Disney smoking, large stroller bans begin at theme parks

Visitors will have to light up outside park entrances

Some big changes are coming to Walt Disney World.
Some big changes are coming to Walt Disney World.

ORLANDO, Fla. – Some big changes are coming to Walt Disney World. 

Starting Wednesday, guests who want to smoke will have to do so outside the parks. 

Disney announced in March it was closing smoking areas inside all theme parks, water parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. 

Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances and at Disney Springs.

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The ban also includes vaping.

Disney updated several other park policies that go into affect Wednesday, including a ban on large strollers and ice.

Strollers larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long will no longer be allowed starting Wednesday.

Disney explained the reasoning behind the policy changes on its website. Click here to learn more about the changes.

News 6 contacted other Central Florida theme parks to see if they would also consider a similar move.

"We have a small number of smoking areas in each of our parks," a Universal Orlando spokesperson said in an email to News 6. "They are located in out-of-the-way spots and have not been a source of concern for our guests. That said, we are always reviewing our policies and procedures."

Legoland Florida in Winter Haven told News 6 that it has designated areas throughout its park for guests who choose to smoke.

"We will continue to always explore innovative solutions that’ll enhance our guest’s safety and park experience," Legoland said in an email to News 6.

SeaWorld Parks, including Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, prohibits smoking inside the parks, except in designated areas. A SeaWorld Parks spokesperson said the theme park does not have plans to change that policy.

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