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  • On Aug 23, 2021
    Maria from TX Asked

    I've read blogs where people take their small ice chests with them into the parks. Is that allowed? I've always wanted to carry bottled water or even light snacks with me. What's the policy on ice chests/coolers in the parks?

    Hi Maria! 

    Welcome to planDisney! I am so glad you found us to ask your question. Over the years, my husband and I have carried a wide variety of bags into the Disney theme parks. 

    After years of traveling to Walt Disney World, I am now of the “the smaller, the better” mindset. While I still will carry my cute Disney Dooney & Bourke backpack with my travel umbrella (for both sun AND rain), my metal water bottle, my hand sanitizer & wipes, a snack or two, & my sunglasses case, I have definitely reduced the amount that I carry! 

    To answer your question, any bags, coolers, or backpacks taken into the theme parks must be no larger than 24" long x 15" wide x 18" high. It's important to also note that loose or dry ice is not permitted in the theme parks, so if you want to keep something cold in your bag or purse, I suggest using reusable ice packs or packing ice in a sealed Ziploc bag. I would recommend a soft-sided cooler versus a hard-sided one, too, especially if it is being carried and will need to go onto attractions with you. 

    Currently, guests are being security screened while wearing their bags. If you have anything metal inside the bag, it will need to be removed and carried at arm’s length in front of you (my umbrella, for example, is something I must take out of the bag for security). My husband also carries a larger backpack that has a metal frame around the top, so he must carry the entire bag out in front of him. If you forget, it’s no big deal, you just might get pulled aside for a quick check of your bag. 

    I hope this helps you with your planning for your Walt Disney World vacation! Please visit us again with other questions that you might have! 

    Happy Traveling,
    Tracy
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Meet the Panelist: Tracy, Illinois

GAWRSH! Hiya pals! I am a Goofy-loving mom of 2, who is married to my real-life Prince Charming. My family supports my passion for all things Disney. Walt Disney World was my very first vacation, when I was just 3 months old, and I recently completed my 73rd trip to a Disney location! I have been fortune enough to parasail high above the Disney Fantasy, attend opening day of Batuu, snorkel in the lagoon at Disney's Aulani, and SO MUCH MORE! I can't wait to help you plan your Disney vacation! 

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