One COVID-related protocol will end this month at Walt Disney World parks. Starting May 16, guests will no longer need to have their temperatures taken in order to enter. The change happens for Cast Members starting today.
Temperature checks have been part of the process to enter Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom since the parks reopened in July 2020.
On the Walt Disney World website, it says, “Since reopening, we have considered guidance from public health authorities, government agencies, and our own team of health and safety experts as we assess and update health and safety measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
The statement goes on, “As this guidance continues to evolve, and with the support of local health and government officials, we are making some additional adjustments. Following the advice of the CDC and our local health officials, we will phase out onsite temperature screenings at Walt Disney World Resort for Cast Members beginning May 8 and Guests on May 16.”
Walt Disney World will “continue to follow the guidance of health and safety leaders going forward and most importantly encourage people to get vaccinated.”
In addition, as of May 16, masks are no longer required for guests while outdoors. While guests are still being asked to mask up indoors and as part of attractions — including theaters and transportation — the park has taken a step towards reducing restrictions overall. Face covering regulations apply to all guests ages 2 and above, and they do have rules for what constitutes a proper face covering for those times that one is necessary. It’s also safe to assume that social distancing while in line for attractions will remain.
The Park Reservation System that’s been utilized to control the number of people in each park is also still in effect. If you’re hoping to visit the most magical place on earth, it’s never too early to reserve your spot. Looking at the calendar for May and June, several days show no availability, and the rest only have partial availability, meaning at least one park is at capacity each day between now and July 3.
Walt Disney World just announced a new Halloween-Themed event at Magic Kingdom, Disney After Hours BOO BASH. This will take the place of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween, which has been the fall event in years past. They also announced the highly anticipated Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel will open next year, so there’s plenty to look forward to for Disney fans.