In March 2020, something happened at Walt Disney World that had never happened before. The Most Magical Place on Earth — along with Disney Parks around the world — was forced to close its gates because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Walt Disney World was only closed for about four months — reopening in July 2020. However, when the Resort allowed Guests to visit once again, there were a lot of things that were different and Guests would have to get used to a new normal while on vacation.
One of the biggest changes was that masks were required of all Guests. The face policy applied to visiting the , Disney’s , EPCOT, , , and both of Disney’s Water Parks — Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach. They were also required while on the monorail, on Disney buses and boats, and on the Disney Skyliner.
The face covering requirement remained in place until not long after vaccines became easily accessible. After that, Disney only required them indoors and on transportation. Then it was just while on Disney transportation. Now, masks are longer required but are recommended for those who are immunocompromised and those who are unvaccinated.
It has been more than two years since Walt Disney World Resort reopened, and a big change has just been made to the website. For the first time since before the pandemic, there are no health and safety guidelines to click on the Resort’s main page. The website no longer instructs theme park Guests to click on a link for its most up-to-date health and safety protocols. The “Know Before You Go” link under “Help & Rules” is still there and will give Guests the most recent information, should they like to know.
The Disneyland Resort also removed its final health and safety regulations a while ago, but the website still has a “Know Before You Go” front and center, giving theme park Guests more information on the Resort’s COVID suggestions.
If you plan on visiting a Disney Resort that is outside the United States — like Disneyland Paris, Shanghai Disneyland, or Hong Kong Disneyland — then it is important to check that Resort’s website for its COVID procedures. Some of these theme parks — like Shanghai — require Guests to provide proof of vaccination or a negative test before they are allowed to enter the Parks.