All of Florida's theme parks have strict policies regarding vaping. They require vapers to use the designated smoking areas. While we agree this isn't the best option for people who vape, as a guest in their park, you will be expected to abide by their rules. In this series, we're going to focus on where those designated smoking areas are, so that you can focus on enjoying your visit.
First, though, let's talk about Disney's policy.
Disney does a good job of providing guests several areas through most of their parks (we'll discuss the LACK of smoking areas at Animal Kingdom in a future blog post). In EPCOT, there are SEVEN designated smoking areas spread logically throughout the entire park. Most of the smoking-vaping areas have some shade from the relentless Florida sun (though there are some areas that do not), and most of the areas offer seating. Of the Disney theme parks, EPCOT's smoking-vaping areas are the most accommodating, so we're going to focus on what EPCOT has to offer vapers first.
If you are using the My Disney Experience app to get around Disney, you may have already noticed that it is next to impossible to figure out where the smoking-vaping areas are in any of their parks. Disney also changes where those areas are located from time to time as well. As they change, we will keep you updated here. So let's break down where the areas are, and some landmarks to look for. We will start our journey at the front entrance, go through Future World, then head to the World Showcase.
Future World East Smoking-Vaping Area:
Located between Ellen's Universe of Energy and Mission Space, this area offers plenty of shade and seating to kick back and vape.
Future World West Smoking-Vaping Area
Located just past the The Land Pavillon, and right outside of Journey Into Imagination, you will find a nice little alcove just for smokers and vapers. While there is plenty of available seating here, the shade is minimal.
Showcase Plaza West Smoking-Vaping Area (heading toward Canada)
This area offers a couple of benches, and little shade. The first photo is if you were to take the path from Future World West (The Land) toward Canada (the smoking area would be on your left). The second photo is if you were coming from Showcase Plaza walking toward Canada (the smoking area would be on your right).
Next up is the World Showcase. We're starting from Canada, and working our way around to Showcase Plaza East (past Mexico).
International Gateway Smoking-Vaping Area
Tucked away, between England and France, near the resort area entrance, is the 'International Gateway' (located on your right as you walk toward France). This area offers some shade, and a couple of benches. Because it is the resort entrance, there generally aren't a lot of people at this smoking-vaping area.
Japan Smoking-Vaping Area
Blink, you and may miss this one! Located between Morocco and Japan, it's slightly off the main path. The shade here depends on the time of day. During peak season, getting a seat on the bench is like winning the lottery, but during the afternoon, this area is one of the coolest (in terms of temperature). There tends to be a lot of water in this area too, so be careful if you're sitting on the curbing.
Italy Smoking-Vaping Area
With no reprieve from the sun, this area offers little in terms of relief. The benches have no back support and are made of concrete. It matches the theme well, but forget about relaxing and cooling down. That said, this area tends to have plenty of available seating. Be prepared for side-eyed looks from non-smokers wondering why you're smoking so close to the fountain.
China Smoking-Vaping Area
Located between China and Norway, this smoking-vaping area is tucked down an ally. There is no shade here, but plenty of benches. Sometimes you get to see the performers from China entering or leaving (which is kind of cool when they're doing the dragon act).
Showcase Plaza East Smoking-Vaping Area
This is another smoking-vaping area that can be difficult to find if you're not familiar with where it is. Located just past Mexico (or before you get to Mexico if you're coming from Future World), this area is tucked between beautiful landscaping and a lake. Directly across the lake is the Odyssey Center and First Aid/Baby Care Center. As you're walking from Mexico toward Future World, it is located on your right. As you are walking toward Mexico, it will be on your left. Here are some shots from both points of view.
When in doubt, ask a Cast Member, or look for the smoking symbol on the trashcans. Always vape in the smoking areas. Who knows, maybe you'll meet a smoker and change their life!
That's all for this week. Be sure to check back soon when we'll be showcasing the smoking-vaping areas at Hollywood Studios!