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  • On Jun 6, 2022
    Lisha from GA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My backpack cooler measures 12"x9"x20". Are the requirements for bags in the park based on total volume or will the height be an issue for our cooler? Thank you for your help!

    Hey there, hi there, Lisha! We're so glad you came to us with your question.

    There are some restrictions when visiting the theme parks and other areas of Walt Disney World. We'll start with the good news, which is that you are most welcome to bring your own food and beverages to the theme parks with you. You can't bring glass containers, except for baby food, and there are a few other things to be mindful of, such as they can't be foods that have to be reheated or have a pungent odor. But with few exceptions, you're good to go.

    Where we hit a snag is the size of the cooler. The size restriction is not based on volume, but on the size of the cooler itself. Whether or not the cooler is on wheels or backpack style, you are limited to one that is at most 24" long x 15" wide x 18" in height. The restrictions are designed for the safety and well-being of guests, so they are pretty strict when it comes to making sure your bag meets the measurement restrictions.

    I used to have an Igloo backpack cooler when my girls were younger, and I see that they still do make bags that meet the size limitations. I'd look into other options so that you won't have to worry about not being able to bring it in when you get to the parks.

    I wish I had better news, but I hope there's enough time to replace the backpack you have!
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Meet the Panelist: Anna, New Jersey

My name is Anna and I am a retired teacher with a J.D., a proud Navy wife with 30+ years of experience, mom to three daughters and a son-in-law, and grandmom to three tiny Disney fans. I have planned vacations for all sorts of special occasions and celebrations, but I really enjoy DVC vacations, helping military families, and assisting those with special dietary needs.    Learn More About Anna

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