Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida announced that it will drop its indoor mask mandates for fully vaccinated guests beginning February 17, 2022. While outdoor masking ended in early summer 2021, indoor face coverings remained standard at Walt Disney World through early 2022.
Walt Disney World guests will still be required to wear face coverings on closed transportation such as the Disney Skyliner, buses and monorails. Face coverings will also be required when transporting to and from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge for those staying at the upcoming Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. This is likely due to the TSA’s mask mandate, which is in effect until March 18, 2022.
Disney will continue to use the honor system for guests regarding indoor masking and vaccination status. Guests will not be asked to show proof of vaccinations at Walt Disney World locations in order to walk around without a mask.
What does this mean for guests traveling to Walt Disney World? Well, vaccinated customers can choose to always wear a mask or not wear a mask wherever they want, whether indoors or outdoors. This means that everything from elevators in hotel buildings to favorite attractions, the individual guest can choose based on their level of comfort around Walt Disney World. Walt Disney World Cast Members who are verified to be fully vaccinated will be able to follow a new optional mask policy for indoor and outdoor locations.
Having a mask rule for indoor locations didn’t seem to have an effect on Disney’s bottom line, especially in the first fiscal quarter of 2022 where Disney made $7.2 billion in revenue with its Parks, Experiences and Products segment. . Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said on Disney’s latest earnings call that it was the segment’s second-best quarter ever. Now that masks will be completely phased out at Walt Disney World, it’s safe to say that Disney will continue its ascent with revenue in the segment, especially as international guests plan to return to Orlando.
As of this writing, Disney has not announced any new face covering rules for Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, or its international parks.