Both Walt Disney World and Disneyland have made a few changes to their policies in relation to strollers and smoking.
As of May 1, 2019, over-sized strollers or stroller wagons will no longer be allowed in any Disney theme park. Strollers that are greater than 31″ in width (currently the limitation is 36″ wide) and 52″ (132cm) in length will be prohibited. Stroller wagons will also be prohibited.
I’ve never been to Disneyland, but I know that Disney World can be a nightmare for strollers. We have taken both of our kids when they were young enough to use a stroller and not taken one on purpose. The stroller parking areas are quite chaotic and it can be difficult to maneuver through the crowds. I know that the over-sized ones can hold not only children but all of the family’s stuff, but I’m not upset about this change. These strollers can be an issue on the Disney transportation as well since the large ones obviously take up more space than the smaller ones.
The other change that goes into effect on May 1st is that all Disney properties will be completely smoke-free. The Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex will be smoke free. The Disneyland Theme Parks, Esplanade, and the Downtown Disney District will be smoke free.
I know this will sit hard with some people, but there have been countless times I have had to walk through smoke with my children trying to get in line for a ride or simply making our way to the restrooms. With smoking being completely prohibited, security will be more apt to make sure nothing gets into the parks.
One additional change that already went into effect on March 28th is that no guests will be allowed to bring loose ice or dry ice into the park. I’ve heard that more times than not guests will dispose of the ice they bring in their coolers in the flowerbeds and walkways, causing safety hazards and destroying the plants. I’ve also heard that security personnel want to be able to stick their hands in ice to check coolers for banned items, so reusable frozen packs or frozen water bottles are highly recommended.