First look at Disney World theme parks with newly relaxed mask requirements

May 15, 2021 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Disney's Animal Kingdom first day of no masks outdoors
Posted: Saturday May 15, 2021 7:35am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney's Animal Kingdom and Magic Kingdom opened this morning at 7:15am - the first two Disney World theme parks operating under the newly reduced mask guidance.

Temporary signage is in place, rapidly put together after last night's announcement, advising guests that masks are required at all attractions and indoor locations, along with a reminder to keep a mask to hand. Cast Members at the main entrance are also spieling that masks are now optional when outdoors only, emphasizing that masks are required on attractions and when indoors.

Perhaps more a reflection of the late breaking news last night, most guests are continuing to wear masks at the park so far this morning. This will no doubt change during the day as more guests become aware of the new mask rules.

As expected, Cast Members continue to wear masks as required by various restart agreements made with unions when the park's reopened last year.

Outside of the park, parking has now reverted back to the old model of filling every space. Sadly that means that once again we are back to door dings and close quarter parking.

Temperature checkpoints are eliminated, although the tents still remain.

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DisneyCane57 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.

Lilofan2 hours 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!