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15 Things NOT to Do at Disney

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15 Things NOT to Do at Disney

Disney vacations are expensive, and the last thing you want to do is get in trouble for breaking important rules or spend even more money for attractions or meals because you didn’t pay attention. Don’t let the hordes people, tough-to-swallow costs, and an overwhelmingly extensive variety of entertainment options discourage you. Know the hacks to avoid common ways of wasting time at Disney World.  


No selfie sticks

Selfie sticks, hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices are prohibited in the park for safety reasons. You’re going to have to take selfies the old-fashioned way, or just enjoy every moment and don’t obsess over taking photos every minute in front of every landmark.


Don’t buy souvenirs there

You can buy Disney trinkets almost anywhere and all of those places will be selling them for a lot less than the actual theme park. Bring souvenirs from home to give to your kids to run with around the park. Target and Amazon sell many of them for a lot less. Photos are great souvenirs because they are personal.

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Don’t brings a big backpack or a big stroller

Strollers larger than 36" x 52", suitcases, and backpacks with or without wheels larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high are also banned. You can rent a stroller at Disney if you don’t want to worry about carrying one from home and whether it’s too big. It’ll cost $15 a day or $13 if you rent it for several days.


Forget about flying drones

Recreational devices such as drones are also banned for safety concerns. But guests were able to enjoy a drone show during the winter holiday season. The new show drone experience took place at Disney Springs, and it was called “Starbright Holidays – An Intel Collaboration.” Disney got permission from the FAA to light up their skies with UAVs. Disney got a no-fly zone over its Florida park more than a decade ago.

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Don’t get a Park Hopper pass

This is one way to do Disney on a budget. Are you really going to visit more than one park in a day, considering the sheer scale of each theme park? Just going from one park to another is a time-consuming endeavor. Pick your park for the day and make the most of it. Go on as many rides as you can instead. Also, the park hopper option doesn’t include access to water parks.


No flash photos inside

Almost every inside attraction does not allow flash photography or video lighting of any kind (you don’t need flash outside when it’s sunny anyway). The reasons for the ban are several: Bright lights can be annoying to others; other guests may be epileptic and sudden bright lights can be a trigger; flash photography can be distracting to performers, and thus dangerous.


Don’t pay for water in the park

Do you want to spend $4-$5 for a water bottle? That’s more than at an airport. You and your kids will get thirsty often because of the excitement and running around. The cost will add up quickly. Bring your own bottle and keep refilling it. Quick-service restaurants will provide water, and ice, even if you don’t buy food. 

Remember to use FastPasses for popular attractions

This is the My Disney Experience app. The service lets you reserve access to select attractions, entertainment and more. Do it way ahead of time at no extra charge, preferably at least 30 days in advance in order to have a greater variety of options to choose from.


You can’t bring Fido

None of the Disney resorts allows animals (except service dogs) to stay in the theme parks, resort hotels or on theme park buses. You can leave your four-legged friend at Best Friends Pet Care, a kind of Dinsey resort for animals. It is open one hour before the theme parks open through one hour after closing.

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Don’t buy the meal plan

Why would you do that when you can bring your own food in the park? A package includes three meals a day at Disney restaurants – a table-service meal, one counter-service meal, and one snack per person. One or two are more than enough to meet favorite characters and enjoy the experience of having lunch or dinner with them.


You can’t bring booze

You cannot bring alcoholic beverages in the theme parks. Security will confiscate even a bottle or a can of beer. This makes sense; after all, Disney is for kids.

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Adults don’t wear costumes

Costumes may not be worn by guests who are 14 years old and up. The same applies for masks, unless they are needed for medical reasons. If your kids are wearing costumes, make sure you bring them from home. You will save a lot. Buying a dress that one of the princesses in Frozen wears is going to be a lot more expensive at Disney than anywhere else. 


Don’t eat only at the park

Either make some easy snacks or buy a few before you enter the park. You are allowed to bring in food, which is great if you don’t usually eat big portions anyway. You can save a lot by avoiding eating meals at the on-site restaurants or vendors. Splurge on meals with the whole family and save on all the rest.

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Don’t wait to buy ticket at the gates

As is the case with most purchases – the sooner you buy tickets, the better. You are not likely to find good deals or a lot of discounts if you purchase your passes three days before you actually get to Disney. It’ll be even worse if you plan to buy them at the gate. Also, Disney usually raises prices every year so purchasing them way ahead of time can help you avoid the hike. 

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Don’t go in without a plan

The parks are gigantic. Don’t think it’s even remotely possible to just come in and go wherever you feel like at the moment. You’ll end up waiting in huge lines at the very least. Have you heard of the expression “time is money?” Planning ahead can save you tons. Don’t spend even a minute wondering what to do because you’ll probably end up spending extra as well. Make a time chart of which rides you’re going on and when so you save time looking for them while being distracted by other attractions that can cost you more. 

15 Things NOT to Do at Disney