New Disney World Restrictions May Have Fans Divided

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Walt Disney World is branded as “The Most Magical Place On Earth.” One of the most exciting things about the four Parks offered at Disney World is the constant change that comes with the Resort. Although Disney fans all have their favorite attractions, restaurants, and details of the Parks, they are everchanging. When creating Disneyland, and with the idea of Disney World one day coming to fruition, Walt Disney wanted the Parks to be a place for Guests of all ages. With that hope comes the need to grow and change with the times, technology, and desire of the Guests.

In September, Disney World hosted Destination D23, where many new experiences were rolled out for the Parks. These new experiences include the reimagining of Test Track at EPCOT, the transformation of DinoLand U.S.A in Animal Kingdom, and a new lounge themed after Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom. These new changes mean some construction, of course, but an exciting result in the end.

New Test Track Reimagined

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Rules at Walt Disney World

Along with changes to the Parks comes an important factor that has always and will always stay in place: rules. Walt Disney World has clear rules and regulations for all Guests regardless of where you are. From the four Parks to the two water Parks, Disney Resorts or Disney Springs, Disney requires a certain level of respect towards the Resort as well as other Guests and Cast Members. The property rules listed on their website are quite lengthy, but in detail, include what is allowed and what is prohibited.

Some rules include obvious ones like “Firearms, ammunition, knives and weapons of any kind are prohibited.” Others which some Guests may not find as obvious are “Quiet hours at the Disney Resort hotels are from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., and access to attractions depends on the safety rules for each attraction.” Obvious or not, Disney requires Guests to abide by the rules for a magical experience for all Guests.

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To ensure all Guests are able to enjoy their time at all Parks, Resorts, and Disney Springs, Disney has added additional requirements to follow while visiting. Though this one doesn’t seem all that bad, it’s a new restriction placed in the Parks that may have fans divided.

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New Disney Restriction

Disney has put new rules in place that were not previously there on some attractions, specifically at Magic Kingdom for Disney’s iconic attraction Space Mountain. According to Inside the Magic, “A sign now resides in the line queue of Space Mountain that reads: “Handheld or loose articles, including cell phones and cameras, are not permitted while riding. Items must be secured on the person, in a vehicle storage pouch, or left with a non-rider.”

Magic Kingdom has already enforced this on their newest attraction, TRON Lightcycle / Run, with lockers for Guests to use. This attraction requires Guests to store phones and any loose items before boarding the ride to avoid further issues. What many Guests may not realize is if a phone, for example, is lost mid-ride, it can close the ride down until a Cast Member can safely locate it.

Exterior of Space Mountain at Disney World

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As a Disney fan and Parkgoer, we all know how much it stinks to find your favorite attraction closed. If Disney is able to eliminate that closure time by enforcing rules with phones, then maybe it is a restriction all fans could get on board with! Additionally, Inside the Magic noted other attractions may enforce the same rules, including “Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Slinky Dog Dash, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, and others.”

What are your thoughts on the new signage at Space Mountain? Let us know in the Facebook comments your thoughts.

About Sarahfina LoFaso

Sarahfina is an author, and adjunct professor with a passion for writing and of course, all things Disney! Cinderella is her favorite princess and movie, both the animated and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s 1997 version. In close second place is Hercules, tied with Saving Mr. Banks. Sarahfina enjoys writing about the history of Walt Disney and all the parks, along with food, dining, and resorts. Her favorite ride is the Tower of Terror, and her favorite restaurant right now is the San Angel Inn, in EPCOT. Most importantly, her must-have snack every Disney trip is the controversial turkey leg, because it reminds her of her family trips as a kid with her grandparents.