Going to Disney? Leave the Juul, the Double-Wide Bugaboo, and Your Dry Ice at Home
The Happiest Place on Earth is no longer the vapiest place on Earth
While Disneyland can be an overwhelming visual experience, it is also (though more subtly) an olfactory one: fresh popcorn and swirling cotton candy, sunscreen and sweat, and the unmistakable aroma of flavored nicotine emanating from a nearby vape cloud. Well, not for long on that last odor! On March 28, Disney announced that it was banning smoking and vaping in all parks and resorts, starting May 1. No more puffing in public, and no more smoking areas at all.
As we look to Disney’s smoke-free future, it’s worth looking into its surprisingly hazy past. Because for much of Disneyland’s history (we’re talking California’s Disneyland—the real Disney), smoking was not only permitted but encouraged. There was a tobacco shop on Main Street and a cigar shop in Frontierland and “ashtrays conveniently located at the entrance to every attraction,” so that you could put out your cigarette before queuing. Walt Disney was a big smoker himself; he died of lung cancer caused by smoking in 1966.
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The smoking free-for-all did exclude attractions and lines, though. President Barack Obama learned this the hard way when, in his youth, he was kicked out of the park for lighting up on the Skywalk gondola ride. The jury is still out on what exactly he was smoking.
That all started to change in the early ‘90s, just as “smoking was banned on all interstate buses and all domestic airline flights lasting six hours or less.” In 1991, Disney closed the Tobacco Shop and converted it into Great American Pastimes, which “sold baseball cards and sports memorabilia until 1999.” In late 1999, Disneyland stopped selling cigarettes anywhere, and in early 2000, “Disneyland Park limited outdoor smoking to three locations.”