No Smoking at Disneyland Paris Parks

14 Mar

DLRP breaks the news that smoking will be banned at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios, and explains:

But smokers… no need to fret. Because instead, the two parks will follow their US counterparts by introducing airport-style “designated smoking areas” in secluded corners of each land.

This news, first rumoured several months ago, follows the introduction of a complete “smoking ban” throughout most public buildings in France last year, when England notably also joined the rest of the United Kingdom for a similar ban. Disneyland Resort Paris have wasted no time in taking advantage of this new-found French distrust of the smoker, banning smoking throughout all restaurants several years ago and now confirmed, from April this year, to be taking the brave step to outlaw to designated corners the legions of smokers amongst the millions who visit the parks each year.

I have to admit, I didn’t even notice the smoking when I was there, in September 2005. Maybe this is because I’d just gotten used to the smokers all over Paris, or maybe because there were so many other cultural dissimilarities that the smoking just faded into the noise.

14 Responses to “No Smoking at Disneyland Paris Parks”

  1. joe Camek March 15, 2008 at 7:57 am #

    No Smoking,No Disneyland,No problem.

  2. Thomas Paine March 15, 2008 at 10:08 pm #

    Another victory for intolerance .

  3. Florian June 24, 2008 at 8:13 am #

    I was there in May, I didn’t know smoking was prohibited except in the designated areas – you wouldnt have noticed, people were smoking everywhere, me included: nobody complained, there were still ashtrays everywhere, so why bother.

  4. Bill August 15, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    You smokers disgust me, what do you mean no one complained, no one want conflict in front of kids. I repeatedly asked and forced smokers to get out of my way or stub it out in the queues.

    Ban smoking completely and police it, your filthy habit does harm others, we had smokers blowing smoke in my baby’s face and my daughter thinks you all smell, have yellow teeth and cant be that clever knowing it kills you.

    See you all on the cancer ward.

  5. Jennifer August 15, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    Bill, oh my…..

  6. Caroline November 16, 2008 at 8:14 pm #

    oh dear bll 8-). i dont blame you if its in the ques. but me and friends, as fellow smokers make sure we smoke out of the way of children. smoking in ques was banned before anyway. open places its fine, eg looking over thunder mountain where theres lots of room. but there’s no need for that. id ont know who blew smoke in your babys face, that’s wrong.. its the people like that who don’t care you have to blame. and people who have a short fuse like you.

  7. diana January 5, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    Smoking is a vice… but its the only one i have. i wouldent wish to inflict my smoking on anyone else, but its not fair not having anywhere to go….

    to allow smokers to smoke in rooms means the rooms have to be cleaned properly and after I stayed in the most fantastic hotel in Monte carlo ‘The Vista Palace’ i could smoke but the room never smelt of smoke or that stale old lady Smell.

    I couldnt smell the smoke when aproaching the room or passing others.

    however the Ibis in Nice on the boulivade de angles absolutley stank. Iit was so bad it nearly pushed you back in the lift and i can understand why people find it offensive.

    So i would like hotels to drop the ban and get out the Mr Muscle
    because you cant see bacteria, you dont know if the bed has been changed (blankets etc) or just the sheets. (if a smoker had been in the room prior they would have to) I dont want to wake up with a strangers toe nail in my mouth!!

    I dont smoke in front of my daughter now 5, i cant smoke in work , When in the street i dont smoke where it is buisy, in ques or around children.

    I dont think my behavior is in any way distasteful or discurtious however i am constantly made to feel like a leper.

    what do you think

  8. Rachel February 8, 2009 at 5:44 pm #

    Well to be honest, some of the stuff I heard is absolute rubbish. If people want to make their own choices and smoke then why not. Why does everywhere and everyone have to be so against it. Typical English people always moaning. It drives me crazy, always moaning about smokers. If you look back in history people could smoke when and where ever they wanted and our grandparents turned out alright! So just stop being so silly and allow the smokers!

  9. Sam March 2, 2009 at 7:01 am #

    If people want to make their own choices and smoke that is fine but to smoke when around others who do not have a choice is just ignorant.
    Some people smoke in queues full of children and just don’t care. I know this does not apply to all smokers.

  10. Dee March 17, 2009 at 2:54 pm #

    Disney is a big brand, but not big enough if it can’t implement a simple designated smoking area. Manners of the french regarding smoking is a disgrace. You dont smoke in a non moving queue’. When asked dont blow your smoke in my childs face, comment we got back was ‘don’t like it go home it’s a free country. I didn’t actually think it was mr & mrs disney i was talking too, and that they owned this park. Anyway their childs comment just summed it up, as we walked away something along the lines of KISS MY ASS. Not bad english.

    ‘DISNEY, IT IS A FACT YOU ARE LOSING MASSIVE CUSTOM because you cant control smokers.

    Yes of course french custom will always remain, but there’s not much diversity anymore, and yes i used to go alot and have seen massive decline of other european visiters. Which obviously just the way they want it.

  11. Elien July 1, 2009 at 3:46 am #

    @ Bill: Dear Bill, I hope you never curse or swear, because if smoking by definition means cancer, then swearing means going to hell. As you know, hell is very warm, because of the fire and stuff… I don’t know if you know but fire also means smoke.
    Therefor if there’s even smoke in hell, then I’d rather go to disneyland!!!! and P.S.: if you hate smokers so much, then I hope you’re children will never start smoking when they grow up.

    Kind regards,

    A demonic smoker who will go directly to the cancer ward before going to hell… blablabla

  12. Susan July 27, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    We just returned from Disneyland Paris and were so disappointed. EVERYWHERE we turned, someone was smoking! Going from the clean, magical experience of DisneyWorld to the smoke filled air (human disrepect) at Disneyland Paris makes us never want to go there again. We will chose the good ‘ol USA parks over the European smoke fest parks.

  13. me123456 August 18, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Bill.. Quit your fucking whining. First of all, if you’re outside, and the person smoking is outside, you have no fucking right to tell them to put ANYTHING out if its in your childs face or not, you do, however, have the right to politely inform the smoker or move away from them. Its that simple. Until governments can police AIR USAGE, you need to quit whining because the abosolute rage you’ve caused me with your intolerant attitude has probably reduced more time from my life span than any second hand smoke. I don’t smoke, but my entire family does, fathers and mothers side, it has never bothered me because i grew up in a house with TOLERANT people who will step outside to smoke, and with non smokers who wont whine and complain about some slightly smokey OUTSIDE air. If someone wishes to smoke that is their right, they can smoke elephant dung if they want, NO HUMAN BEING HAS THE RIGHT TO TELL ANOTHER WHAT HE/SHE CAN/CANNOT BURN OR PUT IN THEIR LUNGS. WHOEVER THOUGHT UP THIS GREAT IDEA THAT IT IS *OKAY* TO TELL ANOTHER HUMAN BEING, WHO YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN WHETHER YOU SMOKE OR NOT, WHAT TO DO OR HOW TO DO IT IS LUDICRIS. It gives me no hope at all for humanity, infact, just the opposite, when there are so many people in the world the just believe its alright to police another human being to the point of depression, its not right, you are no better than anyone else.

  14. Jennifer September 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm #

    Wow, I rarely lock comments on a thread, but in this case I’ve just gotta do it.

    So, for those of you enjoying the flame war: You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.

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