Prepared food

Can someone advise the story with taking one’s own prepared food into Disney and DCA. We are plain eaters and don’t like theme park food, beside the exorbitant cost for a family of 10.

Not sure what you are asking but if you are asking if you are allowed to bring in your own food, then yes, absolutely you can. There are restrictions on how you bring it in though - no hard sided coolers or glass. I may have left out some restrictions but I think those are the main ones. We bring in food all the time - no problem.

I don’t want to sound like a jerk, but some things are really easy to Google and get info straight from the source instead of relying on what people remember about the rules.

You can carry with you in a small soft sided cooler. This works well if you are going to have a stroller or you can store in one of the lockers for a picnic type lunch/dinner break. I sometimes take a small umbrella stroller mainly for a place to store drinks and snacks. Remember you can get free ice water at counter service locations. I like to carry the single serving powdered drink mixes to flavor up counter service water.

Not to sound like a jerk either :grin: but the Disney link there is not very informative. It really just gives the basics. Try out some of these links


If you have your own car you can leave a large cooler in the parking lot and break for a big meal back at the car.

Here is the Disneyland link I know the one provided above was for Disneyworld. - not loads of info, but some. Not trying to to sway, but just some insight I had from a friend and from what I’ve looked at:

We are both healthy pescetarians. I was worried about food options but was pleasantly surprised by what I saw on the menus for Disney world online. My friend who went last year had a lot of success ordering off the kids menu for everyone and sharing meals amongst group members since the servings are so large. Might see if you could have a similar experience in DL?

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Good catch! I did not see the Disneyland category. Some of the above links might not completely apply but parts should still be useful.

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Thanks for all of your replies. My question related to Disneyland Resort at Anaheim. Confusing when Disneyland, Anaheim says you can’t bring outside food in but Disney World, Orlando says you can.
RLP and AuntB_luvsDisney- which park were you able to take food in. We would be preparing our own sandwiches. How strict do they apply the rules at Disneyland Resort, Anaheim. It would be a pain to track all around either park then have to go out to the picnic area and back in again. Our group is from 7yrs to 70yrs.

You can bring in outside food to the park. Here is the information I think you are looking for.

Disneyland will let you take in snacks (you could easily take a soft-sided, lunch box in the park), you can put a small hard sided, ice chest in the lockers outside park (near the entrance) and eat in the picnic area. The lockers and picnic area are on the resort property, but not inside the actual parks. It is easy to access the lockers from either DCA or DL parks. Also, you can bring your own water bottle in to the park and fill it up too.

Locker sizes and approx. prices per day. (These may have changed since I last checked, last year.)
Small: 9 ½ x 11 x18 rental fee $7
Medium: 12 ½ x 17 x 18 rental fee $10
Large: 15 x 16 ½ x 22½ rental fee $12
Extra large: 15 x 23 x 23 rental fee $15


Also, we take in snacks all the time. I see other people with sandwiches and chips eating inside the parks. You would probably have to purchase your drinks in the parks if you are taking enough food for 10 people. Also I would suggest to break it up between people and don’t have one person with all of the food. That would be noticeable. Have a few soft-sided lunch boxes. You can also rent lockers inside the park to keep them in too. I I haven’t seen them turn anyone away, yet.


It’s been years since I have been to Disneyland. I mostly answered from my Disney world experience. I decided not to delete the post as some of the budget tips work across the board. I think @lmbc is giving you the information you need for Disneyland.

Thanks everyone. I think I have all the info I need, leaning toward lmbc’s suggestions.