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

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Have you ever given any thought on what NOT to pack for a WDW vacation? Most travelers simply worry over important items they forgot to pack. Park security has been tightening through the years as the world becomes a crazy place, and there is now a comprehensive list of items you cannot bring into Disney theme parks and resort property. 

You will go through a security check before you enter all the 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, and we have some tips later on to make that process go more smoothly. 

Ultimately, packing – or not packing – the right items in your Disney park bag can save you time and money.

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list of banned items in Disney theme parks

 These Items are Allowed, but Check the Size

  • Strollers* larger than 31″ x 52″ (92 x 132 cm) *New size as of May 2019 – formerly it was 36″
  • 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.

If guests arrive with any of these too-large items but are unable to return to their hotel or vehicles, they will have the items checked.

No Way on These Wheels

You may not bring the following types of wheeled-items into the theme parks:

  • Wagons
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Inline skates
  • Shoes with built-in wheels

items to leave at home from a Disney parks vacation

  • Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an ECV (Electronic Conveyance Vehicle), 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. Devices must be manually or electrically powered and operated at a walking pace. These devices should be single rider and not exceed 36″ (92 cm) in width and 52″ (132 cm) in length.

Read: Top Ten Cheapskate Tips Every Disney World Visitor Needs to Know

No Way, No How, Not Gonna Happen

  • *Loose or dry ice. *This is new as of May 2019. Use reusable ice packs or put ice in Ziplock bags.
  • Selfie sticks (hand-held extension poles for cameras or mobile devices)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Illegal substances
  • Weapons of any kind
  • Objects that look like weapons, like toy blasters and squirt guns

  • Folding chairs
  • Glass containers (excluding baby food jars and perfume bottles)
  • Pets or other animals unless they are service animals (defined as any dog or miniature horse trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability.)
  • In Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park for the safety of the animals, balloons and straws and are not permitted
  • Tripod stands or monopod stands that cannot fit inside a standard backpack
  • Recreational devices like drones and remote control toys
  • Wrapped gifts (all gifts must be able to be unwrapped for inspection)

Approved service animals, like dogs and miniature horses must remain on a leash or harness and under the strict control of the owner. Remember that due to the nature of some attractions, service animals may not be able permitted on certain attractions. 

can you bring dogs into Disney theme parks

While selfie sticks have been banned for a long time, but I read about people still sneaking them into the parks, or using them in plain sight without being asked to throw them away. My general thought is that if they are banned items, and you know they are against the rules, just because one rule breaker doesn’t get busted does not give you the right to break the same rule. Back in 2016, California Screamin’ at Disney California Adventure was shut down and guests were removed from the coaster after a rider pulled out a selfie stick mid-ride.

Remember, they make these rules for the general safety of everyone, not just to irritate you. You don’t want to be the cause of a ride shut-down. 

New Smoking Rule

Beginning in May of 2019, there is a ban on smoking and vaping at Walt Disney World. Smoking areas will no longer be located inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California. Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks in Florida and Downtown Disney in California will also become no-smoking areas eventually. 

Now, smokers and vapers will have to exit the parks, even traveling beyond security at Disneyland, to smoke.

Disney Springs and Disney resort hotels will still have smoking sections for the present time, but that can change at any time.

Read: How to Score Free Drinks at Disney World’s Epcot!

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?

Have you…

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 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.

By the way, what can you wear to Disney World? Read this…

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

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.”

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, and what’s the harm in saying hello? Do you know how many crazy bags they look through each day? I had one Cast Member 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?

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you packing that perfect backpack, leaving your brand new selfie stick at home.

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Amanda, Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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