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10 Things That Are Banned From Disney's Theme Parks

Two-gun Mickey

Disney has always enforced strict rules at its theme parks to ensure a family-friendly experience, from restrictions on what guests can bring in with them to the famed "Disney Look"for its Cast Members. Many of these rules have been relaxed since Disneyland's debut in 1955, but there are a still of host of things that will get you barred or ejected from Disney theme parks. It's unlikely that many of Theme Park Tourist's readers will fall foul of these rules. But we still thought it might be fun to take a look 10 things that are banned from Disney parks today.

10. Skateboards

Bart Simpson

Fancy doing your best Bart Simpson impression during your next visit to Disneyland or Walt Disney World? Don't have a cow, man, but that skateboard will have to stay in the car - along with your inline skates and shoes with built-in wheels. In fact, with the exception of strollers and wheelchairs, just about anything on wheels is banned from Disney's parks. That includes scooters, wagons and suitcases and strollers above certain minimum dimensions (92x132cm for strollers, 61x38x46cm for suitcases).

9. Folding chairs

Festival of Fantasy Parade

Waiting to watch one of Disney's parades can be a brutal affair. Families gather an hour or more in advance, lining the pavements of Main Street, USA and waiting in the beating sun for Mickey and his friends to come past. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a folding chair with you to make that wait more bearable? Tough luck - they aren't allowed. Probably understandably, given the amount of precious room they would take up.

8. Costumes

Snow White costume

It can be tempting to dress up as a Disney princess or character during your visit. But do that, and you're liable not to be allowed into the park (unless you are aged under 10). Of course, there's a fine line between an outfit and a costume...but Disney bans anything that could even potentially be viewed as a costume.

7. Revealing clothes

Image: Disney


Want to wear jeans that are torn in multiple places, or a transparent top? Forget it. Disney bans clothing made with "offensive material" (i.e. transparent), as well as items that are "excessively torn". Forget wearing a bikini top, a g-string or any other skimpy items, too - unless you're at a Disney water park, of course.

6. "Offensive" clothing

No slogan

Bought yourself a clever t-shirt with a slogan on it from an online store? Think twice before wearing it to a Disney park. Some Cast Members may judge "offensiveness" levels differently, but anything that is even remotely liable to cause offence to another guest could get you thrown out.

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There are 78 comments.

Interesting, the last time I was there I saw quite a few offensive tshirts.

Last week while at magic kingdom I saw a man/boy with a skateboard!!!

Last week while at magic kingdom I saw a man/boy with a skateboard!!!

Last week i was coming out of small world and someone had one of the those stupid hands up don't shoot t-shirts

I would have to question numbers 6 and 7. I have seen a number of very offensive T-Shirts and young women in bikini tops that were little more than nipple covers and shorts so short, that they look like underwear. Also, PDA's that were so offensive that it should have been suggested they get a room or go back to their room.

Banning something and actually enforcing that ban consistently are two different things.

Smoking is banned at all UK theme parks outside of designated areas, but it still happens all the time.

I think they are going to far with T-shirt slogans. They are now trampling on free speech. AND some clothes are offensive when the wearer looks to be a size 20 or larger squeezing into a size 8. No costumes? That to me would be part of the fun for kids!

Kids do show up in outfits like princess dresses and so on. That's ok. You can't show up as Pluto.

I don't need to see an offensive shirt slogan inside or outside the park. Leave it home. You'd be surprised how many people try to enter with shirts emblazoned with the F, C, S and other words.

If you read the whole description it stated children under ten could dress up.

Frees speech only applies if the Government is infringing on it. The Constitution protects you from the Government, not Disney.

I've seen some t-shirts with filthy language on them. I wouldn't want my kids reading such words, especially at the happiest place on Earth. As for costumes, anyone could dress up as a character and be mistaken for a park worker by people. This could lead to kids being kidnapped, etc. It's a safety issue. Don't like their rules? then don't go there.

Totally agree. I was thinking it and I'm glad you said it. Thank you.
Don't like the safety rules.... stay home.

This forum really needs "like" buttons!

Disney is not a government entity therefore there is no expectation of free speech in their parks. Take some time to educate yourself.

I think you're unclear on what "free speech" means. It means that the government cannot infringe upon your right to say whatever you want, short of "fighting words" and things like yelling "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

Disney is private property, and they are well within their rights. I saw a morbidly obese woman in Blue Bayou wearing a "She wants the D" shirt in Waltograph font.

