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April 10, 2019

EDITORIAL - Disney's Discriminatory Smoking Ban

By: Gino Sabato

So Walt Disney World has announced that starting May 1st all smoking sections within its parks will be removed. Smokers will be directed outside the park beyond the security checkpoint in order to indulge. This probably doesn't come as a shock to anyone that smokes and likes to visit Walt Disney World. The number of designated smoking areas has been decreasing for years and it was becoming more and more obvious that this day would come sooner rather than later. 

Walt Disney Smoking A Cigarette
There was of course a time that smoking was permitted pretty much in any outdoor area of the parks. Even restaurants offered a smoking section. Cigarettes were openly sold in the parks with some establishments totally dedicated to the sale and use of tobacco products. Of course things change and social norms become almost unrecognizable over time. Most smokers will even agree that reducing the area where people can smoke is a positive action, but removing all smoking areas is really a step too far.

Main Street Tobacconist (Disneyland)
I'm sure there are many that will disagree, but ultimately banning outdoor smoking (even in designated areas) is nothing short of discrimination. This is not a question of the health effects of tobacco or a question of morality this is a question of personal rights. There are plenty of unhealthy and potentially dangerous activities taking place inside Disney parks every day. In fact just about everything inside a Disney park is unhealthy and many activities could be potentially dangerous. From drinking alcohol to overeating, the entire nature of the business is overindulgence. Some of these activities are only harmful to the person performing the activity and some, like drinking too much, is dangerous to everyone around that individual. The effects of cigarette smoking in designated smoking areas, most of which are so far off the beaten path you require a map to find them, has little if any effect on any other guest in the park. Tobacco users are being singled out and systematically discriminated against. Tobacco is a legal product and those that choose to use tobacco should be treated like any other person. 

Beyond the discriminatory nature of the smoking ban, there is the question of where are all these smokers going to go when they want to light up? Somewhere between 15-20% of guests that visit Disney World are smokers. The average number of visitors to just the Magic Kingdom each day is right around 53,000 assuming that half of those visitors are adults of legal smoking age that would leave us with a base number of 26,500 if just 15% are smokers that would mean on any given day there would close to 4000 smokers in just one of Disney World's parks. Keep in mind this is an extremely conservative estimate and that number could easily be upwards of 10,000 smokers on any given day. Going to a Disney park while fun and entertaining is also a somewhat stressful day with the crowds, lines, keeping up with your children, paying $9 for a hot dog, etc... Smokers are going to want to smoke and they are going to have to exit the park and squeeze into one very small area spending upwards of half an hour or more in order to take what would normally be a 5-minute break. Keep in mind with current designated smoking areas that 5-minute break would be far away from the crowd. This is going to cause huge problems with crowd control and traffic as well as overwhelm an already disorganized security staff due to what is sure to be a large increase in re-entries to the park. This is a lose-lose for Disney. So unless their goal was to reduce the amount of time each visitor spends in the park buying merchandise and eating food there is no upside for Disney. 

To add icing to the cake Disney has also in their infinite wisdom decided to ban the use of vaping products as well as combustible tobacco. While vaping is not the first choice of most smokers many would gladly switch to vape for a day in order to avoid the problems with exiting the park just to have a smoke. This is literally just a slap in the face and further proof that this is a discriminatory action. The use of Vape products has absolutely zero effect on anyone but the user. The vapor from these products is essentially steam and dissipates almost immediately. There are some users of these products that use specialized vaping products that produce large amounts of vapor and it would be well within Disney's purview to ban such products. 

Most importantly there are smokers that are going to smoke in the parks regardless of the rules. While I would prefer to just not visit the parks than break the rules outright I do understand the mindset of the person that would sneak a smoke in an abandoned corner. Just the idea that people are not going to smoke or especially sneak a puff off a vape pen is ridiculous at its core. We live in a society where everyone has some kind of a special entitlement and rules are broken every single day. Disney can't even manage to keep people from skipping ahead in ride queues. Good luck keeping a mom or dad that just spent 5 hours standing in line after paying hundreds if not thousands of dollars for the privilege of standing in that line from having a cigarette. 

I for one will not be visiting a Disney park any time soon. While the smoking ban is not the reason for that decision it is certainly one of a hundred other reasons that make me chose to spend my money elsewhere. My family has been visiting Disney parks for almost 40 years and the direction the company has been headed for the last 20 years is the complete antithesis of what a Disney vacation was supposed to be. 

September 5, 2018

Guests of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Florida Will Continue to Enjoy Extra Magic Hours & 60-Day FastPass+ Benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks Throughout 2019

. . . Originally slated to end December 31, 2018,
these great benefits are now available to guests at the seven hotels,
with valid theme park admission, through December 31, 2019

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla (September 2018) – Guests staying at the seven Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in 2018 have been enjoying two great benefits at the Walt Disney World Theme Parks:  the Extra Magic Hours and 60-Day FastPass+ benefits, with valid theme park admission. Originally slated to end December 31, 2018, it is now official that guests at these seven Official Walt Disney World Hotels will continue to enjoy these terrific benefits for stays through December 31, 2019.

With valid theme park admission, the Extra Magic Hours benefit enables guests to experience extra time in at least one of the Walt Disney World Theme Parks each day, either before it opens or after it closes. This provides the opportunity to enjoy select attractions, including the offerings at the all-new Toy Story Land which just opened at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in June, and the popular attractions at the other three theme parks, such as Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at or request the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby.

