Can I Bring Food Into Disneyland? Tips & IMPORTANT Rules

One of the best ways to travel to Disneyland on a budget is to bring your own snacks and food into the park. Many guests ask the question: can I bring food into Disneyland? This is a reasonable question to ask since many public places do not allow you to bring your own food inside.

Generally Disneyland is relaxed about outside food, but there are a couple of specific rules you need to know when planning food to bring to Disneyland with you.

Keep reading for everything you need to know about bringing food into Disneyland, water bottles and Disneyland’s hidden picnic area!

Can I Bring Food Into Disneyland?

Yes, you can bring outside into Disneyland and won’t be a problem as long as they’re not in glass containers. Many guests pack small coolers, snacks in their backpacks, etc. and bring them in the park everyday with no problems. The only exception to the glass container rule is for small items like baby food jars.

Disneyland has many different options for lockers to store your snacks and even a picnic area for guests to use.

Can I Bring Water Bottles Into Disneyland?

Yes, you are permitted to bring water bottles into Disneyland and there are plenty of places to refill your bottles around the park. This is something our family does to stay hydrated and cut down on costs at Disneyland.

Our guide to water bottle refill statins at Disneyland will show you everywhere you can find these different areas to fill up your water. The newer areas of the park will have more sophisticated water refill statins while older areas may just have a simple drinking fountain. You can also request cups of ice water from any quick service restaurant for free and fill up your bottle with those!

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Disneyland offers a picnic area for guests to use if they want to pack their own lunch and bring it to the park! The picnic area (pictured above) is located to the left of the main entrance to Disneyland.

This area is also conveniently located next to a set of Disneyland lockers which also offer the largest size locker options in the park so if you have a large backpack with your snacks you can store it there. These lockers are accessible from Downtown Disney, meaning you don’t need park admission to access them, and rangefrom $7 to $15 per day.

Can I Bring a Cooler Into Disneyland?

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You have to make sure you follow Disney’s rules regarding bag size limits. Suitcases, bags, coolers or backpacks, with or without wheels, larger than 24″ long x 15″ wide x 18″ high (61 cm x 38 cm x 46 cm) are not allowed in any theme park.

Keep in mind that you also cannot put loose or dry ice in any of those containers. Disney recommends the use of re-usable ice packs as a good alternative.

Bringing your own food into Disneyland is a great way to save money in the parks and is one of our favorite budget tips!

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About Lindsay Brookshier

Lindsay is a college English instructor and has years of writing experience through various nonprofits, charities, newspapers, and online magazines. As the content director of Mickey Visit, she oversees article content and leads our fantastic team of writers to meet guest vacation needs. You can still find her writing weekly content to help make your Disney Parks trip fantastic here on Mickey Visit and Disney Dose- you can also view her recently featured posts on Disney Parks travel on Visit Anaheim, Nerd Wallet and SFGate. Lindsay comes from a dedicated Disney family and enjoys taking her son to the Disney parks as often as possible.

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