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Breaking News: New Changes in COVID Restrictions May Bring Positive Changes to Disney World

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Breaking News: New Changes in COVID Restrictions May Bring Positive Changes to Disney World

New changes in Orange County Florida may bring positive changes to Walt Disney World. Check out the new change in COVID restrictions and learn how this may affect your future trip to Walt Disney World.

Social Distancing Changes

Earlier we shared that the Biden Administration would make an announcement this week regarding changes to face mask mandates. Many changes were made allowing activities that were once discouraged.

Although none of these changes directly affect Walt Disney World and Theme Parks, we are thankful that many are able to enjoy more activities safely.

Recently, we also shared a study that suggested that social distancing guidelines may be reduced. The study suggests that the current social distancing requirement that is in place could be reduced from six feet to three feet. You can read more about this study HERE.

Orange County Changes

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings commented during a press conference on April 20, 2021 that we may see social distancing relaxed prior to the end of mask mandates. 

In this conference, Demings estimated that the face mask mandate may continue to be in effect until late summer.  This was in large part due to the vaccination percentages for Orange County. Check out more about this mandate HERE.

After the changes from the Biden Administration yesterday, Mayor Demings held a press conference with revised changes. Demings announced that Orange County has now entered Tier One. Effective immediately the social distancing requirement is reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet both indoors and outdoors.

Tier 2 can be reached when 50% of the Orange County population (16 years and older) have been vaccinated. At this tier, the outdoor face covering mandate may be lifted.

Orange County Effective Immediately: Social Distancing guidelines have reduced from 6 feet to 3 feet both indoors and outdoors.

Finally, Tier 3 may be reached when 70% of the Orange County population (16 years and older) have been vaccinated and/or the COVID-19 14-day rate is 5% or below. At this final tier ALL mandates will be lifted.

In the press conference Mayor Demings shared that currently the COVID-19 14 day rate was at 8% on April 27, 2021 and currently 43.4% of the population is fully vaccinated.

How does this affect Disney?

Walt Disney World has limited Park Capacity partly due to social distancing guidelines. Many Guests have had difficulty obtaining Park Reservations on select dates. This may all be changing.

Mayor Demings shared how this may affect Theme Parks. He stated that he will be in contact with each Park, and “they will make some some adjustments based on keeping Guests safe. This allows them…to increase capacity.”

Walt Disney World has not made announcements regarding changes to the current 6 feet social distancing guidelines nor to possible park capacity increases. Under this new mandate, we could see changes very soon.

“they will make some adjustments based on keeping Guests safe. This allows them…to increase capacity.”

Mayor Demings

What do you think of changes to the 6 foot social distancing? Do you think that this is a positive or negative change? What do you think of possible park capacity increases? Share your thoughts with us on our Facebook Page.




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9 COMMENTS

  1. I totally agree with you! We need to be able to breathe fresh air outside if they insist on us wearing masks inside! Fastpass is also needed.

  2. They need to do away wirh masks outside because that makes no sense and bring back fastpass if they are gonna increase capacity!

  3. I agree with Eloni. Relaxed social distancing would be great, but NOT if everything remains the same as far as what’s available to the guests (restaurants, live shows, character meets, FAST PASSES, evening fireworks, etc) The lines just keep getting longer & it doesn’t seem that Disney is doing anything to help alleviate this.

  4. This is such good news. My family has a trip booked for December and every little bit of good news makes me hopeful and happy that we I’ll be taking our trip and not canceling again.

  5. I’ve stopped reading many posts on FB due to the wide-spread negativity there, but this message sounds so promising to me. We’ll continue to follow the experts’ guidance and once we finally visit WDW again, we’ll be happy to be there.

  6. It depends on what they might bring back to absorb the new increased capacity. Are they bringing back more entertainment, dining, character meets, parades, fireworks? Otherwise, it’s benefiting them by bringing in more dollars, but the customer gets to look forward to even more ungodly long lines for limited attractions. It will be interesting to see how it plays out.

  7. yesterday soooo many days in may opened up for park reservations!!! we had not been able to get HS prior to yesterday. but we were able to snag 2 days of HS!!!!! so excited :)

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