What Can You Bring into Disney World? Here’s What You Need to Know.

Photo of Cinderella Castle for Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary

So, you have a Disney vacation coming up, and you’re wondering, “What can you bring into Disney World theme parks?” In this article, I will cover it all…what you’re allowed to bring into Disney World AND what you can’t bring into Disney World.

Disney World has to be one of my all-time favorite things to talk about. And since my friends know I visit Walt Disney World often, I get questions all the time about what they’ll be able to bring into the theme parks during their upcoming trips.

Some people worry about dietary restrictions or food allergies they have. And others don’t want to show up to the park just to get turned away because their stroller is too big. I get it! You want to be as prepared as possible after investing time and (plenty of!) money into this trip.

Now, what you can bring into the theme parks and what you need to bring into the theme parks are two totally different topics. They may go hand in hand, but I’ll share my ultimate packing strategies in other Disney posts.

Let’s get into what you can (and can’t!) bring into the Walt Disney World theme parks.

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Security Checkpoints at Disney World

First things first…everyone in your party will have to go through a security checkpoint when entering each theme park at Disney World (even if you’re park hopping and have already been through a security checkpoint at a different park). And security personnel not only have the right to conduct more thorough searches when needed, but they also have the right to prohibit any item whether it’s in this article or not.

While Disney World is pretty clear and specific on what’s allowed and what isn’t (you can read all of their rules here), it will always come down to security’s discretion.

With that being said, follow the rules and you won’t have any problems at all! I’ve visited Disney more times than I can count, and I’ve never had security make me get rid of an item I’m trying to bring to the park.

You will have to walk through a metal detector while carrying your bags though, so think about that when it comes to how much you want to pack and lug around. They’ll even make you empty out the bottom of your stroller.

Disney World Stroller Policy

3 boys in strollers that are allowed at Disney World

I’ve heard people ask, “are strollers allowed at Disney?” Of course, they are! When visiting the Disney parks with young kids, having a stroller is not only allowed but essential.

(Did you know that you walk an average of 7-10 miles per day at Disney World?! That’s a lot of walking for little legs!)

There are certain stroller requirements at Disney World, though. The stroller can’t be greater than 31″ in width and 52″ in length. So, if you want to bring your own stroller or rent a stroller from a private company, make sure you check the dimensions before hitting the security checkpoint at the theme parks.

Wagons and stroller wagons are not allowed at Walt Disney World. The only exception to this rule is if your kiddo needs a wagon for a specific medical issue (think along the lines of requiring lots of medical equipment), which is looked at on a case-by-case basis.

Check out this post to see exactly what you need to pack in your stroller for a day at the parks.

Here are my all-time favorite strollers for Disney World (that I know for a fact are allowed because it’s exactly what we use…see the photo above for proof!):

single stroller

Summer 3Dpac CS Compact Fold Stroller

double stroller

Joovy Caboose Ultralight Sit and Stand Double Stroller

Bags and Backpacks at Disney World

Similar to the stroller policy at Walt Disney World, bags are allowed but also have specific requirements.

Guests are allowed to bring suitcases, bags, and backpacks into the theme park whether they have wheels or not. The bag just can’t be bigger than 24″ in length, 15″ in width, and 18″ in height.

On top of that, you’re also allowed to bring your bag onto most rides in Disney World. TRON Lightcycle/Run is the only ride in which you will need to put your belongings into a locker prior to riding.

Our travel activity backpack for the boys works great for our park bag as well. We’ve also brought this diaper bag into Disney World with no issues:

check it out

BabbleRoo Diaper Bag Backpack

Bringing Your Own Food and Drinks into Disney World

Can you bring food into Disney World? Two boys eating snacks at Magic Kingdom.

Whether you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, you want to save money on food in the parks, or you’re like me and need a million snacks on hand at all times for your kids…you’ll be happy to know that you can bring outside food and drinks into Disney World.

The catch? You can’t bring alcoholic beverages, glass containers (unless it’s baby food), or foods with pungent odors into the theme park.

Cast Members are not allowed to store, cook, heat, or reheat any food you bring in. This brings us to our next topic…

Coolers at Disney World

The Walt Disney World cooler policy is just like the bag policy. You can bring a cooler into the theme parks, but it cannot be larger than 24″ in length, 15″ in width, and 18″ in height.

Loose or dry ice is not permitted in these containers. Instead, bring along reusable ice packs (which is what is recommended by Disney).

How cute is this one?

Igloo 20-can Limited Edition Disney Soft-Sided Tote Bag

Other

Animal Kingdom

At Animal Kingdom, rules are slightly different than in the other parks. And that’s because we have to take care of those sweet animals!

