When you’re packing for your next trip to Disney World, there are some things you might want to leave at home!
Disney is notorious for going the extra mile to make guests happy. But that doesn’t mean you’ll never hear the word “no” in Disney World! There are several things that Disney has BANNED from the parks. You won’t get these things through the gates no matter how much you sweet-talk security!
Thinking about bringing your drone to snag some awesome aerial shots of the parks? Think again! Some parts of Disney World including the Magic Kingdom, sections of Epcot, and some of the resort areas are official no-fly zones. But even if you’re not located in one of the no-fly zones, security still won’t allow guests to fly drones on property!
The ban is due to security concerns (which is a trend you’ll see with many items on this list). So, leave the drones at home and stick to photos you can capture from the ground!
Another no-no in the parks — political signs! Disney doesn’t allow guests to display any political banners on property. And don’t try to get around it under the guise of a Mrs. Banks costume! Costumes aren’t allowed for guests ages 14 and older (with the exception of some special events like Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party)!
While this might seem like a ban that goes without saying, there have been instances of guests violating this rule in the past. So keep your campaign materials at home, we’re pretty sure Magic Kingdom is in good hands with Cinderella and Prince Charming at the wheel!
When selfie sticks first made their debut, guests were able to bring them to the parks. And boy, did they! But, as the trend grew, Disney realized the issues with tons of guests waving around metal rods. So now, selfie sticks are banned from the parks!
Think about a guest pulling one out on a thrill ride like Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster or Expedition Everest — YIKES! Even if you’re not on a high-speed attraction, you could still end up with a pretty decent bump if someone is waving one around in a crowded area!
If we had a dollar for every time we found ourselves wanting a chair while staking out a viewing spot for Enchantment, or Festival of Fantasy, we could book our own VIP Tour! But there’s a good reason we haven’t given in to the temptation. Guests aren’t allowed to bring folding chairs into the parks!
As harmless as a chair may seem, they cause a potential tripping hazard and block walkways (which are already congested)! If you want to get a good Enchantment viewing spot without having to stake it out for hours, consider a Fireworks Dessert Party!
Guests are allowed to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages into the parks as long as they aren’t in a glass container! Of course, the concern here is the potential danger of broken glass. Disney does make an exception for small containers, like baby food jars.
Glass containers are fine in the hotels (but not by the pool!), so they aren’t completely banned from Disney property. Just make sure to leave them out of your park bag!
Skateboards and Rollerblades
Leave your wheels at home! Skateboards, scooters, in-line skates, and shoes with built-in wheels are all off-limits on Disney property. But if you want to go for a leisurely ride, bicycles are permitted within designated Disney Resort areas. In fact, you can even rent bikes at some Disney hotels!
Disney doesn’t want guests to take a spill or run into other guests so these pieces of extreme sports equipment aren’t welcome on property!
This might be the most obvious item on our list. Weapons of any kind are prohibited throughout Disney property. That includes firearms, ammunition, and knives, as well as self-defense and restraining devices like pepper spray and tasers.
This ban also includes toys that look like weapons, so if your kiddo is dressing up as Sheriff Woody, be sure to leave the cap gun at home! The one notable exception to this ban — toy lightsabers are allowed. And oddly enough, toys that look like weapons are sometimes sold in the parks.
Artificial Noise Makers
There’s already a lot going on at Disney World without guests adding their own soundtrack! So it’s probably for the best that Disney has banned horns, whistles, large megaphones, and artificial noisemakers from the parks. Noise makers could seriously take away from the parades, fireworks, and entertainment that Disney works so hard to deliver. So we can definitely get behind this ban!
Disney does offer a few pet-friendly hotels, but animals aren’t permitted in the parks! They do make exceptions for service animals, but emotional support, comfort, and companion animals DO NOT meet the criteria to enter the parks.
So if you see a furry friend in any of the parks, that doggy must be on duty!
This is a relatively recent ban, so if you haven’t been to Disney World in a few years, you may have missed it! As of May 1, 2019, smoking was banned inside all of the Disney World parks. But that doesn’t mean there’s no smoking allowed anywhere on Disney property! There are smoking areas provided outside the main entrances of the theme parks, at the hotels, and in Disney Springs.
When you’re packing your park bag, don’t forget this list of things behind! We appreciate that Disney does their best to keep all of their guests safe and happy, so we’re definitely willing to respect these rules!
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Are there any other items you think should be banned in the Disney parks? Let us know in the comments!