Walt Disney World has had to make several changes to the theme parks in order to operate safely during this unprecedented time.
Some of the new safety protocols implemented into the four theme parks — Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT — as well as at the Resort hotels include social distancing measures, an increased number of hand sanitizing stations, the requirement of wearing an approved face covering, and more.
Disney World currently requires Guests to wear a face mask while on property, including when enjoying attractions, walking around the theme parks, and even while taking photos.
Please keep in mind that at this time, Disney World’s face masks policy states that Guests must wear proper face coverings while on property — Including when taking photos.
However, after eight months of wearing a mask at the Most Magical Place on Earth, some are wishing Disney World would start allowing Guests to remove their face covering for photos.
Inside the Magic follower, Amy B. (@safarigirl76) shared that she wishes Disney would allow pictures without masks, though she understands why this rule is in place:
I’m planning to go in May. The masks are a concern, as I’ll have a newly two year old with me. I’m not worried about safety at all. I’d love to take pictures without masks, but there’s nothing I can do about it.
And this is something that ITM fan Emily (@emilyazd21) agrees with:
We are going in November, hopefully for our first Christmas party! While I understand the mask requirements, it would be so nice if Disney would let people remove masks for pictures […] Would love to have pictures to capture and remember the excitement and beautiful smiles of my children when they experience the Christmas party!
Additionally, @kbrad1720 told Inside the Magic that she, too, hopes for mask-free photos by later this year:
-Arrive Oct. 3
-I would really like to be mask free for photos.
-Looking forward to getting away and experiencing the joy I feel when I’m there after these crazy times.
-I feel safe going there just really would prefer no masks by then.
Instagram follower @alittledisneyobsessed explained that they wish to have no face masks required by fall as well:
Would love no masks by fall! I’d like to have pics/memories without them
And lastly, Allyson H. (@hanauerally) shared that she is supposed to also visit later this year and is hoping for no masks, at least for photos:
We are suppose to go middle of November would like no mask for pictures.
Face Masks at Disney World
Again, at this time, Disney World’s face mask policy states that Guests must wear proper face coverings while on property — Including when taking photos. The only time Guests are allowed to remove their masks is while actively eating or drinking while standing still and socially distanced from others.
Disney did recently update their face covering policy for both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort to include the rules for “transparent windows” on face coverings as well as state that even those who have been vaccinated must still wear a face mask when on Disney property.
If you are planning to visit a public place, such as Walt Disney World Resort, please remember to practice safety and health protocols in order to keep yourself and others safe during this time. Keep your distance from other Guests, wear your appropriate face coverings at all required times, wash your hands often, try to use paperless payment methods, and cover your mouth and nose while sneezing or coughing.
The official Disney World face mask policy reads:
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.
Find up-to-date information on COVID-19 and face masks on the official website for the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Do you have an upcoming Disney World vacation planned? How do you feel about face masks? Let us know in the comments below.