On October 6, Los Angeles County voted to pass a mandate that would require proof of vaccination in order to enter places like indoor restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and more. The new mandate follows a previous mandate that was passed which requires Guests going to mega-events like concerts or theme parks to show either proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.
The original mandate directly affected Universal Studios Hollywood — which will require all Guests over 12 to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test beginning October 7. Children under 12 cannot be vaccinated at this time, but Universal Hollywood will not require them to show a negative test to visit the theme park.
The new mandates may have many people asking, “How this will affect Disneyland Resort and my vacation to the Happiest Place on Earth?”
The short answer is that it won’t. While Disneyland is only about an hour from Universal Studios Hollywood, it is not in the same county. Universal Hollywood is in Los Angeles County, but Disneyland Resort is in Orange County, which is right next to LA County.
At this time, Guests visiting Disneyland Resort will not require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter the park. Disneyland’s health and safety protocols currently read:
The State of California strongly recommends that all Guests be fully vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering the Disneyland Resort. All Guests (ages 2 and up) must wear face coverings when indoors, including on many attractions and in enclosed transportation vehicles, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas for all Guests. If planning to travel, please check and follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and any State travel advisories. Do not travel to or enter Disneyland Resort unless you are free of any COVID-19 symptoms and otherwise comply with the requirements of such advisories and restrictions.
While Disney does say that masks are optional for all Guests when in outdoor areas, it does ask Guests who have not been vaccinated to wear their masks at all times. However, Disney is relying completely on the honor system when it comes to that, so there is no way for one Guest to tell if another has been vaccinated or not.
Disney is currently also asking all Guests to stay home if they are feeling sick or think that they may have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
Orange County is not considering voting on a vaccine mandate at this time, but all residents are strongly encouraged to wear masks indoors, with unvaccinated residents being required to.
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