Visiting Disney World Soon? Here Are the Current COVID Safety Rules

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If you are visiting Walt Disney World in the near future, you should know that the Most Magical Place on Earth is taking the ongoing pandemic very seriously.

Ever since the Parks reopened in July 2020, Disney World has continue to update and modify the health and safety protocols to coincide with the CDC guidelines. Because the times keep changing, we put together a guide on what the current safety rules are at Walt Disney World, as of January 6, 2022.

Face Covering Requirements

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At this time, Guests must wear a proper face covering in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. The Disney World website reads:

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status. This includes upon entering and throughout all indoor attractions and indoor queues and in Disney buses, monorail and Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings are optional for Guests in outdoor areas.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) should:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
  • At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin, triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings should:

  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above

Cleanliness & Sanitation

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The Walt Disney World website states:

As part of our ongoing commitment to the health and safety of our Guests, Cast Members and the larger community, we have high standards for general cleanliness and sanitation and employ robust cleaning procedures, such as:

  • Training for Cast Members, with ongoing reinforcement on a regular basi
  • Easy access to handwashing facilities and hand sanitizer dispenser
  • Quick response to spills, trash and other situation
  • End of day sanitation procedures for restroom, kitchen, and other facilities

Park Reservations

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To better maintain Park attendance, Disney World implemented the Disney Park Pass reservation system, meaning Guests must need both valid Park admission and a Park Pass reservation to enter a theme park. Per the Disney World website:

Park attendance is managed via the Disney Park Pass reservation system—now available to Guests with valid admission. To enter a park, both a park reservation and valid admission for the same park on the same date are required for Guests ages 3 and up. Prior to purchasing tickets, be sure to view theme park reservation availability online.

Booking Your Park Reservations

The Disney Park Pass system is now open to Guests with valid admission. The number of theme park reservation days you can hold at one time varies based on your plans:

Disney Resort and other select hotel Guests can make park reservations for dates during their stay for the number of days that they have valid theme park admission.

Annual Passholders can make theme park reservations for up to 3 days at a time, and for their length of stay if staying at a Disney Resort or other select hotel.

Existing ticket holders can make reservations for the number of days of valid theme park admission.

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Related: Crowds Flood Magic Kingdom as Omicron Variant Surges

For all of the current health and safety protocols at Walt Disney World, visit their Know Before You Go website here.

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If you want to visit Walt Disney World on your next family vacation to experience the four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios — but aren’t sure where to begin planning, then don’t hesitate to reach out to our friends over at the Authorized Disney Vacation Planners at Academy Travel for a free quote.

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