After the recent news that Universal Orlando would be ending their indoor mask requirements, on Tuesday, February 15 Walt Disney World has followed suit by announcing they were once again relaxing their own masking policies for vaccinated guests beginning February 17.
As a reminder, this isn’t the first time that Disney has changed course with their masking policy.
After a long stretch of masks being required for both indoor and outdoor locations, last year we saw Disney drop first the outdoor masking requirement before eventually dropping the indoor masking requirement as well.
However, in the middle of 2021 in accordance with health and safety recommendations, Disney once again adjusted their policies and masks have been required indoors for all guests – regardless of vaccination status – since July 30, 2021.
But, beginning Thursday, Feb 17, masks will once again become optional indoors for all fully vaccinated guests.
The current indoor mask policy will remain in effect until that date.
Just like before, there are some exceptions.
Masks are still required for all guests (ages 2 and up) on all enclosed transportation, like buses, monorail, and yes, even the Disney Skyliner.
It is important to note that while there is no requirement to provide vaccination status, Disney does expect that “Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters.“
If you do need to mask, keep in mind that Disney does follow recommendations from health authorities, and they do not allow neck gaiters, open-chin, triangle bandanas, or face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind.
As for Disneyland, they have a mask update, too:
“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.”
Note that the only major difference between Disneyland and Walt Disney World are the masking requirements for indoor health settings like First Aid stations.
As always, we will keep you apprised of any further health and safety updates across Disney World.
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