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Leave it at Home! Know What’s Banned at Disney

A recent video of Guests hanging out in the fountain found at EPCOT’s France Pavilion a few weeks ago has stirred up a lot of conversations throughout the Disney community. Although we assume most Guests know what to and not to do while visiting Walt Disney World, some reminders are needed.

Several items are banned from Walt Disney World to ensure the safety and experiences of the Guests. We will share some things that some might need to learn when heading into the Park.

Disney Bound, Walt Disney World
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Costume Restrictions

You might see pictures of little ones dressed as their favorite princess or adults “Disney Bounding” around the Parks, but you won’t ever see an adult dressed in a Cinderella costume. The reason for this is that it is banned. 

Those Guests that are 14 years old or over are not allowed to dress up as their favorite Disney character during regular Park hours. Adults can pull out those fantastic costumes during special events. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and runDisney events are examples where everyone can participate in the dress-up fun.

Outside these times, wearing adorable princess costumes is solely for those younger Disney fans.

Related: How to Avoid Being Dress Coded at Disney

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Costume Expectations

If you can dress up as your favorite Disney character for a runDisney event or Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, you do have to follow specific rules. When dressed as one of Disney’s characters, you aren’t allowed to sign autographs, pose for pictures, or impact operations of the Park. 

This expectation will help keep the magic alive for all those visiting Walt Disney World. Our beloved characters have had a lot of training from the Disney company, and we don’t want to ruin that for those around us, no matter how great our costumes happen to be.

Inappropriate Clothing

When planning your outfits, remember that Disney reserves the “right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or that could detract from the experience of other Guests.” Additionally, clothing that drags on the ground and “visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or design” are not allowed.

Walt Disney World is a family-friendly destination, and the company works hard to ensure everyone who visits feels comfortable and safe. As you plan out your outfits for your trip, remember that you will be around various people, and modesty is critical. You will be getting in and out of ride vehicles throughout the day, and you want to make sure everything remains covered that should be covered.

We know that everyone has their own style, but make sure that your style isn’t going to impact those around you while visiting the Parks.

Selfie Sticks

Selfie Sticks

When selfie sticks first became popular, Guests were allowed to bring them into the Walt Disney World Parks. As time passed, more and more issues started to arise with them. Not only do they distract from the rides, shows, and experiences throughout Walt Disney World, but they can also be extremely dangerous on rides.

Because of this, selfie sticks and hand-held extension poles for the camera are all banned from Walt Disney World Theme Parks and Water Parks. This is a safety concern more than anything else.

If you are a photographer or videographer, remember that monopods and tripods that don’t fit into your backpack or extend to over six feet are also not allowed into the Parks.  

Take some time to do a little bit of research before purchasing something for your camera or phone. This will help ensure that you have something allowed at Walt Disney World.


Strollers and Wagons

Most Guests traveling to Walt Disney World do so with little ones. This means that the need for strollers is exceptionally high. Ensure you know some of Disney’s restrictions for strollers and wagons throughout Disney Parks.

Wagons are not allowed at Walt Disney World. Even though you might find them a convenient way to get your kids around the Parks, they also cause a lot of congestion, making it hard for everyone to get around.

To be allowed into the Parks, personal strollers must be smaller than 31 inches in width and 52 inches in length. As you search for the perfect stroller, keep these restrictions in mind.

Another item that is prohibited at Walt Disney World is any trailer-like objects. “Any trailer-like object that is pushed, pulled or towed by an Electric Conveyance Vehicle, wheelchair, stroller or person” is prohibited.

Disney wants to ensure everyone can get around the Parks and Resorts easily and comfortably.

Disney Balloons
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Specifics for Disney’s Animal Kingdom

The rules and restrictions apply to all Walt Disney World Resorts and Parks. The one exception revolved around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. For the safety of the animals, two rules apply specifically to this Disney Parks.

Guests aren’t allowed to have plastic straws or balloons at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or Disney’s Animal Kingdom. If you have a balloon, you can drop it off at Guests services, where they will keep it safe for you as you tour the Park. This keeps all of the amazing animals that make this Park home safe.

Other Rules

Finally, there are a few arbitrary rules that you might need to learn about, but you will want to make sure you consider them before heading to Disney Parks.

  • No folding chairs are allowed in the Parks. You can’t camp out on the hub grass before the fireworks. 
  • No Glass containers
  • No protest signs
  • No hanging towels from your balcony 
  • No marijuana, trespassing, or feeding the birds

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Walt Disney World wants to make sure that all Guests and Cast Members remain safe throughout the Walt Disney World Property. These rules ensure that it happens and keep the magic alive for everyone.

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Jennifer Retzlaff

Jennifer became a lifelong Disney fan during her first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of her life. She quickly started to introduce her love of Disney to her family with a Disney honeymoon and then family trips when her youngest was 18 months old. She loves the magic that Disney brings to people through theme parks, cruises, and adventures. As a teacher, she tries to bring Disney magic into her classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” She is also part of the Magic Vacation Planner team as a personal travel advisor. With this team, she can now help others plan magical vacations. She loves bringing her love to Disney to readers with How to Disney.

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