Drones, selfie sticks and alcohol are among the items banned by Disney.

Disneyland is the place "where dreams come true". But if you disobey park rules, a pleasant family day out could well turn into a nightmare.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts — which has seven locations around the world including Florida, California, Hawaii, Paris, Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong — has dozens of rules in a bid to ensure the "happiest place on earth" stays that way.

Selfies are allowed, but selfie sticks most certainly are not. Photo / Getty Images
Selfies are allowed, but selfie sticks most certainly are not. Photo / Getty Images

Snap-happy park-goers will be sad to note that selfie sticks are banned, while large tripods are also prohibited along with drones.

Other objects to get a no-no are strollers larger than 91cm by 132cm, glass containers (excluding small containers such as baby food jars), pets, folding chairs, alcoholic beverages and weapons.


There are also a list of activities which visitors are advised against.

Guests will be disciplined for giving a speech or holding a demonstration and a strict ticking off for smoking in non-designated areas.

When it comes to rides, park-goers are not allowed to cut in lines, take flash photography on indoor attractions or take videos on rides.

They are also banned from making footage for commercial purposes during their park visit.

On the appearance front, Disney prohibits inappropriate tattoos, bare feet and bare torsos.

When wandering through the park grounds, Disney stipulates that visitors must refrain from feeding all animals, including birds, and they must walk, not run.

Skateboards and skates are certainly out of the question.

Self-inflating balloons are banned at Disney's Animal Kingdom in Orlando, Florida, in case they pop and frighten animals or float into enclosures.

To avoid confusion with staff, adults are not allowed to wear costumes to Disney parks and resorts. Photo / Getty Images
To avoid confusion with staff, adults are not allowed to wear costumes to Disney parks and resorts. Photo / Getty Images

For adults planning to get into character, they can put their costumes back in the closet.

Guests over 14 years old are prohibited from dressing up as their favourite Disney stars.

This is to prevent confusion with the actual Disney staff who are employed to work as "real-life" characters.

And if things get heated during your trip, you'd better not swear.

The use of profane language is another thing banned at Disneyland.



Cutting in line, or joining someone in line


Taking video on a ride


Giving a speech or demonstration


Filming a commercial or a movie


Blowing up a balloon at Animal Kingdom


Bringing a glass container — excluding small containers such as baby food jars


Smoking in non-designated areas


Bringing a suitcase larger than 61cm by 38cm by 46cm


Feeding the animals


Showing tattoos that are inappropriate


Flying a drone


Taking flash photography indoors


Bringing a "large" tripod


Taking off your shoes or your shirt




Using profane language


Wearing a costume as an adult


Bringing a stroller larger than 91cm by 132cm


Selling something or distribute goods


Bringing a pet — unless it's a service animal


Sitting in a folding chair


Wearing a mask — unless for medical purposes


Riding on skateboards and skates


Carrying a weapon


Bringing in your own alcoholic drinks


It may seem to some as something of a dream job — working alongside childhood heroes such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck.

But in order to get, and keep, a job as a character at a Disney park or resort, employees must abide by a number of strict rules, ranging from the obvious to the bizarre.

For anyone thinking of trying to get a job at a Magic Kingdom, here is a rundown of some of the more idiosyncratic employee rules implemented by the bosses at Disney.

1. There's no "I don't know"

Ask a member of the Disney World cast a question, and they have to supply an answer. They are not allowed to simply say "I don't know."

While staff members are given extensive training to be able to give correct answers, there will of course be a number of occasions when they simply will not know — in which case they are required to phone an operator to help find the answer, according to Entertainment Overload.

2. Never break character

Actors employed by Disney must never break character. Photo / Getty Images
Actors employed by Disney must never break character. Photo / Getty Images

Each character has his or her own personality, voice, likes, interests and background story — and each actor must never deviate from the part they are playing.

This inevitably means actors playing the parts of the likes of Snow White or Aladdin are unaware of anything that does not fall under the Disney realm.

As an extension of this, cast members must also be able to sign autographs in the style of whichever character they are playing, and are again given training to be able to do so.

3. Never point with just one finger

Employees at Disney World are not allowed to point using just one finger for two reasons.

The first is because in some cultures pointing with one finger is considered rude.

The second reason, according to ahfunny.com, is using two fingers makes it easier for children to see.

4. The only way to pick up trash

Every employee at Disney World is required to pick up trash whenever they see it.

But they are not allowed to just stop, bend over and pick the rubbish up — they have to gracefully pick it up using what is described as a "swooping" motion.

5. You have to look the part

Disney Princesses are traditionally around 162cm to 173cm. Photo / Getty Images
Disney Princesses are traditionally around 162cm to 173cm. Photo / Getty Images

While you may think looks aren't that important for an actor in a large costume, at Disney cast members are required to even look the right way in order to play their character.

This means part of the audition process is making sure the actors are the correct height — Disney Princesses are traditionally around 162cm to 173cm.

6. No Tweeting

Cast members employed by Disney are not allowed to use social media sites to discuss their roles.

In a Reddit AMA two years ago, a poster describing herself as a former Disney Princess explained the restrictions placed on employees.

She said: "Social media is a big problem there, we weren't allowed to post or talk about the things we did as a character, or even to tell people what character we were."

7. Be on your best behaviour

While every company has its own set of rules for how to behave while at work, staff at Disney are required to abide by a number of behavioural rules which other workers probably don't come across, including no frowning, no bad posture and no mobile phones.

8. The Disney Look

All employees at Disney's parks and resorts have to stick to the organisations "appearance standards", or as it is also known, the Disney Look.

This encompasses a range of rules, from how to wear your hair to how long your nails are allowed to be.

For men, hair must be "neatly cut on the back and sides, forming a smooth, symmetrical appearance so that it does not extend beyond or cover any part of the ears or the shirt collar", according to the Disney website.

Women meanwhile should neatly comb their hair and arrange it "in a classic, easy-to-maintain style."

Both men and women are required to keep their nails clean and must keep them cut to a certain length.

9. No tattoos or body piercings

In keeping with Disney's strict rules on appearance, any kind of body alteration among staff members is not allowed.

This includes tattoos, body piercing, earlobe expansion and disfiguring skin implants.

The guidelines on its website, however, says tattoos are allowed, so long as they are "discreetly and completely covered at all times".

10. How to wear glasses and shades

Staff members at Disney parks and resorts are allowed to wear glasses while at work, although there are definite rules to make sure they fit in with the Disney Look.

Employees are advised that glasses and sunglasses should be of a "conservative colour and style", while they must also contain no other brands or logos.

The company's website states: "Eyeglasses and sunglasses should not detract from the costume or contradict the theme of the show."