Bob Dylan once wrote:
Come writers and critics Who prophesize with your pen And keep your eyes wide The chance won't come again
I mean, he wrote more than that but you know....copyright laws. All of this to say that Disneyland has come out with a series of new rules and regulations that affect everyone from parents to people looking to get their nicotine fix. And you could feel the meltdowns in the air from coast to coast. What,you ask has caused the many wringing of hands? Well, on Thursday March 28th Disney announced via their website that starting May 1, strollers larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long will no longer be allowed inside the Anaheim and Florida theme parks, as well as Disney’s water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and Downtown Disney.
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Four smoking sections in total will be removed including the one along Big Thunder Trail in Frontierland that sits directly across from the entrance to Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge,. Another smoking area in the California Adventure Park, near the Silly Symphony Swings, one in the esplanade between the two parks, and a fourth in the Downtown Disney shopping district will also be eliminated according to the Los Angeles times. The Disney Parks Blog Spelled it out in a little more Disney Friendly Way:
From the Disney Parks Blog Mom's Panel:
"Beginning May 1, we are adjusting our guidelines on stroller sizes, which will require them to be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long. The good news – many strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Also, just a reminder that wagons are not permitted in our parks. Beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. These updates are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone".
Never one to let an opportunity to spin bad news slip by the blog post continues:
TIP: The smaller your stroller, the easier it is to navigate and maneuver the parks. “My number one go-to is renting a stroller from Disney,” explains Disney Parks Moms Panelist Tabitha. “At Walt Disney World Resort, you can rent a single or double stroller once you arrive, and they can be rented each day or you can choose a Length of Stay Rental.” While Walt Disney World already offers a double stroller rental, Disneyland Resort will soon offer one too!
It should be noted that Disney will rent you a stroller for 15.00 a day. That's a lot to unpack (just don't pack it with dry ice or loose ice) so we'll keep you updated and of course we'll be discussing it on our podcast available on Itunes, Sticher or Buzzsprout.com