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  • [Question] Bringing Food Into Disneyland

    This may have been answered before so forgive my ignorance.

    Can you bring in snacks to Disneyland? The website says no outside food is allowed into Disneyland but I know that people do it anyway. Any advice?
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    Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

    Be sensible about it. Be discreet. Don't bring in buckets of KFC, or large bags of McDonalds, etc. A few sandwiches or small snacks, etc...they will most likely look the other way. Just don't come in with a large brass band with I've got food written on the big drum, and you'll likely be alright.
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    • #3
      Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

      I went with an ex a few years back; she was hypoglycemic, so we had to keep snacks on us at all times. None of the CM's made any mention of our bag of treats when we went through bag check. Multiple CM's even observed us eating snack/protein bars.

      If I had to guess, I'd say Disney looks the other way with light snack food. I think they just don't want you bringing in coolers of food like mentioned above IMHO.
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      • #4
        Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

        Snacks and the like are just fine. If you have more than that, Disneyland provides a picnic area to the west of the entrance, near the Mickey and Friends tram stop. They even provide oversized lockers there, so you can stash a small cooler and come back later to have your lunch outside the park.
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        • #5
          Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

          It is breaking the rules, but hey, everyone else does it.

          Don't get me wrong. I do understand special dietary needs, but that is the only exception.

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          • #6
            Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

            A couple of years ago when I was going through security, the people in the next aisle has a cooler. It wasn't large, but it wasn't exactly a couple of drinks and snacks. It was a hard sided container and security told them a) it needed to be a soft sided container and b) it had to be able to fit into one of the lockers inside the park. Now, whether or not that is standard procedure for allowing and denying, who knows, because I have heard of many discrepancies when it comes to the check points. I've never had a problem bringing in drinks, water, etc and snacks, but haven't tried the Big Mac and Fries thing.

            Originally posted by doppio View Post
            It is breaking the rules, but hey, everyone else does it.

            Don't get me wrong. I do understand special dietary needs, but that is the only exception.
            That statement is kind of in the grey area. If Disney knowingly lets you bring in food (and they do) then you aren't breaking the rules. Same thing for Fastpasses, they say to return between a certain time, yet Disney does not enforce the time, so it technically isn't breaking the rules.
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              Thanks everyone!
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              • #8
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                Originally posted by DLandFansAZ View Post
                That statement is kind of in the grey area. If Disney knowingly lets you bring in food (and they do) then you aren't breaking the rules. Same thing for Fastpasses, they say to return between a certain time, yet Disney does not enforce the time, so it technically isn't breaking the rules.
                But even still, one breaks the rules at their own risk since all Disney has to do is point to the official policy that is posted......a rule-breaker won't be able to trump posted rules with "but you let me do it last week" whining.

                Nevertheless, I've seen whole buckets of KFC in the park (taking up Disney restaurant tables no less) so if all you're bringing in is a candy bar or some such thing I doubt if anyone will encounter problems.
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                • #9
                  Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

                  You can bring in a cooler no larger than a 6-pack and no glass bottles for beverages. You can also bring in food as mentioned, but be reasonable about it. They won't have a problem with sandwiches, but don't bring in a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter and jelly, you know?

                  That said, I did see this in the park the other day:

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                  Yep--big bag of fried chicken.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

                    Originally posted by ShelbyH View Post
                    You can bring in a cooler no larger than a 6-pack and no glass bottles for beverages. You can also bring in food as mentioned, but be reasonable about it. They won't have a problem with sandwiches, but don't bring in a loaf of bread and a jar of peanut butter and jelly, you know?

                    That said, I did see this in the park the other day:

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                    Yep--big bag of fried chicken.
                    And being that it was from Stater Bros (a So Cal supermarket chain) indicates that they were locals...

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                    • #11
                      Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

                      Originally posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
                      And being that it was from Stater Bros (a So Cal supermarket chain) indicates that they -most likely- were locals...
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                      • #12
                        Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

                        Originally posted by ShelbyH View Post
                        That said, I did see this in the park the other day:

                        [ATTACH=CONFIG]13620[/ATTACH]

                        Yep--big bag of fried chicken.
                        I love that you took a photo of it.
                        It's been said that a bucket of chicken has never been seen in the park.
                        Now we know why. It comes in bag of a bag format.

                        According to Disney's Website:

                        Can I bring food into Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park?
                        If you wish to bring your own food and enjoy an outdoor meal in an ideal setting, there is a complimentary Picnic Area conveniently located outside the Main Entrance to Disneyland Park.
                        With the exception of food items for Guests with specific dietary restrictions, food or beverage items are not permitted into either of the Disneyland Resort theme parks.

                        Source: Dining Help | Help Center | Disneyland Resort


                        What items are not permitted within Disneyland Park or Disney California Adventure Park? --- (I edited the list)

                        Items not permitted include, but are not limited to, the following:

                        • Strollers larger than 36" x 52"
                        • Suitcases, backpacks or similar bags with wheels
                        • Suitcases, backpacks or similar bags larger than 18" wide x 25" high x 37" deep (the size of our large rentable lockers)
                        • Any trailer-like object that is pushed or towed by an ECV, wheelchair or stroller
                          • Note: Guests are not permitted to pull items behind them. Any item that requires a Guest to pull it behind him or her, including a stroller, is not permitted into the theme parks.
                        • Coolers larger than 6-pack sized are not permitted into the theme parks.
                          • Note: Guest can store coolers up to 18" wide x 25" high x 37" deep in rentable large lockers located outside the Disneyland Park Main Entrance. Lockers are not refrigerated and availability is limited. Guests who need to refrigerate medication may do so at First Aid.
                          • Exceptions may be made for special dietary or religious needs.
                        • Alcoholic beverages
                        • Any illegal substances
                        • Folding chairs, with the exception of cane-chair and seat-walker mobility aids
                        • Glass containers, with the exception of baby food containers, medicine or small perfume bottles (under 4 oz)


                        For the full list, visit: Theme Parks | FAQ | Disneyland Resort



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                        • #13
                          Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

                          Every single time I go I stash snacks into my backpack for the day. Things like granola bars, fruit snacks, cheese n' cracker packs, etc. No one has ever batted an eye at my food items. I do it at WDW too. And I plan to continue doing it. As stated, just don't bring in full meals

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                          • #14
                            Re: Bringing Food Into Disneyland

                            Originally posted by DisneyIPresume View Post
                            And being that it was from Stater Bros (a So Cal supermarket chain) indicates that they were locals...
                            Not necessarily...anyone going to the parks from anywhere would have to buy chicken from a local supermarket. After all, I doubt a family on vacation would bring a bag of chicken with them on the plane to California. Well, they might, but they would have eaten it on the plane.

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                            • #15
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                              I'm not sure why people blast those that bring food in the park. I've seen checkers at the gate send someone back for food and then they go to a different CM and they let them by. Disney needs uniform rules or train the people better that check bags. I don't blame anyone for trying to bring in food.

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