When Walt Disney World Resort reopened last July following its COVID-19-related closure, the experience looked somewhat different than what Guests are used to.
In addition to the fact that Guests age 2 and over were (and still are) required to wear appropriate face coverings, social distancing is enforced, and many experiences look different than they did pre-pandemic, Disney World’s water parks were closed.
On March 7, 2021, Disney World took the next step of its phased reopening and Blizzard Beach water park finally reopened — but some Guests aren’t happy about the health and safety protocols that Walt Disney World officials have put in-place.
On a recent ITM Instagram post about the reopening, some Disney World fans shared their opinions regarding mandatory face masks.
A social media follower who goes by HikerMama87 wrote:
Nope. I’ll pick Volcano Bay until they stop making me wear a mask at a water park.
It is important to note that, while Universal Orlando is not requiring face coverings at their Volcano Bay water park, Disney World is not asking Guests to wear their masks when they are actually in the water — this could be hazardous and Disney has aimed to put both Guest and Cast Member safety first throughout the pandemic.
Another Inside the Magic Instagram follower, Jay Imbri, posted:
Nope…I will not go to Disney at all until they relax a little
A Twitter user named Samantha also shared her thoughts about Blizzard Beach’s reopening. Although she was not angry about the mask protocol herself, she has concerns about how masks will be enforced on the property and how others might view the rule:
i miss blizzard beach a ton but i feel like this is a mess… how are you going to allow ppl in the water without masks & then when they want photos or are walking around they have to have masks on? most ppl sadly are not going to care enough to carry their masks around.
Other ITM readers shared their thoughts about Disney’s water park face mask mandates on another recent Blizzard Beach article.
One commenter named Kim said: