Most recently, Disney updated its rules to require masks be worn indoors, upon entering and throughout all attractions, and in select other locations, regardless of vaccination status. Since the introduction of this policy in late July, masks have been required on ALL attractions (including those that are entirely outdoors). But now, that’s about to change.
According to an update shared today with travel agents, starting on August 19th, face coverings will become optional in Disney World for all guests in outdoor attractions, outdoor queue areas, and outdoor theaters.
Masks will, however, still be required for all guests (ages 2 and up) while indoors and in Disney buses, monorails, and on the Disney Skyliner, regardless of vaccination status.
Again, note that under the current mask policy, guests have been required to wear masks before entering queue spaces and boarding rides, even if the queue and ride are both outdoors. We’ve also seen masks required at some theaters that are predominantly outdoors/open-air, like the theater where Beauty and the Beast — Live on Stage is located, despite Disney’s current rules indicating that masks are only required in indoor theaters. It appears this updated rule, however, will change that.
Again, this new rule will go into effect starting tomorrow, August 19th. If you’re curious to see what the current face mask rules look like (before tomorrow’s change), click here to see photos. And click here to see the indoor mask recommendations that were announced by the CDC in late July.
We’re keeping a close eye on updates about COVID-19 case numbers in Florida and mask changes throughout the Disney parks and beyond. Disney Cruise Line recently updated their rules for masks as related to photos. We’ve also seen Disney announce that vaccines will be required for many of its employees and heard from Disney’s CEO regarding this vaccine requirement. Disney’s CEO has also commented on the Delta variant and its impact on the parks — you can click here to see more about what he had to say.
We’ll be sure to look for more details and Disney news, and we’ll let you know what we find.