Just like any other public venue there are definitely things you can (and cannot) bring into Disney World.
Some of the items in the list below probably seem self-explanatory but there are a few items that you may find a bit surprising.
So if you find yourself asking "What can I bring into Disney World" you'll definitely want to keep reading.
NEW rules for Disney World beginning May 1, 2019
Disney has updated their policies on a few key items. Beginning May 1, 2019 all of these items will be prohibited at both Walt Disney World (and Disneyland):
- Strollers larger than 31" (79 cm) wide and 52" (132 cm) long
- Stroller wagons (like the popular Keenz variety shown below)
- Smoking inside of all parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom), water parks (Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon), ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Disney Springs
- Smoking areas will be provided outside the entrances, however, at this time the exact locations aren't known
- Loose ice and dry ice inside of coolers
- Disney has said that "...you may continue to bring ice inside water bottles or resealable bags. The new rule applies to ice that is loose within a container such as a cooler."
- If you have a freezer available to you (however, most of the small fridges in the rooms do NOT) you can also use re-usable ice packs, or, you can also get cups of ice from counter service/quick locations for free.
Read more about all of these updates on the Disney Parks Blog.
Items prohibited at Disney World:
- Anything that you can pull behind you. This includes wagons and coolers.
- Alcohol, marijuana, and illegal drugs.
- Folding chairs. Rollators are allowed but you can't bring folding chairs with you to use while you wait in line or for shows, etc.
- Selfie Sticks. These were banned a few years ago after they became a hazard on some of the attractions.
- Weapons of any kind as well as any toy weapons that could easily be mistaken for the real thing.
- Extra-large strollers. Strollers must be smaller than 36" by 52" (NEW: Beginning May 1, strollers must be than 31" (79 cm) wide and 52" (132 cm) long or smaller)
- Segways or any sort of mobility device that doesn't have at least 3 wheels.
- Drones, skateboards, scooters, skates, and Heelys (or any shoes with built in wheels).
- Tripods larger than what can fit inside of your backpack.
- Any clothes with objectionable or obscene language or graphics.
- Any clothes that reveal more skin than what is considered appropriate for a "family environment".
Animal Kingdom has a couple of park-specific prohibited items that are dangerous for the animals:
- Straws (paper straws are allowed)
What about costumes? Disney has some special rules for those:
- Costumes and masks should only be worn by guests younger than 14 EXCEPT during special events like Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party, and Star Wars themed events like Star Wars: Galactic Nights.
- Toy weapons that could easily be mistaken for the "real thing" aren't allowed.
Surprising items allowed at Disney World
- Food. You can bring any food items you'd like except for alcohol and items in glass containers.
- Coolers. Small coolers are allowed - they just can't be larger than 24" by 15" by 18" and you can't pull them behind you.
- NEW BEGINNING MAY 19, 2019: No loose ice in coolers allowed. However, ice in baggies as well as freezer gel packs are allowed.
- Umbrellas (you can't use them everywhere, but they are allowed in).