Disney Clarifies Use of Clear Face Masks in Updated Guidelines

in Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World

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Disney Parks around the world have adapted to operating in a pandemic world — which includes the implementation of proper masks and face coverings.

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If you have been to Disney World or the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort, you have likely experienced Disney’s excellent implementation of face coverings and mask wearing.

If you visit either coast and spend time at Disneyland Resort in California or Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you will find that Cast Members will ensure that all Guests are wearing approved face coverings at all times — unless actively eating or drinking in a designated ares. Guests who fail to comply will be removed from the property immediately. Disney not only has Cast Members enforcing these rules, but automated announcements, including messages that go directly to Guests mobile devices via the My Disney Experience app at Disney World and notifications through the Disneyland app in California.

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Now, it seems that Disney has updated their face covering policy for both Walt Disney World Resort as well as Disneyland Resort to include the rules for transparent windows on face coverings. The updated policy for both resorts is the same. Take a look — we have included the section on transparent face masks in bold:

Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members, including those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine. 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 must 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.

Face coverings may have an integrated transparent plastic panel to aid in viewing the wearer’s mouth. These face coverings must:

  • Be a fabric face covering featuring a solid plastic panel containing no openings that is attached to the fabric on all sides using tight knit stitching
  • Meet all face covering requirements listed above

The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.

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Transparent windows on face coverings have been a popular and essential addition for those in the deaf and hard-of-hearing community who typically read lips, so this new addition to the face covering policy will be highly beneficial. It also will allow Guests to be able to showcase their smiles at Disney once again! It has been almost a full year since Guest smiles have been covered by a mask — and a transparent window will allow for that happiness to beam through!

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This policy update comes after Disney announced that face coverings will continue to be required for all, even once vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. Considering face masks will be around for quite some time at all Disney Parks, it is great that the company is adapting their mask policy to still keep it safe while accommodating Guest needs.

As a reminder, although Disney World is currently open to Guests, Disneyland only has Downtown Disney (and, by extension, Buena Vista Street inside Disney California Adventure) available at the moment. However, once the parks reopen on the west coast, these mask and face covering rules and regulations will continue to apply until Disney says otherwise.

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Would you wear a mask with a transparent window to Disney World or Disneyland?

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