Walt Disney World updates face covering requirements

Starting tomorrow, May 15, 2021, guests at Walt Disney World Resort will no longer be required to wear facemasks in common outdoor areas.

Walt Disney World Resort face coverings
Images courtesy of Walt Disney World Resort

The updated face coverings requirements follow a similar adjustment to face covering rules announced earlier today by Universal Orlando Resort.

According to the Walt Disney World Resort website, face coverings are still required for all guests ages two and up in all indoor locations except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing.

“Since Walt Disney World Resort first welcomed Guests back to safely enjoy the magic, we have carefully considered guidance from public health authorities, government agencies, and our own team of health and safety experts as we assess and adapt health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” the website states. “As guidance has continued to evolve, we—with the support of health and government officials—will be making more gradual adjustments. You may begin to see these changes across many of our areas. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we make this transition.”

Although masks are optional in common outdoor areas beginning tomorrow, they will still be required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters, and transportation.

Walt Disney World Resort face covering guidelines

Previous rules regarding types of acceptable face coverings are still in effect. All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
  • Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material, or holes of any kind are not acceptable.
  • Costume masks are prohibited.

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  1. It’s a farce to be wearing masks now anyway!!!
    Masks have been PROVEN by many medical journals that it protects NOTHING or NOBODY and is actually unhealthy to breathe in all the garbage all day.
    Disney needs to eliminate make all together.
    This has gone on long enough
    Gaiters are the most comfortable and SAFE mask because you aren’t always touching it , and your face, every 5 seconds.
    Make zero sense why they are banned.
    Then again, it’s all ridiculous!!