Since Disney World reopened about a year ago, a LOT has changed regarding health and safety measures in the parks.
For a while, there were tons of different policies to keep up with, but since the COVID-19 vaccine has rolled out across the country, health and safety measures have started to dwindle down. We’ve seen the removal of temperature checks, physical distancing markers, and face masks outdoors, but there’s a new policy starting today — Disney World guests no longer need to wear masks in most locations.
Disney made the announcement last week, and as of June 15th, masks are no longer required indoors or on rides for fully vaccinated guests. (However, Disney will not be asking for proof of vaccination.). Face masks are still required for ALL guests on Disney transportation.
And we’re in the parks today to check out what Disney World looks like after such a BIG change!
We started our day traveling from the Transportation and Ticket Center to Magic Kingdom. The only form of transportation exempt from the new mask rule is the ferry boat, because it’s outdoors. However, we opted for the monorail, where face coverings are required for all guests.
You’ll notice that the monorail cabins now permit standing.
There are still social distancing stickers on the ground outside the monorail and in each cabin itself, but they’re being filled a bit more than before. There are now 2 assigned “numbers” per cabin. We sat in 23 with 4 others, while group 24 had 6 others.
You can see how social distancing stickers are now directing guests to stand. You’ll also notice that the plexiglass had been removed from our cabin.
Once we arrived at Magic Kingdom, we were off transportation and masks were no longer required indoors for fully vaccinated guests. We first visited the Emporium and saw a mix of guests with and without face coverings.
Safety reminders directing all guests to wear masks inside have not yet been removed.
Then, we headed over to Adventureland to ride the Jungle Cruise. Again, social distancing was almost nonexistent in the queue, and plexiglass had been removed. But we did notice that, once onboard their boat, guests remained socially distanced from their skipper.
Again, many people chose to ride maskless. Guests are also now being seated in the middle row of benches on the boat.
On Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, most guests were maskless as well.
Over in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, we noticed a very similar situation. Many guests chose not to wear masks inside stores like Tower Hotel Gifts…
…and Beverly Sunset.
Inside Walt Disney Presents, a Cast Member was reminding guests of the new policy. Some guests chose to keep their face coverings on, while others went without.
Disney World is constantly changing, so we’ll continue to keep you updated on the latest policy changes. We will also keep updating this post as the day continues and we get a better feel for this new policy in action. In the meantime, this is what you can expect Disney World to look like if you are visiting soon!
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