Planning an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland?
Disney has released new policies regarding Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Loose Ice in the Parks. Read on to learn about these new policies and see how they could impact your next trip to Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
These new policies have gone into effect starting May 1, 2019
New Policies Going Into Effect May 2019 And How It Will Affect Your Next Trip
To help with the congestion on the walkways in and around the Parks, there will be new restrictions on the type and size of stroller you are able to bring with you in the Parks.
Your stroller will be required to be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and no longer than 52″ (132cm).
Many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. But, we always suggest double checking to make sure that yours is within these guidelines before attempting to enter the Parks.
How is Disney planning on enforcing this new rule? We’re told that there are marked areas on the ground, at the entrance of the Parks. It’s as easy as rolling your stroller on top of that marked area. If your stroller fits within that marked square, you are allowed to bring that stroller into the Park.
If your stroller too big and you need help finding a rental stroller that will meet Disney’s new size restrictions? We recommend Buena Vista Rentals.
Stroller Wagons will no longer be permitted
Wagons have long been banned from the Parks, but under these new Guidelines, Stroller Wagons will also be banned from the Parks.
We believe this is for the safety of your child. Wagons are pulled behind you. And in this situation, there’s no way that you can keep all eyes on your child at all times, so your child risks accidentally getting hurt.
With the amount of Guests that walk through the entrance gates each day, that can be a dangerous situation.
All smoking areas within the Parks have been removed from all Walt Disney World and Disneyland Parks, Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, and Downtown Disney in California.
Designated smoking areas will remain at Disney Resort Hotels and Disney Springs in Florida.
While you’re unable to smoke inside of the Parks and areas mentioned above, if you’re visiting Walt Disney World and Disneyland and need to step out for a smoke, there will be designated smoking areas available outside of the entrances. Look for signs to tell you where those are now located.
There have been many questions regarding vaping. The ban also applies to e-cigarettes, so vaping is only allowed in the designated smoking areas.
Beginning March 28, 2019, loose ice and dry ice will no longer be allowed into the Parks or Water Parks.
While re-usable ice packs are recommended, Disney realizes that there’s not always a way to refreeze them in your Hotel Room.
For this reason, you will be allowed to bring loose ice cubes into the Parks, as long as they are in a sealed ziplock back.
If you need additional ice, complimentary cups of ice are available at Quick Service Food and Beverage locations inside of the Parks.