Disney Bans Smoking In The Parks Plus New Stroller & Ice Restrictions
Walt Disney World Resorts has rolled out a few new rules for its parks. Two start in May and one change is happening immediately.
Starting on May 1, 2019 all smoking areas in the Walt Disney parks will be eliminated (in the US). This will also take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney in California. Disney Springs in Orlando will still have smoking areas and so will hotels for guests and people dining on property in front of the establishment. Smoking will be allowed outside the front entrance of the parks in designated areas.
Large strollers will be no longer allowed at Disney parks and stroller wagons are outright banned. The new restrictions will be no larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long. This rule also goes into effect on May 1, 2019.
The last change deals with people bringing coolers into the park. Loose and dry ice will no longer be permitted. If you bring goods in you would like to keep cold ice packs are recommended. You can ask for or a cup of ice at any vendor in the park to use in your cooler. They also offer free ice water to anyone who is in need of hydration.
They say you can still bring in ice in a cup or in plastic bags (sandwich bags) so that may be a way to get around it for people staying at hotels.
Smoking is not as popular as it used to be but this will be a pain for anyone who is still a smoker, like my parents. I don’t think having a designated smoking area away from everything was bothersome before.
The stroller rule makes sense since they are a huge part of the congestion problem in the parks.
Bringing ice packs will be an issue for anyone that doesn’t have a freezer where they are staying and getting ice from the ice machine at the hotel was an easy fix. I have to imagine this rule is to move security checks a long quicker since you can add ice once you are in the park. I hope they add some ice filling areas if the lines get long at vendors because of this.
You can find all of the info on the new rules at Disney Parks Blog