When visiting a Disney Park, it is important to note what items you are not allowed to bring. Some items are a little more obvious than others, like firearms, fireworks, glass bottles, and alcohol. Others might not be as well known to some visitors, like stroller wagons, folding chairs, and selfie sticks. If you do try to bring prohibited items into the Park, Disney security will inform you that you must either bring the item back to your car or throw it in one of the many garbage bins in the area.
One Guest visited the Disneyland Resort recently and had some trouble when it came to an item she wanted to bring in. According to the Guest, she has a booster seat for her young child, that can also double as a diaper bag. One day, security allowed her to bring the bag into the Parks with her. She went back to Disneyland and Disney California Adventure the next day, and Security told her that she would need to either bring the bag back to her car or throw the diaper bag away.
The Guest took to Reddit to share her story and to see if anyone else had experienced trouble with security not being consistent on their Disneyland Resort visits.
Security: is this a booster seat? Me: yes but we don’t use it. Just a handy diaper bag substitute. Security: you can run it back to your car or throw it away. Not allowed in the park. Me: really? We used it last night. Security: there’s the garbage or you can run it back to your car
Security: is this a booster seat? Me: yes but we don’t use it. Just a handy diaper bag substitute. Security: you can run it back to your car or throw it away. Not allowed in the park. Me: really? We used it last night. Security: there’s the garbage or you can run it back to your car from Disneyland
One person asked which answer — diaper bag or booster — should be used to get into the Park. The original poster commented that she was told that, when it comes to certain items being let in, it will be left up to the discretion of Cast Members. That is what led to the poster getting two different answers when she tried to bring it into the Parks on different days.
Apparently “it’s the discretion of certain cast members “ as to what happens and how. Good example: dropped off by an Uber with your child at the park? Is the car seat allowed in?… it is At the discretion of certain cast members. Blue coat cast members specifically. If they say no I guess the car seat gets surrendered to the gods of garbage and excess
Redditor hotpinkmua said that it was the first security guard who let the Guest in with the chair was the one who had screwed up. Disney does not allow folding chairs and, even though it is a booster seat, it is counted as a folding chair. According to the Redditor, the first security guard should not have let her into the Park with it the first time.
So the first guard screwed up. Anyone who ever goes to Disney know that there are some guards who are very thorough and some who don’t seem to give a rat’s behind about searching bags and making sure people aren’t bringing in things they shouldn’t. Since this qualifies as a folding chair, it just isn’t allowed and it’s on the list of things you aren’t supposed to bring into the park. Not sure why you would use a booster seat as a diaper bag. Just get a bag. That’s odd.
Another Guest suggested a simple solution if the Guest wanted to take the bag in — go to another security entrance and don’t mention that the bag contains a booster seat, simply say it is a diaper bag.
If you haven’t thrown it away yet. There is another security entrance at the back of Downtown Disney. Don’t ask me how to get to it I’ve only been to DL once. Go through there and tell them it’s a diaper bag.
When visiting Disneyland Resort, there are three security checkpoints for Guests to choose from. There is one security checkpoint at the Mickey & Friends and Pixar parking structures, one at the entrance to Downtown Disney. There is a final security checkpoint on the other side of the esplanade, where the busses drop Guests off who have come from the Toy Story parking lot.
Before you decide to visit any Disney Park, it is important to visit that Park’s website. The website will have all of the information you need, including Park hours, ride closures, health and safety protocols, and a list of prohibited items. Knowing all of this information in advance only serves to help you have the most magical time on your Disney vacation.
Have you ever experienced inconsistencies in Disney rules?