BREAKING: Disney World Makes MAJOR Change To Face Mask Policy

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.

Over the past two years, health and safety guidelines have continued to change at Orlando theme parks due to the global pandemic.

Walt Disney World Mask Policy

This is also true at Disney World, where masks have been required to be worn indoors and on public transportation since summer 2021. However, this policy is about to change.

Disney has confirmed that face masks will no longer be required indoors for vaccinated guests as of February 17th, 2022. This comes after Universal Orlando updated their face mask policy to state the same.

Face mask policies are changing

According to the Disney World website, “Face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated Guests in both outdoor and indoor locations. We expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters. Face coverings will still be required by all Guests (ages 2 and up) on enclosed Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner.”

Note that guests are wearing face masks.

However, if you are traveling to Disney World, you’ll need to know that masks are still required in airports and on airplanes. So keep that in mind when you prepare and pack for your next trip.

Masks are still required on planes.

We’ll continue to monitor the situation to keep you as updated as possible on all health and safety guidelines at Disney Parks and Universal Studios.

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21 Replies to “BREAKING: Disney World Makes MAJOR Change To Face Mask Policy”

  1. First the unvaccinated won’t ever wear a mask….they care about no one but themselves…no decency, no honesty….don’t be surprised if the next variant is coming….

  2. I’m happy with this update it feels like Disney is getting closer to normal. Hope this stay the same come December 2022.

  3. Please consider this:
    1) Disney cares about your money now, not about you.
    2) Transportation Mask mandate is federal, not WDW.
    3) Pay attention to the actual CDC and WHO website on understanding about mask protection. My guess very few put on, wear, take off, clean (and/or dispose of) their masks properly.
    4) And read from the CDC the raw numbers of how the masks protect/not protect you.

  4. How will Disney know who are vaccinated? Coming from the UK we do not have cards, but can download it on our phone. Hopefully we will not need to keep downloading it everytime to prove our vaccination status?

      1. If people don’t want to get vaccinated they won’t wear masks. The honor system won’t work. I can’t tell you the amount of people we saw in November 2021 who did not comply with the masking in doors. As soon as they passed the cast member at the entrance off came the masks.

    1. Disney wont be asking for vaccination status. They are just saying you should wear a mask if you aren’t vaccinated. As one person put it — honor system. But the people who refuse to get vaccinated are also the people who refuse to wear a mask. So just assume there will be a number of unvaccinated people every where you go in Florida.

  5. I would encourage everyone to always have a mask with you, especially when away from home. They easily fit in a pocket. And use them whenever you are out in a public location and you are not feeling well or someone in your party is not feeling well. Odds are whatever they have, you are carrying as well. It is unrealistic to expect someone who has travelled to WDW and their child, say, comes down with a cold or something to not enjoy themselves. But the right thing to do is to try and limit the impact on those around you. Masks are only really 50% about what happens to you, but the other 50% is what you may give to others. Nothing worse than going on vacation and getting sick a day or two after you get home. Can’t we all be willing to say “I care” about the people around us? It is one simple, easy to do, low cost thing we can all do to make the world a better place.

  6. Does this mean that WDW live performances will be returning to there pre-pandemic status? Will the Tumble Monkeys rejoin the Lion King Show at AK? Will the Voices of Liberty return to the rotunda inside the American Adventure at EPCOT?

    1. Hi Susa! Disney has not yet released any information about Festival of the Lion King returning to full cast production, but we have some great news about the Voices of Liberty! Click here to read an article we wrote about their return to the rotunda. 🙂

  7. YES – YES – YES !!! Booked the trip this past Sunday. All 3 of us are fully vaccinated. Will have our vaccine cards in our wallets for travel purposes. So happy to hear the mask restrictions have been somewhat lifted.

    1. To be fair, the transportation requirement isn’t Disney’s call. That’s still the federal mandate in place for masks on all modes of public transportation… including Disney buses, monorail, etc.

  8. I am so excited that they are, slowly but surely, getting rid of the mask mandates!!!!! Hoping that by September they will be a thing of the past completely!!!!

    1. I have often wondered that with mask mandates for schools, communities, etc.

      Regardless, outstanding news for Disney guests.