Disney Parks ban smoking, alter policies for strollers, loose ice

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Disney has just announced new policies on smoking, stroller size, and loose ice, which may affect your next trip to the Disney Parks at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort. Here is an in-depth look at the changes.

This time of year is when many Disney fans begin planning their next vacation to the Disney Parks, and as we all know, a lot of new offerings and changes will be coming to both coasts’ magical lands in just the next few months. Specifically, the addition of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at both Disneyland and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. To keep guests safe and to provide the best experience possible for all, Disney has decided to make a few changes to some of their policies. And to get ahead of the large crowds to come, Disney will begin enforcing some of these new changes starting today.

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As per Disney, beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California. However, Disney will designate smoking areas outside the entrances of the areas listed above and at Disney Springs in Florida. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas will be available at Disney Resort hotels.

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As we all know, for those with little ones, strollers really are a must. However, Disney will be changing the sizes of strollers allowed in the parks beginning May 1.

As part of this change, Disney will only be allowing strollers no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long. According to Disney, many strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these guidelines.

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With the release of this news, Disney also wanted to remind park guests that wagons are not permitted in the parks and beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. This change is designed to help guests flow better in the park and will ultimately ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone.

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A tip offered to guests from the Disney Parks Moms Panel about the change states: The smaller your stroller, the easier it is to navigate and maneuver the parks. “My number one go-to is renting a stroller from Disney,” explains Disney Parks Moms Panelist Tabitha. “At Walt Disney World Resort, you can rent a single or double stroller once you arrive, and they can be rented each day or you can choose a Length of Stay Rental.” While Walt Disney World already offers a double stroller rental, Disneyland Resort will soon offer one too!

Loose Ice

The last change coming to the Disney Parks, which begins today, is for guests planning to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks for the theme parks or water parks. No longer will guests be allowed to bring in loose or dry ice. However, all hope for keeping food items cold is not lost as guests can utilize reusable ice packs.

Additionally, Disney will allow guests to visit Quick-Service locations throughout the park, where they can request complimentary cups of ice for the purpose of their coolers. Complimentary cups of water are another offering that can be found at these locations as well.

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For an even closer look at these new updates, be sure to visit the official website for FAQs.

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What are your thoughts on these new policy changes to the Disney Parks? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Ken

    I’m glad on the smoking. Too many people didn’t use the smoking areas.

  2. Nachtwulf

    About time, I say! Disneyland was never built to accommodate people with these ridiculous rolling land yachts that most of the time they don’t even have their kids in! They’re just using them as cargo haulers. The shins of the non-stroller-pushing public say thank you.

    1. Nick

      Went to WDW in Dec. and had all the skin taken off the back of my ankle by a stroller. Your worst nightmare at WDW is a person with a double-wide stroller in one hand and a cell phone in the other. PAY ATTENTION TO WHERE YOU’RE GOING.

      1. Jordan

        Um, a stroller being smaller isn’t going to stop some idiot from taking the skin off the back of your ankles with a stroller when they aren’t paying attention….just saying

  3. Rodney Frenette

    The smoking policy is ridiculous we already did not have enough places that we could smoke.. I spend $8,000 a year to go to Disney and if they can’t have secluded places to smoke and relax then they have gone too far for me and my family.

    1. Ken

      Or..you know..stop smoking and second hand smoking others.

    2. Ian

      Or you could save yourself hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars and stop smoking and lengthen your life even more

    3. Todd

      Being ostracized from the happiest place on earth stings a bit, but the savings will quickly relieve the pain!

  4. Sandra whitfiel

    Since vap and e cigarettes only have steam not smoke like cigarettes why are they banned?they can’t hurt anyone else

    1. ken


    2. Andrew

      And they emit the same nicotine as cigs. The health risk is still there .

  5. Julie Zehr

    I am all for this! Yay Disney! I also wish that they would limit the use of the power scooters for people with medical or disability reasons only. Also not allow kids/grandchildren to ride in laps and drive the scooters. Already this year, I have been rammed in the back, while I was walking, by a man driving a scooter.

  6. Jana J

    I approve of the changes. Too crowded for either the really large strollers or people smoking. As for the ice, I don;t know the reasoning, but it’s not that big of a deal.

  7. Jaydee

    I’m all for the ban on smoking, in Oregon it’s pretty much banned everywhere, even outside, so going over spring break was gross to smell cigarette smoke when near the area. I dont understand the loose ice, esp when given for free inside the park? We fill hydroflask at the hotel with ice for water, is that banned too? Or just loose in a cooler?. I wish they would have a separate security line and entrance line for those with strollers, that need to unpack everything. They have them for no bags/bags…why not have one just for strollers?

  8. Diana

    The wagon ban Should be lifted because they are smaller in size than a lot of the strollers used. If a parent has to pay for a child over 3 years old they should be able to used something that makes the day at Disneyland more enjoyable to the child. Kids pay full price too and you are taking away their rights to be as comfortable as possible during there stay in the park.
    Our family has used both a stroller and a wagon and have found that the wagon is the easiest to use in the park.
    DISNEY please reconsider and lift the band on wagons in your parks.

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