Disney has announced three new policies today. Two will begin on May 1 and the third begins today.
The two new policies that will begin on May 1 involve strollers in the parks and smoking in the parks. Stroller size and smoking inside the parks are addressed in these new policies.
New Stroller Policy
Beginning May 1, Disney will not allow strollers larger than 31″ wide and 52″ long into the parks. I spent some time looking up different strollers, including double strollers, and it looks some double strollers fit these dimensions, which is good news for those planning to bring double strollers. Just be aware of the size of your stroller before you leave for your trip so you are not met with any issues entering the parks. It sounds like Disney will be measuring strollers they think are over the measurement limit, so if you are unsure about your stroller I would measure to make sure it doesn’t exceed the size limit.
Disney is also reminding guests that wagons are not permitted in the parks. To add on to this existing policy they have added that beginning on May 1 stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. The reason is that Disney is trying to help the flow and ease the congestion in the parks.
New Smoking Policy
Also beginning on May 1, Disney will no longer allow smoking inside the parks (this includes vaping). This change includes both Disney World and Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Downtown Disney in California. There will be designated smoking areas outside the entrances of these areas. Disney Springs and Disney Resort hotels will also have designated smoking areas.
New Loose Ice Policy
Beginning today, Disney will no longer allow loose or dry ice in coolers or cooler bags. I imagine this is due to safety concerns, because security needs to be able to see in all bags when going through bag check. Disney recommends using re-useable ice packs instead. They also note that there are complimentary cups of ice available at Food & Beverage locations inside the parks if guests need them.
I’m sure these new policies will make some people happy, while upsetting others, it happens anytime there are changes. Just please keep in mind that Cast Members don’t have anything to do with these changes. The Cast Members are just doing their job by enforcing the new policies.
How do you feel about these changes?
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