If you haven’t been to Disney World in a while or even if you’re a seasoned pro, there have been some big changes over the past year that you miiiight not have noticed!
There are five key mistakes you probably weren’t even worried about making last time you visited the parks, but you sure need to note them now!
Don’t Bring The Wrong Stroller
This past May, Disney implemented a new stroller policy that regulates the size of strollers that are allowed in the parks. The new maximum dimensions are 31” (79cm) wide and 52” (132cm) long or smaller.
If your stroller measures larger than those dimensions, Disney has their own strollers available for rent. Also note that stroller wagons are not permitted in the parks.
Don’t Smoke In the Parks
Over the years, Disney has continued to reduce the number of designated smoking areas in its parks and resorts. And recently, Disney announced that they will no longer allow smoking in any of their domestic theme parks, water parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Designated smoking areas for the theme parks have been moved outside the parks; you can consult the theme park map to find them.
There are still designated smoking areas in Disney Springs and at the Disney resort hotels. Make sure you plan ahead and don’t assume the same designated smoking areas are in the same places they were on your last visit.
Don’t Bring Loose or Dry Ice Into The Parks
Many guests prefer to bring their own food and beverages to the parks. While this can save you a ton of money on park food, you will want to be aware of the new policy when it comes to packaging your food in your coolers. Disney no longer allows loose ice to be carried in coolers. You must use ice packs (reusable is preferred).
Dry ice has also been banned in the theme parks.
If you’re interested in bringing your own food into the parks, check out our informative post HERE answering all of your FAQs about bringing outside food into the Disney theme parks!
Don’t Forget To Plan Ahead To Pick Up Your ECV
Another recent rule change applies to those renting scooters and ECV’s during their visit to Disney World. Disney announced that ScooterBug will be the Disney Featured Provider for stroller, scooter, and ECV rentals. But what does this mean for other rental companies and for YOU?
Essentially, you may continue to rent from other equipment providers; however, you now need to be present at your resort when your equipment is delivered. Buena Vista Rentals, a popular service for guests needing rental equipment, recently announced a ‘meet and greet’ system where they have pre-determined times they will arrive to each Disney resort with equipment.
Don’t Forget Your Straws
Over the past year, Disney has been gradually eliminating single-use plastics throughout the parks and resorts. This includes straws and lids at all food and beverage locations.
If you don’t like using paper straws or trying to maneuver without a lid on your drink cup, remember to pack your own straws (reusable straws are widely available online at low cost) and/or plan to bring reusable cups with lids to transfer your drinks into.
As you can see, there’s a LOT changing in Disney World! If you haven’t been for a while, don’t forget to plan ahead so you don’t get caught by these new policies and procedures!
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