Should I Cancel My 2022 Disney World Trip? Answering Your BIG Question.

As the situation with COVID-19 continues to change and develop, AllEars will be bringing you the latest relevant news that could affect a theme park visit.

A lot has changed in Disney World since the parks reopened in the summer of 2020 after closing at the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Magic Kingdom

While we’re now more than 18 months into the phased reopening, the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve with new strains being discovered, updates to health and safety recommendations from the CDC, and changing travel mandates. And, this has left quite a few guests wondering whether they should cancel their upcoming Disney trip. So, to help you answer that question, we’re breaking down what we know so far.

It’s been an unpredictable 18 months, so you might find yourself going from full-on vacation planning to questioning whether you should toss the trip altogether. And, though the parks have been open all this time, it’s still hard to say exactly what 2022 holds. But, there are some things we do know!


When Are You Going?

The first thing to keep in mind when considering your 2022 Disney World vacation is that there are still a lot of modifications and health and safety measures in place that make your Disney vacation look and feel a bit different.

Mask Rules Sign in Disney World

Disney still has many restrictions in place, including Park Pass reservation requirements, face mask mandates at all indoor locations, modified character meet and greets, select park hopping hours, and more. And, while we know that more entertainment options will be returning in 2022, we don’t know when.

How you meet characters looks a little different right now

Disney has been keeping reopening dates and health and safety updates pretty quiet until right before they’re ready to debut so it is possible that by the time you travel to Disney World, more things will be back in place. But, you should still be prepared to have a modified experience in 2022.

What We Know

One thing that we’ve noticed time and time again since Disney World reopened is that things can (and do) change on a daily basis. So, it’s important to stay diligent and monitor Disney’s updates as your trip approaches.

Disney Face Mask

By March 2022 all of the Disney hotels and most dining locations will have reopened. But, there are still a few fan-favorite spots that remain closed like Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort, 1900 Park Fare at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and Jiko at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge.

Jiko — The Cooking Place

And, while parades are still modified as Character Cavalcades, more entertainment options are set to return in 2022. For example, Disney has confirmed that the Festival of the Fantasy Parade will be back at Magic Kingdom and Fantasmic! will return to Disney’s Hollywood Studios sometime this year.

Fantasmic! Sign

The Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary has also brought a variety of new experiences to the parks like Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure, the Creations Shop, and the Space 220 restaurant at EPCOT. Plus, more new things are coming like the Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind roller coaster which will open in Summer 2022.

Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at EPCOT

So, while much is still different about your park experience, you’ll still be able to find something new that you likely haven’t done before when you visit.

Disney World Health and Safety Measures

Over the past year, Disney World has significantly reduced its health and safety measures throughout the parks and resorts. It began with the removal of temperature checksless social distancing, and now face masks are only required to be worn when indoors and when using select Disney World transportation.

Animal Kingdom Face Mask Signage

Social distancing has also mostly been eliminated with stores no longer monitoring capacity numbers, attractions seating every seat in ride vehicles, distancing markers eliminated from queues, etc.

Parade crowds in front of Cinderella Castle

At this time, masks are still not required outdoors, but that could change. The current face mask policy has been in place since summer 2021 and the COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly with new strains emerging over time and posing a threat like Delta and Omicron.

Additionally, Disney World still has limited capacity in place around the parks right now, though executives have stated that they are increasing capacity numbers and percentages slowly. And, while an official capacity number has not been released by Disney, the increase of crowds can be seen in the parks both on busy days and during less popular times of the year to visit.

New Year’s Eve Fireworks Crowds

Aside from what we know is happening in Disney World, you’ll also want to factor in both local and federal government COVID-19 updates, as travel restrictions and quarantine periods have continued to change over time.

Depending on where in the world you live, your country may request self-quarantining upon return from Florida, or you may need to produce a negative COVID-19 test. Additionally, the U.S. has testing requirements for international travelers in place right now.

So, Should You Cancel Your Trip?

With all four parks reopened, you can still enjoy a relatively “normal” vacation to Disney World, with the exception of a few aspects that you’ll need to adapt to like the indoor face mask mandate.