So, no, freedom of speech has zero to do with this and I wish people were more educated about the meanings of both the first and the second amendments.

Sorry, but I'm curious as to why you mentioned that the woman was morbidly obese? Were you offended by her size or by her shirt?

Disney is not the government, they can set whatever standards they want when it comes to offensive clothing and no first amendment rights are violated.
Read the copy, children under 10 are allowed to dress up all they want.

I think they're talking more about shirts that have profanity or suggestive photos on it. As for costumes kids under 10 can wear costumes to the park, adults can Disneybound (wear items that are in the theme/color scheme of a character). I do agree with you about the girls that are wearing shirts and shorts that are WAY to small for them.

They don't allow older children and adults to wear costumes because they don't want guests getting confused between the "real" character and the visitors dressed as characters.

Free speech applies to the government, not private enterprise. Disney is well within it's rights to ban "offensive" slogans on shirts.

They are a privately owned company they can enforce the Tshirt ban freedom of speach is outside their walls

They said costumes can be worn for kids under 10 and so kids can wear them. Last time I went only little ones where dressed up anyways.

Costumes for kids 10 and under are fine per the rules. They have to make these rules because there are too many idiots!

I think WDW should have another look at the International Wine Festival! There were so many drunks there it was disgusting! They were sick and deficating all over the bathrooms! It was total disaster and very disgusting! I will NEVER go at that time of year again! I was so looking forward to the Festival, and to see this mess was a huge turn-off! We had young children with us, and it was quite a mess to get into any restroom in the area!

Why would you take your kids to a wine festival anyway? Lmao.

Its at disney world. If that's when people can go, they go. Why do they have a wine festival at Disney??

I have been to the food and wine festival several times and never seen anyone drunk or the place a mess. I held annual passes for years and always had a good time except for the over crowding and wait times for rides.

I have been to the food and wine festival several times and never seen anyone drunk or the place a mess. I held annual passes for years and always had a good time except for the over crowding and wait times for rides.

Well, obviously the person above did see those things. I guess everybody's experience is different.

I would challenge Disney's "evidence" on #3. Dean Kamen, CEO and founder of DEKA robotics, she company that designed the segway, is still alive and well. Not to mention Disney itself offers segway tours of epcot.

Disney was referring to Jimi Heselden, who bought Segway Inc. in 2010. He died after falling off a cliff while riding a Segway.

Offering an organised Segway tour is pretty different to allowing anyone to bring in their own Segway from home.

I just got back from Disney World 3 weeks ago. I do know for fact if you are caught smoking at any Disney park or hotel out of designated smoking area and you are will get a 500$ smoking fee. We have seen a ticket given to someone in the smoking area. If at hotel they charge it to your hotel bill. Again that's if you are caught. Offensive shirts/logos I saw tons with bad shirts or shirts that were basically bras or bathing suit tops. I even wore a tee shirt with Ariel all tattoo'd and got tons of cast member props. So they are pretty laid back. The costumes adults can wear they are basically saying they don't want people trying to fool others in to believing they are cast members....seriously this is a duh reason. But if you wanna dress up go for it. But trust me when I say you won't be comfortable. Lol

You don't get a ticket for smoking outside of designated areas, you're just told that you have to put it out and go to a designated area.

Offensive t-shirts would include those with racial slurs, pictures of drugs, and nudity. Costumes are allowed, so long as the wearer isn't impersonating a Disney character enough to be thought one by guests, the skirt/dress doesn't drag on the ground, and the face/eyes must be visible. Children are allowed to wear costumes. They sell children's costumes in the parks.

Don't wear spikes or have spikes on purses/bags. If a child bumps into them, facial/eye injuries may result. Don't bring pepper spray. Don't bring glass. Don't bring silverware. Don't bring tools. If you do bring prohibited items and are asked to either take the items back to your vehicle or hotel, or surrender the items, don't think you should just walk away and hide the items in the bushes to save time, or hide the items elsewhere on your body. Once a prohibited item is discovered, security is notified, and you are being watched. Being confronted for hiding prohibited items can be extremely embarrassing.

I like the rule about glass. Several years ago I was at the Food and Wine festival and enjoying the Party for the Senses where you are given a souvenir wine glass. Since I was on a limited time schedule left a bit early to be able to see the parade at the Magic Kingdom. Had to check my glass in at guess services, thought it was kind of dumb that I was given a glass in a Disney Park, but couldn't take it to another one,

This is not accurate. The rules may be there, but are not enforced at all. I saw many women in super short shorts with their rear ends hanging out and encountered MANY drunk people in EPCOT just this month. Many people I know go to EPCOT specifically to drink. Do I think certain clothing and drunkeness should be banned? Yes! They need to enforce it MUCH more.

Getting a little tipsy is fine, it's part of the experience for adults, especially at Epcot. I think if you can handle yourself and be responsible there is no reason you can't enjoy a few fancy disney world drinks while on vacation.

First of all, Epcot is mostly an adult park anyway. Take the kids to the other parks and maybe not the Food and Wine festival? And I've been to Disney numerous times and seen more things hanging out than when I go to the beach! I'm all for comfort, but don't be trashy. Use some common sense. Period.

Seriously?!? Epcot is Not an adult park! My son has 'the seas with nemo and friends', and 'turtle talk with crush' on his must do list! This park has so many oppurtunities for my son to learn so much in such a fun way! Lessons on science with emphasis on caring for our earth in future world, and learning geography, and about other cultures in world showcase! I would hate to miss this on our trip. My son will learn so much in this park. And the wine festival is held during one of the two best times for us to go. With walt's emphasis on keeping the magic in the parks, and nothing allowed to take away from it, I can't believe he would be happy with drunks in his park being rambunctious, and throwing up. Disney is for kids of all ages! In all the parks. Yes this is one that may appeal to the adults more then the others, but it is also a very good park for the kids! Just because adults like it better doesn't make it an adult park!

The time that it says you sent this is 3:30 pm, but that is incorrect, it is actually 11:14 am.

I was going to Disneyland with my son-in-law who is a federal law enforcement agent and he always has a gun on him. As we were going through the check point he had pulled something out of his pocket and he forgot he had a pocket knife on him. The worker noticed it and would not allow that in. It was a cheap knife so he threw it in the trash (wonder if the worker retrieved it.) He made it through with his gun. I personally think all off duty officers should have a gun on them. I think Disney would be smart to have locker rentals at the check station. (Airports too)

Number 8 is incorrect. Adults are allowed to wear costumes, as long as they are not too similar to the park costumes. No masks are allowed. If dressed as a character, you are not allowed to take photos with people outside your party, sign autographs, or portray yourself as the character with your actions. Basically, no cosplay. Just wear the dress without a wig and you are fine. I regularly see women dressed as princesses.

The time on here is also wrong, it says 3:57 pm, when it is actually 11:19 am.

Correct. Maybe the website is hosting from somewhere off the coast of Europe. Strange.

I saw something on fb that said if you write to a disney character they will write you back. My grandson did this and did NOTget a letter back from lightening mcqueen

I've been to Epcot at other times and people are STILL drunk out of their minds it has nothing to do with the wine festival it has to do with people drinking their way around the worlds. If you can handle what you're drinking that's cool and totally fine but I have seen so many loud obnoxious drunks there that it takes the fun/magic out of it. If I'm going for a ever so slightly cultural(?) experience I'd prefer not to get beer spilled on me which has happened before. On the profanity thing though I've seen quite a ton of bad shirts especially at magic kingdom which is actually really horrible because honestly that is probably the most kid oriented park and I wouldn't want my child asking what that means.

They also do not allow wagons. We wanted to use ours instead of the stroller. We were stopped in the parking lot and sent back to our car.

Have to say these are common sense things. The t-shirts debate goes on everywhere! I personally don't care for seeing a persons tight spandex revealing "everything" but it happens. People actually wear something over them to get in, then they take off clothes in the bathrooms. Why do people do it? Because they have no respect for others nor themselves. Disneyland is suppose to be a place where families can go and not worry about their child being subjected to bad examples. Patrons should not be allowed to take the alcohol purchased at the Winery around the park either. I have had it spilled on me when waiting in the crowd to see the parade on Disney California side. Just show some respect for everyone is all Disney is asking.

The Segway was invented here in NH by Dean Kamen and as far as I know he's still alive!

Jim Heselden bought the company in 2010. He died that same year in a Segway accident.


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