Walt Disney World Parks Are Banning Smoking and Oversized Strollers

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Mariah Wild/Disney Parks via Getty Images

Besides the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, there will be a few new changes coming to America's Disney theme parks this year. As WFTV reports, Disney World in Orlando, Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California are officially banning smoking and certain types of strollers within the parks.

It may seem odd in 2019, but smoking technically has been permitted on Disney properties up until now. To smoke or vape at Disneyland or Disney World, guests have had to go to designated smoking areas hidden away from more heavily trafficked sections of the park.

But beginning May 1, 2019, smoking and vaping at Disney will only be allowed outside the parks' entrances. In addition to the new smoke-free policy, Disney is also banning wagon-style strollers and strollers larger than 31 inches wide and 52 inches long.

The new rules are set to go into effect in time for the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge in Disneyland on May 31 and Disney World on August 29. Disney is expecting overwhelming crowds when the attraction opens, and closing the smoking areas and banning oversized strollers are just two of the ways it plans on easing traffic jams, maximizing space, and creating a more enjoyable experience for all.

[h/t WFTV]

New Jersey's Anthony Bourdain Food Trail Has Opened

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Before Anthony Bourdain was a world-famous chef, author, or food and travel documentarian, he was just another kid growing up in New Jersey. Earlier this year, Food & Wine reported that Bourdain's home state would honor the late television personality with a food trail tracing his favorite restaurants. And that trail is now open.

Bourdain was born in New York City in 1956, and spent most of childhood living in Leonia, New Jersey. He often revisited the Garden State in his books and television shows, highlighting the state's classic diners and delis and the seafood shacks of the Jersey shore.

Immediately following Bourdain's tragic death on June 8, 2018, New Jersey assemblyman Paul Moriarty proposed an official food trail featuring some of his favorite eateries. The trail draws from the New Jersey episode from season 5 of the CNN series Parts Unknown. In it, Bourdain traveled to several towns throughout the state, including Camden, Atlantic City, and Asbury Park, and sampled fare like cheesesteaks, salt water taffy, oysters, and deep-fried hot dogs.

The food trail was approved following a unanimous vote in January, and the trail was officially inaugurated last week. Among the stops included on the trail:

  1. Frank's Deli // Asbury Park
  1. Knife and Fork Inn // Atlantic City
  1. Dock's Oyster House // Atlantic City
  1. Tony's Baltimore Grill // Atlantic City
  1. James' Salt Water Taffy // Atlantic City
  1. Lucille's Country Cooking // Barnegat
  1. Tony & Ruth Steaks // Camden
  1. Donkey's Place // Camden
  2. Hiram's Roadstand // Fort Lee

Chernobyl Creator Craig Mazin Urges Visitors to Treat the Exclusion Zone With Respect

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Following the success of the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, one tour company reported that bookings to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone located in Ukraine rose 35 percent. Now, series creator Craig Mazin is imploring the new wave of tourists to be respectful when snapping selfies at Chernobyl, Gizmodo reports.

A 2500-square-kilometer exclusion zone was established around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant shortly after its reactor exploded in 1986 and flooded the area with harmful radiation. The abandoned towns are still too radioactive for people to live there safely, but they have been deemed safe to visit temporarily with the supervision of a guide.

Chernobyl has supported a dark tourism industry for years, but thanks to the miniseries, photographs taken there are gaining new levels of attention online. News of influencers posing for irreverent selfies at the site of the nuclear disaster quickly went viral. Mazin tweeted:

Regardless of why people are visiting the site, being respectful in the presence of tragedy is always a good idea. It's also smart to resist leaving a tour group to snap the perfect selfie in some abandoned building: Tour companies warn that breaking rules and wandering off approved paths can lead to dangerous radiation exposure.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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