While I am not bias in any of this situation, I appeal to all of you to understand why I am writing this article. Disney has imposed some serious rules regarding smoking. They have made it so that a person staying at one of their hotels, or even the DVC resorts cannot smoke in the privacy of their “Residence.”
They have writen in numerous letters that the stopped the smoking privelidge in the hotels due to the lack of requests for that type of room. They later state that if you are caught smoking in the rooms you will be charged for a SUPER CLEANING. They have even gone as far as to allow smokers to only smoke in “Hidden – Off the Beaten Trail” locations. What would you call this?
While Disney makes no money off of the cigarette industry, they do make money off of the Alcohol industry. In the past Disney even made it more common for alcohol to be in more places than it ever was before. You can now purchase alcohol in the Water Parks, and in the Theme Parks. Disney can employ a legal bartender, and make huge profits off the alcohol industry. You don’t need anything special to sell cigarettes. Actually… Finding cigarettes on Disney grounds is getting harder, and harder. Look for them. You won’t find many locations at all.
While I understand all of the concerns about the smoking, and the children… I still feel that I don’t want my child subjected to the growing alcoholism problem. Factually speaking, I fear the alcoholics that drink just one too many when they are around my child. I don’t think a person is going to start a fist fight after going outside, and having one cigarette too many. Cigarettes don’t make people “crazy.” Alcohol has its possibilities if combined incorrectly.
Allowing the children to see “Adults” drinking is not good for the newer generations. Children are already irresponsible with alcohol. Now add on top of that the fact that when they go to a Theme Park that is supposed to be family oriented they see people drinking to their hearts content. While smoking is not a immediate killer… Drinking can be an immediate killer.
I actually heard of someone getting the paramedics called on them because he had gotten so drunk that he passed out, and they didn’t know if he was breathing. This only being one instance that I can site… I am sure that there are a lot more issues that have come up, but have never made it to the news because Disney does know how to Close-out the media.
On my past cruise I actually had to set an example of how rules get changed, and I follow them. My wife, and I were hanging out with a family from the cruise that we met prior to sailing. We sat down on the designated side of the boat for smokers. Within a few minutes people complained, and a Disney cast member came to me, and asked us to move because we were not in the designated smoking section. After verifying my knowledge of the recently changed rules I advised the cast member that he needed to check with his supervisor, and then he needed to make sure that other guests complaining knew that the rules were just changed. We stayed there smoking, and again I noticed the same guest requesting a Senior cast member address the issue. I advised that same cast member of the in place rules. He apologized. The guest seemed very annoyed, and gave us dirty looks for the duration of their stay at their table.
I personally feel that not only Disney, but all entities that can put rules on smoking should have parallel rules on drinking. We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, but when Disney allows drinking in a family environment they open themselves up to scrutiny. I will be the first to hold Disney accountable when a drunk, or slightly drunk does something to ruin my vacation.
Drinking in the water parks is a totally different issue. Alcohol takes its toll in different ways on different people. Now add the sun, and heat to the equation, and you get a unpredictable combination.