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New Disney bans to ease guest experience

From 1 May this year, smoking and large strollers will no longer be allowed within Florida and California Disney parks, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney.



For some who need a hit of nicotine to survive the happiest place in the world, there are designated areas outside park entry points and in smoking areas at Disney Resort hotels and Disney Springs, CNN reported.


Entrance to strollers larger than will be prohibited, which, according to Disney, will actually accommodate many existing double jogging strollers.


The restrictions come into place before Disney’s notoriously busy summer season and the completion of the new "Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge" land which opens in Disneyland in California at the end of May and at Hollywood Studios in Florida at the end of August, both of which are expected to draw big numbers.


"As we expand our offerings, we will continue to take steps to enhance the guest experience and make it more enjoyable for everyone who visits," a Disney spokesperson told CNN.


And many agree that the restrictions will be an improvement.


"Restricting stroller size and prohibiting wagon strollers will, hopefully, eliminate the traffic problems they can cause -- blocking walkways, bumping into guests (especially little ones) and taking up space in queues and elsewhere," Deb Koma, editor of the AllEars.Net Disney fan site told CNN.


"Guests shouldn't be too concerned with this new policy, because many strollers already fit the size requirements."


Both the stroller and smoking changes "are for the better and (I) think Disney is smart to consider all these various ways to minimize the problems the throngs of Galaxy's Edge visitors might create," Koma said.


Disney provides stroller rental to guests.


Also, for those wanting to BYO to the parks, loose or dry ice is no longer allowed. Instead, use reusable ice packs in your eskies or visit a park's Quick-Service location for free cups of ice.


Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 29 March 2019

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