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Disney World, Disneyland to drop mask requirement for vaccinated guests

Both parks will allow visitors to take off their masks indoors starting Feb. 17

Guests visit the Disney Springs shopping and dining district at Walt Disney World in July 2020. (Reuters)
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Disney World and Disneyland will drop their mask requirement for vaccinated guests, starting Thursday.

Since July 2021, Disney’s Florida and California theme parks have required masks in indoor spaces for guests 2 years old and older, regardless of vaccination status. Disney does not require proof of vaccination to enter its parks.

“We expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, including indoor attractions and theaters,” Disney said on its resort websites.

At Disney World and Disneyland, masks will be required on transportation.

Disney’s mask policies have fluctuated throughout the pandemic. After dropping the mandate in June 2021 for vaccinated visitors, the theme parks again instituted the indoor requirement in late July amid the delta variant surge. Disney World reopened in July 2020, and Disneyland reopened in April 2021.

Disneyland’s new mask policy falls in line with California’s changing guidance. On Wednesday, the state will lift its indoor mask mandate for fully vaccinated people inside businesses.

Disney World is the second theme park in the Orlando area to drop its mask mandate; Universal Studios dropped its requirement for vaccinated guests on Feb. 12.

Hannah Sampson contributed to this report.

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