Disney To Ban Smoking At All U.S. Theme Parks

Beginning on May 1, Disney theme parks will be going entirely smoke-free, according to new rules announced by Walt Disney World. The new no-smoking policy applies to Walt Disney World’s theme and water parks, as well as the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando and Downtown Disney in California, according to Disney’s updated rules.

E-cigarettes and vape pens are included in the ban.

For Disney-goers who do smoke, there will be designated smoking areas outside of the parks, explains a blog post from Disney that delves into the new rules. For Disney guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels.

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Several studies have shown smoke-free policies improve heart and respiratory health as there are no safe levels of second-hand smoke, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Disney’s smoking ban comes at a time when an increasing number of people in the United States oppose smoking. While smoking bans in restaurants, public places and municipalities have become increasingly common, a Gallup poll last year found that one in four people believe smoking should be illegal altogether in the United States. Fifty-nine percent believe it should be illegal in public places, according to the poll.

But smoking isn’t the only new thing Disney parks are banning. The updated rules policy also includes a ban on oversized strollers and stroller wagons, in addition to wagons, which were already banned from the parks. Strollers now need to be 31 inches wide, 52 inches long or smaller.

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Disney also addressed its ice rules in its updated rules policy. Loose and dry ice aren’t allowed in the park, and Disney recommends bringing ice packs. Or, as the Disney blog points out, you can visit the Quick-Service locations for free cups of ice for your coolers and also ask for complimentary cups of ice water to stay cool and hydrated.

What do you think of Disney’s new rules?