Walt Disney World just isn't the same without pictures. Whether you're a master of the social media selfie, a character fan or a PhotoPass expert, there are plenty of ways to capture unforgettable memories at Walt Disney World. However, since reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there have been a lot of changes to the way guests can take photos at Walt Disney World, with the parks now enforcing several new rules that will affect how (and where) you can take photos at the theme parks.
1. Masks must stay on for photos
Though everyone loves to get a photo of themselves smiling in front of iconic Walt Disney World locations like Cinderella Castle and the Tree of Life, guests will unfortunately have to adapt to the new normal at the parks, as Disney has said that all guests posing for photos must keep masks on at all times, even for the photo. This applies to guests posing for PhotoPass photographers as well as guests using their own device to capture photos. If a guest is found to be violating this policy, they will be reminded to keep their mask on by Cast Members in the theme parks.
The only exceptions to this rule would be if you are taking photos inside the theme parks' mask-free “relaxation zones” which are the designated places scattered throughout the parks, or if you are taking photos while dining.
2. Guests who take masks off on rides will not receive their on-ride photos
While it may be tempting to remove your mask while riding a ride (especially one like Haunted Mansion or Splash Mountain, where your party will be separated from others) Disney has confirmed that guests who take their masks off on attractions will not receive their ride photos. Disney has said that they are using Walt Disney World's pre-existing policy of refusing to release ride photos which show guests doing something unsafe or inappropriate on the ride to enforce this new rule.