.  Between trying to get to your dining reservations, rushing to the next attractions, and your kids having a melt down – it can all be too much!

This is the time for you to make some amazing memories that will last a lifetime.  Do you really want to ruin those precious memories by being Grumpy?!  Don’t forget you are on vacation!  Take a few minutes to sit, eat your favorite snack, or go back to the resort and take a dip in the pool!  The only thing having a melt down should be your Mickey Premium Bar, not your amazing vacation!

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