Guests visiting the Walt Disney World Resort are expected to follow a series of property rules during their visit, including requirements on theme park attire, behavior, and which items are prohibited from certain experiences or the Parks and Resorts altogether.
Compared to other theme parks, Walt Disney World is fairly lenient when it comes to allowing Guests on attractions with bags and loose items. With the second attraction putting a new policy in place for one item, however, it seems like this could be about to change.
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We recently reported that there had been a policy change at Space Mountain in the Magic Kingdom, alerting Guests that phones and cameras can no longer be held while riding the attraction. While this policy is not stated on the My Disney Experience app or Disney’s official website, new signage outside the Tomorrowland attraction, along with Cast Member instructions, confirm that holding such loose items is no longer allowed.
A similar policy is now in place in Frontierland, where Guests have actually heard a Cast Member on an overhead sound system asking them to put their phones away. @touringplans captured video of the announcement which they shared to Twitter (and noted that they put their phones away immediately after):
We got a “no cell phones” announcement today on Big Thunder. A first for us! We put our phones away as soon as it registered- you can hear part of the announcement here. pic.twitter.com/d2oMDObK8i
— TouringPlans (@TouringPlans) December 20, 2022
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Many other theme parks outside of the Walt Disney World Resort have strict and very clear policies in place regarding phone use on attractions. Just miles away from the Magic Kingdom, Universal Orlando has several attractions (some of which are not even thrill rides) that require Guests to put all loose items into a (complimentary) locker before boarding their ride vehicles.
Outside of these instances on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and Space Mountain, Disney attractions typically require Guests to secure items inside their ride vehicles (with no specific enforcement for those holding a phone or camera) and notes that flash photography and external video lighting are not allowed.
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Whether technically allowed or not, holding a phone or camera on a theme park attraction is always a risk. If a Guest drops a phone off an attraction, they will likely be unable to retrieve it until the Park closes and the vehicle path is all clear, and even then, they may not get their items back in one piece.
We will continue to monitor updates to this policy at Walt Disney World, and will be back with additional information as we have it here on Disney Tips.