Are Disney World guests allowed to bring their own food into the parks and/or restaurants?
Yes, absolutely! You can bring your own food into the Disney World parks and restaurants! There are a few rules though:
- You can not bring glass containers into the parks (except baby food).
- You can not bring alcoholic beverages into the parks.
- You can bring coolers or backpacks but they can’t be larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high (61cm x 38cm x 132cm)
- You can not bring loose ice or dry ice into the parks. Re-usable ice packs are allowed, and you can get complimentary cups of ice at food and beverage locations inside the parks. We are hearing that loose ice in a cooler is allowed in the parks, but you must have it in a bag to get through security.
Can a Disney World restaurant heat up your food for you?
No. They are not permitted to do that. This is state law.
Can a Disney World restaurant use a food item you’ve brought with you in the preparation of your meal?
No. None of the restaurants are able to cook with an ingredient you’ve brought. They can not use food you’ve brought to prepare a meal for you. This is state law.
Can a Disney World restaurant store your food for you?
No. Again, this is a state law.
What can guests do?
Guests are permitted to bring their own snacks to keep in their resort rooms and bring into the Disney parks. Bringing your own snacks is a great idea for those with special dietary needs. Even when flying we bring our own snacks in our suitcases, and we may ship some to our hotel. We’ll sometimes use grocery delivery services to have food delivered to our room.
Some people may prefer or need to bring their own food to the Disney restaurants.
Can you bring your own food into a Disney World full-service restaurants?
Yes and no. If it’s because of special dietary needs it should not be a problem as long as someone else in your party is ordering from the restaurant. However, if you’re entire party is bringing their own food, it will not be permitted in full-service restaurants.
Can you bring your own food into a Disney World counter service restaurant?
Yes and maybe. If one person is bringing their own food for special dietary reasons, it should be allowed in all counter service restaurants if others are ordering from the menu. If you all plan to bring your own food to a counter service restaurant, some will allow it and some will not.
To see if it’s not allowed, you’ll want to look for a sign at the restaurant entrance that prohibits this. For example Satu’li Canteen has one by the front door that says “Tables reserved for guests with Satu’li Canteen food only”.
Can you bring your own food into the Disney World Food Courts?
Yes. Even if your entire party is bringing in food, you’ll be able to eat in any Disney food court.
The Disney resort food courts usually have a microwave available to guests. If you need a microwave in your Disney hotel room, you can request this and they’ll usually be able to provide one.
Can I bring water into the Disney World parks?
Yes. You can bring your own bottled water (not in glass containers) into the parks.
Rather than carrying multiple bottles all day, we usually bring one bottle each. The Disney quick service locations will give you free cups of filtered water, which you can use to refill your bottles. There are some restaurants that have refillable soda fountains for the guests to use, and there’s always water available on these. You can fill your bottles directly yourself with these fountains.
We often hear that most of the free filtered water you’ll get at the quick service and fountain locations doesn’t really taste that great. We agree with that. The Starbucks locations seem to have better tasting water.
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