Official Rules of the Disney Parks (Yes, There are Actually Rules!)

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Disney World has rules in place so their guests enjoy safety and wonderful experiences. Before the Internet existed, along with Google searches and cell phones, people went to theme parks without consulting websites for expectations and written rules.

Believe it or not, there is an actual list of RULES for the Walt Disney World Resort, and here’s the list for 2018.

Your Bags

Screenings and security checks take place at park entrances and also within the parks. You will voluntarily submit to having your bags and parcels, clothing, and other items deemed necessary checked. They are not looking for smuggled food- they are searching for weapons or items (sharp or glass) that could potentially harm someone.

Disney reserves the right to refuse entry for bags, parcels, or other items into their parks. They can also deal with unattended objects in any way they consider appropriate. If you leave coolers or bags unattended for periods of time in strollers or on benches, they may not be there upon your return.

Read: Disney World Tips for Kids: Food and Dining

Your Manners

You will agree to show common courtesy to other guests and cast members while you are in the parks. This means you agree to

  • not use profanity
  • not engage in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior
  • not run, for the your safety plus the safety of other people

 

Your Clothing

You agree to wear the proper attire at all times, which means shirts and shoes. It doesn’t mater what you wear in your own back yard – people on vacation didn’t pay money to see you shirtless in a theme park. They didn’t show up to see a phony Mickey spouting swear words and profanity on your t-shirt, so leave that at home on your clothes line. (Come to think of it, trash that shirt, just on Mickey-loving principle.)

Disney has the right to deny your admission or remove anyone from property that consider inappropriate or is detracting from other guest’s experiences.

Clothing that drags the ground is prohibited, and if you wear any clothing with multiple layers, you agree to have your clothing searched if cast members so choose.

You agree to cover up any visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those that contain objectionable language or designs, because these are not permitted in a family park. No matter how much your Uncle Joe loves that XX rated tattoo on his forearm, this is not appropriate for visibility when there are small children running about in Fantasyland.

Speaking of attire, let’s talk about costumes. You many not wear a costume to Disney World if you are over the age of 14, unless you are attending hard ticket event called Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. You can read more about those rules here:

What You Can NOT Wear to Disney Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Masks may not be worn by any guests over the age of 14, unless a mask is required for medical purposes. When guests younger than 14 wear masks, they cannot obstruct peripheral visions at any time, and they must have openings that allow the eyes to be fully seen at all times.

Your Health

Disney World guests have an expectation of comfort, except when it comes to issues like walking and outdoor heat. You walking for miles and miles in the heat are not things Disney controls; that’s your deal. You are not permitted to smoke with tobacco, to use e-cigarettes, or to use other products that produce a vapor in places that are not designated areas.

Your Children

You agree to supervise your children at all times. Guests under 14 must be accompanied by a guest age 14 or older to enter the park. To board attractions, children under the age of seven must be accompanied by someone 14 years or older.

Your access to attractions depends upon the safety rules for each attraction.

Your Tickets

Park tickets and other entitlements are non-transferable, non-exchangable, non-refundable, and revocable. Tickets will be voided if altered. Your ticket must be used by the same person during the period it is valid. Your ticket is not valid for special events that require a separate admission charge.

You will need to present your ticket and TicketTag confirmation for re-entry into the park on the same day.

 

You are NOT allowed to

  1. sell any goods or services, nor can you display any goods or services you have for sale
  2. distribute printed or recorded materials
  3. engage with other guests or impede any operation while you dress in costume, posing as or portraying any characters
  4. form an unauthorized event, demonstration or speech
  5. use the flag, banner or sign for commercial purposes or to incite crowds
  6. feed any animals in the park, including birds
  7. do any photography, videotaping or recording of any kind for commercial purposes
  8. engage in any type of unsafe act that could impede park operations or any associated facilities

 

There is a rather large set of rules for prohibited items, so many that we created an entire article. 

Items You Can NOT Bring to Disney Theme Parks: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

This list is pretty much common sense, just like most of the rules listed above. 

I’m sure you’re thinking, especially if you have spent time in the parks fairly often, that you may have seen inappropriate clothing walking down Main Street, or heard inappropriate words being shouted at resorts, but these are the official posted rules. Just because someone broke a rule one day and got away with it, with you watching, doesn’t mean you can break the rule and get away with it. Cast members do so much already – some things may slip through the cracks.

I teach high school seniors, and I frequently tell them that rules are created to keep things running smoothly. None of these Disney Parks rules will keep you from having a great trip. In fact if anything, they should ensure that a great trip is exactly what you do have.

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you making good choices…

 

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