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  • On Apr 20, 2023
    Lisa from OR Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is a GoPro Volta allowed in the parks? I’ve read that GoPros are allowed, so I’m specifically wondering about the Volta (external battery grip & tripod —does not extend in length). Thank you!

    Hey there, Lisa!  

    Thanks for coming by planDisney with a great question – I also love to film our Disney adventures using my GoPro camera, so I’m happy to talk about the details with you. A Walt Disney World Resort Vacation is so special, and capturing these memories on video is a wonderful way to remember the emotions and details of your amazing trip for many years.

    You’re correct in that a GoPro action camera is not a prohibited item, and the key to bringing any accessory in the theme parks is that it does not extend. The Volta is a grip handle with an incorporated battery and small tripod legs but since it doesn’t extend, I believe it will be allowed. When you go through security, you will be asked if it extends so please be honest and be ready to show the team any details if questioned further. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble and can start to enjoy your park day after this quick important step.

    My favorite GoPro accessories for filming a variety of perspectives and fun shots in theme parks are a floating handle with a wrist strap and the surfer's wrist mount. Here are some more tips to maximize your footage while being mindful of the Guest Courtesy Guidelines

    •  Pack a few emergency tech supplies in your park bag; I always have an extra battery, the GoPro mini tool and connectors, and a back-up memory card in case of an error.
    • Turn the sound off or to its lowest setting. I like hearing an audio cue that the camera has started recording, but the noise can disturb other Guests on a quiet attraction and break the storytelling.
    • Turn off the front light; this blinking red light indicating recording is very distracting on dark rides. This not only spoils your footage with the addition of a flashing red light in low lighting but takes away from others’ experience.
    • Turn on QuikCapture, which will turn the camera on and start recording with the push of the power button. This helps me capture fun moments and surprises in the parks with one touch. This setting also turns the camera off when not recording, saving your battery life during the day.
    • Change the display time for the back LED light to its lowest setting so you can see the framed shot before it turns off but saves your battery throughout the day. This also prevents other Guests from watching your camera view instead of their own attraction experience in real-time. 

    I hope this helps you prepare for an amazing adventure in the theme parks, Lisa! The extendable requirement is for Guest safety, but otherwise there’s nothing against your tech accessories coming into the theme park with you to capture a special day. I love to watch our old Disney vacation videos, and while I’m currently behind in my editing I’m grateful that I have the precious footage. These memories are worth everything, and I’m so glad that you’re capturing them for your family’s future enjoyment too.

    Please write me back if you’d like to keep talking tech, or if there’s any other way I can help you make the most of this special vacation.

    Annnnnd..... ACTION!
    Amy

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Meet the Panelist: Amy, Virginia

Hi friends! I'm Amy, a lifelong Disney dreamer from horse-and-wine country, Virginia. My family of three is BIG on fun and treasures every adventure together. We've been making memories at the Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line since my son was a toddler; we love our family traditions balanced with "what's new" each visit. I have a passion for Disney details, a love of digital tools, and an eye for practical planning. I can't wait to help you make the MOST of your magical vacation! Learn More About Amy

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