9 Surprising Things You’re Not Allowed to Do at Disney World

There are so many things to do at Disney. The legendary rides, the parades, the dining, the magic … there’s a reason why so many people are obsessed with what’s often described as “the happiest place on Earth.”

But while you’re encouraged to have the time of your life during your Disney World vacation, there are certain things that you’re never, ever allowed to do while visiting the park. Read on for a list of activities that could get you in serious trouble — or even kicked out.

1. Impersonate a character

Mary Poppins dances at Disneyland

There can only be one Mary Poppins. | Smckenzie/iStock/Getty Images

Disney World is not Comic-Con.

While little kids are absolutely encouraged to dress up like their favorite Disney princesses or Mickey Mouse, adults need to stick to just T-shirts and ear hats to honor their love of Disney. Guests 14 and over are not allowed to wear costumes inside the park.

The rule is in place so no one gets confused about who the “real” characters are and who’s just dressed in a really good costume. Plus, you wouldn’t want to stop every five seconds for a photo op anyway, would you?

2. Use a selfie stick

Disneyland Hong Kong

Take that photo the old fashioned way. | EnchantedFairy/iStock/Getty Images

It started with a restriction for certain attractions, but as of 2015 selfie sticks are completely banned inside Disney Parks.

Selfie sticks attach to your cell phone and help you take a group photo from a distance, therefore allowing you to get a better angle and capture more people in the shot. The problem is that using these elongated sticks could cause injury to cast members or other guests.

In need of a group photo? Do it the old fashioned way and ask a nearby stranger to take your picture.

3. Run

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No doubt hardest for excited children. | Meinzahn/iStock/Getty Images

You’re at Disney World — of course you want to race from ride to ride in excitement! But what you may not know is that running is prohibited in Disney Parks for your safety.

Need to get somewhere quickly? Try power walking instead.

4. Use or wear profanity

Child having fun on a Disneyland ride

It’s a family establishment. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

It’s no secret that Disney World is swarming with little kids, so going around dropping f-bombs is just poor form.

Cursing loudly, especially at other guests or cast members, is expressly forbidden and could even get you kicked out for the day. You’re also not allowed to wear clothing or have visible tattoos with profanity or offensive imagery.

In short, use a little common sense and act with decorum while you’re on your Disney vacation. And if you do let a bad word slip, apologize to anyone who may have overheard and try not to let it happen again.

5. Borrow someone else’s ticket

Various Disney World Admittance Cards

They don’t even use real tickets anymore. | Ben Harding/iStock/Getty Images

You probably already know that Disney replaced tickets with MagicBand wristbands years ago. These bands are used in conjunction with your fingerprint, so you tap your band and your finger at each kiosk to gain entry into the park.

Here’s the thing: you can’t just let someone else use your band for the day, and you don’t have identical fingerprints so it wouldn’t work anyway. Plus, if you get caught trying to cheat the system by lending out your band, you could be asked to leave and not come back. It’s just not worth it.

6. Bring in wrapped gifts

Minnie Mouse meet and greet with kids

Make sure everything can be easily unwrapped. | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Even if you’re celebrating a birthday or other big life event in the park, wrapped gifts are a no-no at Disney World.

Security has to check bags, backpacks, strollers, and anything else coming into the park. Since a wrapped gift could technically contain contraband (like a selfie stick), it won’t make it past security without being unwrapped.

Want to give a gift in the park? Put it in a gift bag with some pretty tissue.

7. Carry folding chairs

Mickey in the Walt Disney World Parade

You can rent a wheelchair if you physically need to sit. | Joe Raedle/Getty Images

You found the ideal viewing spot for the Festival of Fantasy parade, and now all you need is a folding chair, right? Wrong.

Folding and camp chairs are not allowed inside Disney parks. These bulky items just take up too much space, plus they can bump into other guests while you’re carrying them around. You’ll just have to get your exercise and stand during the parade.

If anyone in your party is physically unable to stand for long periods, you can rent a wheelchair from the park instead. That way everyone can enjoy the parades, fireworks, and other events safely and comfortably.

8. Smoke anywhere you want

Mickie poses with Sleeping Beauty's Castle

Smoke only in the designated sections. | Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Disney World may be an outdoor venue, but that doesn’t mean you can just light up wherever you want. There are designated smoking areas where you can smoke legally. Check the map or ask a nearby Cast Member if you can’t find one.

And just because you’re vaping it doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. Disney prohibits e-cigarettes, mods, and vape pens except in designated smoking areas, too.

9. Carry weapons into the park

Horse-drawn streetcar at Disneyland

There is no need for a weapon. | MichaelGordon1/iStock/Getty Images

It seems obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that even if you have a permit, handguns and other weapons are absolutely forbidden in Disney World parks.

This rule applies to anything that resembles a weapon as well. So even if your little buckaroo wants to dress like his favorite gun-slinging character, he’ll have to leave the holster and toy weapon at home. Yes, even water guns.

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