Many times you can find information on what you SHOULD bring on your Walt Disney World vacation, but it is harder to find articles that highlight what you Shouldn’t bring on your trip, certain items, some apparent some less so, are not allowed inside the park. Today, Best of Orlando has come up with the most comprehensive list of things that are prohibited so you won’t find yourself drudging these things all the way back to the car after you enter the gates.
- Recreational devices with wheels: So don’t come up to the gates with your skateboards, scooters, inline skates, and so on…and yes that does include wheel shoes.
- Very Large Strollers: Yes, can you believe it? There is a limit for how large your stroller can be. So, you are more than welcome to bring your own stroller instead of renting one but it must not be larger than 36” x 52.” Basically anything larger than a regular double stroller might be too big, so leave any wagons at home.
- Large Carry-ons: Similarly, suitcases, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels must not be larger than 24” long by 15” wide by 18” high. Some large camping backpacks or similarly sized items are too big, and you might be asked to return it to your car.
- Trailer items: Trailer-like objects that are pushed or towed by an Electronic Conveyance Vehicle, wheelchair or stroller, or pulled by a person is also prohibited.
- Transportation devices with less than three wheels: So yes, don’t bring your bicycle, moped, or any other mobility device that has less than three wheels or devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied. Don’t Bring your Segway to Disney World. (Segway Tours through Epcot have long been cancelled; The only Segway tour left is Fort Wilderness’ Wilderness Back Trail Adventure Training) wheels or other similar devices are not permitted. Devices must be manually or electrically powered and operated at a walking pace. Each device should be single rider and not be bigger than 36” in width and 52” in length.
- Weapons: Pretty obvious, but it must be said: No weapons of any kind are allowed inside Walt Disney World, even key chains that are questionable or Swiss Army Knives…any objects that appear to be weapons.
- Masks: Masks unless they are for a medical reason are not allowed, not even during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, but you can always get your face painted inside the theme parks.
- Your Pet: Pets and other animals, except approved service animals. Those that do bring service animals must keep them on a leash or in a harness and under the control of the owner at all times. Service animals may not be allowed on certain attractions.
- Selfie Sticks: Walt Disney World has officially banned selfie sticks, the long, extendable poles with an attachable clamp to hold your camera or smartphone for the ultimate selfie. Due to safety concerns, the policy prohibits guests from bringing these sticks into any Disney World theme park, water park or DisneyQuest.
- Plastic items in Animal Kingdom: It is also worth mentioning that balloons, drink lids and plastic straws are not available nor can be brought in to Animal Kingdom for the safety of the animals.
- Apparel that may cause offense – So granted, T-shirts that have content on them that go beyond PG-13, be weary. You may get approached and asked to turn your shirt inside out or leave (with no refund.) But even if your shirt or apparel doesn’t have any bad words or isn’t graphic in nature, it could still be offensive for some of the other guests in Disney World, so I’d leave at home politically charged T-Shirts or other clothing that carries a shocking message. It only takes one guest to see it, be offended and complain. Although, usually, they’ll just ask you to turn your shirt inside out.
- Some Swimwear – Another aspect of clothing that some might find uneasy is swimwear. While most people have seen a bikini or a speedo and are comfortable about it, some are not. This one is hard because it doesn’t even have to be a specifically sexy swimsuit to cause worry. If your bikini or trunks show too much skin, other guests may complain about it. Use your best judgment and you won’t be asked to cover up or buy a new swimsuit, but it may happen. Now that you know what you are not allowed to bring to Walt Disney World, you can better prepare for your trip. When you do make plans to visit make sure you look right here on Best of Orlando for discounted Walt Disney World tickets.
- Other Items: Folding chairs, large tripods, glass containers unless they are small containers such as baby food jars, and other items that are determined harmful or disruptive, so no megaphone probably.
Orlando, FL – 10/08/14
By: Jena Pugh & Alex Mateo