New Park Rules in Effect Today at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

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Back in March, Disney announced new rules coming to the Walt Disney World and Disneyland resorts. Today’s the day that two of these rules take effect.

Smoking

Effective today, there are no longer any smoking areas inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and Downtown Disney at the Disneyland Resort. For those who wish to smoke or vape, designated areas will be available outside the entrances. Designated smoking and vaping areas will also be available at Disney Springs.

Strollers and Stroller Wagons

Also effective today, stroller wagons are no longer permitted at Walt Disney World and Disneyland. Additionally, all strollers must be no larger than 31″ (79 cm) wide and 52″ (132 cm) long. Templates have been set up outside the theme parks for you to measure your stroller to see if it fits.

These rules are in addition to the ban on loose ice and dry ice that took effect back in March.

Guests approaching the parks today are being handled flyers at some access points, at the parking lot entry booths for example, as a reminder to leave their oversized strollers back at the car.

Do you feel that these rules impact you in a positive or negative way? Let us know in the comments.

 

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Julia Mascardo

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13 thoughts on “New Park Rules in Effect Today at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

  • May 1, 2019 at 10:18 am
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    is it true that you can still bring the ice inside ziplocks??

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    • May 1, 2019 at 1:04 pm
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      Truth told, for Florida in the summer, you will likely have a bag of cold water instead of a bag of ice by the time you get from your hotel to the front entrance.

      The reason behind the rule was to prevent people from bringing in coolers of loose ice that security had to move their hands around in at bag check, leaked water all over the place, and where people would just dump entire coolers of ice (usually encrusted with food particles from whatever they were storing in the coolers) into the bushes when they were done. My advice, if you need ice, is to bring an insulated water bottle with ice in it. That will help preserve the ice longer than a ziploc bag. If you need to refill in the park, go to any quick-service location with fountain drinks and ask for ice to refill the bottle. If you need ice packs for medicine or other needs, you should be fine with a ziploc bag of ice as long as the bag is closed, and then refill it throughout the day at those quick-service locations.

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      • May 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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        Oh, the other method that works really well is to open a water bottle, pour a bit out, and then freeze it overnight. Carry that into the park to use as a cooling method during the day. Once it melts, use it for a drink.

      • May 1, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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        thank you. I’ll probably use an insulated bottle.

  • May 1, 2019 at 10:30 am
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    I too am wondering about effective ice strategy from this point forward. It appears that “containerized” ice will be acceptable, but I wonder if it will work as well as the prior practice of just dumping a bunch of loose ice into one’s cooler.

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  • May 1, 2019 at 12:26 pm
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    Ice…is it allowed in a water bottle?

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    • May 1, 2019 at 1:06 pm
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      Yes, water bottles with ice in it are allowed.

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      • May 1, 2019 at 2:20 pm
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        Unless this new rule prohibits it, frozen bottles are still allowed. We freeze water bottles overnight and hang them in a hiker’s pouch attached to our fanny packs. As the ices slowly melts, we have a cold drink always at our disposal (at least until the early afternoon).

  • May 1, 2019 at 12:39 pm
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    I’m wondering the same…

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  • May 2, 2019 at 11:43 am
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    Our Double Sit n Stand is right at the length limit. Hopefully, we don’t need to get it checked over at every park every time at our trip.

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    • May 3, 2019 at 7:39 am
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      If they do need to check, the process goes very quickly. You’ll likely spend more time having items in the stroller checked than the stroller itself checked (if you use the stroller for storage as well as for kids).

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  • May 2, 2019 at 8:32 pm
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    We visit both parks often through the course of the year. We live in Texas and it’s a long trip for us to get there. On our most recent trip to Florida we could not believe the size the number is extremely large strollers covered wagons and stagecoaches the people were billing as strollers. after that trip I was so excited to hear that they were limiting the size and breath of the wheel implements being called strollers. We raised our families going to the parks we usually use the small umbrella stroller or rented one there. It seemed to work just fine. Glad but there will be fewer encumbrances moving about the parks…

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    • May 3, 2019 at 7:42 am
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      I could not wait to get our daughter finished with “stroller life”, and when she turned 6, we got rid of the umbrella stroller we had. It was an annoyance to try and maneuver an umbrella stroller around and have to park it and then find it afterwards, and carry it, and fold and unfold, and so on. I can’t imagine how people survive all that with the tank-size strollers! They must have stronger backs than I do!

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