Disneyland may be the ''Happiest Place on Earth,'' but that doesn’t mean it’s completely absent of rules. If you follow those guidelines, everything will be okay. Disobey those rules and your happiness will soon be shattered when you get thrown out of the park. It doesn’t matter which park people go to, whether in Florida, California, Paris, Hong Kong or Tokyo, the rules do not change. And we’re not just talking basic rules like no weapons or large suitcases. There are some more surprising rules that most people are probably unaware of. Nonetheless, we’re going to give our readers some insider advice on the 15 things people should not do at a Walt Disney park if they want to stay in the place ''where dreams come true.''
15 Rule #1: no selfie sticks
Since 2015, Disney parks have prohibited selfie sticks. Why? Because the park believes they interfere with the other visitors’ experience. To be fair, they do have a point. Nobody wants to get whacked in the back of the head with a giant selfie stick during their nice (and expensive) family vacation. And people who use selfie sticks have a tendency to wave it around carelessly to ensure they get the perfect selfie with Minnie Mouse. In their quest, selfie stick users tend to be oblivious of other people around them. So it makes sense that the park would ban this item. At least it prevents any incidents from occurring and ruining a guest’s experience at the park. Nobody wants to be unhappy at the Happiest Place on Earth, after all.
14 Rule #3: no dressing up
If you wear a costume to a Disney park and you’re over the age of 14, you could get yourself thrown out. Disney wants kids to know and see who the real official Disney characters are, without confusing them. So if you want to stay in the park, refrain from impersonating a character. The only way you will get away with it is if it’s for a special event. If you are heading to ''Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party,'' for example, then you’d be let in the park and wouldn’t face any problems. But if there’s no special event, just stick to your casual attire. Still, you need to make sure you wear the right attire to the park otherwise you could end up getting the boot.
13 Rule #3: cover up
We know it can be hot in the summer at the Orlando park, but don’t take off too many items of clothing otherwise you could face a Disney World ban. Yep, it may not be surprising but wearing an indecent amount of clothing can get you kicked out of the park. You can also expect the boot from the park if you enter wearing clothing bearing offensive words and images. In the park’s own words, Disney can ''deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other guests.'' So no costumes, no indecent clothing...are you keeping up over there? Next up, tattoo fanatics might want to listen up for this one, because it applies to them.
12 Rule #4: Hide your tattoos
Or at least, hide the inappropriate ones anyway because they’re against the park’s rules. This one isn’t hard to understand. When you are at Disney, the last thing you want to be looking at are indecent tattoos containing foul language and designs. This family friendly place does not welcome profane tattoos and you can see why. These parks are jammed full of energized kids who are brimming with joy and happiness. They shouldn’t have to see bad things at Disneyland. Disney’s park rules state that ''visible tattoos that could be considered inappropriate, such as those containing objectionable language or designs, are not permitted.'' So if you don’t want to get kicked out of Disney, keep those tats hidden and everything will be fine.
11 Rule #5: No jumping out of a ride
This might sound like an obvious one but you wouldn’t believe how many people have attempted to sneak out of their car on a slow-moving ride, which is obviously dangerous. Luckily, Mickey has eyes and ears all over the park, so if you try to jump out of ''It’s a Small World'' or ''Pirates of the Caribbean,'' the staff will know. These rides actually have floor sensors so when you attempt to get out, the sensors will alert staff and the ride will be stopped instantly. And if you haven’t already figured it out for yourself, the perpetrator will then get kicked out—not just from the ride but from the Disney Park. Why would anyone want to jump out of their ride anyway? That’s beyond crazy to us.
10 Rule #6: don’t feed the animals
Unless you want to be confronted by a cast member and possibly kicked out of the park, avoid feeding the animals in the Disney Park. You may think you’re doing them a favor but you’re actually doing the opposite. See, the Disney animals are on a rigid feeding schedule and if you feed them, you’ll be disrupting their feeding patterns which could result in swarming. If you want what is best for you and the animals, refrain from feeding them. Your interference could cause a lot of damage and it could also lead to you getting chucked out of the park. If we were you, we’d keep our hands to ourselves and leave the feeding to the park staff. But there’s something else that should not be done at Disney’s Animal Kingdom...
9 Rule #7: no balloons
Relax. You’re allowed to have balloons in other parts of the park. It is a theme park after all and what would a theme park be without balloons? However, in the park’s Animal Kingdom balloons are banned. This is because Disney is highly protective of the wild animals that live at Animal Kingdom. For the safety of the animals, Disney has prohibited balloons, drink lids and plastic straws from this part of the park and if you go against their rules, security will show you where the exit is. Everybody goes to Disney for fun and excitement. Don’t ruin that by failing to follow the rules. Nobody wants to leave a Disney Park when they enter and it would be a pity if you have to leave early, wouldn’t it?
