• On Jul 9, 2020
    Tracy from IN 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.

    For Disney World trip Sept. 2020- Are we allowed to bring small storage for the kids' things, like backpacks or waist packs to theme parks? What about coolers as storage for snacks and waters as most dining areas aren't taking reservations yet?

    Hiya, Tracy, and thanks for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel! I’m so glad you’re here, and I’m even more excited to help you plan your September visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth!

    As the mom of three Mouseketeers ages 8 and under, I understand just how crucial snacks are for a successful Disney day! I’m happy to report that yes, you are welcome to bring snacks and waters into the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks! Typically, you can find my backpack filled with granola bars, fruit snacks, food pouches, and chips. My children’s latest obsession is the Goofy’s Candy Co. Character Gummies, (available throughout the Resort theme parks) so I usually pick up several packs to have on hand.  There are just a few rules to keep in mind while you’re packing up. First, per the Walt Disney World Resort Property Rules, backpacks, bags, suitcases, and coolers can’t exceed 24” long x 15” wide x 18” high. Also, if you’re bringing any cooler items, I recommend using a small, soft-sided cooler, and packing a re-usable ice pack, since loose and dry ice aren’t allowed inside coolers. Glass containers and alcoholic beverages can’t be brought into the theme parks, either.

    Though there aren’t any designated picnic areas inside the theme parks, I recommend enjoying your snacks at an outdoor seating area. Locker Rentals are also available at the entrance of each theme park, so you can store your snacks or meals until you’re ready to eat them. 

    If you’d like to avoid carrying your family’s water bottles all day, I recommend asking for complimentary cups of ice water from any quick-service dining locations throughout your Disney days. This is one of my favorite tips, especially on a warm Florida day!

    Another handy helper I enjoy using is Mobile Food & Beverage Ordering. This can easily be done on the My Disney Experience mobile app, allowing you to order any meals or drinks ahead of your child’s next meltdown! Don’t forget to save room for some of my favorite Walt Disney World Resort treats, too! From Churros to DOLE WHIPS to Popcorn, there’s truly something for everyone!

    Please stop by with any additional planning questions, Tracy! We’re all EARs!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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