Now that the dust has settled with new Disney Parks policy changes and questions have been answered, we can give you the most up to date information. These new policy changes are the most dramatic changes anyone has seen in recent years, and they will affect some people that will be visiting the Disneyland Resort and the Walt Disney World Resort in the future.
Why is everyone upset/happy?
New No-Smoking Policy Inside Disney Parks
One of the more most significant changes involves the new smoking policy beginning May 1, 2019:
“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.” -Disney Destinations
I had asked about this three years ago when the rumor mill was churning. I know Disney has struggled with this decision for a long time and this decision was not made lightly. Many on social media were complaining about people walking around the park smoking outside of designated smoking areas. I have not seen this, but I would not doubt if this is happening. Smoking will be permitted outside the park entrances.
New Policy on Stroller Sizes
“Beginning May 1, we are adjusting our guidelines on stroller sizes, which will require them to be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long or smaller. The good news – many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Also, just a reminder that wagons are not permitted in our parks. 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.” -Disney Destinations
One of the neatest stroller wagons on the market is the Keenz Stroller Wagon. Keenz was the only style wagon that allowed inside Disney
No Loose Ice
As of March 28, 2019, loose ice and dry ice are no longer permitted in any of the parks.
“Beginning today, if your clients 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.” -Disney Destinations.
A policy change regarding loose ice has been a long time coming. Loose ice causes significant concern for Security personnel at Disney Parks and slows down the security lines. You can take ice into the parks, but it needs to be in a small bag. I suggest you take some Ziploc bags to fill with ice at your hotel. You can still take ice inside a cup. Like water, you can get free ice from different food locations inside the theme parks.
Overall, these policy changes were a long time coming. This news can be upsetting but, Disney’s responsibility is to make all guests happy and to keep everything running as smooth as possible. Will you still go to the park after the new policies go into effect?