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The Ultimate Guide to Disneyland Prohibited Items: What You Can (and Can’t) Bring into the Park

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If you are planning a day at the parks you may be asking yourself what can I not bring into Disneyland?

You really don’t want to find yourself with one of these Disneyland prohibited items as they will be confiscated.

It happens. Even for items you think are perfectly fine.

It is always wise to think about what you are carrying and check that it complies with the rules about what you can and can’t bring into Disneyland.

When you enter the entrance areas of Disneyland, Disney’s California Adventure, and Downtown Disney there are security checkpoints.

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Your bags will be searched and you will also go through an x-ray machine.

So let’s explore what you can and can’t take into Disneyland.

Dangerous Items Prohibited at Disneyland

The reason that certain items are not allowed at Disneyland is for the safety and comfort of everyone. It makes sense that these items are prohibited.

  • Weapons of any kind or object that appear to be weapons (toy guns, toy blasters, squirt guns, etc.)
  • Self-defense equipment (e.g., pepper spray, mace, stun guns)
  • Restraining devices (e.g., handcuffs, zip ties) or any suspicious items (e.g., box cutters, razor blades, duct tape, wire)
  • Items that may be disruptive (e.g. laser pointers, slingshots, stink bombs, air horns)

The one item that anyone I have known has personally had confiscated was my mother-in-law who had a pen with a laser pointer on it. Security found it and unfortunately, she had to leave it behind!

One very common question though is can I bring a lightsaber into the Disney parks?

Usually, a lightsaber is fine but please be mindful of the impact your lightsaber could have on other guests! Keep it safely stowed.

If you want to impress others with your Jedi skills make sure that you do it considerately and with a lot of open space around you.

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The same goes for those fans of Captain Jack Sparrow. Be considerate with your plastic toy swords.

However, a toy gun will not be allowed.

Can You Bring Food into Disneyland?

Bringing your own food and snacks to the Disney Parks is a great way to save money.

You can bring food into Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure park if you stick to these rules:

  •  Food and beverages cannot be stored in glass containers. The only exceptions are baby food in glass containers, medicine or small perfume bottles (under 4 oz)
  • The food or drink cannot need heating, reheating, processing, refrigeration or temperature control
  • You can’t bring food or drink which has a pungent odor.
  • You cannot bring alcohol into any Disney park.
  • Knives are prohibited in Disneyland.
  • Loose or dry ice is not permitted.

The Rules About Bags and Backpacks

As you would expect, it is perfectly fine to bring a bag into Disneyland with you.

However, there are certain rules that you need to know about the type of bag or backpack that is allowed.

You are not allowed to bring a bag with wheels.

The size of bags is restricted as well – no bags larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high are permitted.

Can I Bring a Stroller?

Strollers are allowed, but there are some rules that you need to be aware of.

Strollers larger than 31″ (79 cm) x 52″ (132 cm) are not permitted in Disneyland.

Most strollers are not this large so you should not have a problem.

However, what do you do if your stroller is too big? The solution would be to leave your non-compliant stroller at home and rent one at Disneyland.

Stroller wagons are not permitted.

You can also forget about bringing devices such as drones, remote-control toys, skateboards, scooters, inline skates, bicycles, or shoes with built-in wheels as these are all prohibited in Disneyland and California Adventure.

What About a Selfie Stick?

Selfie sticks are banned at Disneyland. This is one of the most common items that guests try to bring into the parks.

Often when I have gone through the security checkpoint at Disneyland I have seen selfie sticks that have been confiscated, The security people will find them – so just don’t try and sneak them in.

Can You Bring Your Dog to Disneyland?

You are permitted to bring a service animal into Disneyland, but unless Fido fits the criteria he is going to have to stay at home.

Service animal means a dog or miniature horse that is trained to do work or perform tasks for, and to assist, an individual with a disability. All other animals, including emotional support, comfort or companion animals, are not considered service animals“.

I have to say that I have never seen a miniature horse in Disneyland, but definitely look forward to that!

Please don’t break the rules on this. Service animals have a huge role to play and are extremely important to their owners.

The Disneyland Resort hotels don’t allow pets either but will accommodate service animals.

If you really cannot bear to leave your dog at home, Disneyland does have a Kennel Service at its entrance. You can drop off your pet half an hour before the park opens and pick them up half an hour after the park closes. The cost is $20.

For more information about the Disneyland Kennel Service call: 714-781-POOCH (76624).

Mobility Devices


You can bring certain mobility devices such as wheelchairs and Electric Convenience Vehicles, provided they comply with the following:

Wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels or devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered, and/or unoccupied. Training wheels and/or modifications are not permitted. Devices must be manually or electrically powered and operated at a walking pace. Devices should be single rider and not exceed 36″ (92 cm) in width and 52″ (132 cm) in length”.

You can also rent wheelchairs and ECV’s from Disneyland and California Adventure Park.

Can You Bring Marijuana into Disneyland?

Alcohol, marijuana (including marijuana-enriched products), and any illegal substances are strictly prohibited.

Whilst marijuana may be legal in the state of California, you are not permitted to bring it into Disneyland. This includes all marijuana-enriched products so that includes edibles.

What About Smoking?

Can you smoke in Disneyland parks?

Downtown Disney, Disneyland, and California Adventure Park are all smoke-free zones.

However, you are permitted to smoke in certain, designated smoking areas.

Smoking includes tobacco, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and vapes.

Smoking is not allowed in Disney Resort Hotel rooms. This includes patios and balconies.

If you break the rules you will be charged a $250 to $500

What are the Rules for Wearing Costumes at Disneyland?

Want to dress up as Cinderella in Disneyland?

Well, there are rules that prohibit you from doing that;

“Costumes may not be worn in our theme parks by Guests ages 14 or older”.

There are special rules for separately ticketed events such as Halloween parties at Disneyland.

Cremated Remains

It isn’t just an urban myth that people bring the cremated remains of their loved ones to scatter in Disney parks.

Pirates of the Caribbean and Haunted Mansion are the most popular locations for people attempting to claim a spot as a final resting place.

It is strictly prohibited and you should absolutely not even consider it.

Violating this policy or even attempting to do so has serious consequences.

Not only is it extremely disruptive for Cast Members who have to clean up the “HEPA incident”, but it can also shut down a ride for a considerable period of time.

If you are found attempting to dispose of ashes in a Disney park. you will be escorted out immediately.

And it could get you banned from all Disney parks.

For a full list of all the items banned from Disneyland go here.

More Guides to Disneyland

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