8 Rule #8: no cutting in line
Everybody knows that cutting in line isn’t tolerated anywhere. So why should it be any different when you go to a Disney park? Any action that is disruptive to guests is totally against Disney policy. So if you want to secure your place at the park, follow the rules and stay in your place. We know the queues can be frustrating at times, but when you come to Disney you need to understand the importance of patience. This is a happy place. This is a place where your mind and your mood are free and joyful. You don’t need to cut the lines. And if you do, you will have to face the consequences: exclusion from the park. Just so you know, cutting also includes a family member holding your spot while you grab food or go to use the bathroom.
7 Rule #9: no sneaking backstage
Disneyland is a place of full of beautiful sights, but don’t let your curiosity get you into trouble. In other words, if you see characters and cast members dashing behind various doors, resist following them backstage. It could land you in a whole lot of trouble. This backstage area includes offices, a cafeteria, break rooms, prop areas and even underground tunnels. Sure, it sounds pretty fascinating but if you try to sneak backstage, you’re likely to get kicked out of the park. Backstage is an unauthorized area and if you try sneaking in, there’s a good chance one of the staff members will call security and have you removed from the park. As the old saying goes, ''curiosity killed the cat'' and while sneaking backstage isn’t going to kill you, it is going to get you in big trouble with the Disney people.
6 Rule #10: no swimming
Excluding Disney's Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon water parks, you are not allowed to swim in regular Disney parks. We know it can get hot in California and Florida but that is no excuse to take a dip in one of the foundations or pools. And if you are willing to take the risk, you have also got to be willing to get kicked out of the park. Not only could swimming in the regular Disney parks get you kicked out, it could also get you banned from the park for good. Disney takes it seriously because in the past people have drowned while attempting to swim in the park’s restricted areas. Shockingly, there have been numerous accounts of guests sneaking in a swim and ultimately, getting kicked out.
5 Rule #11: treat cast members with respect
Any form of cast member harassment is forbidden in Disney theme parks. If you harass a cast member on the property, be prepared to come face to face with security, who'll escort you to the nearest exit. This rule isn’t hard to remember or comply with. Everybody knows that you should treat other people the way you would like to be treated. Sadly, many guests ignore this principle. There have been endless accounts of cast members being threatened by guests. Some have even had drinks and food thrown in their faces. Hard to believe this kind of behavior could exist at the Happiest Place on Earth, isn’t it? The cast members are there to do a job, but they’re also there to make sure you have a great time. Respect that and respect them. If not, you know where the door is.
4 Rule #12: no running
If you’ve ever been to a Disney theme park, you’ll have most likely witnessed multitudes of hyperactive kids running around the park. Even if you haven’t been, it’s not hard to imagine that kids would behave this way at Disney. That’s why we were surprised to hear that running is prohibited in Disney parks. So if your kid starts racing around in the park, ask them to stop immediately, otherwise you could get thrown out of the park. Disney enforces this rule for safety reasons. With countless kids running around like crazy, you can see why this could end in disaster, both for the children and possibly the older guests, too. Your kids will just have to make do with a power walk to the big rides instead.
3 Rule #13: no videos on rides
When you go on an attraction, especially the big rides, you want to capture the moment and you want to capture the sights around you. It’s just a pity that Disney theme parks forbid guests from making videos on rides. They do it for safety reasons, of course. We know you want to make that perfect video that has the potential of going viral on social media, but you need to put your safety first. Your safety is a lot more important than some video. Some of these Disney park rules might sound a little strict but they do it for your own good. They’re not just making these rules up for fun you know. Instead of running the risk of getting thrown out, put away your video camera or your Smartphone and just enjoy the ride.
2 Rule #14: no profane language
Keep your bad language far, far away from the Happiest Place on Earth. Why would you even need to use profane language at a Disney Park? You should be having the time of your life. You should be happy and filled with joy, rid of any anger or unhappiness. This is the place where you can let go and be a kid again. This is the place where your dreams can become a reality. We don’t really need to explain why profane language is prohibited at Disney parks. It’s pretty self-explanatory. Disney wants guests to be in a happy, positive atmosphere and the last thing they want is for them to hear curse words. It’s also not fair for kids to have to listen to them.
1 Rule #15: leave your pet at home
In case you didn’t know, you are not allowed to bring your pet to a Disney theme park. Disney does not allow cats, dogs or any other animals to be brought along with their human guests. If you want to get banned from the park then go ahead and bring Fluffy the feline. But if you want to have a fun and entertaining day without any problems, leave her at home. It would be too noisy at the park for your pet anyway, so you’d be doing them a favor. For your information, there are many other things you can’t bring to a Disney park: drones, large tripods, glass containers, folding chairs and, of course, weapons. Just bring yourself and your happy mood to ensure you have a good time.