Disneyland to ditch mask requirement, other COVID-19 rules

Jun 15, 2021

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According to Disneyland’s website, it is dropping most mask requirements for fully vaccinated travellers as of today 15 June 2021.

This is happening on a big day as California’s theme parks will once again welcome out-of-state visitors starting the same date.

As TPG also reported on Friday, Disney World in Orlando is also adjusting its mask policy on 15 June.

Additional changes are in the works. Here’s what you can expect at Disneyland come 15 June.

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Fully vaccinated travellers do not have to wear masks

Starting on 15 June, if you’ve been vaccinated, you don’t need to wear a face-covering indoors or outdoors at Disneyland.

Unvaccinated guests (aged 2 and up) must continue wearing masks indoors, except when dining. At present in the U.S., there are no COVID-19 vaccines approved for children aged 11 or younger.

How will Disneyland police vaccinations?

Here’s what Disney said at its site: “While guests will not be required to show proof of vaccination, vaccinated guests will self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry. In addition, all guests will need to attest that they are aware of the State of California’s strong recommendation that guests be fully vaccinated or receive a negative COIVD-19 test prior to entering the theme parks when making their Disneyland Resort theme park reservations.”

No more temperature checks

Disney World has already suspended temperature checks and now Disneyland will also discontinue the pre-entry checks as of 15 June.

Relaxed social distancing

Disneyland’s site states that since the State of California has “removed the physical distancing requirements with respect to guests, so we will allow guests to self-determine distancing.”

What does that mean? If you prefer to maintain social distance, you can do so for yourself, but other guests will not be held to that standard when enjoying the theme parks.

Capacity controls and theme park reservations

Disneyland — and Disney World — will continue its theme park pass reservation systems, which were implemented to assist with capacity limits as the parks reopened. Most reports indicate that the system is working well and will likely remain in place for the foreseeable future.

That said, just because reservations are required, doesn’t mean that capacity limits will stay as low as they have been in recent months. We noticed a flood of additional park pass reservation inventory loaded in the last couple of weeks for previously sold-out dates at Disney World. Disney has the ability to add capacity while still requiring advance reservations.

When these changes kick in today, Disneyland and Disney World will be much more in step on rules and procedures, which may help guests know what to expect this summer.

However, for those who have been used to the slower pace at which Disneyland has reopened and made pandemic-era changes compared to its Florida counterpart, today’s announcement may come as a bit of a surprise.

Featured photo of Disneyland Cinderella’s Castle on reopening day 2021 by Ariana Arghandewal / The Points Guy.

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