Disney World Says Guests Can Briefly Remove Face Masks For Photos

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Walt Disney World (WDW) is giving guests the opportunity to take off their face masks — temporarily — when taking outdoor photos.

In a surprising turn of events, WDW’s website updated on Tuesday, April 6 stating that guests will be able to briefly remove their face masks on Walt Disney World property when taking photos outside.

Note: this new rule is only for outdoor photos. Face masks must still remain on for indoor photos.

Here’s everything you need to know about the new rules on face masks at Walt Disney World.

New Mask Policy

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This new policy begins April 8, 2021 and doesn’t mean face coverings are no longer required.

Here’s what it does mean:

  • Face masks must only be removed temporarily for outdoor photos and put back on immediately following.
  • When not wearing a mask for an outdoor photo, guests have to maintain a safe physical distance from others outside their party and remain stationary.

According to BlogMickey.com, “managers” also confirmed that PhotoPass photographers will start “taking photos of maskless guests” starting April 8.

Disney has not officially confirmed this and the WDW website doesn’t currently reflect that PhotoPass photographers will start taking photos of guests without masks.

However, the website continues to read as follows: “Disney PhotoPass photographers will not handle Guests’ personal devices such as cellphones and cameras.”

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Disney World is giving guests the chance to take photos without their masks. Courtesy of Disney Parks Blog

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Other Mask Policies

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The other times face coverings can be removed temporarily include when guests are actively eating and drinking and swimming, while also practicing social distance and remaining stationary.

Important: Masks are also still required for guests who have been vaccinated.

It’s important to remember that just because you’ll be able to remove your mask quickly when taking photos outside doesn’t mean you can leave it off for long periods of time or stroll around without it.

Disney has not made it clear how long face coverings will be required, but we will keep you in the loop if or when mask policies are updated in the future.

How do you feel about this new face mask update? Will you remove your face covering briefly at Disney World to take an outdoor photo? Tell us your thoughts in the comments on our Facebook page!


About the Author

Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner is a published entertainment news and Disney Parks writer, who hasn’t been able to stay away from Walt Disney World since she was 5-years-old. She even has her own Disney blog, Magic-Ally Main Street, where she shares news and tips in hopes of helping others plan successful Disney vacations.