NEWS! Guests Must Remain “Stationary” When They Take Off Their Masks to Eat or Drink in Disney World

Since Disney World has had to completely change how the parks operate after the closures, we’ve come back to different set of rules, regulations, and guidelines for guests and Cast Members.

Molly in a Skyliner

While we’ve seen brand new Character Cavalcades and even lower wait times, Disney has also set health and safety guidelines in place for everyone to follow. Although temperature checks and distancing markers are the recent norm for theme parks, so is the requirement of face masks.

Disney has previously stated that face coverings are required for everyone on property. The only times that guests are able to take their masks off are when they are visiting a relaxation station or they are eating or drinking. However, since the parks have reopened, Disney has been updating its guidelines in accordance with the evolving situation.

Galaxy’s Edge Characters

According to Disney’s latest update, guests are still able to take their masks off when they are eating or drinking. However, now they must be “stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing” when they’re doing so.


A Cast Member at Guest Relations confirmed this update to the face mask policy. We were also told that the parks have put out more outdoor seating for guests to kick back and relax before exploring the rest of the park.

Spaced Seating at Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Cafe

As Disney World continues to make changes during the initial reopening, we’ll make sure to give you all the details you need to know before your next vacation!

Read about the disposable face masks available around the parks here!

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Rachel Franko has been going to Disney Parks since she was a baby, and her love of Disney has only grown into a SLIGHT obsession since! She's been writing for AllEars since 2019 and loves sharing the magic with all the readers. When she's not writing, you can catch her heading to Disney and Universal Studios with a heart full of dreams and a backpack full of themed ears!

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8 Replies to “NEWS! Guests Must Remain “Stationary” When They Take Off Their Masks to Eat or Drink in Disney World”

  1. We were at the Food And Wine/Flower Garden combination yesterday at Epcot. With the limited capacity it was very easy to find a table and eat around each food booth so it was easy to keep mask on a stay stationary while eating/drinking. But there’s not enough tables for a full crowd to be able to avoid walking while eating/drinking

    Also with the limited capacity it was really easy to ride attractions but it felt very odd almost empty. I certainly don’t want maximum capacity crowds but I did miss people.

    1. Why Disney decided to continue with the food/wine and flower/garden for masked guests seems to be anti-productive.But considering how much of Epcot is boarded then it is a plus to get people to go there, but seriously, they need to provide adequate seating. Maybe the booths shouldn’t be scattered about but that also exists in Animal Kingdom. It has got to be difficult to make up the rules as they go along, but Disney doesn’t have much choice. Every day is unique, that is for sure.

  2. Good grief, it sounds like it’s just getting more and more fun to be there. So if you buy a drink you have to stand there and guzzle it down before you can move again? Most people carry a drink around with them until it’s gone. Does it count if you just stop and take a drink and then pull your mask up and keep walking (which most people do for the most part anyway)? Or now will this be yet another thing that other guests are going to be giving you the stink eye about if you’re seen taking a drink and not at a full stop? It just keeps getting more and more bizarre as the days go by.

    1. No, what they’re trying to avoid is people abusing the rules. It means you can’t buy a churro and walk around all day carrying it with your mask off because you’re “eating”. I think it’s a lesson learned from Universal. I know right after Universal reopened there was a guy posting photos with his mask off all day because he was always carrying either a snack or a drink.

  3. Wow- I’m a little concerned there are just to many restrictions to enjoy Disney at this time. Epcot is not Epcot if you cant walk around enjoying the food and beverage of your choice w out a mask. I understand the situation Disney is in. I hope someday we get past this virus and return to some normalcy- Be safe