Walt Disney World lifts face mask policy for fully vaccinated guests

BAY LAKE, Fla. — Walt Disney World is now the latest local theme park to roll back its face mask requirements.


It’s a pattern many businesses and even states are taking now that COVID-19 cases are down.

When the parks open on Thursday, not everyone will wear a mask when they walk through the gates.

Disney isn’t requiring people to show proof if they’ve been fully vaccinated. They will continue to use the honor system.

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People will still need to wear masks on shuttles, buses and other forms of enclosed transportation at the parks.

“That’s fine, I don’t really care. I’d rather have it on transportation than inside stores when I’m trying to drink and talk to people,” said Halle Lauer, a tourist.

Lauer is visiting from Nevada. We asked her how she felt about the rule change.

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“Happy. Really happy. I hate masks,” she said.

The rule shift comes as COVID-19 cases decline in many parts of the country.

The change in policy also comes on the heels of Universal Orlando Resort ending its mask requirement last week.

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What we don’t know at this point is if the mask policy applies to Disney cast members.

Universal’s mask policy applies to both guests and workers.

Channel 9 will let you know when we hear back from Disney.

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Q Mccray

Q McCray, WFTV.com

Q McCray is an award-winning general assignment reporter.

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