Disney an­nounces new stroller, smok­ing policies for its parks

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - Spotlight - BY HOWARD CO­HEN

Some com­ing changes at Disney parks in Florida and Cal­i­for­nia could ap­ply to you as you con­sider your fam­ily va­ca­tion plans.

Fond of over­size strollers, pull wag­ons, smok­ing and ice cubes?

Pay at­ten­tion.

This week Disney of­fi­cially an­nounced changes to its park policies at all of its prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing Walt Disney World and Ep­cot in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Dis­ney­land and Down­town Disney in Cal­i­for­nia, its water parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports Com­plex in Bay Lake, near Orlando.


Ac­cord­ing to WDW News To­day, there will be no more smok­ing ar­eas in­side the parks. Des­ig­nated smok­ing ar­eas will only be out­side the en­trances and at des­ig­nated ar­eas at the re­sort ho­tels – but not in your rooms or on the bal­conies. (That smok­ing pol­icy had al­ready been in place.) This rule in­cludes va­p­ing.


Stroller sizes will also be en­forced and can be no larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long. This change is a re­duc­tion in the 36-inch-wide size that had been al­lowed.

This isn’t too much of an ad­just­ment for fam­i­lies with lit­tle ones be­cause it en­com­passes most strollers – in­clud­ing some dou­ble jog­ging strollers.

If your stroller or dou­ble jog­ging stroller ex­ceeds the size lim­its, you can rent ei­ther va­ri­ety at the parks.

An­other dif­fer­ence is that Disney will now “strictly en­force” its no stroller wag­ons or pull wag­ons, like the Ra­dio Flyer, pol­icy. Th­ese changes will help ease con­ges­tion at the parks, Theme Park In­sider said. The move also will hope­fully elim­i­nate the ag­gres­sive use of SUV-sized strollers – ba­si­cally playpens on wheels – and wag­ons to bump peo­ple out of your way.

(Of course, you would never do that.)


Car­ry­ing loose ice, like cubes, or dry ice, will no longer be per­mit­ted in the parks. Re-use­able ice packs are OK, though.

The pol­icy changes are ef­fec­tive as of May 1.

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