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Kelly Ann
07-25-2005, 01:55 PM
Yeah, I know you're not supposed to and bags are checked. What are the chances they'll look the other way for a few bagels, juice boxes, and oranges? I don't normally spend enough time in the park to eat more than one meal there, so I haven't tried this in a while.

DangerMouse
07-25-2005, 02:01 PM
Yeah, I know you're not supposed to and bags are checked. What are the chances they'll look the other way for a few bagels, juice boxes, and oranges? I don't normally spend enough time in the park to eat more than one meal there, so I haven't tried this in a while.

You won't have any problem bringing snacks into the park. We bring a backpack full of snacks/sandwiches/juice boxes, etc. everytime we go and have never been looked at twice.
:D

DisneyDustin22
07-25-2005, 02:01 PM
I would just pack them deep into the bag. Under sweatshirts or something. Most of the bag checks I've witnessed while standing in line have just been general open the bag, let me see and give a small feel to make sure nothing metal or whatever is in there. I know it sounds bad too, but maybe pick a longer line to go in, generally they will want to keep the line moving as to not have guests become irate. Although it is going against any and all procedures for not thoroughly checking the bags. It's a gamble, I doubt they will make a fuss, but then again, if you really want to sneak something in, I'm sure you'll find a way.

DangerMouse
07-25-2005, 02:07 PM
I don't even try to hide them. At the bag checks I actually point out snacks to the checkers. I say, "Oh, and that's just a bunch of snacks down there." They have never said anything to me about not being allowed to take snacks in. I would be surprised to hear if anyone has been told they couldn't take snacks into the park. :confused: I mean, obviously you shouldn't haul a picnic basket or cooler with you, but snacky stuff in a backpack won't be questioned.

hlbtimes2
07-25-2005, 02:07 PM
As long as you dont try to bring a big cooler full of picnic food or glass bottles of drinks, you'll be fine.

adriennek
07-25-2005, 02:50 PM
Think about "what could fit in a soft-sided 6-pack cooler". Take in that much and you'll be fine. I don't hide snacks in my backpack, either.

Adrienne

coronado_g
07-25-2005, 02:54 PM
Yeah, I know you're not supposed to and bags are checked. What are the chances they'll look the other way for a few bagels, juice boxes, and oranges? I don't normally spend enough time in the park to eat more than one meal there, so I haven't tried this in a while.

You don't have to stress about them "looking the other way" - you're allowed to bring in snacks and food. Just don't bring glass bottles or alcoholic beverages and you'll have absolutely no problems with the DL staff.

p.s. They're not checking the bags for snacks and food or plastic bottles.
What they're looking for are dangerous items.

Gone2Disneyland
07-25-2005, 03:01 PM
My goddaughter's family always come into the park with Dad wearing a backpack of snacks and drinks packed with the sweaters and such. He puts vanilla wafers and other munchies into ziplock bags for the kids to snack on during the day between meals. And speaking of meals, I always see families sitting in the shade eating bologna sandwiches they've obviously brought into the park. So I agree, DL doesn't generally seem to mind guests bringing food in.

carolyn
07-25-2005, 04:10 PM
I bring snacks, sandwiches, bottled water, and juice boxes to DLR all the time. I don't hide them in my backpack and they've never said anything. My son is a very picky eater and won't eat any of the kids meals. I have to pack him peanut butter sandwiches. (The ones at DLR are PB&J and are premade - no way of asking for them without jelly.)

MommyTo3Boys1Girl
07-25-2005, 04:18 PM
They will not have a problem with what you are bringing in to the park. We bring PBJ for the kids almost every time we go and they say nothing. I think they might say something if you drug a cooler of food in, but snacks and small items have never been a problem for us.

minniemom
07-25-2005, 05:41 PM
You're not supposed to bring food into the park? Whoops, we never follow that rule!

coronado_g
07-25-2005, 09:20 PM
You're not supposed to bring food into the park? Whoops, we never follow that rule!

No, that is not a rule.

smartypants723
07-25-2005, 09:28 PM
I brought in food all the time. I put them in my backpack and the CMs checking the bags didn't care. So, it shouldn't be a problem. :)

~Helen

Mrs. Newseditor44
07-25-2005, 09:41 PM
I bring food in all the time. I've seen people even get food from Downtown Disney and bring it into the park. So you shouldn't have any problems and the bag checkers won't tell you to get rid of it either.

The Mouse Is Back
07-25-2005, 09:44 PM
DL actually used to be pretty strict about this.

I think the turning point was all the complaints City Hall was getting about families sitting down at the already scarce outdoor tables at the Park and preparing entire meals out of food they had obviously brought in with them. Rather than have to enforce the rules at that time, they decided to just loosen the policy for everyone.

