Notable Changes at Disneyland 2019
There have been some big and small changes happening at Disneyland for 2019 and we wanted to make sure that you stayed in the loop for them all! With our frequent visits to the parks we try and take note of these things and get them out to you as soon as we can. Sometimes there is a delay and sometime the news is big enough that you may have already read or heard about it. We encourage you to share these with others so they can be aware and be prepared.
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
This one you should have heard by now. It opens at Disneyland on May 31st, 2019 and will only be available to guests who make reservations. Fastpass and VIP tours will not bypass or guarantee you entry into this new land. You MUST have a reservation to enter. Guests staying at a property hotel will receive a guaranteed reservation into the land but not the park itself. What this means is you better get up early and into the park before capacity is reached.
We mention this because we know there are a lot of people who are headed to the parks around that time who may be oblivious to the fact that this new land is opening and that crowds will be crazy.
Smoking at Disneyland
Starting May 1st, 2019 smoking will no longer be allowed in the parks, esplanade or Downtown Disney. The areas that were once designated as smoking areas are going away. If you need to smoke you will have to head outside the security screening areas that are on the borders of the resort. Smoking includes but is not limited to: cigarettes, cigars and vaping of any kind. These items will be allowed into the parks but using them will not be. So if you need to carry your pack of cigarettes with you you can, you just can’t smoke them unless you’re in a designated smoking area outside of security.
Strollers at Disneyland
Starting May 1st, 2019 new requirements for strollers will be implemented. These include new length and width requirements plus a complete ban on all wagons and wagon strollers. This comes from the Disneyland website:
Strollers larger than 36″ x 52″ and wagons are not permitted.
- Note: Effective May 1, 2019, strollers that are greater than 31” in width and 52” in length will be prohibited. Stroller wagons will also be prohibited.
Don’t forget these new changes because you will be turned away by security if your stroller exceeds these new requirements.
Knives at Disneyland
Up until now guests could bring knives in that folded and were under 3 inches in length. Starting now guests will no longer be able to bring in knives of any size. If you happen to bring one security will ask you to either surrender it to them in which case you will not get it back or take it off property. This is always a good reminder to check your bags before you leave your hotel just in case you have a prohibited item such as a knife or selfie stick.
Coolers and Ice
While coolers are still allowed into the parks as long as they are the size of a six pack or smaller, bigger coolers will still need to be stored in the over-sized lockers near Guest Relations and Lost and Found. No matter which size of cooler you bring in, ice will either need to be removed to should security what’s at the bottom of the cooler or guests should use ice packs to keep the contents cool. Loose or dry ice is not allowed.
Ongoing renovations at Disneyland are all part of the resorts effort to prepare for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The castle has been under renovation for sometime and so have many other areas of the parks including between Frontierland and Adventureland, Main Street U.S.A. shops and now the green space at the end of Main Street is currently under construction. From what we’ve heard Disney is trying to improve the green space here for better fireworks and show viewing.
Dean has been writing and blogging for over 10 years. He specializes in Disney theme park news including updates, openings, special events and general advice for travelers. He doesn’t shy away from the good, the bad and the ugly. His previous work includes being a Cast Member at Disneyland and working as a travel agent.