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Disney has announced some changes coming to Walt Disney World that will affect guests on both coasts. Here are the changes that are coming, how we anticipate them being enforced and how it could affect you.
Effective, May 1, 2019 at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World Parks, all four Walt Disney World Parks, Disneyland and Disney’s California Adventure will make the change to smoke free spaces.
Currently, smoking is allowed in designated areas at the parks and at the resorts. No changes have been announced to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. At the time of publishing, this change will only affect parks.
This particular change has resulted in ripples of conversation and disagreement in many Disney blogs and groups.
Important to note that this refers to all forms of smoking. Although currently, vape pens are not allowed in Disney, we have seen many instances where these devices have been used within Walt Disney World Parks.
Disney has announced that castmembers and security will be enforcing the ban on all smoking devices including cigarettes, e cigarettes and vape pens effective May 1. This will not, at this time, effect smoking outside the parks and designated smoking areas will remain outside the park entrances, at Disney Springs in Orlando and at Disney resorts.
As of May 1, 2019, stroller sizes will be limited and that will be enforced upon entrance to the parks at the security stations. Strollers must be 31 inches wide and 52 inches long or smaller. Strollers that are not below these measurements will not be allowed into the parks.
If you are unsure whether the measurements of your stroller fit these guidelines, we suggest measuring them prior to your trip or renting a stroller from a Disney approved service such as Magic Strollers.
If you are looking to have a stroller shipped to your resort prior to your arrival, here are some that we found that fit under the new guidelines.
Strollers can also be rented at Disney Resorts and Parks.
Disney has had a ban on wagons for quite some time although the enforcement of this rule has been lax. With the new guidelines being put in place effective as of May 1, all wagons whether pull or push they will no longer be allowed at Disney parks.
The loophole for the wagon rule had previously allowed wagon strollers such as Keenz because they could be both pulled or pushed.
According to the Walt Disney World website, these guidelines are being improved upon in order to, ” ease guest flow and reduce congestion, making the park experience more enjoyable for everyone who visits.”
One last change, announced on March 28 and effective as of May 1, 2019 is that guests will no longer be able to bring ice into the parks. There has been a lot of speculation as to this. Let’s add some more. Coolers with ice are much harder for security to properly check and process for weapons and banned substances.
Ice is still to be found in all parks and resorts but to ban guests from bringing ice into the parks will likely smooth over the security process and allow security a better chance at finding banned substances of weapons from being brought into the parks.
Why all these changes?
The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge is quickly approaching. The crowds that will descend on Walt Disney World and Disneyland are likely to be unprecedented from any opening or event seen in years past.
With that, comes the need for new guidelines and safety precautions for all guests. Although many of these guidelines are viewed as an inconvenience for some, Disney views this as a business decision and changes that will result in a more magical and positive experience for guests as a whole.
With the opening of Galaxy’s Edge, additional crowd control will be necessary to ensure the safety and well being of guests even if that comes at an inconvenience for a few. Change is always hard, but these guidelines are not unreasonable nor are they designed to inconvenience guests or take away from the magic.
Magic comes at a price and as Disney continues to grow and crowds continue to grow, reasonable guidelines and policy changes are necessary to manage that growth and enable Disney to create wonderful experiences for all.
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