When Walt Disney World Resort reopened in the summer of 2020 after being closed for months because of the pandemic, there were a lot of major changes to its rules and regulations. Park reservations were now required and capacity at all four theme parks was extremely limited. But one of the biggest changes for Guests was that face coverings were required everywhere, on rides, transportation, and even just walking around. Over the past two years, those rules have fluctuated as COVID cases have steadily decreased and the number of people who are vaccinated has increased.
Now, Disney has made one of the final steps in returning the Parks to their pre-pandemic sense of normalcy. Starting April 19, face masks are now optional at the Walt Disney World Resort, regardless of vaccination status. Masks will no longer be required at any point while visiting, including no longer being required on transportation — including the Disney Skyliner — which was the last holdout.
The Walt Disney World website has now been updated and states the following:
Face coverings are optional for Guests in both outdoor and indoor locations, as well as Disney transportation. It is recommended Guests who are not fully vaccinated continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters and on enclosed transportation.
Please note, face coverings are not permitted while experiencing water slides or in the water.
The move to completely eliminate its mask mandate comes just one day after pre-pandemic character interactions were reintroduced at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, on Disney Cruises, and at Aulani: A Disney Resort and Spa. Disney also does not require Guests to prove that they are vaccinated or that they have tested negative for COVID-19.
Disney does still warn Guests that catching COVID is possible while visiting their Parks. If you feel more comfortable wearing a face mask, you are more than welcome to do so at any time. Guests who are also feeling unwell are encouraged to stay home in order to keep everyone safe.