Tips & Advice

Here’s A List Of Disneyland And Disney World Rules To Know Before You Go

Did you know adults cannot wear costumes and only children under 14 can wear masks?

It’s no secret that guests flock to Disney to feel like they are living a real life fairytale. From the moment you step into a Disney Park, you are immersed into a whole new world, and that overwhelming immersion can make you feel like anything is possible. And while Disney is a place where dreams come true, and there are so many things that can happen, there are also many things that can’t happen…

We think you’ll be surprised at some of the things that are NOT allowed at Disney. Be sure to take some notes so you don’t get in trouble with the big mouse on your next visit!

Check out some of the rules and regulations.

1. Appropriate attire

No shoes… No shirt… You’ll have a problem! Proper attire must be worn at all times, including a shirt and shoes. Clothing that drags on the ground is prohibited as well.

Flickr | Robyn Lee

2. Adult costumes

Sorry adults! You may feel like a kid again at Disney, but you can’t dress like one. Only guests under the age of 14 can wear a costume.

Flickr | IzaKosti

3. Cutting in line or join someone in line

We’re not sure how strongly this rule is enforced, as we’ve seen this happen before! However, it is a rule and we advise you not to risk breaking it.

Flickr | Simon Judd

4. Selfie sticks

For safety reasons, and not to disrupt the other guests, selfie sticks are banned. Looks like you’ll have to take a selfie the old-fashioned way!

Flickr | walkaboutmax

5. Masks

Masks can only be worn by guests under the age of 14, and must provide unobstructed peripheral vision, with eyes fully seen at all times. The only exception to this rule is for medical purposes.

Flickr | Thomas Hawk

6. Smoking in non-designated areas

Smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes is only allowed in designated areas.

Flickr | SmartSign

7. Recreational devices

Prohibited devices include:

  • Drones
  • Remote control toys
  • Skateboards
  • Scooters
  • Inline skates
  • Shoes with built-in wheels

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 05: A Splash Drone from Swellpro Technology Co. is displayed floating in a pool of water at CES 2017 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center on January 5, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The drone can take off and land in water is equipped to drop rescue supplies or fishing bait. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 8 and features 3,800 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 165,000 attendees. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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8. Weapons

Weapons of any kind are absolutely prohibited. This includes toy guns and squirt guns.

Child with a water pistol outdoors

9. Glass containers

The only exception to this rule is for baby food!

Flickr | ~Pamperchu~

10. Pets

As much as we wish we could bring our furry friends with us, only service animals are allowed in the parks. Check out this adorable service dog at Disneyland getting his caricature drawn!

11. Balloons

You may not blow up a balloon at Animal Kingdom or use a plastic straw, for the safety of the animals.

Flickr | Eliot Phillips

12. Large tripods

Don’t even think about it!

production camera on a tripod and isolated on white background

13. Folding chairs

Folding chairs will not make it past the gate.

Flickr | BeckyKay76

14. Stroller regulations

Strollers larger than 36 inches by 52 inches (92 centimeters by 132 centimeters) are not allowed inside the park.

Flickr | rohinispace

15. Backpack regulations

Suitcases, coolers or backpacks larger than 24 inches long by 15 inches wide by 18 inches high (61 centimeters by 38 centimeters by 46 centimeters) will not be permitted inside the park.

Flickr | Keno

16. Distribution of materials

It’s against Park rules to give out recorded or printed materials of any kind.

STALYBRIDGE, ENGLAND - JUNE 20: Remain campaigners speak with potential voters as they campaign on behalf of 'Labour In' giving out leaflets to commuters at Stalybridge Railway Station on June 20, 2016 in Stalybridge, England. Campaigning continues at grassroots level across the the UK as the country goes to the polls on Thursday, to decide whether Britain should leave or remain in the European Union. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
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17. Selling goods or services

You are not allowed to sell or display goods or services, lest you compete with all the shopping opportunities Disney offers visitors.

Flickr | Joel

18. Alcohol or illegal substances

You can’t bring in your own alcoholic substances. However, you will be able to find alcoholic drinks within certain areas of the parks, because having a glass of wine while watching the fireworks is essential.

Flickr | Curtis and Juanita

19. Running

We know Disney is exciting, and it’s easy to want to run from one attraction to the next, but for safety reasons, running is prohibited (except in the case of Disney marathon, of course).

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JANUARY 12: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Angela Brito of Guayaquil, Ecuador crosses the finish line with an official time of 2:47:44 at the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon presented by runDisney on January 12, 2014 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The 26.2 mile race goes through all four Walt Disney World theme parks capping off running events throughout the weekend. (Photo by Preston Mack/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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20. Profanity

Leave your potty mouth at home! Engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior are also not allowed, unsurprisingly.


21. Unauthorized events

This rule includes:

  • Demonstrations or speeches
  • Usage of any flag
  • Banner or sign for commercial use
  • Inciting a crowd

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - JANUARY 19: U.S. President Barack Obama speaks to a crowd of supporters at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom with Cinderella Castle in the background January 19, 2012 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Obama's speech addressed his "We Can't Wait" initiative to create jobs partly through boosting travel and tourism. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
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22. Inappropriate tattoos

Tattoos containing objectionable language or designs are not permitted. So cover up!

Flickr | Fineline Leah

23. Feeding the animals

This includes the birds!

Flickr | MattfromPA

24. Filming for commercial use

Photography, videotaping and recording for business purposes are not allowed.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - OCTOBER 06: In this handout photo provided by Disney Parks, Grammy award-winning R&B artist Monica poses with Minnie Mouse on while on break from taping ABC's Emmy-award winning show, "The Chew," at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort October 6, 2016 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. "The Chew" taped five shows from the 21st Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with co-hosts Mario Batali, Michael Symon, Carla Hall, Clinton Kelly and Daphne Oz. Episodes featuring different celebrity guests will air on the ABC Television Network, October 10-14, at 1 p.m. EDT, 12 p.m. PDT (check local listings). (Photo by Todd Anderson/Disney Parks via Getty Images)
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25. Flash photography in an indoor attraction

You may want to take a picture inside Space Mountain, but flash photography in an indoor attraction is prohibited.

Flickr | Simon Judd

This is not a full list of rules and regulation. For more rules and regulations, check out Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules.

[h/t: Good Housekeeping]