It’s been a long two years living with this, am I right? New developments could potentially point to changes in Disney’s face mask policies. Time will tell!
Face mask policies
As Disney Parks around the world reopened, big changes became the norm. Temperature screenings, social distancing, and face mask policies became a part of our every day vocabulary here at Kenny the Pirate. We did not see any changes in the face mask policies until last spring when Disney announced they could be taken off while outdoors.
Then, they announced a complete drop for face masks: indoors and outdoors. This was a welcome change as touring Disney World in the summer can be brutal. Guests could decide on their own what they felt comfortable with.
That was short lived as cases spiked in late July and Disney reinstated the indoor mask policy. Since then, masks are required at all indoor locations. That includes restaurants, shops, and attractions that are indoors or partially indoors.
Mask Mandate Changes
The state of California will do away with its mask requirements beginning February 14. While this may or may not affect Disneyland, the more I (Monica) keep thinking about it the more I ponder the current reasoning for mask policies at Disney Parks.
California will no longer require masks beginning February 14.
First, let’s look at Florida. The state of Florida has close to zero requirements for masks, vaccines, and everything else pandemic related. This is the complete opposite of California. Is Disney planning to drop the mask policy soon now that both states no longer require face coverings? Are the US Disney Parks waiting to make any changes until both governing mandates allow it?
We know Disney World dropped its policy once already despite Disneyland not being able to do so. I really don’t foresee this to be the reason why Disney World still has a mask requirement.
When the state of emergency was lifted in Orange County late last fall, I wondered if maybe then Disney would no longer require masks. This would have been great timing that coincided with indoor character sightings.
Omicron is past its peak and headed back down. After Disney did nothing with the policy in November, I assumed maybe they would announce something in the spring. Winter is always a bad time for germs, and this last wave affected more people than previous variants.
My personal thinking is that Disney may consider dropping the masks again this Spring. This may ensure cases remain low and the germy season is behind us before possibly dropping a mask requirement.
With both California and Florida now on the same page regarding mask requirements, will we see a united front for US Disney Parks? What do you think? Let us know in the comments below and on Facebook.