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Masks coming off at Disney World, but only if you're vaccinated

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Charles Sykes
Guests wear face masks on Main Street, U.S.A. in front of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort's Magic Kingdom on Aug. 12, 2020.

There's magical news for Disneyphiles today. Face masks are becoming optional for vaccinated guests at Walt Disney World.

Vaccinated parkgoers can ditch the masks both indoors and outdoors starting Thursday, Disney announced Tuesday.

One exception is that anyone 2 or older must wear a mask on enclosed Disney buses, monorails and the Disney Skyliner.

The changes come as COVID-19 continues to wane in Florida,as the number of people hospitalized continued to drop Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released data showing 5,336 inpatients had COVID-19, down from 5,502 on Monday, the News Service of Florida reported.

Unvaccinated visitors at Disney World will still be required to wears masks in indoor attractions and theaters.

Until Thursday, the old rules are in force: face coverings for anyone 2 or older in all indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status.

Neck gaiters, on-chin, triangle bandanas and face coverings with valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not allowed. Nor are costume masks.

Randy comes to Jacksonville from the South Florida Sun Sentinel, where, as metro editor, he led investigative coverage of the Parkland school shooting that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for public service. He has spent more than 40 years in reporting and editing positions in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio and Florida. You can reach Randy at or on Twitter, @rroguski.