After a closure that lasted over a year due to the pandemic, Disneyland is finally reopening on April 30. But like Walt Disney World, the experience of going to Disneyland is going to look and feel a bit different for awhile. Disneyland has put in place many safety measures and rules to keep guests safe and to comply with California regulations, and one of the rules with the biggest impact on the park-going experience has to do with face masks and coverings.

In this article, I’m going to spell out Disneyland’s mask rules: when you need to wear a mask, when you can take your mask off, what kind of masks are allowed, and more. This way you can be prepared for your return to the Happiest Place on Earth.

Do I need to wear a mask at Disneyland?

Yes. All guests ages 2 and older must wear a face covering while at Disneyland at all times, with a few exceptions listed below. This rule also applies to Cast Members.

Do kids need to wear masks at Disneyland?

Unless they are under the age of 2, yes. The CDC does not recommend children under 2 to ever wear a face mask. Children ages 2 and older must follow the same face mask rules as adults.

I’m fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Do I still need to wear a face mask at Disneyland?

Yes. As Disney is not checking vaccination cards of their guests, everyone must follow the face mask rules, even if they are fully vaccinated.

What kind of mask do I need to wear in Disneyland?

Disney states that face masks 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

Here are a few examples of face coverings that are not allowed: neck gaiters, open chin triangle bandanas, face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind. Costume masks also do not count.

I have a few face mask recommendations:

Recommended Item: Official Disney Masks – 
While wearing a face mask isn’t fun, at least you can wear a fun design while visiting Disneyland. Disney has a ton of great designs that feature your favorite characters, from Black Panther to Baby Yoda. I’ve found that these run a bit small, so I would order a size larger than you think you need.

Recommended Item: KN95 Mask (Amazon) – If you’re looking for the most protection, I recommend getting a KN95 mask. This is ideal for when you need to be indoors for extended periods of time.

Recommended Item: Disposable Face Mask (Amazon) – While not as fun as Disney’s official masks, these are much more affordable way to stay safe and abide by Disneyland’s rules. Disposable masks like these are ideal for when you are outdoors and it is really hot. I find them to be much more breathable and comfortable when I am walking around and sweating.

When can I take my mask off at Disneyland?

You can take your mask off while eating or drinking, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate distancing while eating. You also must eat or drink in designated dining areas, so you can’t just snack on a Mickey pretzel while you’re in line to avoid wearing a mask then.

You can also take your mask off while swimming at the swimming pools at the resorts.

At Disney World, there are designated “relaxation stations” where guests can take their masks off. There are some of these that are inside and some of these that are outside. At Disneyland, don’t expect any interior relaxation stations due to California COVID regulations. However, it’s unclear if Disneyland will add any exterior relaxation stations upon reopening.

Also at Disney World, guests are allowed to take their masks off while taking a picture outside. This has not been announced as a rule for Disneyland, so for now that is not allowed in California. This is probably due to the differences in Florida’s and California’s COVID rules.

When will the mask rules go away at Disneyland?

It’s unclear at this time. The CDC just announced that they still recommend vaccinated people to still wear face coverings while outdoors in large crowds, which definitely applies to Disneyland. The mask regulations depend on the amount of people vaccinated in California and the United States, as well as levels of infection. Hopefully, vaccinations will continue to rise while infections will continue to fall. I wouldn’t expect the mask regulations at Disneyland to go away all at once. I would expect a gradual easing of mask rules over the summer, such as more outdoor activities allowed maskless like taking pictures. Hopefully by the fall things will improve enough that masks will not be required, but these mask rules could continue into 2022.

Stay tuned to Guide2WDW to find out more about Disneyland’s reopening and what to expect when you visit the park in this strange new time.

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