Walt Disney World Resort is making the move to allow masks to be optional at their Florida-based theme parks, effective Tuesday, June 15. This will align Walt Disney World with Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld Orlando regarding mask policies with guests.
Disney states that face coverings will be optional for fully-vaccinated guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required for all guests on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner. Disney will not require proof of vaccination, as they expect guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation. All guests must observe current policies on face coverings until June 15.
Disney will also be relaxing more physical distancing guidelines for guests. This will be visible in places like queues, shops, restaurants, attraction boarding, transportation and theaters. Some experiences and entertainment may still be operating with limited capacity or may remain temporarily unavailable. Disney went on to explain that they are optimistic and look forward to the day when Disney pals and princesses are able to hug once again.
SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort have allowed masks to be optional, both indoors and out, for a little while now. SeaWorld and Universal go even beyond Disney’s current guidelines for employees, with Universal team members and SeaWorld ambassadors no longer needing to wear masks at all if they are vaccinated. Disney still requires all cast members to wear masks, and many in indoor roles must also wear a plastic face shield on top of their mask requirement.
UPDATE: As of June 18, 2021, Walt Disney World cast members who are working outside, and are fully vaccinated, no longer have to wear masks.
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