Updated for 2015!
I have read many, many “Perfect Disney World Packing” lists, so I am well versed in how to pack THE perfect Disney back pack and suit case. But I had never given a lot of thought on what NOT to pack for a WDW vacation. I’m too busy hoping I remembered to grab sunscreen, and do I have my tickets (now known as MagicBands) in my bag? Why would I worry about what not to pack, when I was usually searching FOR my bag. You will go through a security check point right outside the entryway to all Disney theme parks, and Security Cast Members will look through your entire bag, section by section. This is a bit of a shock for first time visitors.
Ultimately, packing the right items in your Disney park bag can save you time and money.
What sort of goodies are you not allowed to bring into Disney theme parks? I had to do a bit of research on DisneyWorld.com.
Yes on These Items, but Check the Size
- Strollers larger than 36″ x 52″ (92 x 132 cm)
- Suitcases, coolers or backpacks with or without wheels larger than 24″ (61 cm) long x 15″ (38 cm) wide x 18″ (46 cm) high. Coolers required for medication may be stored in a locker or at Guest Relations.
No Way on These Wheels
You may not bring the following types of wheeled-items into the theme parks:
- Inline skates
- Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an ECV, wheelchair or stroller
- Wheeled mobility devices with less than three wheels and devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Training wheels or similar modifications are not permitted.
- Shoes with built-in wheels
No Way, No How, Not Gonna Happen
- Alcoholic beverages
- Weapons of any kind
- Folding chairs
- Glass containers (Baby food jars and perfume bottles are OK)
- Pets (unless they are service animals)
- In Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for the safety of the animals, balloons, straws and drink lids are not permitted
- Tripod stands or monopod stands that cannot fit inside a standard backpack
Use Your Best Judgement…
Disney reserves the right to not allow other items into the parks. Their website states, “Additional items may also not be permitted inside the theme parks. Please use your best judgment and do not bring anything that may be potentially harmful or disruptive.”
There are cameras, and then there are Professional Cameras
Professional photographers with professional cameras or recording equipment, who are visiting Walt Disney World Resort with the intent to take photographs or recordings of people, Walt Disney World Resort properties or icons for professional purposes, must make prior arrangements with Walt Disney World Resort Media Relations.
Like to look at the rules for yourself? Use this link.
How will packing the right items save you time and money on a Disney vacation?
Ever thrown away a skate board because it was a 30 minute trip back to your car?
Ever dropped a six-pack of glass bottles into the garbage can because you don’t want to go back to your resort fridge?
Ever had to go back “home” to your hotel because your brought your small family dog to a theme park?
Well, surely none of you have, but probably at some point, someone somewhere has…
Packing the right items will ensure you don’t have to throw anything away to get in, and packing the wrong items can ensure you take a trip somewhere to store it for the day, which will most likely be your car or resort room. This could set you back upwards of an hour, depending on where you need to go.
Bonus Cheapskate Princess Tip: Open Up Your Bag Just Before the Security Check Point
First time visitors don’t always know you are headed through security, and you will spot then with their bag entirely zipped up securely. To save yourself time, and save people behind you some time as well, open up every pocket on your bag. This makes the brief search even quicker. Make sure you zip everything right back up on your way through the gates. Items falling out of an unzipped bag can cost you money as well if things get lost or stepped on.
I like to greet the Security Cast Member with a big smile too. Do you know how many crazy bags they look through each day? I had one C.M. wag his finger at my Universal Studios patch on my backpack, but he still let me in, with a comical smirk.
Two bags you’ll look simply fabulous toting through the security check point?
Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you packing that perfect backpack, leaving your five foot camera tripod at home.
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