SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Parks in Central Florida Adjust Face Covering Requirements

SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens Tampa Bay have adjusted their face covering policies, after Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort did the same just yesterday. Under these new guidelines, vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear masks.

  • SeaWorld Orlando’s official website offers the following information on their new policy:
    • Based on the recently announced guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, we are modifying our policy regarding face coverings at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove. Face coverings will no longer be required for guests at SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove who are fully vaccinated in accordance with CDC guidance. We will not require proof of vaccine, but ask our guests to respectfully comply with our revised policy. All SeaWorld Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, and Discovery Cove park employees will be required to continue to wear face coverings at this time. The safety of our guests, Ambassadors and animals in our care remains our top priority. We will continue to monitor and address this changing environment as necessary.
  • The official Busch Gardens website offers the same information regarding both Busch Gardens Tampa Bay and Adventure Island.
  • As opposed to the new policies at both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort, where guests are still required to wear face coverings indoors, SeaWorld and Busch Gardens’ new policy does not require vaccinated guests to wear face coverings at all.
  • It is also worth noting that SeaWorld and Busch Gardens point out that they will not require proof of vaccine.
  • This new policy is in effect now at all of the aforementioned SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks.

Orange County COVID-19 Updates:

  • Orange County, the home of both Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, offered an update on COVID-19 today, during which Mayor Demings said that 50% of the county’s population (ages 16 and up) have now received at least one dose of the vaccine.
  • This crosses the county into phase 2 of their plan to ease their mask mandate.
  • You can watch the full Orange County update below: