BREAKING: Disney Parks Removing Park Smoking Areas, New Stroller Limitations

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STROLLERS
Families with little ones know strollers are an important part of a vacation. It’s the napping zone, the storage place, and the spot for tired legs to rest while experiencing the magic.

Beginning May 1,  guidelines on stroller sizes will be adjusted, requiring them to be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long. Many strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Disney will also begin strictly enforcing their “no wagons” policy.  Beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. These updates are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone.

SMOKING
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 in California.

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.

LOOSE ICE
Beginning today, if guests plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks for theme park or water park adventures, it’s important to know that loose or dry ice are no longer permitted in Disney parks. Re-useable ice packs will be permitted.

For additional information about these updates, you can visit the FAQs section at DisneyWorld.com/RulesFAQ and Disneyland.com/RulesFAQ.

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Jessica lives in South Florida with her 15-pound cat Gordo and a small army of Tsum Tsums.

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Delinda Roberts
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Delinda Roberts

I love this. I cannot stand when vapors think that they are not considered smoking. I also love that the strollers will be single width and shorter. People do not understand that they are a nuisance to others.

Wendy
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Wendy

are you sure its a cat?

SJames
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SJames

I think these changes are welcomed and long overdue for the smoking restrictions. So many times I’ve been stuck behind a slow-moving mass to have some rude person in front of me blow second-hand smoke in my and my children’s faces. If airports can confine people to cancer caves, so can Disney!

Had enough
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Had enough

Well this is just one more reason for me to boycott Disney!!! It’s a damn shame you can’t go somewhere and enjoy yourself for some asses wanting to make it hard for you to do so. As much as they charge you to get into the place you should be able to smoke in a designated area other than having to walk back outside the gate. This is discrimination!!!!!!

David Hicks
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David Hicks

Stop trying to take our rights! If we wanna smoke, we’ll smoke! If outside, it is IMPOSSIBLE for smoke to “cause damage”. America is gettin too dang sissified!

Robert
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Robert

If Disney thinks this is going to stop people from smoking inside their parks, they got another thing coming. I vape in the designated area, but now I will just find some other place inside the park to do so.

Anna S
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Anna S

Sure you will, Robert. Because you are such a baby that you cannot follow simple rules says what kind of man you are. Be a man of integrity, please. America needs more role models.

Go for it dude!
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Go for it dude!

Yep just see about that “another thing coming” when they catch you and ban you from every park associated with the Walt Disney company because your measly loss of profit will sure hurt them in the long run. Hell that alone makes me want to buy an annual pass so I can be there to see it.

Sean
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Sean

https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/data_statistics/fact_sheets/secondhand_smoke/general_facts/index.htm#what I have had two grandparents die to lung cancer from smoking. No amount of second hand smoke is safe. Be respectful of others and don’t force them to breathe your toxic smoke.

Angela M Lukehart
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Angela M Lukehart

I am curious about the loose ice thing. Do you know why this would be banned? The strollers and smoking sections are pretty self-explanatory.

Sean Dunphy
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Sean Dunphy

It’s to help speed up bag check. So security doesn’t have to sift through ice. It is fine if you put it in zip lock bags. Just trying to speed up bag check.

Anna S
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Anna S

Exactly! People are clueless about the massive crowds expected when Galaxy Land opens at both parks. They are preparing for this exact thing.

Sherrie Bukshpan
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Sherrie Bukshpan

The ice ban is probably because in the past people have made dry ice bombs, and since it us hard to sometimes tell the difference, disney decided to ban all ice from being brought into the parks.

Brenda Ferrebee
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Brenda Ferrebee

Disney should also look into large backpacks. Standing in line is just awful, going thru fast pass lane and guests sitting on railings with backpacks block lanes . Getting thru crowds is hard too when you have backpacks hitting you in every direction.

Anthony
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Anthony

Can we just ban everyone from entering? I keep seeing people making long lines to rides and anything fun… and that dang cast member wont allow me to even go around them to get on the ride… ban the cm as well. Thanks

FunDisneyMama
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FunDisneyMama

SOOOO very grateful that Disney is banning smoking inside the parks – it IS a genuine health risk, not just because of second hand smoke – which is a real thing even outdoors (scientifically proven y’all, just sayin’), but also for people who suffer from severe breathing issues. I mean, come on, just because you like to smoke, don’t be ignorant and act like it’s as harmless as smelling tulips – ignoramuses like that who convince themselves it’s no big deal and they go off smoking outside the designated smoking areas are the very people who ruined it for all… Read more »

Travis
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Travis

About time the wagons and strollers got restrictions and the coolers too I was tired of always trodding through the slush people would just dump at leisure on the sidewalk and getting around a corral of RV sized strollers at rides was very annoying so great job Disney. Smoking should have been banned years ago when it was removed from malls, hospitals, and all other public places. If you can’t go a day without smoking for your family’s fun day then stay from the parks because I don’t want to breathe your second hand smoke either.

Doug
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Doug

My wife has asthma. I hope the designated smoking areas will be far enough away from the park entrances and security check areas so that we don’t have to breathe the smoke.

Alys
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Alys

Oh, I can’t wait until some of the comments on this story join the “Wonderful World of Psychotic Comments.”

Norma
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Norma

Smokers pay the same amount of money to get into the parks as non smokers. The designated smoking areas were a good idea and most were isolated far enough away so it shouldn’t bother anyone. I’m am a smoker and I have always treated others with respect and I feel that I should be treated the same. I hate smelling strong perfume that a lot of women wear and I hate hearing babies screaming when I sit down at a restaurant to eat dinner but parents don’t care about the comforts of others. Maybe there should be a kid section… Read more »

Carlo
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Carlo

Well, I’m not even a smoker but I don’t notice the “designated” smoking areas so they’re far enough out of the way that they don’t really bother anyone. If you don’t like it then don’t walk through it.. plain and simple. And honestly the only thing this is going to do is bump up the vaping so it’s pretty pointless! Good job Disney.. alienating another group of paying customers just like with the stoller restrictions. I mean.. who’s running this place?? Definitely not what Walt Disney invisioned as the happiest place on earth with all these rules. Here’s a better… Read more »

Edward Collins
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Edward Collins

Disney is officially now no longer a family oriented company with this new ban. The Walt Disney Company used to stand for progressive thinking which included concepts such as acceptance, tolerance and creating a great place for families to get away from reality. We can now drop progressive thinking and everything to go with it. It might still be family oriented if you can accept that Disney no longer wants the whole family, like the grandparents who smoke cigars, the uncle who finally quit smoking by switching to vape so he can see his niece grow-up, the aunt who is… Read more »