Blue milk and a paper straw

I will admit right off that this might not be the most exciting thing that you read today. That said, the information is still important. I want to talk to you about straws.

For the most part, plastic straws have been removed from Walt Disney World. You may still find one or two, but for all intents and purposes they are gone. This is better for the wildlife and the environment. That doesn’t mean that you won’t receive a straw. You can still have one, it will just be paper.

There is a lot of hate out there for paper straws. I personally don’t care all that much, but I’d rather have the ice than the drink most of the time anyway. The problem with paper straws is that they tend to be flimsy, and they can fall apart. Let me rephrase that, they will fall apart.

There are a couple of simple solutions to this dilemma. The first one is to simple; drink directly out of the cup or glass. Most of us do not really need a straw, it’s just something that we’re used to. I do know that there are some people who need them. A very important person to me needs to drink through a straw, I understand. Please don’t think that I’m putting down anyone who wants to use one, because I’m not.

The second solution is to bring your own straw. I have heard of people bringing plastic straws into the parks and not having an issue, but I would still not recommend it. After all, part of the reason why they were removed is because of the potential harm to wildlife. I know that you cannot bring plastic straws into nearby SeaWorld Orlando, including straws on drink boxes. I’ve seen security remove them.

You can also buy a more durable straw if you really want to have one. A lot of people like metal straws. They are not expensive, and you can find them in a pack with a carrying case if you do a quick search. If you really must have a straw, this could be something worth looking into. If you go that route, make sure you are careful with the metal straw. We don’t want to hear of any more freak accidents. Also, never let a child walk or run with a straw in his/her mouth, even if it’s plastic. That could be dangerous if there is a fall.

A third solution if you need a straw is to purchase a water bottle that includes a straw and bring that with you. You would have to carry it with you all day, but that could help you to stay hydrated.

I’ve heard some people rage as if Disney was trying to ruin their vacation because of the straw situation. The way I look at it is this. If using a flimsy paper straw is the worst thing that happens to me while on vacation, I must be having a pretty fantastic time otherwise. In my opinion, there are bigger things to stress about than straws. As long as you know ahead of time that you will most likely end up with paper straws at Walt Disney World, you won’t be surprised.