Can I Bring Outside Food or Drink Into Disneyland?

Disneyland Picnic
Disneyland Picnic

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Q: Can I bring outside food and drink into Disneyland or Disney California Adventure Park? 

A: There is a lot of conflicting information about this online so I am not surprised that this question crops up quite a bit here at Disney Addicts.  To set the record straight, I went straight to a Cast Member over at Disney to find out what Disneyland’s official policy is when it comes to bringing food and drink into the park and was told the following:

Guests can bring food or drink into the park with exceptions.  Disneyland will allow guests to bring in food items provided that they are snack items or pre-made.  This means sandwiches, carrot sticks, bags of chips, granola bars or fruit like apples and bananas will likely make the cut. Beverages are also permissible provided they are not in glass containers.

No items that require heating.  You’ll have to leave your spaghetti dinner at home.  Disneyland will not let any items in that need to be prepped.

All other items will be restricted to the picnic area located just outside the theme parks.  If you plan on showing up with a loaf of bread, a pack of cold cuts and jar of mustard to make your own sandwiches, be prepared to be turned away at the gate.  The same goes for a giant Tupperware container of pasta salad.  Large quantity food items or items that need to be prepared will be restricted to the Picnic Area located outside the Main Entrances of both parks.  You’ll also find lockers conveniently located in these areas so that you can stow away any leftover items before heading in.

There are exceptions for dietary restrictions.  For those needing to bring in meals that have to be prepared or refrigerated for medical purposes or due to dietary restrictions, you can do so provided they fit in a small collapsible cooler.

There are varying reports of some guests entering in with items that technically aren’t permissible and others being turned away for items that should be allowed in.  Sadly, this simply comes down to luck of the draw and can be dependent on the particular Cast Member that you are dealing with.  I always advise in these instances that its good to try another member of staff just in case the one you spoke to wasn’t as familiar with the rules. However, provided that you follow the guidelines outlined above you should be able to enter the parks without any problems.

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