9 Surprising Things That Are Banned from Disney Parks (and 3 That Are Totally Fine)

Heading to the Magic Kingdom for the ultimate family vacation? Here are nine things not to pack (and three items that are surprisingly OK). Hey, even the happiest place on earth has rules. 

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Oversize Strollers

Important news for families: According to the Disney Parks blog, both Disneyland and Disney World will be cracking down on stroller sizes starting May 1. Specifically, children’s strollers can be no wider than 31 inches across, which is a five-inch reduction from the current 36-inch limit. The new changes are meant to ease congestion and help guest flow, according to the post.

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Sorry, smokers—also starting May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney District in California. But there will still be designated smoking areas outside the parks, as well as at Disney Springs in Florida and at Disney Resort hotels.

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Wrapped Gifts

Celebrating your kiddo’s birthday at one of Disney’s parks? Your best bet is to pack your gift unwrapped (and then wrap it once you’ve arrived) since employees must be able to inspect presents.

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Folding Chairs

Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of standing in line for an hour to ride Thunder Mountain, you could just sit and wait? But unless it’s a mobility aid or cane-chair, folding chairs are on Disney’s restricted items list.

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Selfie Sticks

Sorry, you’ll just have to snap that perfect selfie the old-fashioned way since “hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices” are prohibited.

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Remote-controlled objects (like drones) and toys (like radio-controlled cars) are not allowed inside Disney parks.

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Sorry, Buster—no pets allowed. (Unless they’re service animals, of course.) Can’t imagine leaving your furry friend behind? Check out the on-site kennel where your pooch can spend the day.

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Glass Containers

If you’re planning on refilling your own water bottle, just make sure it’s made of steel or plastic since glass containers are banned from the parks due to the risk of breakage. (But small glass containers for baby food are fine.)

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Balloons And Straws

These plastic items are prohibited from the Animal Kingdom for the safety of the park’s animals.

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Surprising Items That Are Allowed In Disney’s Parks

1. Small coolers: As long as they’re smaller than 18 inches wide, 25 inches high and 37 inches deep, then you should be good to go.

2. Tripods: Selfie sticks might be banned from Disney parks but small tripods (like the ones that can fold up and fit into a backpack) are totally fine.

3. Food: Here’s some good (and budget-friendly) news—bringing in your own food and drink (except alcohol) into Disney’s parks is definitely allowed.

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