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Here’s A List Of Disneyland And Disney World Rules To Know Before You Go

Did you know adults cannot wear costumes and only children under 14 can wear masks?

It’s no secret that guests flock to Disney to feel like they are living a real life fairytale. From the moment you step into a Disney Park, you are immersed into a whole new world, and that overwhelming immersion can make you feel like anything is possible. And while Disney is a place where dreams come true, and there are so many things that can happen, there are also many things that can’t happen…

We think you’ll be surprised at some of the things that are NOT allowed at Disney. Be sure to take some notes so you don’t get in trouble with the big mouse on your next visit!

Check out some of the rules and regulations.

Appropriate Attire

No shoes… No shirt… You’ll have a problem! Proper attire must be worn at all times, including a shirt and shoes.

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Adults Are Not Allowed To Wear Costumes

Sorry, adults! You may feel like a kid again at Disney, but you can’t dress like one. Only guests under the age of 14 can wear a costume — unless you are attending one of themed parties at the park, such as Mickey’s Not-S0-Scary Halloween Party.

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During Times You’re Allowed To Wear A Costume, You May Not Pose With Other Guests

Adult costumes are allowed only during special themed parties, such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. But during these special times, park rules prohibit you from signing autographs or posing for photographs with other park guests. There are official Disney employees who are paid to do that!

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Cutting In Line Or Joining Someone In Line

We’re not sure how strongly this rule is enforced, as we’ve seen this happen before! However, it is a rule and we advise you not to risk breaking it.

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Selfie Sticks

For safety reasons, and not to disrupt the other guests, selfie sticks are banned. Looks like you’ll have to take a selfie the old-fashioned way!

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Hazardous Clothing

You might feel tempted to wear a gown fit for a princess while visiting Disney, but you will not be allowed to enter the park wearing clothing that drags on the ground. Clothing with multiple layers may also be searched (we’re looking at you, Joey).

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Masks

Masks can only be worn by guests under the age of 14, and must provide unobstructed peripheral vision, with eyes fully seen at all times. The only exception to this rule is for medical purposes.

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Smoking In Non-Designated Areas

Smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes is only allowed in designated areas.

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Weapons

Weapons of any kind are absolutely prohibited. This includes toy guns and squirt guns.

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Expect A Security Check

Security checks can be expected when visiting the parks. Be sure to double check your bags, parcels, clothing and other items before going through security, as the parks take this seriously.

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Glass Containers

No glass containers allowed. The two exceptions to this rule: baby food and perfume bottles!

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Unaccompanied Children

Guests under the age of 14 must be with someone age 14 or older to enter the park. In addition to this, children under 7 will need to be with someone age 14 or older to board an attraction.

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Pets

As much as we wish we could bring our furry friends with us, only service animals are allowed in the parks. Check out this adorable service dog at Disneyland getting his caricature drawn!

Balloons

You may not blow up a balloon at Animal Kingdom or use a plastic straw, for the safety of the animals.

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Inappropriate Clothing

The park has the right to deny admission or ask a person to leave who is wearing clothing that is considered inappropriate. This includes clothing that could disrupt the experience of other guests.

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Large Tripods

If your monopod or tripod can’t fold up to fit inside a standard backpack, don’t even think about bringing it!

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Folding Chairs

Folding chairs will not make it past the gate.

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Stroller Regulations

Strollers larger than 36 inches by 52 inches (92 centimeters by 132 centimeters) are not allowed inside the park.

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Backpack Regulations

Suitcases, coolers or backpacks larger than 24 inches long by 15 inches wide by 18 inches high (61 centimeters by 38 centimeters by 46 centimeters) will not be permitted inside the park.

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Trailer-Like Objects Are Not Allowed

This includes wagons! Strollers are a better way to maneuver kids around the park.

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Keep Those Handouts At Home

It’s against Park rules to give out recorded or printed materials of any kind.

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Selling Goods Or Services

You are not allowed to sell or advertise the sale goods or services, lest you compete with all the shopping opportunities Disney offers visitors.

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Disney’s Not BYOB

It’s no surprise that you can’t bring in your own alcohol. However, you will be able to find alcoholic drinks within certain areas of the parks, because having a glass of wine while watching the fireworks is essential.

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Running

We know Disney is exciting, and it’s easy to want to run from one attraction to the next, but for safety reasons, running is prohibited (except in the case of Disney marathon, of course).

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Profanity

Leave your potty mouth at home! Engaging in unsafe, illegal, disruptive or offensive behavior are also not allowed, unsurprisingly.

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21. Unauthorized Events

This rule includes:

  • Demonstrations or speeches
  • Usage of any flag
  • Banner or sign for commercial use
  • Inciting a crowd

Authorized speeches and events, of course, get a green light.

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Inappropriate Tattoos

Tattoos containing objectionable language or designs are not permitted. So cover up!

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Feeding The Animals

This includes the birds!

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Filming For Commercial Use

Photography, videotaping and recording for business purposes are not allowed.

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Flash Photography In Indoor Attractions

While there are a bunch of Disney blogs and forums noting that flash photography is prohibited in indoor attractions like Space Mountain, we couldn’t find this listed as an official rule on Disney’s site. It could be that it’s mostly frowned upon since a flash could distract others who are enjoying the ride.

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Disney Has The Right To Use Guests’ Images Or Voices As They Please

Going to a Disney theme park means agreeing that your picture and voice may be recorded and used by Disney without you receiving payment of any kind. This is pretty standard language for most theme parks, but good to know regardless!

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No Drones

You may be tempted to use a drone to capture some incredible photos, but drones are not allowed in the parks.

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No Remote Control Toys

Remote control toys will not be allowed in the parks, not even in Toy Story Land!

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No Skateboards

You won’t get past security with your skateboard. Plus, with the crowds that Disney attracts it would be hard to use a skateboard in the parks anyway.

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No Scooters

Although it may sound nice to scoot around the park rather than being on your feet all day, you’ll have to leave these at the hotel.

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No Skates Or Shoes With Built-In Wheels

While this may seem like a faster way to make your way to your favorite attractions, you are not allowed to wear skates or shoes with built-in wheels at the parks.

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Flags

The usage of any flag in the park will not be permitted. Just don’t tell Captain Jack Sparrow!

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No Marijuana

Marijuana or any illegal substance will not be permitted into the park.

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The Park Has The Right To Change Park Hours

This includes the right to close any park, restrict the number of people in the park and suspend or cancel any attraction or entertainment scheduled at the park. If you have anything special planned for your trip, double check hours and events at the parks beforehand.

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The Park Has The Right To Deny Admission

Above all, it is important to remember the park has the right to deny admission or require a person already in the park to leave. Be sure to follow all of these rules, because who would ever want to be forced to leave the happiest place on Earth?!

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For more rules and regulations, check out Walt Disney World Resort Park Rules.