Due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19, Disney has announced a new health and safety update. Effective Friday, July 30, all guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members will be required to wear face coverings indoors at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. This return to mask requirements at WDW follows the recent back-pedal from the CDC.
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New CDC Guidelines Spur Updated WDW, Disneyland Mask Requirements
The new mask requirements at WDW and Disneyland follow updated guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control. On Tuesday, the CDC updated its guidance to recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors to combat the spread of the Delta variant.
Disney’s rule change applies to all guests, irrespective of vaccination status. You must also wear a mask in attractions and on all Disney transportation.
What Hasn’t Changed at WDW, Disneyland
The new mask requirements at WDW and Disneyland are the only major updates that Disney is making to its safety policies. Of course, more changes can come as the situation develops.
Notably, masks are still optional outdoors if you are fully vaccinated. You’ll just need to have a mask handy so that you can put it on whenever you go indoors.
You must wear a mask at all times if you are not vaccinated. Neither resort or park is asking for people’s vaccination cards, so be honest and considerate of other people.
If you plan on visiting Disneyland, the State of California also requires that you acknowledge its recommendation that you be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test before entering.
In order to visit WDW or Disneyland, you’ll still need a valid ticket and a park reservation for the day of your visit. This likely won’t change any time soon, but stay tuned.
Disney is also still adhering to strict CDC standards for safety and sanitization. By the same token, make sure you’re still washing your hands frequently and using hand sanitizer.
Finally, a general statement: Get vaccinated if you haven’t already. It’ll drastically reduce your chances of being hospitalized or dying if you contract COVID-19.
If you plan to visit WDW or Disneyland in the weeks and months ahead, be safe, be smart, and have fun.
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