Crowds at Disneyland Force Stroller Ban (Skylar Sahakian on Unsplash)

The policy updates announced this week by Disney Parks will take effect on the 1st of May.

Large strollers which in the past have been permitted are no longer allowed into Disney World and Disneyland theme parks. This means that popular wagons like Keenz stroller wagons and even themed Cinderella Carriage wagons are soon to be banned from parks including Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Magic Kingdom.

Strollers smaller than 52 inches long and 31 inches wide will be allowed inside. Some double-wide strollers will no longer fit the new dimension restrictions, so it’s important to check these before visiting.

From the 1st of May, visitors who bring strollers larger than the measurements specified will have to leave them outside. If they can’t be returned to vehicles or their hotel, then they’ll need to be checked.

The ban affects all Disney Theme Parks (Amy Humphries on Unsplash)

The opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios means that even more guests are expected to visit this summer. This means that while these restrictions may be frustrating for some, it’s a transition to help improve crowd flow within the theme parks.

Disney World will continue to provide tandem and single strollers for hire, and Disneyland will introduce tandem strollers to their existing rental options.

This change is just one of many that were announced this week. Another policy beginning on the 1st of May will see vaping and smoking banned in Disneyland and Disney World theme parks. While each park used to have designated smoking areas, you’ll now have to leave the park to do so.

While Disney Springs and Disney hotels will keep their designated smoking areas, Disney’s water parks in Florida will also become no-smoking as well.

Guests are still able to bring drink and food into Disney’s theme parks. However, dry and loose ice is not permitted, in an attempt to restrict guests bringing in larger coolers. You may still bring reusable ice packs, however.