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New Disney Policies for Strollers, Smoking & Ice

STROLLERS:

2019 Updated Disney Policies concerning Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Ice.

2019 Updated Disney Policies concerning Strollers, Wagons, Smoking, and Ice.

Beginning May 1, Disney is adjusting guidelines on stroller sizes, which will require them to be no larger than 31" (79cm) wide and 52" (132cm) long or smaller. The good news – many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Also, just a reminder that wagons are not permitted in the Disney parks. Beginning May 1, stroller wagons will also no longer be permitted. These updates are designed to help guest flow and ease congestion, making the parks more enjoyable for everyone.

TIP: The smaller your stroller, the easier it is to navigate and maneuver the parks. At Walt Disney World Resort, you can rent a single or double stroller once you arrive, and they can be rented each day. Or, they can choose a Length of Stay Rental, which will save them time and money. While Walt Disney World already offers a double stroller rental, Disneyland Resort will soon offer one too.

SMOKING:

Also beginning May 1, smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California.

TIP: Designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances to the areas listed above, and at Disney Springs in Florida. For guests who have room or dining reservations, smoking areas are also available at Disney Resort hotels.

LOOSE ICE

Beginning today, if you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag to store snacks and drinks for theme park or water park adventures, it’s important to know that loose or dry ice are no longer permitted.

TIP: We recommend you use re-useable ice packs instead. Complimentary cups of ice are available at Food & Beverage locations inside the parks if needed.

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Places to Meet Santa at Disney World

Where to find Santa at Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney Springs.

Where to find Santa at Disney World - Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Disney Springs.

Mickey Mouse and the Disney Princesses are great, of course, but sometimes we just need to get a word in with Santa before he checks the naughty and nice list for the last time before making his rounds. Here are the places you can meet Santa Clause at Disney World:

Magic Kingdom - Meet Santa Claus in Town Square daily from 10AM to 5PM daily during posted times, typically at 12. Santa also appears in the Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmastime Parade.

Epcot - Meet both Santa and Mrs. Claus daily in the American Adventure pavilion during posted 70-minute intervals, typically at 11:45AM, 1:45, 3:45, and 5:45PM.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios - Meet Santa Claus from November 9 to December 24 and Santa Goofy from December 25 to December 31, 2018.

Santa’s Chalet in Disney Springs - November 8 - December 24, 2018 from 11AM to 11PM. You’ll find Santa’s cottage near the Christmas Tree Trail close to the Once Upon A Toy store in the Disney Springs Marketplace area. Here’s how it works:

  • Check in at the podium.

  • Give your mobile phone number to one of Santa’s helpers

  • Shop, eat and enjoy the hustle ‘n’ bustle of the Marketplace

  • Upon receiving a text message from Santa’s helpers, return to the podium within 10 minutes

  • Take your place in line to meet Santa!

  • Photos with Santa are included in the Disney PhotoPass Memory Maker package or you can bring your own camera.

Disney Springs - Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Clause at T-Rex on December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16, 2018 with seatings at 8AM, 8:15AM and 8:30AM. Cost: $32 for age 10 - Adult, $20.50 for children ages 3 - 9; price includes tax and gratuity. Call 407-939-3463 to make your reservation.

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Disney World Tip from Toni: Talk to the Cast Members!

Disney World Tip:  Take time to talk to the Disney Cast Members - they have great tips and stories.

Disney World Tip:  Take time to talk to the Disney Cast Members - they have great tips and stories.

Talk to the Cast Members! They're called "Cast Members" because they are part of the show.  Ask them where they are from and how long they have been at Disney. Chances are, you will hear some great stories or get some good tips.  Many of them live in Florida now but have their city or country of origin listed under their names on their name tag.

The Cast Members in the Epcot World Showcase pavilions are often from the represented country, giving you a unique opportunity to ask questions and visit with someone from another culture...someone who has intentionally chosen to interact with tourist!  This is also true of the Cast Members in the Asia and Africa part of Disney's Animal Kingdom park and the Goodwill Ambassadors over at Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge

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Day of the Dead traditions at Disney World and Disneyland / Dia de los Muertos

The Mexican Day of the Dead(Dia De Muertos) tradition is observed on from October 31 to November 2nd and it is a time of honoring departed loved ones.   It has roots in Aztec beliefs that say that the souls of departed loved ones can return for a brief time. 

Click here to read more about Day of the Dead traditions and origins. 

Dia de Los Muerto at Disney World

Certain elements have been incorporated into the "Gran Fiesta Tour with the Three Amigos" ride in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot.  Skeletons and skull masks (called calacas) are a a recognizable part of modern Day of the Dead celebrations. (Did you notice the Donald Duck pinata under the arch, in the background of the picture below?)

Mexican   Day of the Dead    (Dia De Muertos) depictions in the Grand Fiesta Tour with the Three Amigos attraction in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot / Walt Disney World Resort - Florida. 

Do you see the Donald Duck banner? This is a Disney-fied version of a folk art called Papel Picado, which means punched or perforated paper, and are usually made by punching or cutting designs into tissue paper, using small chisels. They are used to decorate a lot of events but skeletons and the color pink are a common theme in banners used in Day of the Dead altars.

Donald Duck  Papel Picado  (punched or "peckered" tissue paper banner) in the    Gran Fiesta Tour with the Three Amigos" ride in the Mexico pavilion at Epcot

Pixar's "CoCo" at Disney World and Disneyland

In 2017, there will be sneak preview's of Pixar's "Coco" at Disney World and Disneyland beginning November 22nd.   This animated movie takes an aspiring musician named Miguel on a journey through the Land of the Dead with a trickster named Hector.  Click here to learn more

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  • Disneyland - Disney California Adventure - Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

Dia de Los Muerto at Disneyland

From September 15 to November 2, 2017, the Plaza de la Familia at Paradise Gardens in Disney California Adventure (Disneyland) is inspired Dia de los Muertos and the movie "CoCo" and will feature storytellers, songs from the movie, Folklorico dances and Mariachi Divas.   Authentic Mariachi music will be presented at the Paradise Gardens Bandstand along with delicious Mexican foods available for purchase.   Click here for more information

In Disneyland park, guests can head over to Frontierland from September 15 to November 2, 2017 to join the festivities.   Zocalo Park will have a musical trio of iconic calacas (skeleton figurines), brightly colored flowers and Calaveras-style face painting.  You can enjoy dtasty mexican food at Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante.

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