New Disney Regulations: What Would Walt Think?
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.
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.
Now it is your turn.
What do you think?