10 surprising things that will get you kicked out of a theme park


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Roller-coasters, cotton candy, water rides and costumed characters — summer is the season of theme parks. As you plan to take in the dolphins, dragon rides and dinosaur discoveries, keep in mind that each park has some strict limits on what you can and can’t bring with you. Here are some you ought to know.


1. Cosplay outfits

** FILE ** Visitors to Disneyland wait to take photographs with a character actor playing Belle from 'Beauty in the Beast', May 9, 2006, in Anaheim, Calif. Walt Disney Co. releases second-quarter earnings after markets close. A group of seven friends from Sydney _ all Disney fanatics  organized a 32-day trip that takes them to every Disney park in the world _ from Tokyo to Hong Kong to Paris, to the U.S. flagships, Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., and Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla.(AP Photo/Ric Francis)

Rejected: Disney and its associated parks have hordes of professionally dressed and trained Belles, Elsas and Tinker Bells — so they generally frown on anyone trying to do the same with their homemade outfit. However, the parks recently changed their policy from being strictly anti-cosplay to allow for “Disneybounding” — wearing similar colored outfits, such as a green ensemble with a feathered hat to be Peter Pan, for example. The parks have strictly forbidden “engaging with other guests or impeding the operation while posing or portraying any character in costume,” according to reports.


2. Wheels

A skateboarder balances his board along a wall in a skateboard park, Thursday, June 25, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Rejected: Heelys, skateboards, scooters, in-line skates, Segways, bicycles, tricycles, unicycles, pogo sticks and motorcycles are all transporters non grata in most major parks, including Disney, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens. If you want to see the Mouse House, you’re going to have to walk.


3. Coolers

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Rejected: On a hot summer day, it’s important to drink plenty of water as you sprint from ride to ride. This is a fact not lost on the park operators, who are more than happy to sell you a $4 bottle of water that is $1.29 at your local convenience store. While they do allow you to bring in some beverages, most parks will not allow hard-sided coolers. Universal doesn’t allow soft coolers larger than 8.5”x6”x6”, either.


4. Graffiti art

ATHENS, GREECE - JUNE 15: Graffiti showing German Cancellor Angela Merkel as a mouse to compare the European Union with Disney on June 15, 2015 in Athens, Greece. The European Commission has said that Greece and its international creditors need to come to an agreement within the next 2 weeks to avoid a possible default, after weekend talks collapsed. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

Rejected: This is fairly self-explanatory, but even the best street artists aren’t welcome to practice their skills on the multi-million dollar landscape of theme parks. Magic markers and spray paints of any kind are almost always a ticket to return to the car.


5. Straws

Essbare Trinkhalme aus Fruchtgummi praesentiert Modell Nina am Freitag, 30. Jan. 2004, bei einem Neuheitentermin zur Internationalen Suesswarenmesse (ISM) praesentiert. 1.515 Anbieter aus 72 Laendern werden vom 1. Feb. bis 4. Feb. 2004 ihre neuesten Produkte der Susswarenindustrie vorstellen. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)     ---Drink straws from fruit gum presents model Nina  during a photosession at the International Sweets and Biscuits Fair (ISM) in Cologne, western Germany, Friday, Jan. 30, 2004. 1.515 suppliers from 72 countries will deliver a comprehensive overview of products, trends and innovations of the sweet industry. (AP Photo/Hermann J. Knippertz)

Rejected: While most places have limits on outside food and beverages, parks such as SeaWorld and Disney’s Animal Kingdom do not want their animals noshing on anything they shouldn’t. So, no straws, glass bottles, drink lids or balloons.


6. Selfie sticks

BERLIN, GERMANY - MAY 19:  Tourists photograph themselves with a smartphone attached to a selfie stick at the Brandenburg Gate on May 19, 2015 in Berlin, Germany. Selfie sticks are becoming a common site across the globe and some museums and other tourist attractions have banned them.   (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Rejected: This is a recent addition to the Disney list of no-nos, added just this year after someone decided to pull one out during a roller-coaster ride at Disney California Adventure. That resulted in an hour delay and a new law added to the books. The rule puts Disney in the same no-selfie stick zone as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Lollapalooza and Wimbledon.


7. Obscene tattoos


Rejected: While you can turn a shirt that proclaims “ (ADULT LANGUAGE) YOU” inside out and probably still get into a park, having “(WASH YOUR MOUTH OUT) YOUR SISTER” visibly tattooed will more than likely result in a security officer politely ordering you to get the (DOES YOUR MOTHER KNOW YOU SAID THAT) out. Long sleeves or heavy-duty concealer might be safer bets. (Photo: Augusto Serna / Flickr)


8. Folding chairs

Irene Schars, left, and Jama Laverow, both of Brookline, Mass., use folding chairs to shelter from the rain as a storm moves through the area prior to the Boston Pops rehearsal at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, Thursday, July 3, 2008. The annual Pops concert and fireworks will be nationally broadcast on July Fourth.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Rejected: The famous Main Street USA parade is a high-stepping colorful good time that is one of the highlights of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. People can gather hours in advance, waiting for one parade or another to come churning by. While it would be nice to have a folding chair to sit comfortably while you wait, they aren’t allowed.


9. Animals

Chihuahua's Yum Yum, left, Gumdrop, center, and Lollipop take part in the Easter Parade along New York's Fifth Avenue on Sunday, April 5, 2015. The 2015 Easter Parade bore little resemblance to the first one, which started in the 1880s as a strolling display of what prosperous New Yorkers wore to Fifth Avenue churches. In recent decades, the street gathering has morphed into a sort of costume circus — including pet dogs. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

Rejected: Cats, dogs, ducks, fish, squirrels, pandas, cows, elephants, horses, rabbits, birds — Disney has been the source of anthropomorphized animals since Mickey Mouse piloted that steamboat for the first time. But despite how human your puppy seems as it looks deep into your eyes, unless he or she is a service animal, they aren’t coming into a Disney park.


10. Cremains

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Rejected: Some people love Disney. I mean, they really, really, REALLY love Disney. But as much as they would like to, they can’t be part of Disney forever. Disney forbids the spreading of a loved one’s ashes around the park. But it doesn’t stop people from trying, particularly in the Haunted Mansion.

(Photos: Associated Press, Getty Images)

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