The list of things that are banned at Walt Disney World range from the obvious (weapons, illegal drugs) to the amusing (selfie sticks), but it looks like this week, Disney has added quite a few new items to its list of items that are not allowed inside its parks, some of which have been long requested by frequent park-goers. Here is everything that has now been added to the list of things that are banned at Disney Springs:
The biggest change that was announced this week was a new ban on smoking at Walt Disney World, Beginning on May 1 2019, smoking areas will no longer be available inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California.
And though guests cannot smoke inside these areas, there will be places outside the entrances to the areas listed above, and at Disney Springs in Florida. Smoking areas will also continue to be available at Disney Resort hotels.
Though the use of e-cigarettes and vapes were previously banned in Disney parks as well, many guests have used these items in designated smoking areas, where the ban on these items was not strictly enforced. However, now that these areas are being phased out, the ban on e-cigarettes and vapes will likely be more strictly enforced as well, since there won't be any "smoking" areas for guests to use these devices in.
This is definitely a big change for Disney parks, but it is one that many have been clamoring for over the years. Disney historians may remember that when Disneyland first opened in 1955, smoking was permitted throughout the park. However, as society became more aware of the dangers of smoking (and secondhand smoke) Disney has drawn down smoking areas over the years. Of course this is the first time there has been an outright ban on smoking at Disney Parks, but this move doesn't seem totally out of left field given the changing attitudes about smoking over the years.