Top 20 Things You Cannot Bring Into A Walt Disney World Park

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There are many guests who do not realize when purchasing a Walt Disney World Park ticket that they are agreeing to a set of policies for their visit. If you would like to see the complete section on “General Rules”, visit the page of the official WDW Website here: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/park-rules/. The rules do change at times so it is always good to review them prior to your visit. We are providing a short list of the prohibited items that you can use when deciding what to pack while planning your days in the parks. Remember that all bags, parcels, strollers, with the option of persons, are subject to a search. Disney reserves the right to not allow any item to be brought into the park that may not be on the list. Remember, if you leave your bag, pack, parcel alone in the park unattended at any time security has the right to deal with it in any way they consider appropriate. This list is not in any particular order as they all carry the same weight.

20. Certain Wheeled Items

Small Wheeled Items such as: skateboards, inline skates, shoes with built-in wheels. Larger Wheeled Items such as: wagons, scooters, strollers larger than 31” (79 cm) in width and 52” (132cm), suitcases, coolers or backpacks with or without wheels that are larger than 24”(61cm) long x 15” (38cm) wide x 18” (46cm) high. NOTE: coolers required for medication may be stored in a locker or at Guest Relations.) Any trailer-like object pushed or towed by and ECV, wheelchair or stroller are prohibited. Any mobility device that has less than 3 wheels and any device that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered, or unoccupied. Modifications such as training wheels are not permitted.

19. No alcoholic beverages

Note: If you purchase bottles of alcoholic beverages at a gift shop it will be sold to you but immediately bagged and tagged to go to the front of the park for you to pick up there when you are leaving. You will not be able to carry it with you into another park so make sure you take it to your car or your resort room before entering another Disney park.

18. No weapons

No weapons of any kind or objects that appear to be weapons. (Except of course those sold at the parks such as the light sabers and whips in Hollywood Studios, wooden “rifles” or plastic “pirate pistols” and “swords” at Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland and Adventureland and the foam “swords” at Epcot’s World Showcase.)

17. No folding chairs or stools.

There are plenty of benches and other areas to sit or at least lean on throughout the parks.

16. No masks

No masks unless they are for medical purposes. Due to the increase in violent acts by people in masks, they are not permitted. If a crime is committed they want to see the face on the surveillance cameras.

15. No glass containers except for baby food jars or perfume bottles.

Very popular in the parks right now are those squeeze pouches of baby food. Applesauce can be purchased at almost any quick service restaurant on property. Baby Centers in each park also have baby food for sale.

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14. No pets, or animals unless they are service animals.

Approved Service Animals must be under the control of the owner at all times and should remain on a leash or in a harness. Some attractions are not available to the Service Animal and will not be permitted on the ride. These attractions have crates for them to wait in. You will see some guests walking or carrying their “service” animal in ways that you normally do not see a service animal. There is most likely an “emotional need” claim connected to the animal being there. Disney still denies admittance of a family pet. There is a full pet care facility at Best Friend’s Pet Resort near Port Orleans Riverside. The only resort allowing family pets are a limited number of campsites at Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

13. No Selfie-Sticks are allowed inside any Walt Disney World park.

Also tripods or monopods must fit inside a standard backpack. If you have one of these banned items in your bag, pack, stroller, etc. it will be removed at Bag Check by park security. Make sure you leave it in your car or resort room if you want to keep it.

12. Anything that may be considered potentially harmful or disruptive.

This is the one that points out that Disney has the right to deem anything they see as potentially harmful or disruptive that is not specifically listed anywhere else. If they are having to consistently stop a ride due to the interference of a particular item, there is a good chance that it will become a banned item on this list.

11. No discourteous behavior

No discourteous behavior such as using profane language, or engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior. If you experience anything like this contact a Cast Member right away. Disney does not tolerate bullying. Guests are not to put their hands on a guest or Cast Member for any reason. Please refrain from running. This is another behavior considered discourteous by Disney on behalf of their guests.

10. No feeding of any animals in the parks, including the birds.

This is important as so many people do this every day in the parks. They ignore this rule and feed the birds everything that they are putting in their own bodies which is very harmful to the birds. This behavior also leads to birds becoming unafraid of humans and they then swoop down and steal food out of the hands of people, snacks from babies in strollers, etc. Leaving food open in your stroller while you enjoy an attraction is part of this issue as birds eat this. Don’t leave an open popcorn container or crackers in your stroller and expect it to be there when you return. Please do not eat it if it is still there because it was undoubtedly visited by birds while you were away.

9. Anyone not wearing shoes or a shirt.

Proper attire is required and if a person is wearing attire that Disney considers inappropriate or could detract from the other guests’ experience. Visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as containing objectionable language or designs, are not permitted. Wearing a bathing suit top is not considered to meet the “shirt” requirement. Removing shirts on an attraction for a photo will get you no photo and you may be escorted out of the park so keep it on.

8. Smoking tobacco, e-cigarettes or other products producing vapor or smoke are only permitted in designated smoking areas.

Smoking areas may have changed since the last time you were in the parks so check the maps or ask a Cast Member where the nearest smoking section is and they will direct you to one in the direction you want to go.

7. Young guests without an older guardian. 

Guests under 14 must be in the company of another guest, at least 14 years old, to be admitted to the park. Guests under age 7 must be in the company of a person at least 14 years old to board an attraction.

6. Costumes (with exceptions)

Guests who enter in costume may not pose for photos or portray Disney characters in costume such that it impedes operations. There are additional guidelines for guests entering the park in costumes during hard-ticket events. Disney Bounding, which is wearing clothes from your closet that resemble a character is not prohibited, as long as it does not impede operations.

5. Unauthorized Demonstrations

Guests cannot hold any unauthorized events, demonstrations or speeches, or use any flag, banner or sign, for commercial purposes or to incite a crowd.

4. No sale of goods or services or the display of goods or services for sale are allowed.

Don’t hand out what amounts to a business card to people telling them where they can get something you are selling outside of the resort, and don’t outwardly sell items in the resort.

3. No Distributing of Materials

Guests cannot distribute printed or recorded materials of any kind.

2. No Professional Photography

No professional photography and recording equipment for professional purposes must make arrangements with Walt Disney World Resort Media Relations.

1. No balloons, straws or drink lids are permitted in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park.

Additionally, you agree that Disney may photograph, film, videotape, record or otherwise reproduce the image and/or voice of any person who enters the Park and use the same for any purpose without payment to any person.

WDW has the right to deny admission, or to require a person already admitted to leave the Park, without refund, liability or compensation if they determine the circumstances require it.

Here is a biggie that many people do not even realize exists: Disney may from time to time, without prior notice and without refund, liability or compensation, change the operating hours of any Park or attraction, close any Park or any part of it temporarily, restrict the number of persons having access to a Park, and/or suspend or cancel any attraction or entertaining program if we consider that the circumstances so require.

About Cassie

Cassie L. I am a lifelong Disney fan. I attended Walt Disney World in 1971, and was there during the opening week of EPCOT, and have visited the Disney Parks for than 30 times. I have had the privilege of visiting Disneyland as a child, and then again with my children. My family recently moved from the northeastern United States to the Walt Disney World area. I now have cast members in my family and enjoy hearing the magical stories at the end of a shift. I love visiting all of the parks and getting to try more Disney food and being able to share it with you to help you plan your own magical day at Disney.