April 12, 2018

Tasty Meals with a Side of Sentimentality: Woody's Lunch Box Puts a Modern Spin on Timeless Menu Favorites for Guests of Toy Story Land

New land opens at Walt Disney World June 30

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 9, 2018 - In the new Toy Story Land that opens June 30 at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, the fun extends to food, and meal time comes with a heavy helping of nostalgia. Woody's Lunch Box will serve up classic on-the-go menu items with a creative twist.

Located in Disney's Hollywood Studios, the new 11-acre land brings to life all the magic and fun of the hit Disney●Pixar animated "Toy Story" franchise.  In this land – inspired by Andy's backyard from the films – guests "shrink" to the size of a toy and set off for thrills and laughs on three signature attractions.

Pandora Utility Suit Will "AMP" Up the Excitement at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Beginning April 22, guests can interact with towering mechanical suit inspired by Avatar film.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 7, 2018 - A 4.2-ton, towering mechanical suit is sure to stop guests in their tracks when it debuts at Pandora – The World of Avatar at Disney's Animal Kingdom on April 22. The new Pandora Utility Suit is inspired by the iconic Amplified Mobility Platform (AMP) suits of power armor from the epic film AVATAR.

Perched ten feet high, a human pilot straps into the cockpit of this exo-carrier and controls its powerful, yet agile movements. The giant walking suit was designed with articulated hands and a shoulder span of more than five feet. It also bears claw marks and battle scars from a Thanator – an alpha predator on Pandora.

March 31, 2018

GUEST POST - Top Villas Guide to the Best Restaurants in Disney World for Every Type of Budget

Provided by: Craig Gilhooly - Top Villas

When planning a Disney vacation, there's plenty of things to consider including accommodation, attraction tickets, where to eat and transportation. Disney World is known to have a wide selection of restaurants that it can be a hard choice on where to dine. With this guide, Top Villas put together a list of the best restaurants in Disney World for every type of budget.

Magic Kingdom Park - Epcot - Animal Kingdom - Hollywood Studios

February 18, 2018

Toy Story Land To Open At Walt Disney World Resort On June 30

A big new way to play is coming to Disney's Hollywood Studios this summer

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., Feb.16, 2018 - It's a joy-filled, toy-filled world as only Disney can create, and it opens June 30, 2018. The all-new Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort is inspired by Disney•Pixar's Toy Story films.

Guests in Toy Story Land – located at Disney's Hollywood Studios – will feel like they have shrunk to the size of a toy as Woody, Jessie, Buzz, Slinky Dog, the Aliens, Green Army Men and other fun-loving Toy Story characters come to life in the larger-than-life outdoor setting of Andy's backyard.

And what a backyard! In a rich and colorful landscape straight from his vivid imagination, Andy has set up his toys for the best playtime ever.  Guests will be surrounded by giant building blocks, game board pieces and more.

December 18, 2017

Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels to Offer Select Disney Resort Hotel Benefits in 2018

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (Dec. 18, 2017) – Guests of the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels in Central Florida, beginning with stays on January 1, 2018, and continuing throughout 2018, will enjoy an Extra Magic Hours benefit at Walt Disney World Theme Parks, with valid theme park admission.

The Disney Springs Resort Area Hotels have a longstanding relationship with the Walt Disney World Resort. Beginning January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, the Disney Springs Resort Area Hotel guests can take advantage of the theme park Extra Magic Hours benefit and enjoy even more magic!

Each day, one of the four Walt Disney World Theme Parks opens early or extends later for guests to enjoy select attractions, and during select dates, the Extra Magic Hours benefit may also be offered at a Disney Water Park. Guests can view the Extra Magic Hours calendar at, or request a copy of the printed Times Guide, available in each hotel’s lobby.

June 23, 2017

Seven Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels In The Walt Disney World® Resort in Central Florida Offering Special “Big Summer Savings” Promotion

. . . Offer provides a great way to take in the new  
Pandora – The World of Avatar® at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park,
and the many new offerings at the significantly expanded Disney Springs®

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL (June 2017) – In celebration of the opening of the incredible all-new land Pandora – World of Avatar®, which just opened in May at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park, the seven Disney Springs® Resort Area Hotels just launched an appealing new promotion that can provide a savings of up to 30% off regular room rates. The “Big Summer Savings” promotion is a 4-day/4-night package which includes accommodations for 4 nights plus a 4-Park Magic Ticket to enjoy one admission to each of the 4 Walt Disney World® Resort Theme Parks for 4 days. The promotion is available for travel through September 30, 2017, but must be booked by July 30, 2017.

April 30, 2017

From Surreal Worlds to Super Heroes, Groundbreaking New Experiences Premiere During Blockbuster Summer of Fun at Disney Parks

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. and ANAHEIM, Calif.April 17, 2017 - Anchored by two amazing new experiences ­– one an alien planet where mountains float and Banshees fly, the other an epic adventure inviting a breathtaking drop into the world of Super Heroes – Disney parks on both coasts are poised to make summer 2017 a season like none other. It all begins May 27, with the debuts of Pandora ­– The World of Avatar at Walt Disney World Resort and Guardians of the Galaxy ­– Mission: BREAKOUT! at the Disneyland Resort.

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