Walt Disney World Resort has officially updated their face coverings policy. Now, all guests age two and older must wear face coverings on Disney World property.
As a reminder, Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom will reopen on July 11. EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will reopen on July 15. When the theme parks reopen, guests who are two years old and up will be required to wear face coverings in order to comply with the health and safety guidelines that Disney has set in place for reopening the theme parks. These face coverings are required for entry.
Disney updated the official Walt Disney World Resort website to reflect this policy, which previously stated that all guests three and up would have to wear face coverings.
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members; temperature screenings are required in some locations
This update to the face covering policy is also now reflected on the Disney Springs website. So to enter any part of Disney property, guests two years old and op must wear face masks.
Disney also advises that the webpage will be updated often and details pertaining to Walt Disney World Resort policies, so it is important for guests to check the Disney World website often.
It is likely that the update to the face mask requirement at Walt Disney World will be met with opposition, as the conversation surrounding face coverings quickly turned to a heated debate in the Disney fan community. Many fans do not want to visit Walt Disney World Resort if they will be required to wear face masks, while others are perfectly fine proceeding with their vacations and complying with Disney’s guidelines. You can read more about what fans have been saying in our article here, which was published following the reopening of Disney Springs, where guests are also required to wear face masks in order to enter.
Keep in mind, however, that Disney also plans to incorporate mask-free “relaxation zones” within the theme parks when Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios reopen in July. Disney officials briefly touched on this upon announcing the reopening plans for the theme parks, and we expect to hear more information soon.
This update came on the same evening that Walt Disney World Resort shared more information pertaining to upcoming reservations and how the Disney theme parks will be operating in order to accommodate upcoming guests. This evening, Disney shared that all new hotel and dining reservations have been paused, and the FastPass+ program has been suspended. To read the latest operational updates fro Disney, click here.