How the Optional Mask Policy is Going, and the One In-Park Spot that Requires a Mask for All

Today the first day of the latest repealing of the guideline governing the wearing of masks by fully vaccinated guests indoors at Walt Disney World. I say that it’s the latest repealing of the guideline because, of course, we had this day last year as well. Unfortunately, at the end of July, masks once again needed to be worn both indoors and on attractions whose ride paths included indoor areas. I know that you and I and literally everyone else hopes that this is the last time.

Just in case you’re planning an upcoming Walt Disney World vacation, I thought I might give you a quick look around to see how things are going today and to review exactly when and where masks must still be worn.

Signage reminding guests to wear masks indoors and on attractions has been removed. Cast members are no longer stationed at the doorways to remind guests not wearing masks to please do so.

I’ve seen a combination of guests both wearing masks and not wearing masks today. It’s optional for fully vaccinated guests; so you do you. If you’re more comfortable wearing a mask indoors, go for it. If you’re not, the same. Under the current policy, unvaccinated guests are asked to continue wearing masks while indoors.

I’ve heard it asked as to whether or not Walt Disney World is checking the vaccination status of its guests, and as has been the case throughout the pandemic, the answer is no.

As reported earlier in the week, all guests (regardless of vaccination status) must continue wearing masks on enclosed modes of transportation like the Disney Skyliner, the monorail, and buses. Hopping on a FriendShip boat? You don’t need to wear a mask. Same goes for the Magic Kingdom ferry boats and resort watercraft.

It’s important to note that guests, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to wear masks when visiting the First Aid centers in the Walt Disney World parks. I know that you and I never want to end up needing to visit one of these centers, but if you’re in the mode of not needing a mask while in the parks, it might be a good idea to keep an extra one on hand in the off chance that you do.

Have questions? Drop them in the comment section below and I’ll try to hunt down the answers for you.

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Deni loves all things Disney, and, in 2013, moved to the Magic from Maryland. Walt Disney World is her happy place, and she loves getting to share it with others. Deni and her husband of almost 26 years have 2 grown children. Her favorite WDW snack? A Mickey Bar, of course. Is there any other?!


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