Disney Cruise Line’s List of Prohibited Items

In an effort to maintain a high level of safety for all passengers Disney Cruise Line wants share a reminder about items prohibited from being brought onboard any of the ships and on Castaway Cay.  While this is more of a reminder, there are some relatively recent additions pertaining to items purchased at Galaxy’s Edge that guest will need to be aware of prior to embarking for their cruise such as the higher end Lightsabers and the remote control droids.

Guests attempting to bring any items classified as a “Prohibited Item” onboard, Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to seize and secure any item deemed to be dangerous or pose a security or safety risk.  The following are some examples of prohibited items:  


  • Guests should refrain from bringing toys or props that resemble guns, knives or other related implements, as these items may not be brought onboard.   
  • Store-bought collapsible lightsabers may be brought onboard. Guests will not be allowed to bring homemade lightsabers onboard.  
  • Lightsabers built at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge are not collapsible and, therefore, may not be brought onboard. 
  • Plastic toy ‘pirate’ swords may be brought onboard. Plastic toy swords are also sold in the merchandise shops onboard. 
  • Plastic store-bought toy “Mjolnir” hammers (Thor’s hammer) may be brought onboard.  
  • Loki’s scepter (staff) and/or Hawkeye’s bow and arrow may not be brought onboard. 
  • Black Panther claws/gloves with claws may not be brought onboard.  
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Food Items 

  • Homemade or pre-cooked food items, open snack containers or any other perishable items cannot be brought onboard any Disney Cruise Line ship. Limitations on permitted food items are directly related to concerns for food safety and contamination prevention. 
  • Non-perishable, government approved snack food items may be brought onboard in their sealed, original packaging. These items may also be taken off the ship in the different ports of call, as well as when disembarking at the end of the cruise. 
  • Open bags or containers of snack items may not be taken off the ship or brought back onboard. Guests must either consume or throw away open snack food items before re-boarding the ship in any port of call.  

Sports Equipment  

  • The below equipment (and other similar items) may not be brought onboard or on Castaway Cay because of safety concerns:   
  • Archery equipment 
  • Baseball and cricket bats  
  • Baton 
  • Fishing gear 
  • Hammocks 
  • Hiking or trekking sticks 
  • Hockey and lacrosse sticks 
  • Oar or kayak paddles (including collapsible paddles) 
  • Pool cues 
  • Raquetball  
  • Ski poles  

The following is the complete list of prohibited items as of October 29, 2019.

In order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all Guests and Crew, Disney Cruise Line has a zero weapons policy and prohibits the following items on board the ships and ashore at Castaway Cay.

  • Firearms
  • Firearm replicas, including non-firing, imitations, toys, and their components 
    • (Toy Exceptions) 
      • Store-bought Light sabers
      • Plastic toy ‘pirate’ swords
      • Plastic store-bought toy “Mjolnir” hammers (Thor’s hammer)
  • Air, BB, pellet, paintball pistols, rifles and sling shot
  • Diving equipment air tanks, spears, spear guns, slings, dive knives, pry bars, and underwater scooters
  • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), communication scanners, wide band receivers
  • Explosives components and accessories, including ammunition, detonators, fireworks, pyrotechnics and flares
  • Highly flammable liquids and combustible substances, including liquid oxygen
  • Knives regardless of blade length, straight razors
  • Lasers
  • Restraining devices and offensive weapons, hand and leg cuffs, pepper spray and taser, stun guns
  • Scissors with blades exceeding 4” (scissors with blunt ends and no longer than 4 inches are allowed)

Guests found in possession of any weapons or similar prohibited items on their person or in their baggage may be denied boarding and are subject to severe legal penalties.

Additionally, the following items are restricted for safety reasons and should not be brought on board.

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Agricultural Items 
    • Flowers
  • Aquatic Items 
    • Boogie Boards
    • Inflatable floats
    • Inflatable pools
    • Pool noodles
    • Rafts
    • Surfboards
    • Wave boards
  • Balloons and kites
  • Candles and incense
  • Coolers and/or Ice Chests that are larger than 12” x 12” x 12”. Coolers that meet the size requirements must be brought on as carry-on luggage. (Food & Ice Chest Policy)
  • Electrical appliances and components 
    • Blenders 
    • Bottle sterilizers and warmers (A limited number of approved bottle warmers and bottle sterilizers are available upon request through Guest Services)
    • Coffee makers
    • Diffusers
    • Electric blankets
    • Electric irons and Steamers (all ships offer self-service laundry facilities equipped with irons and ironing boards)
    • Extension cords, power strips and surge protectors 
    • Heating pads
    • Hot plates
    • Microwave ovens
    • Rice cookers
    • Seasonal and/or celebratory light bulb strings
  • Exceptions for Electrical Appliances 
    • Curling irons
    • Flat irons
    • Hair dryers (all ships offer a hand-held hair dryer in each stateroom)
    • Shavers
    • The following electrical appliances will be collected for inspection by the Chief Electrician and if approved, will be returned for use onboard the ship. 
      • Baby Monitors
      • Humidifiers
      • Portable fans
      • White Noise/Sleep Machine
  • Electronics 
    • Ham radios
    • Metal detectors
    • Streaming Devices (Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, etc.)
  • Food/Beverage related items 
  • Hookah pipes
  • Illegal narcotics/drugs, including synthetic, designer drugs and medically prescribed marijuana, as well as all drug paraphernalia, including items used for marijuana, cannabis and hemp
  • Inflatable Mattresses
  • Metal Detectors
  • Musical Instruments
  • Over-the-door hanging organizers
  • Pets
  • Power tools, hand tools and toolboxes (except those utilized by vendors providing services)
  • Remote-controlled devices 
    • Airplanes
    • Drones
    • Helicopters
    • Other toy vehicles (cars, etc.)
  • Sporting Equipment 
    • Archery equipment
    • Baseball and cricket bats
    • Fishing gear
    • Hammocks
    • Hockey and lacrosse sticks
    • Pool cues
    • Ski poles
  • Exceptions for Sporting Equipment 
    • Golf Clubs may be brought onboard and stored in a Guest’s stateroom
    • Baseballs, basketballs, footballs, soccer balls and volley balls may be brought onboard, stored in Guest’s staterooms and used off the ship in ports of call
  • Wheeled recreational equipment and transport devices 
    • Any footwear with wheels (i.e. Heely’s type shoes)
    • Bicycles
    • Hoverboards
    • Inline & roller skates
    • Scooters
    • Segways
    • Skateboards
    • Wagons (collapsible wagons are allowed)
    • Guests with a mobility disability that requires the use of a mobility aid should contact Special Services prior to sailing. Wheeled mobility devices with less than 3 wheels and devices that cannot maintain stability and balance when stopped, unpowered or unoccupied are not allowable.

Disney Cruise Line reserves the right to seize and secure any item deemed to be dangerous or pose a security or safety risk.

For the most current list of prohibited items please visit Disney Cruise Line’s website.

11 Replies to “Disney Cruise Line’s List of Prohibited Items”

  1. Collin Rogers

    Where are you getting the added adjective “collapsible” for permitted lightsabers? I have found no other discussion, blog, vlog, or other source that indicates ForceFX, Savi’s, or other store bought, fixed blade, lightsaber has been or will be denied boarding on DCL ships. Please confirm this or update/correct this post. You are worrying a lot of people (unnecessarily if your info is wrong) and/or could cost people money trying to ship or store their pricy lightsabers and buy crappy folding ones to take on DCL.

    1. Scott Sanders Post author

      Collin, this is verbatim from Disney. Here is a screenshot of the information that was distributed to travel agents. You can still take these items from the parks, they will be held for free at the terminal as a confiscated item. At the end of the cruise they can be picked up. No one will be denied boarding for a non-collapsible lightsaber.

  2. Julie Totten

    We have inflatable pool noodles for ports for the kids. Are these allowed? We know they cannot be used on the ship.


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