Essential Information to Know Before You Go to Walt Disney World© and Universal Orlando Resort

 Essential Information to Know Before You Go to Walt Disney World©
and Universal Orlando Resort
(as of June 11, 2021)

Please read the following important information before you travel to Walt Disney World© or Universal Orlando Resort.

Continue to check the suggested websites below as well as other websites for updates and current procedures, policy and news.

Due to the uncertain nature of the COVID-19 health crisis, all information, details and links to websites on this page are subject to change, it is your responsibility to stay up-to-date and informed before traveling. It is important that you check and revisit these links and other resources often.

Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit.


Important COVID-19 Information as of January 26, 2021

The COVID-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation. The status of the outbreak varies by location and state and country. Local authorities are frequently updating their guidance and safety measures. Check the latest information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by clicking on these links:

Please note the CDC advises that older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions might be at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to visit. People who show no symptoms can spread COVID-19 if they are infected, any interaction with the general public poses an elevated risk of being exposed to COVID-19, and we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your vacation.

It is your responsibility to check with state or local authorities where you currently reside, along your route, and at your planned destination so that you are fully aware of local circumstances, mandates, quarantines, fines, laws and/or any restrictions that may be in place at the time of travel as well as any circumstances, mandates, quarantines, fines, laws and/or any restrictions that may be imposed and/or required upon your return.

Before traveling to Florida, please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories, quarantines, laws, fines and/ or restrictions that may be in place for travel to and from Florida.  Guests who are under isolation or quarantine orders must not enter Walt Disney World.  For information on traveling to and within Florida visit: Florida COVID-19 Response. 

Read Small World Vacations Terms and Conditions of Service Related to COVID-19 for Travel to Walt Disney World or Universal. Guests will be asked to read and agree to these COVID Terms and Conditions when using the services of Small World Vacations.


Disney Health Acknowledgements

As of August 21, 2020 – As per Disney – By entering Walt Disney World Resort, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party:

  • are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
  • have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
  • are not under any self-quarantine orders

Disney has mandated that Guests who cannot confirm all of the above criteria must not enter Walt Disney World Resort.

Within our communities, we’re encouraged that COVID-19 guidelines have been adjusted and eased by public health and government officials, paving the path for many businesses and industries to take positive steps forward.

As we have done since reopening, we’ve been very intentional and gradual in our approach to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols. Based on recent trends and guidance, Walt Disney World Resort will be making more adjustments to these measures, including physical distancing and face coverings.


FROM DISNEY – June 11, 2021

Beginning June 15, you will start to notice the following changes:

FACE COVERINGS
Face coverings will be optional for fully vaccinated Guests in most areas. Face coverings will still be required of all Guests on Disney transportation, including Disney buses, monorails and Disney Skyliner. While we will not require proof of vaccination, we expect Guests who are not fully vaccinated to continue wearing face coverings in all indoor locations, and upon entering and throughout all attractions and transportation. Guests must observe current policies on face coverings until June 15.

PHYSICAL DISTANCING
We will be relaxing physical distancing guidelines for Guests. This will be visible in places like queues, shops, restaurants, attraction boarding, transportation and our theaters. It’s important to remember that some experiences and entertainment may still be operating with limited capacity or may remain temporarily unavailable. We’re not quite ready to bring back everything yet, but we are optimistic and look forward to the day when Disney pals and princesses are able to hug once again.

CLEANING
We will continue the high standards for cleanliness and sanitation we’ve always set for ourselves. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer stations will still be available.

We encourage people to get vaccinated.

Please continue to review important and frequently updated information, policies, restrictions and procedures, and COVID-19 warnings at Walt Disney World by clicking on this official Disney link: Walt Disney World – Know Before You Go

Please note – all information is subject to change without notice. It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date and informed before traveling. Here is a link to the latest updates from Disney regarding Walt Disney World Vacations reopenings and reservations.


