Disney’s Mask Policy Updated: WDW Relaxes Outdoor Mask Restrictions

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Following the announcement earlier today by Universal Orlando and guidance from the CDC, Walt Disney World has modified its mask policy. Previously all guests ages 2 and up were required to wear face coverings indoors and outdoors except when stationary to eat, drink, or take a photograph. Disney’s new policy allows for all guests to go without masks in most outdoor settings, however social distancing is still strongly encouraged and mask wearing is permitted.

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but are still required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters and transportation.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

You can view Disney’s official statement on face coverings here. This policy takes effect on May 15, 2021.


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Julia Mascardo

Former writer, editor, and social media manager of TouringPlans. Embarking on new adventures with husband, kid, and cats.

One thought on “Disney’s Mask Policy Updated: WDW Relaxes Outdoor Mask Restrictions

  • May 15, 2021 at 5:07 am

    This seems difficult to enforce as a cast member. Seems easier when it was an all or nothing thing, especially for young content who can’t get vaccinated.


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