Another big change in face mask policy is on the way — this time at Disney’s Aulani Resort and Spa. Aulani was the last Disney Resort to close its doors during the height of the pandemic in late March 2020. The Resort remained closed until November 1, 2020. Since then, the Resort has been able to remain open, but has been operating with limited services and at reduced capacity.
Since COVID cases and hospitalizations have been dropping, and vaccination rates have been increasing, Aulani has been able to bring back some beloved Guest features. In May 2021, character dining returned to Makahiki Restaurant and was exclusive to Resort Guests. And now we are learning that another big change is coming to the Hawaiian Resort that could affect your Disney vacation.
According to the Aulani website:
Not required for Guests outdoors, and optional for fully vaccinated Guests in most indoor locations.
Face coverings are not required for Guests outdoors, and are optional for fully vaccinated Guests at most indoor locations at Aulani Resort. We expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings at all indoor locations.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) should:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin, triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn.
Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings should:
- Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
- Meet all face covering requirements listed above
It is important to note that this change in the face mask policy only applies to vaccinated Guests. Proof of vaccination is not required to travel to Hawaii, however, Guests not staying on property and wishing to dine at Aulani restaurants must show either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test.
While many amenities have returned to Aulani: A Disney Resort and Spa, there are still some things that remain unavailable to Guests — including Aunty’s Beach House, Luana Lounge, ‘AMA’AMA Restaurant, and private dining. Aulani has not yet announced a return date for these experiences.