New Disney Regulations: What Would Walt Think?

Disney Parks, Downtown Disney, and other related properties are gearing up to institute new rules and regulations.
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New Disney Regulations: What Would Walt Think?

This is an opinion piece. All opinions are those of Dr. Ho.

Disney spokespeople state that these changes are to improve guest flow and ease congestion.

 

My guess is that this is true BUT that the unstated benefit is that some of the changes will also likely increase revenue.

 

Some people think that these new policies and plans are perfect and others are quite upset. Let’s review a few of them.

 

 

Benches will be hard or impossible to find.

 

Guests will now be “invited” to rest at the park restaurants. Reports from park goers state that this change is already in process.

 

This seems like a great way to bring in more revenue by bringing more people into the restaurants. However, if I pay triple-digit prices to get in I would appreciate being able to rest and crowd watch without sitting in a “dining establishment.”

 

Beginning March 28, loose and dry ice are no longer permitted.

 

Reusable ice packs are still allowed.

 

I am not sure of the reason for this rule unless it is to cut back on people bringing in food and drinks.

 

Beginning May 1, parks will be smoke-free.

 

As per WDW Magazine, “Designated smoking areas will only be available outside of the parks. All smoking areas within the theme parks will be removed.”

 

Sorry smokers, I think this is FABULOUS.

 

Yes, I realize that people will still find a way… BUT anything that cuts back on me having to smell second-hand smoke is a WIN as far as I am concerned.

 

Yes, this includes smelling marijuana smoke.

 

(I sell CBD. I do not sell marijuana.)

 

Objects or toys that appear to be firearms or weapons are not allowed.

 

Does Disney not sell a replica of Alladin’s sword?

 

I hope that they are sticking by their own rules!!!

 

Selfie Sticks and extension poles are not allowed.

 

Yes, I use them and yes, I am an “influencer” but I still agree with this rule. Too many silly accidents happen due to this and similar devices.

 

 

Stroller Wagons will no longer be permitted.

 

Approved strollers will be 31″wide and 52″ long or smaller.

 

I am torn on this one. These wagons and strollers have become a bit of an issue as they are HUGE but kids with special needs often benefit from these safe havens.

 

Perhaps, Disney will allow medical exceptions but I think that is another HUGE issue.

 

I absolutely believe that there should be exceptions made for those in true need. However,  I have concerns that these exceptions will be abused.

 

Now that statement may really upset some people. However,  I have been witness to many people who have abused the system (in and outside of Disney) to inappropriately gain handicap passes and other specialized treatments.

 

This is something that bothers me greatly.

 

This is something I know to be true. They often will talk about it and even brag about how smart they were to trip up the system.

 

These exceptions are for those that need it NOT for those who have figured out the loopholes!!!

 

By the way, there are whispers that the real reason behind the stroller rule is that Disney Corp is looking for ways to fit more people in the parks.

 

With the prices sky high already that is sure to make people angry.

 

To read all the new rules click here for Disneyland and click here for Walt Disney World.

 

Now it is your turn.

 

What do you think?

 

To Your Health,

Elise Ho, Ph.D., D.N.Psy

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14 thoughts on “New Disney Regulations: What Would Walt Think?”

  1. Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle

    A helpful post, although I am not likely to be near Disney, any time soon. I get so annoyed when shops and malls do not have convenience seating.
    We will feature your post in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. Well done. We love having you back on our Pit Stop crew 🙂
    Kathleen

  2. I think most of these sound fine and there should be no question about all public places like this being smoke-free or no firearms allowed. I do wonder if people can still vape and about those with a marijuana prescription. It’s been so long since I went and even though I was young and healthy we still needed a place to sit. I remember how expensive everything was then and how hungry I was and back then I was skinny. I can’t imagine being out of shape or older or having a problem hip or knee or feeling ill and trying to find a place to rest though.

    1. Personally, I am very disappointed to hear about the benches. I think it is a large disservice.

      From my understanding, vape is also not allowed regardless if medically prescribed.

  3. For people who are older like me and who still like to accompany their family places, benches are so important. I think that’s quite sad. The ice policy will make it even harder for families to afford to go and like you, I see both sides of the wagon issue.

  4. As someone with autoimmune issues, including rheumatoid arthritis, taking away the benches would make it very difficult for me. Since I also have a lot of food sensitivities it is unlikely that I would eat inside one of their pricey restaurants! Thanks for sharing at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

  5. Well, I love the no smoking rule for sure! But I am thinking I will be quite disappointed not to find benches around. Sometimes we buy snacks from a stand and I’d like somewhere to sit and eat those… I did laugh at the weapons and firearms policy only because we bought a plastic light up toy gun one morning in Adventureland on our last day at Disney and ran into HUGE problems at the airport because it was in our carry- on luggage. When toys became actual weapons I do not know but somehow they have become completely taboo and with three boys they’re everywhere in my house!

    1. Oh I hear you on that… I have two boys and a girl who used to love Power Rangers. Plus my son made guns out of Lego so there was that too…

  6. Elise, I am soooo not a fan of Disneyland/Disney World/amusement parks, pretty bah-humbug about them, so I don’t give it much thought. And yet I found your post really interesting! That first item about the benches is pretty disgusting–a lot of people just need a breather, not a snack or meal. #BloggersPitStop

    1. I am happy that you found the post of interest. When our children were little we went quite a bit. I am pretty disgusted by the bench situation too.

  7. Very interesting indeed. I agree for the most part what Disney has put in place and will put in place to keep Disney running in an orderly fashion.

    1. I agree for most of it too. I especially found what youm entioned to me about dry ice being dangerous to be a very good point.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in Mindset, Stress Management, Emotional Health and the Brain-Gut Connection to it all.

During Elise's 30+ years of experience she has been honored to work closely with health and wellness pioneers such as Dr. Mark Hyman, Dr. Daniel Amen, Dr. John Gray, and several others.

Dr. Ho holds multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.