Disney World and Disneyland Are Finally on the Same Page

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On June 14, the Disneyland Resort updated its website to inform Guests that it would no longer be requiring vaccinated Guests to wear face coverings both indoors and outdoors starting June 15, the same day California lifts all of its COVID-19 protocols throughout the state.

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For Guests — both vaccinated and unvaccinated — Disneyland Resort’s website now reads:

Starting June 15, face coverings will no longer be required for fully vaccinated Guests both indoors and outdoors. Guests (ages 2 and up) who are not fully vaccinated must continue wearing face coverings indoors, except when dining. 

While Guests will not be required to show proof of vaccination, vaccinated Guests will self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry. In addition, all Guests will need to attest that they are aware of the State of California’s strong recommendation that Guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the theme parks when making their Disneyland Resort theme park reservations. 

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In addition to eliminating the face mask requirements for vaccinated Guests, Disneyland Resort also announced that it would be changing its physical distancing requirements for Guests in the theme parks as well.

We are excited to welcome out-of-state Guests beginning June 15, at which time we will discontinue the requirement for on-site temperature checks. The state has removed the physical distancing requirements with respect to Guests, so we will allow Guests to self-determine distancing.

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These changes will mark the first time since the theme parks reopened that Disneyland Resort will be on the same page as the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. Florida COVID guidelines allowed Disney World to reopen its theme parks in June 2020 — however, Disney World required Guests to abide by social distancing guidelines and required all Guests to wear masks.

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Disneyland was unable to open until late April 2021 and also required Guests to maintain physical distancing and wear masks. However, in April Disney World announced that Guests would be able to remove their masks for photos, then, in May announced that they would be able to remove them if they were outdoors.

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Disney World and Disneyland will actually both end their mask requirements for vaccinated Guests on the same day. Disney World announced on June 11 that they would be ending their indoor mask requirements for vaccinated Guests beginning on June 15, the day Disneyland will once again allow Guests from around the world to The Happiest Place on Earth.

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The theme parks were incredibly hard hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Disney officials were anxious to safely get Guests back inside their parks. While Florida state officials were quick to allow Disney World to reopen, California officials took things at a much slower rate.

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On the flip side, California put in very strict COVID-19 protocols and created the “Blueprint for a Safer Economy” — which required each county in the state to meet specific requirements before they were allowed to loosen any restrictions.

With Disneyland and Walt Disney World now operating on the same page, that could signal that the theme parks will be starting to bring back even more Park experiences. Disney World has recently been testing fireworks at the theme parks after the parks closed for the evening and has posted job openings for fireworks designers.

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Disneyland is also currently hiring for a Fireworks Production and Inventory Manager. While neither Disneyland nor Disney World has announced a return of shows and experiences like nighttime fireworks, the testing of fireworks and hiring for fireworks positions could signal big changes are coming in the not-so-distant future!

What we do know for sure is that with the recent changes to its mask mandates and social distancing guidelines, Disneyland and Disney World are both working diligently to get to a new, post-pandemic normal for all Guests.

Are you glad to see both Disneyland and Disney World end their mask and physical distancing requirements? Let us know in the comments!

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