To ensure we are equipping our readers with all the information they need, we will continue to report on all travel, safety, and COVID-related news that could impact a Disney Parks visit.
We have seen many changes made to Disney World’s health and safety guidelines over the past several months.
Travel restrictions continue to be updated, mask policies continue to change, and we’ve seen airlines cancel flights due to employee COVID-19 cases. The most recent changes to Disney World’s face mask policy were made back in 2021, when Disney World reinstated its mask policy for all indoor locations and on most Disney World transportation, and then updated some rules regarding outdoor rides. Now, that policy is about to change again.
Disney World recently announced that soon it will no longer require face masks in most places for fully vaccinated guests. This new policy will go into effect on February 17th, 2022.
Beginning on February 17th, masks will be optional for fully vaccinated guests indoors and outdoors. Disney’s policy does say that they “expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations.”
Disney’s policy also notes that “Face coverings will still be required by all Guests (ages 2 and up) on enclosed Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails, and Disney Skyliner.”
Through February 16th, 2022, Disney World’s current face mask policy will continue to be in effect. Under that policy, masks are required for ALL guests (regardless of vaccination status) in all indoor locations and in most Disney transportation.
This change from Disney comes just days after Universal Orlando also modified their mask rules to no longer require masks for fully vaccinated guests. Universal still encourages non-vaccinated guests to continue wearing masks indoors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that “Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.” You can see the specific time periods identified in the chart below from the CDC. For example, you’ll note that for Moderna, “fully vaccinated” is defined as 2 weeks after the final dose in the primary series.
The COVID-19 situation in Florida and around the world is constantly changing. Though Florida had recently fallen as low as 37th on the list of states in the U.S. where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest, that has since changed. On February 14th, 2022, the Palm Beach Post reported that Florida was ranked 8th among the states in the U.S. where COVID-19 is spreading the fastest, based on data from Johns Hopkins University.
Keep in mind that both Orange County and Osceola County, Florida (the counties where Disney World is located) are in the “high” category when it comes to community transmission of COVID-19, according to the CDC.
The CDC’s recommends that everyone in these counties (because they fall under the “high” category) wear a mask in public, indoor settings.
For the CDC’s full recommendations for wearing a mask you can click here and see some of the information below. The CDC recommends that even those who are “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccines (meaning those who have received all recommended COVID-19 vaccine doses, including booster doses, when eligible) wear a mask indoors in public places when in an area of high or substantial transmission “to maximize protection.”
Additionally, the CDC recommends that those who are 2 years old or older and are not “up to date” with their COVID-19 vaccines wear a mask indoors in public.
Looking for some COVID-19-related updates ahead of your next Disney World trip? Check out our links below for more information:
- Cases of the stealth Omicron COVID-19 subvariant have been reported in Florida
- Click here to see updates about travel and COVID-19 when it comes to Disney World and Disneyland
- A second COVID-19 testing site has opened at the Orlando International Airport
- Free COVID-19 at-home tests are now available
- See where and how to get free N95 face masks in the U.S.
- Could Disney World close again due to COVID-19? Click here to see our thoughts
We’ll continue to look for more updates regarding Disney’s health and safety rules. Keep checking back with us often for more Disney World updates.