Disneyland to Drop Mask Rule, Keep Reservation System

June 14, 2021, 12:48 PM · Face masks will no longer be required for vaccinated visitors at the Disneyland Resort when the state of California rescinds most of its pandemic rules tomorrow, but the resort will be keeping its advance reservation system in place.

In a letter to resort cast members, Disney Parks Chief Medical Officer Dr. Pamela Hymel said that out-of-state visitors will be welcomed back to the resort starting tomorrow and Disney will no longer conduct temperature checks for visitors or cast. Guests who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear face masks - either outdoors or indoors - but guests ages two and under who are not vaccinated (including all guests under age 12) should continue to wear masks indoors, except when eating. Disney will not check for proof of vaccination, however.

All guests will be required to continue wearing masks - regardless of vaccination status - while on board resort buses. The Toy Story parking lot will reopen June 18, so the buses will go back in service then.

Cast members will continue to be required to wear masks and practice six feet of distancing from others, whether they are vaccinated or not.

The elimination of state-mandated capacity limits will allow Disney to admit more guests to the parks and its attractions, but Disney will not rush back to full capacity.

"As we have realized the benefits of reservations in helping to manage Guest visitation and provide an even better experience, our reservation system will continue and we will gradually increase attendance as our operations allow," Dr. Hymel wrote.

"We will continue to monitor the guidance of public health authorities and government agencies and will make appropriate adjustments accordingly."

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Replies (4)

June 14, 2021 at 1:51 PM

Wonder how many people will “attest” that they got the vaccine.

I’m glad that people don’t have to wear masks outdoors. With this week reaching up to 100 in Anaheim, it’ll be miserable already. Heck, SFMM will be 111 on Wednesday. Good luck to anyone going to a park this week.

June 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM

It will be interesting to see how long Disney can resist the urge to throw open the gates. I'm guessing that staffing will dictate some of the capacity decisions over the next few weeks, but once the parks get back to 100% employment, I strongly doubt that Disney will in any way restrict attendance beyond making people declare they're arriving through the reservation system - granted maintaining the reservations allows them to manage staffing and resources.

June 14, 2021 at 3:03 PM


I’ve been to DLR twice since it’s reopened and they haven’t checked my reservation or scanned the barcode. Not sure if it’s actually linked to your ticket but I wonder how Disney is actually monitoring attendance if they aren’t checking it.

June 14, 2021 at 7:21 PM

have they given a reason (palatable or otherwise) for why they're allowing guests to go without masks but are requiring cast members to wear them, even if vaccinated? is the requirement to wear a mask on resort buses a negotiated deal with a resort union? because it would not appear to be significantly riskier than welcoming a large number of people into a building without masks.

this all feels like making subtext, text, obviously.

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