Animal Kingdom

Though, we do recommend closely monitoring the latest updates from Disney World as well as local health officials because this could change.

Former Health and Safety Signage at Disney World

It’s also important to keep in mind that aside from the face mask policy, most of the additional health and safety measures are no longer around in the parks and resorts. So, if you feel uncomfortable being shoulder-to-shoulder with other guests during fireworks shows or don’t want to be seated next to a stranger on attractions then this may not be the best time to visit.

Park Entrance Crowds at Magic Kingdom on January 6th, 2022

All in all, there’s no definitive answer for what you should do if you have a trip coming up soon. Ultimately, it is up to you and your family to decide what is best for you.

Tower of Terror

You can learn more about the current health and safety guidelines, travel updates, and more to help you decide below:

Walt Disney World Mask Policy

Of course, we’re keeping close track of all the health and safety updates, Disney Park changes, and more, so be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for everything you need to know as you decide whether you’ll be vacationing in 2022!

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7 Replies to “Should I Cancel My 2022 Disney World Trip? Answering Your BIG Question.”

  1. hi we are coming from the uk in August for 2 weeks fully vaccine and bolstered but don’t understand what pcr test we need

  2. Cancelled Sept 2021 trip because of Covid. Rebooked for May 2022.we are rethinking this trip too. All are vaccinated and some boosted. But, hubby has COPD and other medical issues. Just trying to be safe. We don’t mind wearing masks. I know ppl still travel and go about their business even if they are sick. On the fence on what to do!!

  3. Our trip is planned for March and we have another one in the planning stage for November. That being said, my husband and I have been to Disney World 3 times during the pandemic. We followed all the rules. went through all the temp checks, distancing in lines etc. Did we have a good time–absolutely! Two of those trips were us alone and we never stepped foot in a park, just resort hopped and enjoyed Disney Springs. The other trip was with our developmentally disabled adult son who we had warned it wouldn’t be the same experience he had enjoyed before. Even he had a good time and also followed the guidelines—Disney property–Disney rules. He missed the character meet and greets but not enough for him to say he doesn’t want to return in November. We did not “catch” COVID on any of these trips. It took a very small Thanksgiving gathering with 6 relatives in our home, two of whom did not admit to having symptoms before they came, before we had our own COVID experience! (Thankfully mild cases and we had been vaccinated). My husband and I will have our boosters before March and we plan on having a great trip and our only new accommodation will be some n95 masks.

  4. I already have cancelled two previous trips. I plan on being at WDW for 2 weeks in May & 3 weeks in October. I will not be going into any of the parks due to Chapek’s money-grubbing policies. I will also be cooking more at my villa due to the ridiculous prices at any sit-down restaurant. I will spend time resort-hopping & going to Disney Springs.

  5. The problem with attending any large group gathering is you don’t and never will know how many of the people that go to that event are positive for Covid, nor will you be able to find out how many get sick after attending the event. It will never be like what happened years ago at Disneyland with the measles outbreak where the outbreak was traced to people who went to Disneyland. One way to gauge a place’s efforts at keeping people safe is whether their measures work for their employees. And, I am sure, Disney does not release that information which is, in itself, an indication Disney is less interested in keeping you safe than they claim. If I am wrong about that, AllEars should post where you can find out the number of positive cases/ employees out sick on a daily basis. So you are flying blind here, really. My advice is the same as the experts. If you are fully vaccinated and boostered and you are not immunocompromised, it is likely you can go to places like WDW if you follow the guidelines and mask up. And I think if you are in a long, crowded queue, wear a mask there as well as I suspect the efforts at social distancing have been largely ended. So the mask is your only protection, really. And remember to be civil and put on the mask if anyone asks you to. You have no idea what other people are dealing with , medically, and putting a mask on to make them feel safe and more at ease isn’t a lot to ask. Or a lot to be willing to do.

    1. This is great common sense advice. If only more people had common sense.

      Waiting to see Covid numbers before I cancel my trip for November