• On Mar 2, 2020
    Yolanda from TX Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hi are we allowed to bring our own lunch for picnic like sandwich chips and drinks cooler

    Hi Yolanda,

    You must be so excited that your Walt Disney World vacation is just a few days away. I'm glad you stopped by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your last-minute planning question, and I'm happy to answer it for you.

    If you want to save money or time on meals (or cater to your family's special dietary desires), you are welcome to bring in your own snacks, food and drinks to the Walt Disney World theme parks with only a few restrictions. You can't bring alcoholic beverages from outside the parks or glass containers (except for baby food jars). Plastic straws are prohibited at Animal Kingdom.

    Otherwise, you are good to go. Over the years, I have seen lots of families setting up their own picnics, everything from a shared loaf of bread, bag of chips and plastic jar of peanut butter to a full three-course hot meal stored in a cooler in a stroller. 

    If you bring a cooler, it needs to fit within the size guidelines you will find in the list of park rules, no larger than 18" high by 15" wide by 24" long. Loose ice and dry ice are not allowed. Solid ice packs are recommended.

    Here's another tip for saving money in the parks: Every quick service restaurant will give you a cup of ice water, whether or not you buy food there. It's important to stay hydrated in the theme parks, so I recommend bringing a refillable water bottle for each member of your family. You also will find water fountains throughout the parks and a number of water bottle filling stations.

    Please let us know if we can answer any other questions for you as your vacation nears, Yolanda. We're always happy to assist. Enjoy!

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Meet the Panelist: Wilma, Florida

We live 90 miles from Walt Disney World and have visited frequently for 20 years. Disney is the place our family can relax together, try new things (especially interesting food) and have conversations, no matter what park we visit or where we stay.
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