The Walt Disney World Resort is very strict regarding its new health and safety measures in the theme parks, particularly regarding its face mask mandate.
One Guest appeared to have attempted to revolt against that mandate and was escorted out of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, shouting to anybody who would listen to take off their masks with him. Trying to empathize with his audience, the man in question appears to be incorrectly quoting Disney-Pixar’s A Bug’s Life to prove his point. Since this article’s publication, we have continued to follow the story and have since updated this article with more information.
This news was shared by @yourWDWguy, who posted a short video to Twitter with the caption below. Since then, the video has been taken down.
I cant stop watching this.
— Adventures By Carney (@yourWDWguy) September 15, 2020
While the incident was occurring, the man went live on social media. After Disney trespassed him and he exited the Park, he continued to share more about his experience, making numerous claims and incorrectly citing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the HIPAA privacy act.
This is not the first time Disney World Cast Members and would-be Guests have clashed over the face mask policy at a Disney Park. Several weeks ago, we at Inside the Magic shared a story about a family being refused access to the Magic Kingdom because a little girl with autism was not wearing a mask.
What is interesting about today’s situation, however, is that for this man to have been granted access to the theme Park, he would have had to have been seen wearing his own face mask. So after he already complied, he presumably decided to remove the cover. However, we did not know the full context before Disney decided to escort the Guests out of the theme Park.
When it comes to its face-covering mandate, the Walt Disney World Resort clearly states the following:
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming. You may remove your face covering while actively eating or drinking, but you should be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Be made with at least 2 layers of breathable material
- Fully cover the nose and mouth and secure under the chin
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind are not acceptable face coverings.
Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.
The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
Disney reserves the right to deny entry or require Guests to leave the theme parks, as they are private property. You can view the Walt Disney World Resort official Guest rules here.