NEWS: Bob Chapek Speaks to Effect New Mask Guidance Could Have on Disney World

There have been a lot of changes happening when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines.

Resort Health and Safety Signs

Disney World has been adapting its health and safety policies in response to changing state guidelines and CDC recommendations, by removing temperature checks for guests beginning May 16th and beginning to reduce physical distancing measures. And, it seems that park capacity has already begun to change as well.

Today, during the Quarter 2 Earnings Call, Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, confirmed that they have already begun increasing park capacity at Disney World “given the guidance that just came today, from the CDC, and earlier guidance that we got from the governor of Florida.”

Health and Safety Signs in Disney Springs

He also addressed the new CDC guidelines announced today that no longer require fully vaccinated people to wear face masks indoors or outdoors and commented that this “is very big news for us, particularly if anybody’s been in Florida in the middle of the summer with a mask on.”

Expect mask-wearing to stick around for a bit!

He did not share any specific information on whether face mask guidelines will be changing in the parks, but he did comment that they “think that’s going to make for an even more pleasant experience” for park guests and Cast Members.

Even Minnie Mouse is wearing a face mask

More recent changes to the Disney World health and safety measures include allowing guests to remove face masks for photos, the return of self-serve drink stations in many Disney World Resort hotels, the removal of handwashing stations in the theme parks, and the return of entertainment shows with Festival of the Lion King reopening in Disney’s Animal Kingdom this week.

Guests are now allowed to take maskless photos when distanced from others outdoors.

We will continue to keep an eye out for any updates from Disney on shifting health and safety measures, so stay tuned to AllEars for the latest!

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One Reply to “NEWS: Bob Chapek Speaks to Effect New Mask Guidance Could Have on Disney World”

  1. Yes, arriving on Aug 13th to stay at Saratoga Springs. I admit I am nervous about the extended Capacity and the possible removal of face masks. I don’t know how they could control who is vaccinated and who is not. Plus it would be nice if extended capacity could bring back more of the perks for resort guests and\or Fast passes for all. Not feeling the love with only a 30 minute early entrance to a park, especially where I watched an AK video from Molly\Breedlove where the rides didn’t even open during that time. What’s the point then?