Walt Disney World© Know Before You Go

Disney reports that Walt Disney World theme parks, Disney Resort hotels, restaurants, attractions, experiences and other offerings may be modified and will be limited in capacity and subject to limited availability or closure, based on direction from health experts and government officials to promote physical distancing. Disney reserves the right to cancel any reservations, admission media or purchases and provide applicable refunds.

By visiting Walt Disney World Resort you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, some experiences—including theme parks—may be modified or unavailable to allow for safety, physical distancing and limited contact. Be sure to check the official Disney Know Before You Go  web page and other informational websites and resources often.

It is essential that you visit these official Disney links and other resources and check back often:

Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go – Parks and Tickets

Know Before You Go – Disney Park Pass System

Know Before You Go – Disney Springs

Know Before You Go – Disney Resorts

Know Before You Go – Dining at Disney

Know Before You Go – Enchanting Extras Collection

Know Before You Go – Disney Property Rules

Frequently Asked Questions


Face Coverings Until June 15, 2021

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them in all indoor locations, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary and maintaining appropriate physical distancing. Face coverings are optional in outdoor common areas at Walt Disney World Resort, but are still required upon entering and throughout all attractions, theaters and transportation.

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.

Face Coverings Throughout Walt Disney World Resort

Face Covering Required Face Coverings Optional
Upon entering and throughout all attractions
All theaters, including theater entrances
All transportation, including transportation entrances
All indoor locations, including restaurants, except when actively eating or drinking while stationary
Outdoor common areas
Pool decks

Please note, face coverings are not permitted while experiencing water slides or in the water.


My Disney Experience App

Now more than ever, having the latest version of the My Disney Experience app on your mobile device, with location services and notifications enabled, will help you make the most of the magic during your visit.  Online Check-In at Disney Resort Hotels, Mobile Order Service for Dining and Scannable Codes for Select Restaurant Menus are just a few ways you’ll find this app helpful.

If you haven’t already, go to www.MyDisneyExperience.com to create an account and link your resort reservation number and/or tickets.

If you need help creating your My Disney Experience account call Disney’s help desk at 800-848-6413 (option 3 for technical support).


Universal Orlando Resort – Know Before You Go

UNIVERSAL ORLANDO RESORT ASSUMPTION OF RISK RELATED TO COVID

As stated by Universal Orlando – Universal Orlando, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal’s Volcano Bay, Universal CityWalk, and the Universal Orlando Resort hotels, please be advised that you must follow Universal Orlando’s policies, CDC guidelines and the recommendations of health officials. Please note that any public location where people are present provides an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 and Universal Orlando cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed during your visit. By visiting Universal Orlando, you acknowledge and agree that you assume these inherent risks associated with attendance. When you enter Universal Orlando, you understand that you are subject to the Universal Orlando terms of service (including arbitration, class action waiver, assumption of risk, and infectious disease release of liability)

Updated Safety Guidelines

In accordance with CDC guidelines, face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests, indoors or outdoors. While we do not require proof of vaccination, we do expect those who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings while indoors. We encourage all guests to keep a safe distance between travel parties, and we remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards.

Here are the latest safety updates for your visit.

  • Face coverings are no longer required for fully vaccinated guests
  • We do not require proof of vaccinations
  • Guests who are not fully vaccinated are still expected to wear face coverings while indoors
  • We encourage all guests to keep a safe distance between travel parties
  • We remain focused on maintaining the highest cleanliness and sanitization standards

It is essential that you visit these official Universal Resort links and other resources and check back often:

Universal Orlando Resort General Know Before You Go

Universal Orlando Resort Theme Parks

Universal Orlando City Walk and Parking

Universal Orlando Resort Hotels


Due to the evolving nature of the COVID-19 health crisis, the information on this page may change frequently without notice, and the information found on the websites for which we have provided links may also change. It is your responsibility to stay up-to-date and informed before traveling. It is important that you check this page and the links provided above, as well as other resources, often.

During the  COVID-19 Pandemic, some experiences—including theme parks, resorts, restaurants, pool, water parks, shops etc —may be modified or unavailable to allow for safety, physical distancing and limited contact.


Published: June 11, 2021

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