Both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort have officially announced a huge change in their health and safety protocols.
Following a recommendation by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), face masks will once again be required at all indoor locations at Disney Parks and Resorts in the U.S., including both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. This rule goes into effect this Friday, July 30, for all Guests ages two and up, regardless of their vaccination status.
Below is Disney’s official announcement as of Wednesday, July 28:
We are adapting our health and safety guidelines based on guidance from health and government officials, and will require Cast Members and Guests ages 2 and up, to wear face coverings in all indoor locations at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort beginning Friday, July 30, regardless of vaccination status. At Walt Disney World Resort, this includes upon entering and throughout all attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, including shuttles, buses, monorails and at Disney Skyliner.
As mentioned above, the update in the face mask policy for vaccinated and unvaccinated Guests comes after the CDC shared an updated recommendation for all people — including those who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and those who are not — to wear masks indoors in areas of high transmission. Per the CDC’s most recent data, both Orange County, California (where Disneyland is located) and Orange County, Florida (where Disney World is located) are considered areas where COVID-19 transmission — including the Delta variant — is high.
Keep in mind that this rule is for all Guests, including both vaccinated and unvaccinated people, to wear face masks indoors. As of June 15, the theme parks of Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort did not require any Guests to wear face masks in any location aside from Disney transportation. Although masks were expected for those who were unvaccinated, Disney was not checking vaccination status.
However, now that COVID-19 cases are on the rise again and the CDC is sharing new recommendations for all people, Disney has decided to reinstitute the requirement of face coverings in indoor locations.
Please note all rules (including health and safety policies and other theme park regulations) before planning a trip to the Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort.