There are several changes now that the parks and resorts are reopen, including new Walt Disney World health and safety protocols.
With the reopening of the parks and resorts, Disney is doing all that they can to ensure guests and Cast Members stay safe.
From face coverings, to temperature screenings, to physical distancing, to sanitizing stations, there are multiple measures guests must follow.
Here’s everything you to need to know about Disney World health and safety protocols.
Do I need a face covering?
The simple answer is: yes.
All guests ages 2 and up must wear a face covering. This also goes for Cast Members.
Your face covering (either disposable or reusable) must:
- Fully cover your nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow you to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly and comfortably against the side of your face
- Be made with at least two layers of breathable material
- Neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings with valves, mesh materials, or holes of any kind are not allowed
Important: Face coverings are also still required, even for those who receive a vaccine.
Also, face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. They 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
Can I take off my mask?
The mask must be worn at all times, except for when eating or swimming.
There are also designated “relaxation stations” at each park (both inside and outside) for guests who need a mask break. You can also eat here.
Face masks are required when entering and exiting dining locations. You don’t need to wear a mask while eating or drinking at designated dining locations and relaxation stations.
According to the official WDW website, “Face coverings must be worn while standing, waiting or sitting in dining locations.” The latter part appears to mean that you must keep your mask on at your table, unless you are actively eating or drinking.
However, you cannot just walk around the park without a mask if you have a snack or drink in hand. You also must keep your mask on in attraction queues, meaning no eating or drinking while waiting in line for a ride.
As of April 8, guests can temporarily remove their masks when actively taking photos outdoors. They must continue to remain stationary and physically distanced from other guests. This new rule also applies to outdoor PhotoPass photos.
This means that face coverings must remain on for indoor photos, including on-ride pictures.
Per Disney, “You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.”
What about temperature screenings?
Everyone must have their temperature taken at each theme park entry, prior to entering Disney Springs, and before dining at a Disney Resort hotel table-service restaurant with a no-touch thermometer.
If your temperature reads 100.4 F or above, you will be escorted to another location for rescreening and assistance. If you display 100.4 F or above again, you and anyone in your party will be denied entry.
Disney also recommends taking your temperature before leaving home to ensure you’re safe to travel and enter the theme parks.
IMPORTANT: Onsite temperature screenings will be phased out for Cast Members beginning May 8 and starting on May 16 for guests.
Where can I wash and sanitize my hands?
You can wash your hands in restrooms and find hand sanitizer at attraction entry and exit points.
What about retail and dining locations?
When checking out at a retail or food and beverage spot, there are plexiglass barriers.
At dining locations, tables and seating is 6-feet apart to ensure physical distancing. Disney also asks guests to not move chairs.
Contactless and cashless payment options are highly encouraged. You can use MagicBands, Apple Pay, Google Pay, debit cards, credit cards, and Disney Gift Cards.
Mobile Ordering is available at most locations. When it comes to menus, you can use the My Disney Experience app to scan a code to access a table-service restaurant’s digital menu.
What about checking in at Disney Resort hotels?
Instead of going to the front desk, check-in online or via My Disney Experience prior to your arrival. Per usual, you should receive a room-ready notification via text so you can bypass the front desk.
Make sure you have your MagicBand ready to unlock your door. You can also use My Disney Experience as a digital key.
What about physical distancing?
There are several social distancing measures the parks and resorts are following to keep in line with the 6-feet apart rule, like the installation of signage and ground markings.
These help guests navigate common areas and ensure they’re practicing appropriate physical distancing.
What about cleaning and sanitation measures?
Disney is cleaning high-touch areas and surfaces more frequently. Attractions are cleaned around every two hours.
Disney seems to be doing everything they can to make sure guests remain safe and healthy during their visits.
What else do I need to know?
Be sure to read about any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida.
Make sure and your party haven’t been in contact with anyone with confirmed or suspected symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine or that you’re not under any self-quarantine orders.
You must also ensure you’re not experiencing any of the following symptoms when entering WDW:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting