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Would you take / sneak food into an amusement park?

post #1 of 24
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Most amusement parks that I have been to have a list of rules out front that often states, "No outside food or drink allowed in the park." Meaning they want you to buy their expensive food and drink.

Every summer we buy a season pass to a local theme park and I'm left with either buying their food (which I can't afford) and it isn't very healthy, especially if you're there all the time. Sneaking food in, I admit, I've done it and I have to say, the park does not enforce their no outside food. Or walking the mile, with the family in tow, to eat out in the parking lot in our hot car, something I've also done.

What do you think is the right thing to do?
post #2 of 24
I pack snacks and water for us. I've never been turned away from the gate. I don't take a full lunch but snacks are okay.
post #3 of 24
I guess I would leave for lunch if it all possible. Your right food at those places can be quite $$$ do what you have to do!
post #4 of 24
We do snacks as well. Also - the parks around here let you leave and come back in the same day - I don't know if most parks do that or not. So we pack a cooler and walk out to the car and "tailgate" for an hour or so when we get hungry.
post #5 of 24
we bring snacks in. they check our bags at sea world and I do not hide that I bring in food and drinks. I have food allergies, so I need what I can eat, and it is way too expensive. But I certainly do not "hide" it in my pockets! LOL
post #6 of 24
For what they charge to get in, you bet I do.

If they want you to buy their food, they should make it affordable and give people more healthy choices.

And they could enforce their policy, but all that would do is draw negative attention, and the media would be all over that. So that wouldn't be very wise of them.
post #7 of 24
If the sign says not to bring outside food, I don't. I probably would still bring a snack for younger children, and water containers, because I am not paying for water, and I don't want the kids to be drinking pop. Although my hubby and oldest son would probably buy it anyway. I don't understand why parks don't let you bring in outside. Food. I bet at least 50% of the people that go still buy the food there. Maybe they get more litter when people bring outside food?
post #8 of 24
We have annual passes to Disneyland and although they say to not bring it in or put it in a locker outside the park to enjoy later. We bring lots of snacks and drinks and they even check our bags and let us in. So yes I bring food although I do buy food there sometimes.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by SmilingJo View Post

We have annual passes to Disneyland and although they say to not bring it in or put it in a locker outside the park to enjoy later. We bring lots of snacks and drinks and they even check our bags and let us in. So yes I bring food although I do buy food there sometimes.

Disneyland doesn't have a problem with outside food, they just want you to eat it in their "picnic area".

I would bring food somewhere like that. I know the college football games around here, you aren't allowed to bring in bottled water or anything, and they search you and take it away.
post #10 of 24
I never noticed any sign outside Disney or Universal (where we usually go) and I take food in - blatantly! I take a little cooler. You have to open your bags and it is examined. I don't think it is against the rules there - or any amusement park that I have noticed. Hmmm... never thought about it as I have always done it.
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