Knott's and Soak City still enforce the no-food policy really strictly, except that they were ordered, IIRC after a court case, to stop preventing diabetics from bringing food in with them. :eek:


-Allegra-

SarahShep
07-25-2005, 09:55 PM
We ALWAYS bring food in. My aunt brings a big old backpack full of snacks (rice krispie treats, beef jerky, fruit rollups, Kudos, fruit snacks, red vines, etc..) and then we bring two softside coolers (bigger than a six pack, but small enough to fit underneath a stroller) full of water and cheesesticks (we use "cubies", waterfilled frozen plastic cubes, so that it doesn't make a big old mess). We rent strollers to put the coolers in (used to put them underneath our own strollers, but the kids are all too big for them now). We open up and show both the coolers and the backpack. We've never been stopped over the past 4-5 years, 3-5 days each time. The only thing that I heard was that you possibly couldn't bring in were things that weren't pre-packaged, but seeing the other posts in the thread, it's clear that that's not the case. Does any such rule exist at all? Or is it just a myth? Has anyone been stopped and told they couldn't come in? I wonder...

Mrs. Newseditor44
07-25-2005, 10:04 PM
Does any such rule exist at all? Or is it just a myth? Has anyone been stopped and told they couldn't come in? I wonder...

There used to be a rule and in the past (prior to DCA), I remember seeing people being told by security to throw their food out or put it into lockers. But with so many kids, babies, etc, they probably thought it would be best not to question anyone.

The Mouse Is Back
07-25-2005, 10:40 PM
We rent strollers to put the coolers in

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-Allegra-

Kelly Ann
07-26-2005, 12:06 AM
Glad to hear that rule's changed! It'll make our day a little less expensive. Thanks, everyone.

FoodLover
07-26-2005, 07:30 AM
Does any such rule exist at all? Or is it just a myth? Has anyone been stopped and told they couldn't come in? I wonder...

Directly from the guidemap:

"Picnic Area. A picnic area is located west of the Disneyland park Main Entrance for your convenience. We request that no food or beverage be brought inside either theme park."

That said, I've never heard of them enforcing this for small amounts of snacks, water bottles, etc. I've heard of people trying to bring large hard-sided coolers and/or glass bottles in, and being denied. I've also heard of people who are blatantly picnicking inside the theme park (i.e. spreading out a blanket and making a big mess) being asked to go out to the picnic area.

Mary
MouseSavers.com

MammaSilva
07-26-2005, 07:56 AM
ON our trip last fall we saw several families with larger soft sided coolers being asked to store them at the lockers in the picnic area and even saw one family being 'escorted' to the picnic area ... I don't want to say that security was making sure that they stored the stuff rather than just attempt to go thru a different check point line and get thru with it but they had a rather LARGE cooler. Having said that, we always take snacks and drinks. Both for the financial aspect and for the time factor. When you have toddlers and a hypoglacemic to deal with the wait in food lines can be an issue, as opposed to reaching inside the backpack and grabbing string cheese and gold fish crackers for everyone on the spot. Not to mention who wants to pay 2.50 for a juice box that we can buy for MUCH less at our local market.

Shortiemetoo
07-26-2005, 08:07 AM
I am a diabetic and always bring some crackers, nuts and other items with me as well as a bottle of water. The only time a CM questioned me was when I had 1/2 a bagle in my backpack...she said "You were so excited to get here you didn't even finish breakfast ;) :D !" Never been "questioned" or asked to remove anything...which I think is really great!! But I do remember when it was different...even though they didn't do a bag check they still asked what you had/didn't have every time you entered the park!
On this last visit my snacks really saved me on two different occas. as my blood sugar plumeted! Also during the night spent in DCA as the only food item available was pastries which I can't eat!

evrythngwmn
07-26-2005, 10:34 AM
Snacks, normal sanwiches, water are ok. Full picnics, alcohol and glass containers are not.

moriaman14
07-26-2005, 12:26 PM
Speaking of sneaking in food. What about sneaking in food on rides. Whats the plicy on that? I once snuck in some ice cream on pirates of the caribian and no one stopped me.

The Mouse Is Back
07-26-2005, 12:34 PM
You can probably get food by the ride CMs on busy days, and I've had a drink in my hands a few times - NOT intentionally, mind you. On the Mark Twain, for instance, there isn't much of a potential problem with food/drinks spilling or other mishaps.

The "no food or drinks on rides" rule is a good one. If it takes a minute or two for people to finish whatever they're eating or drinking, so what? Better than having discarded wrappers, bottles, and whatever inside the rides, which of course most of us have seen plenty of times.

Maybe if so many people weren't such pigs (no offense to real pigs) in general it wouldn't be necessary, but *sneaking* food onto rides is not cool.


-Allegra-