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?
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.
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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.
Wagons like these at a 2010 Cooper City 51st annual Founders Day parade will not be permitted at any of Disney’s parks starting May 1, 2019. They were already forbidden but the company will not strictly enforce its no wagons rule.
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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.)
Loose ice changes
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.