Disney World and Disneyland have announced plans to place limits on the size of strollers permitted in their parks. According to a post on the Disney Parks Blog, starting May 1, 2019, strollers wider than 31 inches (79 cm) or longer than 52 inches (132 cm) will not be permitted in any of their theme parks. In addition, the ban on wagons/stroller wagons has been put in place permanently.
This announcement will come to the joy of many guests and to the dismay of others.
While guests with large families will be forced to split their family into more strollers, the overall guest experience will be improved. Large strollers are extremely hard to navigate through large crowds, causing drivers to accidentially run into other guests and causing injuries. I have heard many stories of guest being severly injured due to someone running into the back of their leg with a stroller. These strollers also cause traffic jams after parades and in other high traffic areas.
In addition to limiting the size of strollers, Disney is eliminating smoking within the parks and loose ice in coolers.
“Also beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney District in California.”
“Beginning today, if you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks for theme park or water park adventures, it’s important to know that loose or dry ice are no longer permitted in our parks.”