Disney Parks are our happy places. Full of magic, wonder, adventure, and pixie dust, it is here where Disney fans young and old can live out their wildest dreams. The theme parks were operating with pandemic-era protocol for quite some time. But recently, several things have changed. Here’s what you need to know if you are heading on vacation to Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida anytime soon.
Face Mask Rules Have Changed
At the Disney Parks in California and Florida, face mask rules have changed.
As of June 15, face coverings are not required for Guests who have been vaccinated. Face coverings are recommended for Guests ages 2 and up who have not been vaccinated. However, Disney is not requiring proof of vaccination for any Guests and therefore is not enforcing the use of face coverings.
So, when you visit Disneyland or Disney World, it is your choice whether you choose to wear a face mask or not. There are many Guests who are opting to still wear their masks at all times or just on rides and in crowded areas, and there are others who are not wearing masks at all.
Keep in mind that face masks are still required on all Disney transportation in California and Florida.
The latest information on face masks at Disney World can be found online here.
The latest information on face masks at Disneyland can be found online here.
There Is No Social Distancing
When the theme parks first reopened, Disney was encouraging Guests to keep at least six feet between themselves and other parties. There were social distancing markers on the ground, queues would stretch out to be quite long, and parties were separated on attractions. But now, that isn’t the case.
At this time, Disney Guests can distance themselves at their own discretion. Disney Parks are no longer separating parties on Disneyland and Disney World attractions, and social distancing is not being enforced in ride queues or other areas. Right now, if you visit Disneyland and Disney California Adventure in Anaheim or Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, it is up to you to keep your distance from other parties as you see fit.
Fireworks Are Coming Back!
That’s right! Fireworks are officially returning to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort this July.
Beginning July 1, nightly fireworks are resuming at two Disney World theme parks. You will be able to watch Happily Ever After every night at Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Forever every night at EPCOT.
Beginning July 4, fireworks are resuming at the Disneyland Resort. Mickey’s Mix Magic will be shown at Disneyland Park for Guests to enjoy.
With the return of fireworks comes extended Disney Park hours. Click here to read about extended hours at Magic Kingdom and click here to read about extended hours at Disneyland.
Hotels Are Still Reopening
Many Disney Resort hotels are still in the process of reopening. We just received word that Jambo House at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge has a reopening date, and other hotels at Walt Disney World Resort will continue to reopen this summer. So, if your favorite hotel hasn’t yet reopened, we recommend working with an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner who can book your trip as soon as they find out when your Resort of choice is opening.
Over in California, the Disneyland Hotel reopens on July 2. So, at that time, all of the hotels on Disneyland Resort property will be open and available for Guests to enjoy.
A Lot Is Still Suspended
Even though a trip to the Happiest Place on Earth is always a good time, we want to make sure we reiterate that there is a lot that is still not available.
FASTPASS and MaxPass at Disneyland and FastPass at Disney World are still suspended, and neither of the U.S. Disney Resorts are offering Single Rider lines at this time.
Parades and nighttime spectaculars (besides fireworks at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, and Disneyland) are also suspended. Disney hasn’t yet shared when things like the Festival of Fantasy parade, Magic Happens parade, or Fantasmic! will return to the theme parks.
Additionally, traditional character meet and greets haven’t yet resumed. You can see characters from a distance, but you can’t get an autograph or hug.
These offerings being missing from the Parks may not make or break your vacation, but it is good to keep in mind!
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