Disney cruises have been a very popular vacation option lately!
With Disney Cruise Line back in operation after a long pandemic-related closure and the introduction of the new Disney Wish, there are a lot of reasons to set sail! But if you’re packing your bag for an upcoming voyage, there are some things that you’ll need to leave at home. We’re sharing the full list of things that you CANNOT bring on a Disney cruise!
Let’s start out this list with the obvious one — weapons. There’s a long list of prohibited items that fit into this category, including firearms, daggers, swords, knives, and ammunition. Guests are also prohibited from bringing restraining devices and offensive weapons, hand and leg cuffs, pepper spray, tasers, and stun guns. Scissors with blades exceeding four inches in length are not allowed.
Air, BB, pellet, paintball pistols, rifles, and slingshots are not allowed, and you’ll need to leave any firearm replicas at home, including non-firing, imitations, toys, and their components. The exceptions to this rule include store-bought lightsabers, plastic toy “pirate” swords, and plastic store-bought toy “Mjolnir” hammers (Thor’s hammer).
Along this same line, explosives are not allowed. Explosives components and accessories, including ammunition, detonators, fireworks, pyrotechnics, and flares cannot be brought onboard. Highly flammable liquids and combustible substances, including liquid oxygen, are also not permissible.
Diving Equipment and Aquatic Items
If you’re sailing out to sea, you might want to bring some of your beach favorites with you, but there are limits to which items you can pack. Certain diving equipment is on the no-go list, including air tanks, spears, spear guns, slings, dive knives, pry bars, and underwater scooters.
Other aquatic items you can’t bring on a Disney cruise include boogie boards, inflatable floats, inflatable pools, pool noodles, rafts, surfboards, and wave boards.
You might not realize it, but there’s a long list of electrical appliances that Disney doesn’t allow on its cruise ships. This includes blenders, bottle sterilizers and warmers (A limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers are available upon request through Guest Services.), coffee makers, diffusers, electric blankets, and electric irons and steamers (all ships offer self-service laundry areas with irons and ironing boards).
You also can’t pack extension cords, power strips, surge protectors, heating pads, hot plates, microwaves, rice cookers, and light bulb strings. However, the following things ARE allowed:
- Curling irons
- Flat irons
- Hair dryers (all ships offer a hand-held hair dryer in each stateroom)
- The following electrical appliances will be collected for inspection by the Chief Electrician and if approved, will be returned for use onboard the ship.
- Baby Monitors
- Portable fans
- White Noise/Sleep Machine
While there are plenty of options for playing sports onboard some of these ships, some sporting equipment is not allowed for guests to bring along. Archery equipment, baseball and cricket bats, fishing gear, hammocks, hockey sticks, lacrosse sticks, pool cues, and ski poles must all be left at home.
Guests MAY bring golf clubs onboard if they keep them stored in their stateroom, and baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and volleyballs may be stored in the stateroom and used only off the ship at ports of call.
Following along with the sporting equipment, we also have to mention a few other items that aren’t allowed, including footwear with wheels, bicycles, hoverboards, inline skates, roller skates, scooters, segways, skateboards, and wagons that can’t be collapsed.
Electronics and Communication Devices
While cell phones and tablets are welcome onboard cruise ships (and even encouraged in this day and age of heavy photo-taking!), there are some electronics you can’t bring. Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), communication scanners, and wide band receivers will need to stay at home.
Guests also aren’t allowed to have ham radios, metal detectors, or streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, etc. on the ship. Also, don’t pack certain remote-controlled devices including airplanes, drones, helicopters, and other toy vehicles.
Another one that’s likely a little more obvious is drugs. Guests are not allowed to bring hookah pipes with them on the ships, and illegal narcotics/drugs, including synthetic, designer drugs and medically prescribed marijuana are all prohibited.
You also can’t bring drug paraphernalia, including items used for marijuana, cannabis, and hemp onboard.
Pets are not allowed on any Disney cruise ship, with the exception of service animals. According to the Disney Cruise Line website, “Trained service animals are welcome in most locations on board Disney Cruise ships. All service animals must remain on a leash and under your control, or that of someone in your travel party, at all times.”
It’s also important to note that guests are responsible for the care and feeding of their animals throughout the duration of the cruise.
But what about those prohibited items that don’t fit into any of the above categories? Well, here’s a full list of other things you can’t bring when you set sail:
- Balloons and kites
- Candles and Incense
- Alcoholic beverages
- Inflatable Mattresses
- Musical Instruments
- Over-the-door organizers
- Power tools, hand tools, and toolboxes (except those utilized by vendors providing services)
- Any cooler or ice chest larger than 12” x 12” x 12”. Coolers that meet the size requirements must be brought on as carry-on luggage.
Wow, what a list! Make sure to read over this and double-check it before you set sail, just in case. Most of the items are self-explanatory, but on the off chance that you’re carrying a bouquet of flowers and an over-the-door organizer in your bag, we’d hate for you to get in trouble with security!
For all the Disney Cruise Line tips and tricks ahead of your sailing, stay tuned to DFB. We hit up the high seas recently to check out the Disney Wish and we learned a LOT on our trip!
Have you ever been on a Disney cruise? Tell us in the comments!