The new requirement follows the approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children 5-11 years.
Beginning on Jan. 13, 2022, all Disney Cruise Line guests ages 5 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to an update to the company website. Children ages 5 to 11 years old were previously exempt from the vaccination rule.
Individuals who are not vaccine-eligible due to age will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID test taken between 24 and 72 hours prior to the sailing date. And all guests will still be required to take a COVID test at the terminal before boarding their cruise.
Disney is the first major cruise line that has been allowing unvaccinated children to lower the vaccine age requirement from 12.
On those other lines, which include Royal Caribbean International and MSC Cruises, children 11 and under are able to board with a negative Covid test. Carnival Cruise Line allows a small number of children under 12 onboard with negative tests.