Packing a cooler for Walt Disney World

Planning a Disney vacation can be expensive,  but Disney does a great job of allowing families of all sizes and budgets to have a great vacation!  There are all sorts of ways to cut down costs at the Parks, but maybe the most beneficial to your wallet is having the ability to pack your own cooler!

That’s right, Walt Disney World actually allows you to bring a cooler into the Parks, which is something not all theme parks allow you to do.  This is a HUGE money saver, especially when a coke will run you close to $3.00.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when packing your cooler for Walt Disney World:

  • Your cooler must be soft sided and smaller than 24″ X 15″ X 18″ which happens to be the size of a locker at Walt Disney World.
  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted into the Parks at any time!
  • No glass containers are allowed inside the Parks, with the exception of baby food jars.
  • Coolers with wheels are not permitted into the Parks.
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom does not allow anyone to bring in coolers of any kind, except for medical purposes, for the safety of the animals.  Animal Kingdom also does not allow juice boxes or drinks with lids into the park for the same reason.
  • Upon entering the Parks, you must get your cooler inspected at the bag check locations.

Also, keep in mind when you are packing a cooler to take to Walt Disney World that  there is no place to heat anything up.  Everything that you pack should be okay to serve cold, chilled, or room temperature.  Remember that Florida can get very hot, even inside a cooler, so try to pack items that wont spoil in the Florida sun.

Pack anything your family would enjoy, from snacks to a full-blown afternoon picnic and save your family a little extra souvenir money and maybe make a memory or two!

Do you bring a cooler? If so what are some of the things you like to bring with you?



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Jackie is a fun loving wife, mother and Disney Blogger!She enjoys making each trip enjoyable by sharing tips and idea's on how to have the best Walt Disney World vacation possible.

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    Thank you for information…Is really hard to carry.

  • MyriaJohnson

    We took in apples in our backpacks and also bottles of water. I saw some guests with some pretty sweet spreads coming out of their coolers.

  • MelanieMilesLaughland

    We packed a small cooler full of frozen capri sun pouches…you don’t have to worry about ice and they start to thaw pretty quickly when you take them out and then you have a nice refreshing slushie to help cool you off