Disney No Longer Requires Face Masks at Certain Indoor Locations

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When it comes to health and safety on Disney property during the pandemic, Disney has always been actively changing their policies to ensure that their Cast Members and Guests are always safe. 

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When we are talking about the Disney Parks, such as Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, Guests must keep their masks on while indoors unless actively eating or drinking, according to the latest mask mandate. When it comes to Disney Stores that are off Disney theme park property, face masks were previously required the same way that they were in their Parks.

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Earlier this year, a Disney spokesperson stated this after a Guest was removed from a Disney Store for not complying with their face mask policy.

“We are always focused on the health and safety of our Cast Members and Guests. At all of our Disney stores we have implemented a number of enhanced measures, including a face covering requirement. During these unprecedented times we all have a shared responsibility to do our part. We regret if Guests are disappointed.” 

Of course, this year has brought on a massive change to the Disney Store population as Disney has rid itself of the majority of their stores, creating smaller Disney sections in Target stores as a replacement and pointing Guests towards shopDisney. Now, there are only 24 Disney Stores still in operation, according to USA Today, but they have a different face mask policy than the parks.

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Previously, Guests two and older had to wear a face mask in any Disney Store, but now, face coverings are no longer required unless required by local regulation.

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Although the rules for Disney Stores have changed, the theme park rules and regulations have not, so Guests visiting The World of Disney, for example, must still wear a face covering while entering the store. As Disney is on private property, they are able to make their own rules and regulations, even if the state they are in allows people to enter a store mask-free.

Would you like to see Disney go mask-free? Or implement more mask rules? 

Let the expert team at Academy Travel help you plan your next magical vacation to Walt Disney World Resort’s four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — and the Disney Springs shopping and dining district!

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