Are you headed to Disney with a baby? Ready to hit the theme parks with a toddler? Parents of little ones, smokers and people who like a cold drink face new rules at Walt Disney World and Disneyland beginning March 28 and May 1, 2019. Find out what you need to know before you go.
If you are heading into one of the Disney parks with a baby or toddler, be aware that some rules around strollers, wagons and ice are changing. The new Disney rules going into effect apply to both Walt Disney World (encompassing Hollywood Studios, Epcot, Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom) and Disneyland (Disneyland Theme Park and Disney California Adventure Park).
Rules for where smokers can partake are changing, too.
Disney Stroller Restrictions at Theme Parks
The Disney rule change making the biggest waves is the one that covers stroller size restrictions. The parks have had stroller size restrictions, but they were rarely enforced. Under the new rules that go in effect on May 1, strollers must be smaller than 31 inches wide or 52 inches long. Most single strollers should be fine. We recommend measuring any double strollers before you travel.
As a result, Disneyland in California will be adding double stroller rentals in the parks.
We called and confirmed with stroller rental companies Kingdom Strollers, Magic Strollers, and Orlando Stroller Rental that all models they rent comply with the new rules. Rest easy if you have a rental scheduled with any of them. We review Magic Strollers here.
How Will Disney Measure Strollers?
We do not have final confirmation on how Disney will measure strollers but we have heard chatter about there being painted dimensions on the ground that your stroller will need to fit in. This makes sense as it would be a quick and easy way to check them.
Double Strollers that Meet Disney Size Rules
The following double stroller models meet Disney’s new stroller size restrictions:
- Joovy Caboose Ultralight 21.5″ wide by 37″ long
- Baby Jogger City Mini Double 30″ wide by 37″ long
- Bob Revolution Dualie 31″ wide by 51″ long
- Baby Jogger City Mini GT Double 30″ wide by 44″ long
- Joovy Scooter X2 Double 30″ wide by 32.25″ long
- Baby Jogger Summit XT Double 31″ wide by 46″ long
- Joovy Caboose 2 21.25″ wide by 38″ long (a popular sit n’ stand option when you have a baby and an older child)
- Valco Snap Duo Trend 29″ wide by 32″ long
The good news? Most exterior doors are roughly 35 inches wide, so the majority of strollers are designed to be smaller than 31 inches wide to make it easier to pass through doorways.
Strollers that Do Not Meet Disney Size Rules
- Baby Trend Double Navigator Jogger 32.5″ wide by 43″ long (With a price point under $200, it’s available on both Amazon and Walmart. We suspect that a number of families heading to Disney will own this stroller.)
- Thule Urban Glide 2 Double 31.5″ wide by 41″ long
- Baby Trend Expedition Double Jogger 31.5″ wide by 46″ long
- Joovy Zoom 360 Ultralight 25″ wide by 54″ long (this long jogging stroller will not meet Disney requirements)
- Baby Trend Expedition EX Double Jogger 31.5″ wide by 46″ long
- Baby Jogger Summit X3 Double Stroller 32.48″ wide by 40.6″ long
- Contours Options Elite Tandem Stroller 26″ wide by 49.5-53″ long (this one will depend on how you have the seats set up and should squeak by unless they have a measuring tape)
Disney Clarifies the Wagon Policy
While wagons have always been on Disney’s banned list, the policy now clearly includes stroller wagons (including Keenz products). Definitely if you have a multi-seat stroller wagon in your Disney World vacation plans, you need to start looking for an alternative. If you’re visiting Mickey with multiple little ones, look above for double stroller options.
Visiting Disney with someone with special needs? We have spoken to Disney for clarification on the “special tag” policy that has been rumored in some groups. If your stroller is oversized and for a special needs user you can check in with Guest Services to receive a special tag allowing it. Stroller wagons will not be special tagged. Special needs strollers can be can be rented from several companies. Look for the Liberty Pushchair from Orlando Strollers.
Disney Theme Parks Go Smoke-Free
We are excited about this Disney rule change. Starting on May 1st, the air will be a little clearer in Florida and California Disney parks. Smoking will no longer be allowed in the parks. There will be designated smoking areas outside of the park entrances as well as at Disney Springs and resort hotels.
Vaping and vape pens have always fallen under Disney’s smoking rules and will be subject to the rule updates as well.
TravelingMom Tip: If you need to leave the park for a smoke, leave your purse and other bags inside with your fellow travelers. It will speed up your reentry into the park because you’ll be able to bypass the bag check line.
New Disney Dry and Loose Ice Rules
As of March 28, 2019, dry ice is no longer allowed in Disney parks. Loose ice will not be allowed either. If you want to bring in items that need to be kept cold, bring a reusable ice pack or a frozen water bottle.
How Disney’s Rule Changes Will Improve Your Experience
For many years now, the stroller situation at Disney has been growing out of control. Cast members spend a lot of time organizing strollers that can’t fit properly into stroller parking areas. The new regulations still allow stroller options for families with multiples or one baby and older kids. The strollers that still meet regulations have plenty of room for a diaper bag underneath. Of course, don’t forget that you can use Disney baby care centers to purchase baby items.
Why now? Disney is streamlining operations and improving ease of flow ahead of the opening of Disney’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at the beginning of the summer at Disneyland and the end of the summer at Walt Disney World. Read all Disney park rules here.