In the Disney Parks Blog today Disney made a series of announcements that will affect many guests. The biggest of which was that beginning May 1st, smoking will no longer be allowed inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California. In the announcement Disney stated that designated smoking areas will be available outside the entrances of 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.
The next announcement was in regard to strollers. Also beginning May 1st, Disney is requiring that strollers be no larger than 31″ (79cm) wide and 52″ (132cm) long. According to the announcement many strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. They also reminded guests that wagons will not be permitted in the parks beginning May 1st. According to Disney, these updates are designed to help with guest flow and ease congestion. While Disney is stating that this is an “adjustment” to the stroller guidelines, I’ve been told that this might actually be an “emphasis of enforcement,” but I don’t have definite information on that.
The final announcement affects guest bringing in coolers into the parks. Beginning today, loose or dry ice are no longer permitted in the parks. Ice packs will be permitted though.
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that the 330,000-gallon Upstream Plunge at the long abandoned River Country water park is being filled in. River Country, which opened in 1976, closed in 2002 after Disney’s newer water parks — Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon — became more popular.
The pool is surrounded by man-made boulders for jumping and diving platforms.
Disney has said that it has no immediate plans to tear down any other portions of the park.
Standing water can attract mosquitoes, but Disney officials have said that the work at River Country has been planned for a while and is unrelated to the Zika virus.
A brand new attraction called Miss Fortune Falls is coming to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in spring of 2017!
Miss Fortune Falls will be a family-style raft attraction that takes guests on a splashing journey through the fabled Captain Mary Oceanear’s past. Legend has it that Captain Oceanear, a treasure-hunting heroine, travelled across the sea collecting unique artifacts before she became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm.
Onboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attraction before plunging into a white-water adventure where they will be able to spot some of the treasures Captain Oceanear gathered from around the world.
With a ride time of two minutes, Miss Fortune Falls will be among the lengthiest attractions at both Disney Water Parks.
Walt Disney World has just completed the roll-out of preferred parking to all four of their theme parks, and will be adding the option to the water parks.
Beginning on June 5th, preferred parking will be available at Disney’s Blizzard Beach, and at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon beginning June 19th.
Like at the main parks, a $15 fee in addition to existing parking fees will get you a parking spot close to the main entrance, and for the water parks, will also include a bottle of water for each guest.