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.
No shoes… No shirt… You’ll have a problem! Proper attire must be worn at all times, including a shirt and shoes.
Adults Are Not Allowed To Wear 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 — unless you are attending one of themed parties at the park, such as Mickey’s Not-S0-Scary Halloween Party.
During Times You’re Allowed To Wear A Costume, You May Not Pose With Other Guests
Adult costumes are allowed only during special themed parties, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. But during these special times, park rules prohibit you from signing autographs or posing for photographs with other park guests. There are official Disney employees who are paid to do that!
Cutting In Line Or Joining 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.
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!
You might feel tempted to wear a gown fit for a princess while visiting Disney, but you will not be allowed to enter the park wearing clothing that drags on the ground. Clothing with multiple layers may also be searched (we’re looking at you, Joey).
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.
Smoking In Non-Designated Areas
Smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes is only allowed in designated areas.
Weapons of any kind are absolutely prohibited. This includes toy guns and squirt guns.
Expect A Security Check
Security checks can be expected when visiting the parks. Be sure to double check your bags, parcels, clothing and other items before going through security, as the parks take this seriously.
No glass containers allowed. The two exceptions to this rule: baby food and perfume bottles!
Guests under the age of 14 must be with someone age 14 or older to enter the park. In addition to this, children under 7 will need to be with someone age 14 or older to board an attraction.
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!
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You may not blow up a balloon at Animal Kingdom or use a plastic straw, for the safety of the animals.
The park has the right to deny admission or ask a person to leave who is wearing clothing that is considered inappropriate. This includes clothing that could disrupt the experience of other guests.
If your monopod or tripod can’t fold up to fit inside a standard backpack, don’t even think about bringing it!
Folding chairs will not make it past the gate.
Strollers larger than 36 inches by 52 inches (92 centimeters by 132 centimeters) are not allowed inside the park.
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.
Trailer-Like Objects Are Not Allowed
This includes wagons! Strollers are a better way to maneuver kids around the park.
Keep Those Handouts At Home
It’s against Park rules to give out recorded or printed materials of any kind.
Selling Goods Or Services
You are not allowed to sell or advertise the sale goods or services, lest you compete with all the shopping opportunities Disney offers visitors.
Disney’s Not BYOB
It’s no surprise that you can’t bring in your own alcohol. 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.
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).
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
Authorized speeches and events, of course, get a green light.
Tattoos containing objectionable language or designs are not permitted. So cover up!
Feeding The Animals
This includes the birds!
Filming For Commercial Use
Photography, videotaping and recording for business purposes are not allowed.
Flash Photography In Indoor Attractions
While there are a bunch of Disney blogs and forums noting that flash photography is prohibited in indoor attractions like Space Mountain, we couldn’t find this listed as an official rule on Disney’s site. It could be that it’s mostly frowned upon since a flash could distract others who are enjoying the ride.
Disney Has The Right To Use Guests’ Images Or Voices As They Please
Going to a Disney theme park means agreeing that your picture and voice may be recorded and used by Disney without you receiving payment of any kind. This is pretty standard language for most theme parks, but good to know regardless!
You may be tempted to use a drone to capture some incredible photos, but drones are not allowed in the parks.
No Remote Control Toys
Remote control toys will not be allowed in the parks, not even in Toy Story Land!
You won’t get past security with your skateboard. Plus, with the crowds that Disney attracts it would be hard to use a skateboard in the parks anyway.
Although it may sound nice to scoot around the park rather than being on your feet all day, you’ll have to leave these at the hotel.
No Skates Or Shoes With Built-In Wheels
While this may seem like a faster way to make your way to your favorite attractions, you are not allowed to wear skates or shoes with built-in wheels at the parks.
The usage of any flag in the park will not be permitted. Just don’t tell Captain Jack Sparrow!
Marijuana or any illegal substance will not be permitted into the park.
The Park Has The Right To Change Park Hours
This includes the right to close any park, restrict the number of people in the park and suspend or cancel any attraction or entertainment scheduled at the park. If you have anything special planned for your trip, double check hours and events at the parks beforehand.
The Park Has The Right To Deny Admission
Above all, it is important to remember the park has the right to deny admission or require a person already in the park to leave. Be sure to follow all of these rules, because who would ever want to be forced to leave the happiest place on Earth?!
For more rules and regulations, check out Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules.