Disney Parks announces it will become smoke-free in May

Major changes that might affect your next trip

Photo: Matt Stroshane

Disney Parks has officially announced major changes coming to its theme parks in May this year including no smoking or vaping inside the park.


As we all know the parks can get quite crowded and as you walk down Main Street U.S.A you offer at least a couple apologies after bumping into others walking next to you. These changes are intended to give guests a more enjoyable experience inside the parks by creating better guest flow and reducing congestion.


The changes include:


  • Smoking areas will no longer be present in our domestic theme parks, water parks and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Guests can use designated smoking areas outside of the parks, at Disney Resort hotels and at Disney Springs.

  • Strollers must be 31” (79cm) wide and 52” (132cm) long or smaller. Many strollers, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these guidelines.

  • Wagons that are pushed or pulled are not permitted in the parks. Stroller wagons will also no longer be allowed.

  • Loose and dry ice is no longer allowed in the parks. Disney suggests using reusable ice packs instead.

Walt Disney World has always accommodated guests wishing to smoke by providing areas inside the park where smoking was permitted. Guests will now have to travel outside of the gates in order to smoke.


With the removal of the smoking areas in the parks Disney said this on their website:

"Walt Disney World Resort makes updates from time to time and the removal of smoking areas is intended to provide a more enjoyable experience for everyone who visits. Beginning May 1, 2019, guests may smoke in designated areas located outside the park entry points and in specified areas at Disney Resort hotels and Disney Springs."

The smoking and stroller changes will take effect on May 1, 2019. The other changes will be effective immediately. If you have any questions or concerns you can visit disneyworld.com/rules for a full list of rules enforced at Walt Disney World.

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