Disney is banning smoking inside its theme parks, with the new policy effective later this spring.

Disney said in a blog post on Thursday that beginning May 1, there will no longer be smoking areas inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or California's Downtown Disney.


Smoking areas will exist outside the entrances of those parks and at Florida's Disney Springs, an outdoor shopping area. There will also be smoking areas at Disney Resort hotels, the company said.

Disney spokeswoman Erica Ettori told the Orlando Sentinel that enforcing the smoking ban will be left to Disney employees, adding that Disney isn't planning to punish people who are caught spoking. Employees will instead ask those who are caught smoking to leave the park and smoke in a designated area, according to the Sentinel.  

Ettori added that those visitors will be permitted to return to the inside of the park after they smoke.