Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tip: Water costs what? What can I bring in the parks?

As you stroll around the park, hot and thirsty you spot a Disney drink cart. You’re exhausted feet stumble around visitors until dehydrated and depleted, you finally reach that Oasis. But wait…certainly it must be a mirage, $2.50 for a single bottle of water?  What if I have a family of 4, you say?  That’s $10 just to get something to drink!

Yes, Disney is pricey, but there are ways to save a couple bucks without going too far out of the way. Bring some snacks and drinks to the park with you.

We always bring a backpack full of a few random snacks and definitely a bottle of water for the three of us each day we go to the park. You may also want to invest in some kool-aid or other type of flavor additive. Refilling your water bottle can be done at any drinking fountain, but be sure you have flavoring as the Disney water can have an interesting taste. If water is to heavy for you to carry around all day, you can also go into any counter service restaurant and request a free cup of water.

Book bags and coolers are allowed as long as they don’t have wheels on them and are not any larger than 24 inches long: 15 inches wide, and 18 inches high. Coolers that are required for any type of medication can conveniently be stored at Guest Relations, just ask as you come into the park.

But of course there are restrictions. Here is a simple list of items that cannot be brought into the park:
  •  Alcoholic beverages
  • Weapons (really do I need to say it)
  • Glass Containers (baby food jars are ok). Even glass drinks purchased at Disney can’t reenter the park. We learned this from experience when we bought a couple glass bottles of soda in Japan, Epcot. When we tried to bring them to the park the next day, security wouldn't let them in.
  •  Folding chairs – there are benches everywhere, Walt made sure of that.
  •  Animals (service animals are obviously welcome)
  • Wheeled items
    • Shoes with built in wheels
    • Inline Skates, scooters, skateboards, etc.
    • Wagons
  •  Animal Kingdom (due to the animals they have other restrictions)
    • Balloons
    • Straws (you will notice that all straws in the park are paper)


  1. A knife, don't. My wife still tells people I was escorted away during the Main Street Trolly show. Cast member saw the clip on my pocket, I had picked it up that morning just out of habit.

    It stayed the day at guest service, outside the park.

  2. Jack - so many of us are creature of habit. Surprised they noticed it. Sorry you had to miss the Trolley show :) Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  3. How funny. I have a swiss army knife that we usually have in our hiking backpack and I've had to check a couple times before packing the disney bag to make sure its not in there.


  4. We too carry our water and snacks along with the other stuff along with a swiss knife wheever we go to the park... but that is kept away in my bag.

    Glad to have found you at trigger hop. Your newest follower and regular visitor now.

  5. Maybe my kids are just spoiled, but they hate the bottled water at WDW- at any price! We've gotten used to BYO!!