Rule Changes at Disney World Regarding Smoking, Strollers, and Loose Ice

Don’t forget that these rule changes take effect today for Walt Disney World in Florida. These rule changes affect smoking, strollers, and loose ice. A list of rules for Disney World published by Disney can be found by clicking here. Here are the major changes.


Beginning May 1 there will no longer be smoking areas inside any of the theme parks, water parks, or ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. There will be designated smoking areas outside the entrances to these areas as well as Disney Springs. There are already designated smoking areas at the resorts. As far as I know those will not change.

Personally, as a nonsmoker, the only place I have ever been bothered by cigarette smoke is in Epcot where the designated smoking areas are a little too close to the main walking areas around the World Showcase. At times, the smoke in Epcot gets pretty irritating for someone with allergies.


Also beginning May 1, there are new size restrictions taking effect for strollers. Strollers may be no larger than 31” wide and 52” long. Also, stroller wagons will no longer be permitted. Disney is likely doing this to help with congestion in the parks. As a general rule of thumb, I would think going with the smallest stroller that meets your needs is the way to go.

A large stroller can be difficult to get on the tram if you are parking in the lots at the parks because they have to be folded before getting on the trams. You don’t want to be that family that comes up to the tram at the last minute with a stroller the size of an armored personnel carrier and make everyone have to wait while you take 15 minutes to figure out how to fold it. There is also the option to rent a stroller from Disney once you are in the parks so you don’t have to take them with you on the trams or other modes of transportation in the parks. My family hasn’t used a stroller in quite some time, as our youngest is a teenager. I would be interested to know what those of you with small children think about this rule change.

Loose Ice

A change that has already taken effect is a ban on bringing loose or dry ice into the parks. You will now need to bring reusable ice packs instead. I think this was possibly more of a security concern than anything because every bag and/or cooler has to be screened before entering the parks. Complimentary cups of ice will still be available at Quick-Service locations. What I like to do when I bring snacks to the park is pack them in a small cooler bag with reusable ice packs. I don’t like to bring drinks because they are heavy and cups of ice water are complimentary at Quick-Service locations.

So, those are the most recent changes. What do you think? Will this change anything about your next visit to Disney?


I grew up in Southeastern Kentucky where everyone loves basketball. I am married to Marty and we have three daughters, two sons-in-law, one grandson, and a Japanese Bobtail cat named Luna. I didn’t get to go to my first theme park until my second daughter was four months old. We came to Magic Kingdom that year and I was hooked. We moved to Central Florida in 2017 and became annual pass holders at Disney World. Now we are in the parks almost every week. In my time here I have learned a lot about Disney, but I feel as though I have only scratched the surface. That is why I am excited about sharing the experiences and things I learn along the way. I would love to hear from you. Let me know what you want to learn about a trip to Disney. I may write a blog about it.