There are two very specific things you are not allowed to bring into Animal Kingdom: balloons and plastic straws.

Disney's Animal Kingdom Pandora World of Avatar at night

Water Parks

Similar to Animal Kingdom, balloons and plastic straws are not allowed at Disney World water parks.

You are also not allowed to bring in any flotation devices or swim noodles that are not Coast Guard-approved.

Attire

Clothing

Walt Disney World guests are expected to wear proper attire, including shoes and shirts. And your clothing cannot drag on the ground or cover your face (with the exception of medical masks).

A guest with any clothing or visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate may be denied entry to the theme park.

Costumes

Costumes are only allowed to be worn by kids under 14 years old. The only exception to this rule is during special events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and runDisney events.

“Disney Bounding” has become quite popular though. That’s where people will wear regular clothing inspired by Disney characters. All guests, no matter their age, are allowed to Disney Bound.

What Can You Bring into Disney World: Family wearing Disney Bounding costumes at Disney World during Halloween Party

Service Animals

Did you know that there are only two types of service animals allowed at Disney theme parks? Can you guess which animals are allowed?

If you guessed dogs and miniature horses, you got it right! But the service animal must be trained to do work or perform tasks to assist someone with a disability.

Emotional support or companion animals are not considered service animals and will not be allowed in Disney World parks.

Mobility Devices

Electronic wheeled mobility devices are permitted at Walt Disney World with a few stipulations.

The device needs to have at least 3 wheels and operate at a walking speed. It can only be designed for a single rider and cannot be larger than 36″ wide and 52″ long.

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Disney World Prohibited Items

I’ve already mentioned some of these above, but here is the complete list of prohibited items per Walt Disney World’s website:

  • Weapons of any kind, such as firearms, knives, and ammunition.
  • Objects or toys that look like weapons.
  • Self-defense and restraining devices, such as pepper spray or mace.
  • Flammable or explosive objects such as fireworks.
  • Fog or smoke machines.
  • Noisemakers such as horns, whistles, and megaphones.
  • Illegal substances, marijuana, and marijuana-enriched products.
  • Bags, backpacks, suitcases, or coolers larger than 24″ L x 15″ W x 18″ H
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Glass containers (with the exception of baby food jars).
  • Loose ice or dry ice.
  • Recreational devices such as drones, remote-control toys, skateboards, scooters, skates, shoes with built-in wheels, and bicycles.
  • Selfie sticks or hand-held extension poles for cameras or cell phones.
  • Tripods and monopod stands that cannot fit in a standard backpack or that extend over 6 feet.
  • Flags and banners.
  • Plastic straws (only prohibited at Animal Kingdom and water parks).
  • Balloons (only prohibited at Animal Kingdom and water parks).
  • Strollers larger than 31″ W x 52″ L, wagons, stroller wagons, and trailer-like objects.
  • Folding chairs.
  • Costumes (if you’re under 14 years old).
  • Inappropriate or offensive clothing or tattoos, clothing that drags on the ground or covers your face (with the exception of medical masks).
  • Pets or other animals that are not service animals.
Spaceship Earth in Epcot at Disney World

FAQ

Ready for rapid-fire questions and a quick review of everything I went over above? Here we go!

Can I bring a backpack into Disney World?

Yes! As long as it’s smaller than 24″ in length, 15″ in width, and 18″ in height.

Can you bring sunscreen into Disney?

Yes! And you’ll probably want to if you plan for an entire day at the parks in that Florida sun.

Can I bring food into Disney World?

You can! The Cast Members just won’t be able to store, cook, heat, or reheat any food you bring in.

Can you bring snacks into Disney World?

Definitely. There’s no way my kids can go anywhere without snacks, so we bring along snacks all the time.

Can you bring drinks into Disney World?

Yes, you can bring non-alcoholic drinks into Disney World theme parks.

Can you bring bottled water into Disney World?

Yes. Just make sure it’s not in a glass container, and you’re good!

Can you bring reusable water bottles into Disney World?

You can…and you can actually refill your water bottle for free at several locations throughout the theme park.

Can you bring a laptop into Disney World?

Yes, you can! But don’t work too hard…go enjoy yourself on your Disney vacation!

Can you bring a wagon into Disney World?

Nope, sorry. Listen, I love a good stroller wagon, too! But wagons are prohibited at Walt Disney World.

Wrap Up: What Can You Bring into Disney World

As you can see, what you can bring into Disney World is quite a bit! Hopefully this article helps you prepare, so you don’t have any surprised at the security checkpoint on your next Disney vacation.

Now, don’t be like me and wait until the last minute. Go pack for your trip!

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