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Mask Mandate Updates, Ice Breaker Opens, and Disney’s Designing Neighborhoods: Your Weekly Theme-Park Recap (Feb 13 – 19, 2022)


Here’s the Orlando theme-park news you need to know for the week of February 13.

Mask Mandates Change at Walt Disney World Resort

1. Mask Mandates Changing

With all the recent changes in mask mandates across the parks, we figured we would update you here with the current policies for each park! 

Walt Disney World Resort mask mandate: Masks optional in most indoor and outdoor locations for fully vaccinated guests. Masks are required for unvaccinated guests in queues and indoor attractions. Masks are required for all guests ages 2 and up, regardless of vaccination status, while using Disney transportation. No proof of vaccination is required. 

Universal Orlando Resort mask mandate: Masks are optional in indoor and outdoor locations for fully vaccinated guests. Masks are encouraged while indoors for unvaccinated guests. No proof of vaccination is required. 

SeaWorld Orlando mask mandate: Guests are recommended to wear masks while indoors. No proof of vaccination is required. 

Ice Breaker Opens at SeaWorld Orlando

2. SeaWorld Ice Breaker officially opens 

On Friday, February 18, Ice Breaker opened to the public at SeaWorld Orlando. SeaWorld’s first launch coaster is here to the delight of guests, providing lots of airtime and thrill to all on board. We were lucky enough to preview Ice Breaker a couple weeks ago. You can check that out here! Over at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Iron Gwazi officially opens to the public next month on March 11. 

Want to know more about Ice Breaker? Here’s our complete guide! You can purchase tickets to SeaWorld here.

Planet Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort

3. Mardi Gras Updates

Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando Resort is still in full swing! Going until April 24, this annual event features live concerts, a world-class parade, and tons and tons of food. You can check out all the details of new food in our video here, complete Mardi Gras details in our guide, or scope out the food review in our blog. 

You can also check out our video on mistakes to avoid at Mardi Gras here

Concept Art for Disney’s Storyliving

4. Disney Neighborhoods 

The Walt Disney World company announced that they are planning to build neighborhoods across America. Storyliving by Disney are master-planned communities that will feature “distinctively designed spaces, unique amenities, and Disney’s brand of world-renowned service.” The first location of these neighborhoods will be in Rancho Mirage, California, and plans are to break ground later this year. While the details of these residences isn’t yet confirmed, we do know that some neighborhoods will be specifically designated for residents 55 and older. 

That’s it for this week’s news! See you at the parks.


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About Aryn Bordelon

Aryn Bordelon grew up eating rice and kimchi in the Panhandle and was indoctrinated with a love of Florida theme parks from a young age. A long-time follower of OI, she has spent years attending the parks in a variety of ways, from repeatedly attending Halloween Horror Nights to racing (and placing) at Universal Running events alongside her husband, Ian.