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Disneyland: This is our first visit to Disneyland and we were wondering if food is allowed in the park? What can we bring in and what cna't we bring in?

From Yuri Keaunui
Posted March 17, 2005 at 11:17 AM
I was wondering if anyone knows if I can bring in a small cooler in the park? Can I bring in bottle waters and some snacks? What is allowed and what is not? Please help, this is our first time to Disneyland. Thank you for all your help.


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From Martin Hopwood
Posted March 17, 2005 at 12:32 PM
which one you going to, i think anything is allowed in the park, been a long time since ive been must admit ive been to three of them though and i think you allowed your own food. Even if not, just smuggle some in! thier a big enough monopoly that makes loads of money!

From Robert Niles
Posted March 17, 2005 at 3:36 PM
Disneyland does not officially allow outside food into its parks. It does provide a picnic area just outside the main gate where folks can eat.

That said, people bring bottles of water, soft drinks and snacks in backpacks into the park without question all the time. I've seen few people brazen enough to try bringing in a cooler. Almost, but not all, were directed to the lockers and the picnic area and kept from bringing the cooler in.

All other major parks I've visited have similar policies. Some make explicit exemptions for babies and toddlers (e.g. Legoland) but all look the other way if you keep it small and low-key.

From Yuri Keaunui
Posted March 18, 2005 at 4:26 AM
Thank you very much for all the information. I do have a 4 month old baby so I was hoping that they would give me a break. I'll try and bring a cooler. As you said, all they can do is tell me to put it in the locker. Thanks again.

From Michelle Pilling
Posted March 21, 2005 at 12:28 PM
hi we took our own food in disney, in orlando. many people do, it is too expensive in the park, water is about #three dollars a bottle, food is expensive, tweny dollars for burgers and chips, in the world show case

From Meyers Jacobsen
Posted March 22, 2005 at 2:13 AM
I think Disneyland's policy is a good one. Provide a picnic area just outside the gate and be lenient about beverages, etc. Coolers not allowed.

When I visited Cedar Point some years back, it allowed food and coolers into the park and had sheltered picnic tables just off the main entrance. Don't know if they still do that now or not.

Although it may be expensive for some to buy food at a park, especially large families, restaurants try offer food usually at competitive outside prices. At least that is what I have noticed.

Remember, food sales are needed for the park to make money and keep it operating. Same reason movie theaters don't want you bringing food into them either.

"Are you packing any candy bars, Sir?"

Eating in a park restaurant should also be part of the total experience. It should be enjoyable, not a hassle.

I always try and eat at Disneyland's Plaza Inn on the hub or the French Market in New Orleans Square. Blue Bayou, if open for reservations that day.

From Michael Kostrikin
Posted April 2, 2005 at 12:43 PM
Knotts' web site says the following: "Wagons used as strollers and coolers containing baby food are allowed."

From Disney Princess
Posted April 9, 2005 at 2:55 PM
yes i go to disneyland all the time and they do let you bring snacks, and water,in like a backpack purse type, but not cxaring a cooler, they let you bring just about every snack and drink just not alchohal!! hope i was of some help!!

From Michelle Pilling
Posted April 10, 2005 at 2:15 PM
Hi we took Food and drink into disney it gets expensive in the park for drinks and food. Water is $4 in the park to buy, you can buy one at the supermarket and refil at water fountains in the parks. Snacks are expensive, fries are around $6 each.

From Anthony Murphy
Posted April 10, 2005 at 3:17 PM
I would be careful with the cooler, but it probably is ok since Disney probably understands that children can be picky eaters or want small snacks that they can't provide.

From Valerie Orris
Posted June 24, 2005 at 10:58 PM
I HATE All food policies even at the movies! Bring a BIG Bag and smuggle it in. good baby stuff= cheerieos and stuff like that

From Sherly C.
Posted June 26, 2005 at 3:46 AM
I thought you were allowed to bring anything you wanted. just hide from the staff and eat your stuff in food places...i guess you can blend in...

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