To help our Inside the Magic readers who are planning to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2020, here is a list of frequently asked questions about face masks, one of the new health and safety measures in place amid the current pandemic.
Who Needs to Wear a Face Covering?
Face coverings are required for all Walt Disney World Resort Guests ages 2 and up. Face coverings are also required for all Walt Disney World Cast Members — as well as all employees working on Disney property, even at locations that are not owned or operated by Disney.
What is Considered an Appropriate Face Covering?
Disney has clearly outlined the requirements for appropriate face coverings on the official Walt Disney World Resort website.
All face coverings should:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Costume masks, neck gaiters, bandanas, and masks with holes or vents are not considered appropriate face coverings, and all face coverings worn by Guests must also remain consistent with the Disney Parks dress code. The only time costume masks may be worn is by Guests ages 13 and under at events such as Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and Disney Villains After Hours.
When Must Face Coverings be Worn?
Face coverings must be worn at all times by all Guests ages 2 and up, except when Guests are eating or drinking. That means that when a Guest is sitting down at a restaurant, they do not have to wear a face mask. Also when a Guest is in a place like Disney Springs or a theme park, they can briefly remove their face mask to take a drink of a beverage or a bite of a snack only when they are stationary and away from other Guests. Guests are not allowed to remove their face masks in order to drink or eat while walking.
If a Guest Wears a Face Covering, Does That Mean They Don’t Have to Practice Social Distancing?
No. Face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing.
For more information on the health and safety measures currently in place at Disney Springs — and the measures that will be in place when the Disney World theme parks reopen on mid-July, visit the official Walt Disney World Resort website.