Walt Disney World has several rules to ensure guest safety & protect the resort environment. In 2019 there were several new restrictions introduced including a ban on smoking and restrictions on strollers inside the parks. In this post, we cover what is banned at Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World Security
Walt Disney World has a large security presence. In addition, to Walt Disney World security guards you are likely to encounter uniformed police officers and dogs. All guests will have their bags checked before entering the parks, and this includes checks on wheelchairs and strollers.
In addition, guests will be randomly selected for additional screening through metal detectors.
Prohibited items at Walt Disney World
The majority of items prohibited at Walt Disney World are relatively obvious. Despite this, there have been several reports over the last year of security staff intercepting guests carrying guns into the parks. Disney security staff should be complimented for successfully catching these guests, but it is hard to believe how often this has happened.
Items that are prohibited at the paks include:-
- Illegal drugs and alcohol
- All weapons including toy guns and restraining devices.
- Glass containers, baby food being an exclusion to this policy
- Items that can make loud noises e.g. whistles, megaphones
- Drones, remote-controlled toys, skateboards, scooters, inline skates and shoes with built-in wheels
- Strollers over certain sizes(we discuss this below)
- Wagons & Trailers
- Mobility devices that don’t have at least three wheels or cannot stand upright alone.
- Any type of bag which is larger than 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high
- Loose or dry ice
- Folding chairs
- Selfie sticks, tripods, and extension poles. Tripods and monopods that fit inside a backpack and extend no longer than 6″ are allowed.
- Non-service animals
Also, at the Animal Kingdom, balloons and plastic straws are not allowed. There are also some additional restrictions at waterparks and the Wide World of Sport which you should check before you visit.
However, Disney reserve the right to prohibit any item which they consider might be harmful or disruptive.
Dress Code at Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World reserves the right to refuse admission to guests who they feel are dressed inappropriately. This also covers tattoos which should be covered up if they might be considered inappropriate.
Proper attire, including shoes and shirts, must be worn at all times. Perhaps surprisingly, this includes the wearing of costumes & masks by all guests over the age of 14. However, there are slightly different policies, which you should check in advance, for Halloween parties and Run Disney events.
The link has more information on dress requirements at Walt Disney World.
Strollers at Walt Disney World
No strollers are not banned at Walt Disney World, but there are restrictions on what you can bring into the park.
If you are bringing your own stroller, new rules have recently been introduced. Wagons, including stroller wagons, are now prohibited inside parks. In addition, strollers should be no larger than 31” wide and 52″ long when measured across the widest and longest points.
Smoking at Walt Disney World
There have been recent changes to smoking at Walt Disney World.
Walt Disney World Resort theme parks, water parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex are now smoke-free, and this includes vaping. Designated smoking areas are available outside of the parks, but all internal points have been removed.
In addition to theme parks, smoking is not permitted within resorts including balconies. There are small designated smoking areas inside all resorts.
Prohibited activities at Walt Disney World
There are several activities you are not allowed to do at Walt Disney World, but they are all fairly obvious:
- Selling items or providing services
- The distribution of printed or recorded materials
- Portraying a costumed character, and this includes engaging with other guests at Halloween parties
- Engaging in activity that might be considered unsafe
- Unauthorized events, demonstrations, speeches, or other activities. This includes the use of flags, flyers or banners
- Accessing backstage areas
- Feeding any animals in the parks
- Photography, audio recording, or video recording for commercial purposes
- Disruptive behavior
- Causing obstruction
Disney reserve the right to prohibit any activity they might consider harmful or disruptive.
Planning your Walt Disney World Vacation
Our Guide to Walt Disney World is a fantastic place to start planning your vacation.