The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance on safety measures around the COVID-18 pandemic. Disney is transitioning the park policies to their pre-COVID procedures for queue management, ride operations (plexiglass), mask usage and temperature screenings.
Below are the current statuses as well as anticipated changes to those status.
- Queue Management / Social Distancing – Guests are encourage to maintain 3 feet of space between parties.
- Ride Operations – Most attractions are loading at or near 100% capacity with no plexiglass barriers. Pre-Shows have returned to most attractions. Single Rider line has returned to select attractions.
- Mask Usage – Masks/face coverings are no longer required for vaccinated individuals in most areas. Proof of vaccination is not required. Masks are still required on Disney transportation including buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner.
- Temperature Screenings – Temperature screenings have been eliminated.
- Parking Trams – Currently not in operation but preparation for their return has begun.
- Fireworks – Happily Ever After (Magic Kingdom) and EPCOT Forever (EPCOT) return July 1st
- Character Greetings – Characters are not posing with guests for photos at meet and greet locations or during character dining.
June 18, 2021: The Single Rider Line has re-opened at Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. The attraction is the first single rider line to re-open since the COVID-19 pandemic began.
While nothing has been officially announced, it is assumed that additional attractions will follow suit.
June 16, 2021: WDWMagic.com user MansionButler84 is reporting that character greetings should return to normal by October 1st.
June 15, 2021: The Disney Parks Blog announced that beginning July 1st, nightly fireworks shows will return to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT.
Happily Ever After will return to the Magic Kingdom and EPCOT Forever will return to EPCOT.
June 11, 2021: Disney announced on their website that face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required on transportation including busses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner.
here is the full update on the WDW site: pic.twitter.com/n9tmX80947
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) June 11, 2021
June 9, 2021: Preparations have begun for the return of parking lot trams at EPCOT.
June 4, 2021: Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced that effective Saturday, June 5 all COVID-19 restrictions relating to masks and social distancing will be removed.
May 28, 2021: Universal Studios announced that effective May 29th fully vaccinated guests will no longer be required to wear masks indoors or outdoors. Universal Studios will not be requiring proof of vaccination for guests.
May 21, 2021: WDWMagic.com user MansionButler84 is reporting that plexiglass is expected to be removed from ride vehicles in the coming weeks.
May 14, 2021: Beginning May 15th, masks will not be required outdoors at Walt Disney World. Masks will still be required while indoors and while queuing for and riding attractions. The policy specifications are as follows:
Face Coverings Required
- Upon entering and throughout all attractions
- All theaters, including theater entrances
- All transportation, including transportation entrances
- All indoor locations, including restaurants, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary
Face Coverings Optional
- Outdoor common areas
- Pool decks
Walt Disney World Cast Members will still be wearing masks both indoors and outdoors.
May 13, 2021: Scott Gustin posted to Twitter an update from Disney regarding their mask policy:
NEW: WDW statement on CDC:
"Today’s guidance from the CDC allowing fully vaccinated individuals to remove masks and the removal of physical distancing requirements is extremely positive news and as soon as is practical we will implement updated guidelines across our businesses."
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) May 13, 2021
May 13, 2021: In an interview on CNBC, Disney CEO Bob Chapek indicated that they will be reviewing the mask policies at the theme parks as well as increasing the park attendance.
— CNBC's Fast Money (@CNBCFastMoney) May 13, 2021
May 12, 2021: WDWMagic.com is reporting that Disney will soon be transitioning all social distancing requirements from 6 feet to 3 feet. This is on the heels of Orange County Mayor Jerry Demmings saying the requirement has been reduced as of April 29th.
May 5, 2021: WDWMagic.com user The Visionary Soul is reporting that Disney will soon end temperature screenings. May 7th will be the last day for cast members and May 15th will be the last day for guests.