WDW Resorts go Smoke Free

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  1. Cheshire Figment

    Cheshire Figment <font color=red><marquee behavior=alternate>Friend

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    Walt Disney World Resort Press Release

    Walt Disney World Resort Resorts Go Smoke-Free
    Move to smoke-free is in response to increased guest demand for smoke-free rooms

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 1, 2007 – Walt Disney World Resort Senior Vice President for Operations Erin Wallace announced today, all Disney-owned and operated hotels at the Walt Disney World Resort will become smoke-free by June 1, 2007. The policy also applies to all Disney Vacation Club Resorts. With more than 20 Disney owned and operated resorts on property; this represents the largest single site resort complex to institute this type of smoking policy change.

    “We make adjustments to our operations based on guest demand,” Wallace said. “This policy complements our efforts to provide our guests with the healthy living options they are requesting.”

    During the last five years guest demand for smoking rooms at the Walt Disney World Resort have been declining steadily. Currently, less than 3.5 percent of Walt Disney World’s 24,000 resort rooms are smoking optional. This transition allows us to better accommodate the increasing number of guests requesting smoke-free rooms. This trend is not specific to the Walt Disney World Resort. According to the American Automobile Association, more travelers are requesting smoke-free environments.

    "With more than 50 million members, AAA representsNorth America's largest traveler group and increasingly our members, like many Americans, are demanding smoke free accommodations." said Sandra Hughes, VP of Travel for AAA. "Hotels are responding by going beyond the traditional standard of smoking and non-smoking rooms, and are going smoke-free throughout their properties."

    The new policy applies to all guest rooms, patios and balconies and designates outdoor smoking areas at all resorts affected by the change. Smoking is currently prohibited in all lobbies, common areas, restaurants and convention spaces. Additionally, in January 2000 the Walt Disney World Resort theme and water parks became smoke-free with smoking allowed in designated smoking areas only.
     
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  3. All Aboard

    All Aboard Por favor mantengan se alejado de las puertas

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    Well shoot. Both times that I have arrived too late and all the non-smoking rooms at my resort were filled, they upgraded me to a better class of resort at the same discounted rate. Guess that'll never happen again.
     
  4. MasterShake

    MasterShake Sir, you are drunk……………… And you, madam, are ugly.

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    As a non-smoker I'm glad that Disney is going smoke free. While smoking is not illegal, it is very difficult to smoke without inconveniencing others. It’s not just the fact that smoking is harmful to everyone’s health, but it is also the odor that clings to clothes and hair. Sometimes just standing near someone who smokes is enough to have that unpleasant smell linger with you all day. While it’s unfortunate for smokers, the only real places they can smoke without inconveniencing others is their own home, car, and open spots in non-traffic areas.
     
  5. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    Not really interested in getting into a debate on smoking and smokers' rights, but just because of the management and reputation issues, I'm honestly surprised it took them this long.
     
  6. MasterShake

    MasterShake Sir, you are drunk……………… And you, madam, are ugly.

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    Why not, :confused3 smoking debates are some of the best threads on here. :banana:
     
  7. raidermatt

    raidermatt Beware of the dark side. Anger...fear...aggression

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    And they were so productive too...

    Can't imagine why the debate board was axed.
     
  8. mrsR123

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  9. Grumpy_Disney_Dad

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    As a smoker, I am glad Disney is doing this. I dont smoke in my house or car because of the residual smell it leaves and i can only imagine how a smoking hotel room must smell.
     
  10. pkgman

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    Just how I feel about. :thumbsup2

    Anybody care to guess how long until all of Disney's property is smoke-free.
     
  11. crazy4wdw

    crazy4wdw DIS Veteran

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    Disney-owned hotels ban smoking, If caught, guests face a steep 'cleaning fee.'

     
  12. rodkenrich

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    Finally.
     
  13. All Aboard

    All Aboard Por favor mantengan se alejado de las puertas

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    Someone is once again confusing "ING" with "ERS". It's not smokERS that are being procluded, it's smokING.

    I'm a beer drinkER, but I don't avoid the Magic Kingdom because there is no beer drinkING. Nor do they tell me I can't be there. They just proclude the activity. I don't feel like they are doing something to dismiss me. That's silly.

    NudISTS are permitted in the parks, not nudITY. Where is their outcry? It's smokING, not smokERS.

    Why do smokers always feel like it is an attack on THEM and not on the ACTIVITY? And, why do they define themselves as "smokers" anyway? Why is it "us"? They refer to it as if it were a race or religious group.

    OK Matt, I started it.
     
  14. DisneyKidds

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    Well said Mr. All Aboard.

    Glad Disney made the move. My wife is pretty sensitive to smoke and the whole smoking/non-smoking room thing doesn't always prevent the smoke from impacting the non-smoking rooms.

    After watching my mother suffer an extremely painful and torturous death at the age of 50 as a result of lung cancer brought on by smoking I feel every smoker should be required to spend a week, heck...even a day, with a terminally ill lung cancer patient. That would help 'em kick the addiction in a hurry, no matter how bad they were hooked.
     
  15. Jynohn

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    I only hope they will expand this policy onto the cruise ships as well. I was pretty disappointed that I paid extra for a balcony that I never got to use due to the smokers on either side of us. :(

    I remarked on the survey they gave us that I will never pay for a balcony again unless it is guaranteed non-smoking.
     
  16. Kim&Chris

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    I am SO happy about this, and really hope they do enforce the 'cleaning fee' policy.

    Nothing is worse than checking into a room that's supposed to be smoke-free, and smelling that horrible cigarette odor. YUCK!

    Way to Go, Disney!!!
     
  17. mochabean

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    Somebody's massaging the statistics, and it isn't Disney.

    Just because you "use tobacco products" doesn't mean you smoke. "Dismissing" 4% of the population is a bit different than 18%, and that's assuming all 4% refuse to come to Disney after the ban takes effect.

    All in all I applaud Disney's move. I just hope they really enforce it.
     
  18. thefirebuilds

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    Sex isnt illegal either, but we dont do it on people's dinner tables.

    And yes I know Im being ignorant to the hotel situation. I try to be. *shudders*
     
  19. WI_DisneyFan

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    I'm sure this goes without saying, but is Disney going to thoroughly clean all of the old smoking rooms prior to converting them to non-smoking rooms? I wouldn't want to be one of the people getting a non-smoking room that reeks of smoke.
     
  20. EUROPACL

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    Makes you want to run out and buy a black light for your next stay at Disney World ....right?
     
  21. mitros

    mitros <font color=red>I'm not nuts, I just appear to be<

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    You know, I wonder how they would go about that, tear down the walls, get rid of the bedding, etc, etc.
    DW is sensitive to smoke and becomes very ill around smoked-in areas. About a year ago, when we stayed at SSR, we were sent to a nonsmoking room that some clod decided to smoke in. We opened the door to the room and DW gaged at the horrendous odor eminating from the room. Of course, the front desk apologized, and gave us another room. My point is, if there are no rooms that you can smoke in, these smokers WILL still smoke in the room they get, {no, not all smokers, there are those that are considerate of others} and do we really think Disney is going to charge these folks for the extra cleaning that would have to be done?:confused3
     

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