Disney and Universal News Updates Monday 17th May 2021

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It’s been a week full of changes to the health and safety policies when visiting Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. Let’s take a look at some of the biggest news stories coming out of the parks this week.

Masks No Longer Needed Outdoors

At both Universal Orlando and Walt Disney World, face coverings are no longer required in outdoor areas in the parks. While it’s still recommended for unvaccinated individuals to wear masks in the parks, this will no longer be compulsory in outdoor spaces. For all indoor attractions, stores, resorts, transportation, theaters, and restaurants, you’ll still need to wear a face covering except when eating while stationary. At Universal Orlando, the physical distancing requirement has now reduced to 3 feet, whereas Disney is taking a phased approach and still require a 6 feet distance in dining venues, merchandise locations, and areas where masks are not being worn.

Increased Park Capacity

Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, stated during the Q2 earnings call this week that Walt Disney World has started to increase its park capacity. If you’ve been struggling to find availability for a park this year during your trip, take a look again now as more passes have been added to the online reservation system. The summer and early fall months are showing increased availability, which means it will be easier to plan a trip for the next few months.

Disney Cruise Line Sailings Canceled Through July

For anyone who likes to combine a Walt Disney World trip with a Disney Cruise Line sailing, sadly, you’ll have to wait a few more months for this. Disney Cruise Line announced this week that July sailings on the Disney Fantasy, Disney Dream, and Disney Wonder are canceled for the whole of July for the Dream and Fantasy, and until July 12 for the Wonder.

Disneyland Paris reopens June 17th!

Exciting news from Paris as Disneyland Paris is slated to reopen on June 17, 2021.

Check back next week for the latest updates from Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando!