Starting May 1, Disney Parks, including Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California, will be cracking down on strollers, smoking, and ice inside their parks. “These updates are intended to provide a more enjoyable experience for everyone who visits by, among other things, easing guest flow and reducing congestion,” stated Disney.
Here are the specific new rules according to Disney’s Frequently Asked Questions section on their website:
- As of May 1, 2019, smoking areas will no longer be present in our domestic theme parks, water parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Guests may use designated smoking areas outside of the parks, at Disney Resort hotels and at Disney Springs.
- As of May 1, 2019, strollers must be 31” (79cm) wide and 52” (132cm) long or smaller.
- As a reminder, wagons are not permitted in our parks. Beginning May 1, 2019, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted.
- Loose and dry ice is not permitted in our parks. Reusable ice packs are recommended.
So beginning May 1, 2019, guests may only smoke in designated areas located outside the park entry points and in specified areas at Disney Resort hotels and Disney Springs. This includes vaping.
So how do people feel about these new rules? Has it become a social media nightmare of complaints or are Disney-goes compliant? It depends on who you ask.
“I am so glad Disney is finally taking this step in the parks! Dealing with smoking in the parks was the number one negative on our Disney trips and now we will no longer have the magic interrupted by smokers. I hope they strongly enforce the no smoking policy. Just another great reason I continue to be a long term Disney shareholder. I bought my first share 23 years ago at age 13,” shared Jeremiah McKinley, Founder and Investment Officer at Cascadia Group.
Jan Marie approves the smoking ban but is not thrilled with the stroller changes: “I was sad to see this. Our wagon has worked so well for us with my little man. He hates strollers and being crammed in. 😭😭.I’mm happy about the no smoking as many people sneak a smoke whenever and wherever. But im more bummed about the wagons.”
“As a rule following smoker, I’m bummed about it