Disney eliminating plastic straws

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  1. Hoodie

    Hoodie <font color=purple>Going to BC and GF with one wee

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    There will definately be those who will need to plan around this to account for specific needs, but I love this change overall. It could be worth asking Disney they will be providing items such as straws for those that have an actual need for them. Seems like it would fit into a disability plan. If not, I'm sure bringing your own is a fine option.
     
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  4. DCLPrincess

    DCLPrincess Gone to the Dark Side

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    It said plastic, do you think they will offer paper straws?
     
  5. Hoodie

    Hoodie <font color=purple>Going to BC and GF with one wee

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    We tried paper straws - once. They fall apart too easily. He even chewed through a silicone straw. I have no issue tossing a package of 100 plastic straws in our backpack. In the grand scheme of planning with disabilities, it's one of the smaller annoyances. Just something else to add to the checklist.
     
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    marcyleecorgan DIS Veteran

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    Paper straws are easy, you just pull them out of the drink when you're not drinking it. Otherwise they do get soggy ;) It's just a new muscle memory people have to get used to.

    Don't all the kids' cups with glow-cubes come with a plastic bendy straw? We have several.... also we bought a fistful of Mickey-headed twisty straws as souvenirs for $0.90 apiece... not to mention the gift shops are FULL of cups that have straws as part of the tumbler...

    I also stockpile all the single-use straws that I get at fast-food. I think I have about 3 Pringles cans' full of them. I try to make sure I have them with me, like my re-usable bags and my cutlery set and water bottle.
     
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    blondietink DIS Veteran

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    It's not just about plastic straws, but also a lid on drinks that the straw goes through. My 28 year old son will spill every drink if he has to drink out of a paper cup without a lid and straw. Yes, I can bring my own straws, but they won't do any good unless the cup has a lid on it. I am going to contact guest relations to see what kind of substitute they are going to have for people who can't drink out of a regular cup without a lid and straw.
     
  8. Hoodie

    Hoodie <font color=purple>Going to BC and GF with one wee

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    I was wondering what the replacement will be. You have a place that is supposed to be drawing the young crowd, including a TON of toddlers. If they don't have some option to cover the cup, Disney will be spending a lot of time cleaning up messes.

    It does sound like they will have paper straws, so maybe the lids will stay.
     
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    My daughter can only drink out of one very specific sippy cup due to her disability. So I bring one everywhere we go. I don't see this as being any different. If you need a plastic straw or a cup with a lid, bring one with you
     
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    Hoodie <font color=purple>Going to BC and GF with one wee

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    It's not the sogginess in the drink (although that is a problem ) it's that he's a chewer. That paper straw will be pulp within about 5 minutes.

    It's not the reusable ones (like the Mickey heads or tumblers) that are being replaced. It's the single use ones. It's just adding another item to remember to bring with us.
     
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    I have already bought steel straws. I don’t really like them, but I am getting use to them. I don’t have enough upper arm strength to hold a glass, lift up and drink out of it. I am old enough to remember when paper straws were all that were offered and I know I won’t be able to use them.
     
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    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    They will not allow you to bring the plastic straws into the Animal Kingdom. They are banned from that park, and have been forever.

    Maybe try the steel straws out and home and see if those work.
     
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    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    Why not figure it out ahead of time? You can easily buy a glass with a permanent lid and straw and bring it along. I'm not trying to be mean, and I'm sorry if it is coming across that way. But I wouldn't depend on Disney to try and fix this for you. I'd be proactive and find out what works before heading to the parks.
     
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    I'm already having trouble finding plastic straws to purchase at Target. They have been out of stock recently and we are running out. I think this whole ban is so stupid and based on sketchy statistics. My kids are also autistic and have a really hard time drinking without straws. Those Mickey bendy straws they have at WDW are TOO NARROW and actually harder to use than a regular straw.

    We were upset to find out that there were NO straws at either of the water parks, except the Mickey one for purchase, which is stupid because what are we supposed to do with the straw when we are done eating and want to go back to the rides? It ends up in the trash regardless. And I'm sure those aren't recyclable...

    They could have at least offered paper straws, but they didn't.
     
  15. maxiesmom

    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    Look up what the straws do to sea life. I'm all for the ban. There are many substitutions out there.

    It is pretty stupid that they didn't have the paper straws at the water parks. I wonder what the thought is behind that?
     
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    Then you'll have to leave AK off your list. From Disney's list of prohibited items:

    Balloons and plastic straws are not permitted in Disney's Animal Kingdom Park for the safety of our animals.

    https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/park-rules/
     
  17. Hoodie

    Hoodie <font color=purple>Going to BC and GF with one wee

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    We don't ever eat inside Animal Kingdom for that reason. We do however eat at Rainforest Cafe there - which has plastic straws.
     
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    My 23-year old son w/Asperger's can drink out of a regular cup with no problem. He just prefers to drink with a straw and I could see his anxiety building yesterday when he read about the ban. I'm planning to pack a couple of hard plastic straws. We used them at home all the time. We can easily wash them in the restroom sink and I'll keep a ziplock in my bag to store them. Should be easy enough and it will be one less thing for my son to worry about.
     
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    sarahatthesea Earning My Ears

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    Will you let us know what you find out?
     
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    maxiesmom The Mean Squinty Eye Works

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    I wonder if it will though going forward.
     
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