Disney World is known as the happiest place on earth, where dreams come true and magic is around every corner. But what many people don’t realize is that Disney has some strict rules in place to ensure that the magic stays alive for all guests. In fact, there are certain activities that could get you “kicked out” or even banned from the parks. So before your next Disney vacation, here are 15 surprising ways you could find yourself on the wrong side of Disney’s rules.
1. Dressing up in elaborate costumes
We’ve all seen those adorable little girls dressed up as princesses or boys wearing their favorite superhero costumes at Disney World. But if you’re an adult looking to dress up as your favorite character for the day, you may want to think again. Disney has a strict rule against adults wearing costumes in the park because they can be mistaken for actual employees. So leave the cosplay at home and stick to regular clothes!
However, there are exceptions to this rule. Children under 13 years old are allowed to dress up as their favorite character, and during Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween party, anyone can dress up as their favorite character. Additionally, Disney Bounding is allowed, which involves wearing regular outfits that represent the characters without transforming into them.
2. Trying to sneak a peek into backstage areas
Disney is not just a theme park, it’s one big show. And like any good show, there are areas designated for performers only. For Disney World, those areas are called “backstage,” and they are strictly off-limits to guests. Not only is it against the rules, but it can also be dangerous for guests who don’t have training or experience in these areas. So if you see an area labeled as “cast members only,” respect that boundary for your own safety and to avoid being banned from the park.
3. Being too young
Disney World is meant to be enjoyed by all ages, but there is a minimum age requirement to enter the parks without an adult. Guests must be at least 14 years old to enter by themselves. This rule is in place for the safety of younger guests and to ensure that everyone has a responsible adult present.
4. Starting a fire
This one may seem obvious, but it’s worth mentioning because some guests may not realize that lighting a fire in the park is a big no-no. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and any other type of open flame. Not only is it dangerous, but it also goes against Florida state law. So make sure to extinguish any cigarettes or other smoking materials before entering the park.
5. Staying in the park after closing time
Disney World has strict operating hours, and they expect all guests to adhere to them. This means that if you try to stay in the park after closing time, you could be subject to removal or even banned from the park. So plan ahead and make sure to leave before the park closes for the day.
6. Making unauthorized modifications to attractions
Disney attractions are designed with guest safety in mind, which is why unauthorized modifications are strictly prohibited. This includes trying to remove your seatbelt or change any part of the ride experience. Not only is it against the rules, but it can also be dangerous for you and others on the ride.
7. Taking unauthorized photos or videos
While Disney is a very photogenic place, there are certain areas where photography and videography are restricted. This includes backstage areas and during certain performances. If caught taking unauthorized photos or videos, you could face being removed from the park.
8. Bringing in prohibited items
Disney World has a list of prohibited items that are not allowed in the parks for guest safety and comfort. This includes, but is not limited to, weapons, drones, selfie sticks, and large strollers. Make sure to check the Disney World rules website before your visit to ensure you’re not bringing anything that will get you kicked out.
9. Harassing performers or other guests
Disney World prides itself on providing a safe and enjoyable environment for guests of all ages. Any type of harassment towards performers or other guests will not be tolerated and could result in being removed from the park. So remember to be kind and respectful to everyone during your visit.
10. Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Disney World is a family-friendly destination, which means that drugs and alcohol are not allowed in the parks. If you are found to be under the influence, you may be asked to leave the park and could face being banned. Save the drinks for after your visit to avoid any potential problems.
11. Reselling tickets or merchandise
While it may seem harmless, reselling Disney World tickets is a big no-no. Disney prohibits the resale of tickets by unauthorized sellers, so make sure to purchase your tickets directly from Disney or authorized vendors to avoid getting in trouble.
12. Bringing in large coolers or outside food
Disney World allows guests to bring their own food and drinks into the parks, as long as they are not in large coolers or contain glass containers. This rule is in place for guest safety and comfort, as well as to prevent people from bringing in outside alcohol.
13. Feeding wildlife
There are many different species of animals at Disney World, but it’s important to keep in mind that these are wild animals, and visitors shouldn’t feed them. Not only is it against the rules, but it can also be dangerous for both you and the animals.
Disney World takes great pride in keeping its parks clean and beautiful for all guests to enjoy. That’s why littering is strictly prohibited and could result in being kicked out or banned from the park. Make sure to use the trash cans and recycling bins provided throughout the park to dispose of your waste properly.
15. Stealing character identities
Last but certainly not least, Disney has a strict rule against guests attempting to portray characters as if they were official employees of Disney. This includes impersonating characters, signing autographs as characters, or even just taking pictures with guests. It’s all about preserving the magic and protecting the brand of Disney, so make sure to follow this rule to avoid any issues.
So there you have it, 15 surprising ways you could find yourself being banned from Walt Disney World. Let us know in the comments below if you agree with these rules or not, or maybe you would like to add your own rules.