Everything you need to know about Walt Disney World's return to masks for summer 2021

Jul 30, 2021 in "Magic Kingdom"

Masks return to Magic Kingdom July 30 2021
Posted: Friday July 30, 2021 10:26am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Following the latest CDC and local Orange County guidelines, Walt Disney World once again requires masks to be worn when on any attraction or indoors, effective July 30 2021.

When arriving at the parks, everyone is reminded of the new policy with prominent signs at the main entrances.

Disney has been very busy over the last 24 hours installing a vast number of mask reminder signs at the entrance of every indoor location, which includes all rides (even with outdoor settings), restrooms, shops and restaurants.


In addition to the signs, Disney is also playing a spiel over the audio system reminding guests to wear masks when indoors. And as before, Cast Members in queues and on-board attractions are reminding guests of the rules.

As we saw earlier in the year, masks are required at attractions once you reach the main entrance marquee. They are not required in outdoor overflow queues prior to the marquee from our observations today.

Masks are required on all attractions, including those that are primarily outdoors. Examples include Jungle Cruise, Splash Mountain, Big Thunder Mountain, Dumbo and Barnstormer.


Water playgrounds have been turned off, including the recently reopened Casey Jr Splash and Soak Station.


Rope drops are still taking place as normal, and masks are not required when in outdoor common areas.

Social distancing is not being enforced, and there has been no return to plexiglass dividers or closing of preshows. Capacity has not been impacted by the new mask rules.

Cast Members are also now required to wear masks when indoors, and they remain optional for Cast when outdoors.

On Walt Disney World transportation, masks are required everywhere with the exception of the Magic Kingdom ferry boats and launch boats.

Here are the official mask requirement rules as detailed on Disney World's website for July 30 2021 until further notice.

Face Coverings Required

  • Upon entering and throughout all attractions
  • All indoor theaters, including theater entrances
  • All transportation except ferry boats, including transportation entrances
  • All indoor locations, including restaurants, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary

Face Coverings Optional

  • Outdoor common areas
    Pool decks
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danlb_20002 days ago

There was a study that showed that at the state level the mandates didn't make much difference. This could have been because of a lack of enforcement wasn't actually changing the number of people wearing masks. It also could be that the places where it was being enforced weren't the places that were driving the spread.

Chip Chipperson2 days ago

My friend Gavin got a bad case of Machinehead that way. It turned green to red and everything.

SteveAZee2 days ago

It seems like the idea, in restaurants, is to keep the spread local to the table as much as possible, conceding that you're eating and drinking there so... particulates all over. Moving from door to table or table to restroom allows you to 'spread the wealth' across all the tables in between... so I sort of understand the logic of maskless at the dining table and masked everywhere else.

Chi842 days ago

I see almost no masking in restaurants. People wear them walking to and from their table but don’t wear them at all while seated. It’s just the nature of restaurants. I’m not sure how much good mask mandates are doing in restaurants. The servers do wear them so maybe that helps.

SteveAZee2 days ago

I suppose that's possible, certainly in broader applications. Having mask mandates under controlled environments likely to cause spread (such as airplanes, restaurants, etc), that seems to work. Trying to enforce a mask mandate for the public at large seems difficult.

Tom P.3 days ago

I do look at the comparative data. Which is why I think mask mandates should all be lifted. There is very little, if any, data to suggest that mask mandates make any appreciable difference. Note that I am referring to mask mandates, not to masks themselves. Effectiveness of masks themselves is an entirely different matter. But having mandates in place does not seem to make any significant difference in outcomes.

Tinkwings3 days ago

Fixed that above......good point! :p

danlb_20003 days ago

"Breathe in, Breathe out", that's a sure fire way to spread the virus! ;)

SteveAZee3 days ago

Yes, it didn't prevent it. Harder to know how much the masks mitigated it, though... could the spike have been worse? You can only infer the answer by looking at other populations that didn't apply a mandate.

Ayla3 days ago

Zero chance.

SoCalDisneyLover3 days ago

Cool, anyways. So if you're saying that Delta hit Hawaii as hard as places like FL, MS, TX, AR, TN, then you're still wrong. The fact that Delta impacted everywhere is irrelevant. Hawaii got hit harder during Delta that at any other time of the pandemic. Fine. But to even compare their results with those other states, is so far from reality, it's kind of sad the comparison is being made.

mikejs783 days ago

Frankly, if politics weren't an issue, the solution would be to require proof of vaccination or wear a mask in any public setting, at least during outbreaks.

Trauma3 days ago

You make a great point here about a clearly defined goal. It makes it easier to determine success or failure. It also makes it easier to then replicate the goal in other similar settings.

MansionButler843 days ago

A goal is better than a vague, “maybe someday,” at least.