We all know that Walt Disney World is the most magical place on Earth! There is just something special, but as Rumplestiltskin said on Once Upon A Time “all magic comes with a price”. And at Walt Disney World that price is rules that are there to keep us all safe and our trips enjoyable. Here are thirteen Walt Disney World rules you need to know before your next visit.

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Plastic Straws and Lids

Animal Kingdom has never had plastic straws or lids for their cups, to keep the animals that live there safe. Now to reduce the plastic consumed at Walt Disney World, Disney is phasing out plastic straws and lids throughout the parks and resorts. Children can will still get a cup with a lid and straw and straws are available upon request. Your best bet if you want a straw and lid on your cup is to bring your own.


Guns are not allowed in Walt Disney World. This includes water guns, toy guns and toy blasters. Toy guns are also no longer sold anywhere on Walt Disney World Property.

Also no weapons of any kind are allowed in the parks. This includes pocket knives, mace, and any type of self defense keychain.

Don’t Go In The Water

While the Seven Seas Lagoon and other bodies of water around Walt Disney World resort look inviting. Guest are NOT allowed to wade or swim in them. There are gators, snakes and even dangerous bacteria in the water that could well kill you.


Smoking is only allowed in designated spots around the parks and at the resorts. You will find these located on the maps or you can ask a cast member. Smoking is NOT allowed in guest rooms, on balconies or patios and there is a $200-500 cleaning fee for doing so. Also smoking marijuana is not allowed at all  on Walt Disney World Property.


To keep things clean and tidy chewing gum is not sold on Walt Disney World property. If you want to chew gum you’ll have to bring it with you but please throw it away when you are done.


While you can buy alcohol in the parks, including sit down restaurants at Magic Kingdom now, you can not bring it into the parks with you. If you want to bring your own, keep it in your hotel room.

Folding Chairs

This seems like a no brainer to me but apparently it’s not. You can not bring folding chairs into the parks. There are plenty of places to sit and rest throughout the parks. If you want to sit for the parade or fireworks, I suggest finding a spot at least 2 hours to 90 minutes beforehand and plan on staying there.


Kids love wagons and they are great to transport them and their things around. However, wagons are not allowed at Walt Disney World. The only wagon that is allowed are the kind that you can push such as the Keenz stroller wagon. However, some guest are reporting that you must take off the pull bar.

Spreading Of Ashes

I do LOVE Walt Disney World. It’s my happy place and sure it would be a great place to spend eternity when I die. However, spreading ashes is not allowed. So I’ll have to figure out a new place to spend eternity, I guess.


Children and adults love to dress up like their favorite Disney characters. However, children over the age of 14 and adults are not allowed to wear costumes into Walt Disney World Parks. The only exception being Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party. However, no masks covering the face are allowed, even for children under the age of 14.

If you want to dress up like your favorite character, try Disney Bounding.

Food and Drink

Outside food and drink are allowed inside Walt Disney World Parks, as are soft sided coolers. Bringing in your own food and drink is a great way to save money. We also bring in our own water bottles and get free ice water from quick service restaurants around the park. You aren’t allowed to bring in glass containers and large coolers.

Selfie Sticks

Once upon a time, selfie sticks were allowed in the parks but people ruined it. How? By using them on rides after being asked not to, accidently hitting people with them, and well just being people. So now selfie sticks are banned from Walt Disney World Parks.

Unaccompanied Children

Children under the age of 14 may not enter the parks unless someone over the age of 14 accompanies them. Also children age 7 and under may not ride without someone age 14 or over with them. The good news in this:  if you’re like me, who hates roller coasters and your 9 yr old wants to ride Seven Dwarfs Mine Train alone, she can. The Cast Members will even allow you to walk your child through the queue until they get on the ride, seat him or her by themselves and allow you to wait for your child right were the ride exits.

So now that you know the rules, you are sure to have an amazing and magic trip to Walt Disney World. 

13 Walt Disney World Rules You NEED To Know Before You Visit

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