Imagine yourself at Disneyland or Walt Disney World. If you’ve been there before, then think back on those memories. You were probably with your family, having an amazing vacation full of magic. You wouldn’t possibly want to do anything that might disrupt that wonderful memory, right? Well, it turns out there are a few weird rules at Disney theme parks that could do just that.
When you think about violations that would probably get you kicked out of Disneyland or Walt Disney World, you probably think of the obvious. Bringing a gun or a weapon into the park is surely not permissible. Getting into a physical altercation with a Disney employee or another park guest would surely get you thrown out.
But as The Daily Meal discovered, there are actually six little known rules that would be easy to violate — even on accident!
No Balloons Allowed
“But wait,” you might be thinking. “There are balloons everywhere at Walt Disney World! They even have those special Mickey-shaped balloons with smaller balloons inside!”
You’re right. There are balloons on almost every corner in every Disney theme park around the world — except one. Balloons are not allowed inside the Animal Kingdom park at Walt Disney World resort in Orlando.
The reason is simple: animals. Balloons are extremely dangerous for live animals. Once deflated, animals can choke on balloons or even swallow them and cause all kinds of problems. Even the popping sound of an exploding balloon can disturb and upset the animals.
Standing Room Only
If you’ve ever stood in a three-hour line to ride Space Mountain, you know how great it would be to have a folding chair with you. But even if you had the forethought to bring one, there’s just one problem: they’re not allowed.
Why? Well, the argument could be made that they’re just unwieldy and would get in everyone’s way. But the real reason should be obvious to any fans of professional wrestling. Put together a hot summer day, crowds of tired people, and a few folding chairs, and you’ve got yourself the makings of a full-blown riot.
Stick to Gift Bags
Like the airport, any packages or large bags entering a Disney theme park have to be inspected. You remember that rule about weapons, right? So no, you cannot bring any wrapped gifts into the park.
Actually, you could… if you don’t mind the birthday boy or girl watching as a Disney employee opens all their gifts in front of them at the gate. So, if you’re going to celebrate a birthday at Disneyland, either bring a gift bag or save the presents for later.
Walk, Don’t Run
Once you think about it, this one’s kind of obvious. There’s no running allowed at Disney theme parks. It’s far too dangerous with all of the crowds, obstacles, and — oh yeah — concrete.
Long Sleeves Can Help
There was a rumor earlier this year that Disney was banning all tattoos inside its parks. That is, of course, ridiculous. Tattoos are an increasingly present part of our society.
However, there is a rule against any “objectionable” tattoos or t-shirts. Now, “objectionable” is a subjective term, so what it means is anyone’s guess. You’re best bet? If you’re in doubt, cover it up.
Save the Cosplay for Comic-Con
What’s more adorable than a toddler in a Disney princess outfit meeting their idols in person at a Disney park? But if you’re an adult, that same adorable outfit could lead to a world of confusion.
You see, Disney pays people to dress up and greet guests at its parks. They don’t need you strolling in dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow and confusing everyone. So, unless you’re 13 or under, stick to shorts and a t-shirt.