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    Once I was walking though the park and I saw a family sitting down on a bench near Thunder Mountain and they were enjoying sandwiches, snacks and drinks brought from home. I saw security walk past them and only glance in their general direction. Do they even enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?
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    Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

    They haven't been enforcing the rule lately. We've taken in sandwiches, snack bars and water bottles. The folks at the (so-called) security check points just look at it and wave us through.

    I think that is being fair to the guests.

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      Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

      Originally posted by ExJungleSkipper95
      Once I was walking though the park and I saw a family sitting down on a bench near Thunder Mountain and they were enjoying sandwiches, snacks and drinks brought from home. I saw security walk past them and only glance in their general direction. Do they even enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?
      No, as long as you aren;t bringing in a cooler, they really don't care. I can understand the families delimia. I also know there were times my kids wouldn't eat anything but certain foods. (That time is LONG gone.) As long as I have gone to Disneyland (since mid 60s) they have never enforced that rule. (We do pack in food also, but its because we can't find it in the park... puppy kibble!!!)
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        I've seen people bring in food from Mrs. Knotts!
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          I can understand bringing in food, but from mrs. Knotts?? Lol

          That's almost as bad as wearing a universal shirt to disney mgm studios or magic kingdom... Or an busch gardens tampa shirt to ak or willamsburg shirt to epcot...

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            Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

            They dont enforce it if it is in your bag, but when you start to bring any size coolers then they will tell yuo to put them in the lockers outside the gates. We alwasys bring snacks and food. I really think its the size and amount of food you bring in. I bet management has just told security to let them slide since food services has been really bad.
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              Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

              The other problem with enforcing the outside food thing is Downtown Disney. Say you get a doggy bag from Brennan's and want to re-enter the park. Or a coffee from La Brea Bakery. Or some snacks at the hotel. You're buying food on Disney property and/or from Disney and they won't let you in? People would be mighty pissed off.
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                Once I ate a PopTart in the park!
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                • #9
                  Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                  We've brought in soft sided coolers (albeit small ones) with our lunch meats and sandwhiches inside and weren't stopped either.

                  Generally, I won't try to bring in cans of soda, but plastic bottles (or boxes) of juice sail right through. They know you gotta keep those cold. If I want a soda, I'd rathar just buy it there than haul it around the parks anyway.
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                  • #10
                    Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                    Common sense is used. Technically I think only baby food is allowed, but Disney knows it would be insane to stop every person hoarding a few snacks and the uproar it would cause to bar entrance to a family with a few snacks and the bad PR that would bring. Not to mention those people may complain, and get comped someway anyways.
                    Bottom line, just don't try to host a tailgate party in the park. If you just observe 'movie theatre snack-sneaking guildelines' on the amount of stuff, it should just slide.
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                    • #11
                      Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                      What about glass bottles? I always thought that was a big no-no.

                      Although after having so much trouble getting into any kind of stadium with anything, Disneyland is quite a refreshing difference.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                        Once I saw someone with a jar of jelly be told she couldn't bring it in.

                        I too have brought in snacks into the park, but never a whole meal. Part of the experience is eating there. It really isn't that expensive if you consider the restaurants at DD and the time it takes to get anywhere in Anaheim. And who can resist clam chowder in a bread bowl on the Gallery Patio.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                          I've brought in Subway sandwhiches and soda before. I didn't even sneak them in, and nobody cared.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                            The only thing they will really turn you away for food-wise is glass containers and alcohol.
                            Once I got yelled at for trying to bring in a Snapple (glass bottle) but they have no problem with plastic bottles or aluminum cans.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Does Disney enforce the "No Outside Food" rule?

                              Originally posted by Captain EO
                              I've brought in Subway sandwhiches and soda before. I didn't even sneak them in, and nobody cared.
                              Same here. I always bring cans of soda, sandwiches, small bags of chips, granola bars and protein bars in two small coolers. I have never received a second look from the screeners.

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