Earlier today, Disney announced that it would be making a big change to its face mask policy. Beginning February 17, vaccinated Guests visiting Walt Disney World are no longer required to wear face masks at most indoor locations. The change comes on the heels of numerous states retracting mask mandates due to the extreme drop in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. The state of Florida never had a set mask mandate, but since Disney World is a private business, they set their own mask policies.
The East Coast theme park is not the only one making changes. Disneyland Resort has also announced that its mask policy will be changing. The following Health and Safety update was shared by Disney with regard to its mask policy:
COVID-19 has been a constantly evolving situation, and for nearly two years, we’ve been very intentional and gradual in our approach to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Given recent community trends and the availability of vaccines, we are positioned to responsibly adjust our health and safety protocols for fully vaccinated Guests. Beginning Thursday, February, 17, the following health and safety updates will in place at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.
Face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated Guests in both outdoor and indoor locations. Guests who are not fully vaccinated are expected to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters. Face coverings are still required by all Guests (age 2 and up) on enclosed Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner.
Disneyland’s website has since been updated to note the change. The website now reads:
Current Face Covering Requirements Through February 16, 2022:
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout many attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles and buses. Face coverings remain optional for Guests in outdoor common areas.
Beginning February 17, 2022, face coverings are required for unvaccinated Guests (ages 2 and older) in all indoor locations, including throughout indoor attractions and indoor queues. Face coverings are required for all Guests, regardless of vaccination status, in certain indoor settings including Disney shuttles and in health settings, such as in First Aid. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas.
While unvaccinated Guests will still be required to wear masks at all indoor locations, neither Disneyland nor Disney California Adventure Park will require Guests to provide proof of vaccination. The honor system will be in place and those who are unvaccinated are expected to abide by all health and safety rules that are in place.
Disneyland has certain rules in place when it comes to acceptable face masks. Masks must be at least two layers and cover both the mouth and nose. They may not be made of materials like mesh and are not allowed to have any valves. Neck gaiters, open chin, and triangle bandanas will not be considered an appropriate mask.
Walt Disney World’s face mask policy change will also go into effect on February 17. Like Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World does also not require proof of vaccination to enter any of its theme parks. Universal Orlando Resort also announced that they will be dropping their indoor mask requirement for vaccinated Guests as well.
Are you glad to see Disneyland Resort change its mask policy?