I am constantly amazed at the number of strollers that are present at Walt Disney World theme parks when we visit, and thank my lucky stars I have not been a guest requiring a stroller at Magic Kingdom. Don't get me wrong, many families absolutely require the use of a stroller to get those tired kiddos around the massive parks, especially when they're tired out and just need a snooze. A stroller is also handy for helping families carry all of the items necessary for young children to have a fun a successful visit.
However, in recent years there has been an influx of very large strollers and wagons, making it difficult for some guests to get around.
Starting on May 1, 2019, Disney is adjusting its guidelines on stroller sizes that will be permitted in the parks. As of this date, strollers must be no larger than 31" wide and 52" long. Many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers will still fit within these new size guidelines.
In addition, wagons are not permitted in the parks, and beginning May, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. (Confession: I had to Google "stroller wagon" to even figure out what these are...wow.)
Why is Disney putting this new policy in place?
The Disney theme parks are BUSY places, with thousands of people visiting daily. The new policy is designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, which is sure to be at all-time highs with the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge on the horizon.
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Will this policy affect your family on your next trip to Walt Disney World or Disneyland? Tell me about it in the comments below!
The Disney community is abuzz this morning with news of a new smoking policy coming into effect at Disney theme parks on May 1, 2019.
Effective that date, all smoking, including vaping, will be prohibited within the boundaries of all Walt Disney World and Disneyland theme parks. This includes:
At Walt Disney World Resort:
Designated smoking areas will still be available on Disney property, but they will be located outside the entrances to the areas listed above and at Disney Springs. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas will also continue to be available at Disney Resort hotels.
I've seen a few comments or questions floating around the internet this morning, which I thought would be useful to address:
My mother is 70 years old. Will she still be required to leave the park to have a cigarette?
Yes, she will. Smoking will no longer be permitted inside the Disney theme parks.
Can I still vape at the parks?
No. Those guests who wish to vape will be required to use the designated smoking areas.
I hope we won't have to walk through a cloud of smoke on the way into Magic Kingdom!
Have a little faith! Disney surely understands that guests will not wish to walk through a cloud of cigarette smoke or vapour on their way into the parks. If there's one thing Disney knows how to do well, it's moving people. If they don't want guests subject to cigarette smoke in the parks, they certainly understand folks don't want to be greeted on property by a swarm of smokers.
Overall, it seems as though this will be a welcome change for many guests, especially those who suffer from medical conditions such as asthma.
What are your thoughts on this new policy?
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