Masks will soon be optional for many seeking Disney magic this year.
Disneyland and Walt Disney World officials confirmed this week that their mask policies for fully vaccinated guests are being reviewed. Beginning Thursday, face coverings “will be optional” for Guests who received their shots at all four Disney World theme parks and at outdoor and indoor locations, according to the Florida resort’s website.
Mask protocols at Disneyland in California are getting a similar update, with vaccinated visitors being allowed to enter indoor attractions, restaurants and stores without a mask starting Thursday. Unvaccinated visitors to the Florida and California resorts will be required to wear a mask in all indoor settings. Officials, however, said they would not check vaccination records.
“As we have done since reopening, we have been very intentional and progressive in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols,” a statement on the official Disney Parks website read. “We encourage people to get vaccinated.”
Face coverings will still be required for all guests on all park transportation systems at Disney World and Disneyland, including parking monorails, buses and trams.
Disney’s announcement follows similar updates at other popular theme parks, including Universal Studios. The news, however, received a mixed response on social networks.
“I had hoped the main theme park players would wait a little longer until the under 5s could take their photos before relaxing, but no,” one person said. wrote. Added another one“I so want to believe that things are getting to the point where we can do without masks…but I find it difficult to do so. Especially with someone who is still too young to get vaccinated.
Disneyland and Disney World closed in March 2020 after COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. Their subsequent reopenings, however, were very different and consistent with their respective states. Disney World reopened in July 2020, while Disneyland remained closed for over a year before welcoming its first visitors in April 2021.
Although Disneyland and Disney World initially dropped mask mandates for vaccinated visitors in June 2021, both resorts reinstated the face covering requirement indoors soon after due to the rise of the delta variant. of the coronavirus.