Disneyland- Mainstreet Station
  • On Aug 19, 2023
    Yvette from CA Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Can you take a cooler backpack in the park?

    Hi there, Yvette!

    Welcome to planDisney! One of my favorite Disney quotes is from Edna Mode, the fashion designer for superheroes in The Incredibles. She says "Luck favors the prepared!" and I totally agree! Preparing the right things to bring into the Disneyland Resort can make a huge difference in your day at the parks.

    According to the Permitted Items list, coolers larger than "6-pack sized" are not permitted inside the theme parks. If I have a snack that I want to keep cold then I usually pack it in my regular backpack with a reusable ice pack (loose ice is also not allowed). This has worked really well for me and makes it so I can carry my regular backpack in the parks. I have also used a small, soft-sided insulated lunch box to keep snacks cool inside my backpack! We often bring crackers, carrots, grapes, yogurt, and other things to munch on during the day, and a reusable ice pack has been great for keeping those things at the right temperature. 

    If you're looking to bring a cooler larger than 6-pack size you're welcome to rent a locker outside of the parks. The largest lockers can fit a cooler up to 19" wide x 24" high x 31" deep and they're located just outside the main entrance of Disneyland Park. This is a great option if you want to bring a picnic to enjoy in Downtown Disney!

    You don't need to worry about packing a lot of water because cold water is always available in the parks thanks to the Water Bottle Filling Stations! Just bring a good reusable bottle and you're good to go. If you run low on snacks and need something besides a churro or popcorn (which are both awesome) you can always check out the fruit carts around the parks. Sometimes a light, fresh snack just hits the spot!

    I hope you'll be able to stay cool and comfortable when you visit the parks, Yvette!

    Keep moving forward!

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