If you’ve been following the latest in Disney Parks news, you won’t be surprised to hear that Disney has banned smoking in all of its U.S. theme parks. The smoking ban, originally announced in March 2019, officially begins this May. Here’s what you need to know.
Starting this Wednesday, guests who want to smoke (or vape) at Disneyland or Walt Disney World will have to do so in areas outside the theme parks. Previously, Disney allowed guests to smoke in designated areas within the theme park gates, typically walkways or other more secluded areas toward the outer rim of themed lands within the parks, such as a walkway between Tomorrowland and Storybook Circus near the Walt Disney World Railroad in Magic Kingdom. Now, if guests want to smoke on their Disney vacation while visiting the theme parks, they will have to exit the theme parks and smoke in a permitted smoking area. Of course, guests will be allowed to reenter the theme parks after they are done smoking.
Here’s what Disney had to say about the smoking ban in the March announcement:
Also 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 District in California.
TIP: Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances of the areas listed above and at Disney Springs in Florida. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels.
After Disney announced the ban on smoking inside the U.S. theme parks, the company was met with mixed opinions. While many guests shared that they were happy to know that the theme parks were finally becoming smoke-free, others took to social media and the Disney Parks Blog to share their distaste for the new policy. No matter which side you’re on, keep in mind the new designated smoking areas will be in effect this Wednesday. If you’re planning a Disney visit and in need of a smoking area, be sure to ask a Disney Cast Member if you are unsure where the appropriate smoking area is.
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