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Disney Face Mask Policy – What You Need to Know!


Disney Face Mask Policy Updates

The world has completely changed from last year and we are now required to wear face masks everywhere. 

Disney has been very strict about their face mask policy since the beginning of the pandemic.  We’ll walk through Disney’s face mask policy and how to be prepared for your Disney World vacation during the pandemic. 

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Official Disney Face Mask Policy

We’ll start by covering the Disney World official face mask policy which is available on the Disney website.

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.

All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:

  • Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
  • Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
  • Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free

At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.

Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.



Disney Face Mask Policy Tips 

I’ll sum up the Disney face mask policy here.

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  • Disney guests 2 years and older are required to wear a mask at all time except when eating or swimming
  • Disney guests are allowed to remove face coverings to eat or drink but you must remain stationary 
  • Disney will only allow face masks with ear holes. No gaiters, bandanas, or mesh face coverings
  • The Disney Face Mask policy requires Disney guests to wear a mask even if they’ve had the COVID vaccine
  • Disney guests are not allowed to remove their face masks for pictures

Disney cast members are very strict at ensuring Disney guests are wearing their face masks at all times. 

On my last Disney trip in January 2021, I saw several Disney cast members approach guests to ensure the Disney face mask policy was followed. 



Disney Face Mask Policy and Dining

In the last few days, Disney  modified their face mask policy for dining at Disney restaurants.

Before you dine at Walt Disney World Resort, please be aware that you’ll need:

  • Face coverings for each Guest age 2 and up, which must be worn in all public areas and can only be removed while actively eating or drinking. Face coverings must be worn while standing, waiting or sitting in dining locations.

This modification indicates Disney guests will need to wear their face masks while at Disney restaurants if not actively eating or drinking. 

It is unclear how strictly Disney will enforce this policy but know there is the potential you will be asked to wear your face mask while at a Disney restaurant. 


Is It Uncomfortable to Wear a Face Mask All Day? 

I know many people are postponing their Disney vacations because of the Disney mask policy.  Frankly, while at Disney, the face mask became second nature to me and I completely forgot I was wearing it. 

If you are concerned about visiting the Disney parks because of the pesky masks, you will completely forget about it once your at the happiest place on earth. 

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If the weather is going to be hot during your Disney vacation, consider bringing multiple masks.  Many people do complain their face masks have gotten sweaty so you can completely mitigate this by bringing multiple masks for each park day. 



Disney Face Mask Policy and Kids

Another concern of Disney park goers is getting your kids to wear a face mask. This is a completely valid concern. 

If you have kids over the age of 2 and they will have difficulty wearing a mask, you may want to consider postponing your Disney trip. 

I know many people have been concerned about this so try practicing at home before you decide to postpone your trip.  Kids will often surprise you.  

Disney face masks

Unfortunately, its seems that face masks are here to stay, at least for the short term.  Disney’s face mask policy really isn’t different from the mask policy at stores or schools. 

Make sure to follow our tips for conquering Disney’s face mask policy and have a great Disney vacation, even during the pandemic!


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8 thoughts on “Disney Face Mask Policy – What You Need to Know!

  1. I’m heading to Disney in a few weeks, I’m sure it will be awkward at first wearing it all day but I think by day two it will become second nature and won’t bother me. I’m just happy to be able to go to Disney during all this!

  2. What should be made clear is that masks are not allowed to be removed for picture taking. So if you, like me, pay for a Memory Maker Photo Pass, all of your pictures will be with masks on.

  3. Is anyone hearing or experiencing anything re:families being asked to leave the parks if a preschooler has a meltdown and is unable to wear their mask?

    1. I haven’t heard of anyone experience issues with kids and masks. If your kids take off their mask, a Disney cast member will give you a friendly reminder to put their mask back on. But if you don’t think your kids will be able to keep their masks on, I would consider postponing your trip. Disney has the right to remove anyone from the parks/property if they aren’t following mask policies. Based on feedback I’m hearing, most kids completely forget their wearing a mask after the first day so this should be encouraging!

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