Disney will no longer require masks to be worn outdoors at Walt Disney World theme parks

May 15, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Saturday May 15, 2021 9:00pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has moved very quickly to follow the latest CDC and Orange County COVID-19 guidance and will no longer require masks to be worn at Walt Disney World when outdoors.

The new policy comes into effect on May 15 2021 at the Disney World theme parks, Walt Disney World Resort hotels and Disney Springs. Masks will still be required at the Disney theme parks when indoors, including when queuing for and riding attractions. Masks will continue to be required on Disney transportation. Physical distancing will also remain in place, with the original 6ft being reduced to 3ft over the coming weeks.

Here is the updated Walt Disney World face mask policy in full effective May 15 2021.

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.

Face Coverings Required

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

Face Coverings Optional

  • Outdoor common areas
  • Pool decks

Although masks will now become optional for guests when outdoors, Walt Disney World Cast Members will continue to wear masks both indoors and outdoors.

Earlier today, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings announced that he is lifting the requirement for individuals to wear masks when outdoors after Orange County reached the 50% vaccination level among Orange County residents.

Yesterday, the CDC went even further and said that people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear masks indoors or outdoors.

Along with the elimination of masks outdoors, Disney is also beginning to reduce physical distancing from 6ft to 3ft, and we are already seeing those changes at several attractions and shows in Walt Disney World.

This news is a massive boost for Disney as it moves to return the Walt Disney World theme parks to a more normal mode of operation that it has not seen since the parks closed back in mid-March 2020 as the pandemic took hold.

In addition to the changes to the mask requirements, we have also this week seen the removal of a face shield requirement for Cast Members outdoors, and temperature checks being phased out this week for both guests and Cast Members. Also this week the process has begun to once again cover the trash can openings that have remained locked open for the last year to reduce guest contact with surfaces.

Elsewhere, Universal Orlando has earlier announced that it will not require masks outdoors effective May 15 2021.

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DisneyCane49 minutes ago

Or at least not two weeks post shot #2 to be fully vaccinated.

dovetail651 hour ago

Or that group people just want to wear the masks because they are touching all the levers and getting closer to more people than most. CM do form clicks, especially the loaders. If they all feel they are safer as their small group when they work we may see CM wearing mask 2 years from now here and there. Now if all loaders on every attraction wore them we would know if it was a CM rule for loaders.

Lilofan1 hour ago


Chomama1 day ago

And they may not be vaccinated!

helenabear1 day ago

Absolutely! Some people just aren't comfortable yet. It takes time...

peter114351 day ago

Also just because they can doesn’t mean they will

helenabear1 day ago

Per the rules we had before the 15th all ride loading areas were considered indoors. So who knows. Also one doesn't know if the CM is vaccinated or not.

Nick_A1 day ago

The greeters at Everest this evening were unmasked, but the cast on the loading platform all had masks on, which was weird considering we were still very much “outside.” Are they considering a roof over your head to be “inside”?

DCBaker1 day ago

threvester1 day ago

Looks like outdoor kiosks are a go too

threvester1 day ago

Some janitors and 2 girls selling balloons as well

threvester1 day ago

Just got to disney springs..bus employees not driving are unmasked

Bullseye19671 day ago

Almost time for the Friday bad news drop.

helenabear1 day ago

I suppose I get it where there was food around as a double safety thing for them and us, but yeah outdoors? Uh no way at all. I even felt for our tour guide who had to wear it all day with us. He kept up an amazing pace and hardly touched his mask once. So many looked so hot though I give fantastic kudos to all CMs we encountered. They seemed so kind only one, when I remarked how horribly beat up her face shield was as she was trying to fix it, even mentioned a thing about them. For those who are vaccinated, I bet this is a great day for them!