Walt Disney World Health & Safety Protocols

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?

Yes, but not in all areas.

First, here are the current mask requirements.

Face coverings areas are required for all guests ages 2 and up. 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?

As of May 15, masks are no longer required in outdoor common areas. But, there are still certain areas face coverings are required.

Per Disney, “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, indoor theaters and transportation.”

Here is a breakdown of the most recent mask requirements:

disney world mask policy update

What about temperature screenings?

Temperature screenings ended on May 16 for all 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.

Photo of Disney's Incredibles campaign promoting park health and safety

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 are spaced 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 distancing rules, like the installation of signage and ground markings.

These help guests navigate common areas and ensure they’re practicing appropriate physical distancing.

As of May 12, Disney has gradually reduced physical distancing in a phased approach across many locations. 

Photo of Disney's Incredibles campaign promoting park health and safety

What about cleaning and sanitation measures? 

Disney is cleaning high-touch areas and surfaces more frequently. Attractions are cleaned around every two hours.

Check out my complete Walt Disney World Reopening Guide for other details.

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