If you have visited any Disney property since the pandemic, you may have noticed that Disney has very strict mask wear rules for anyone that comes onto their property — whether that be a theme park or a Disney Store.
At its simplest, Disney requires all Guests over the age of two to wear a mask that loops around the ears, covers your nose and mouth, and does not have any valves or vents in it. Only when a Guest is actively eating or drinking (while stationary and in a designated area) are they allowed to remove their mask.
This face mask requirement is in place at Disney Stores, Walt Disney World Resort, and Disneyland Resort.
That being said, there are often times that this face mask rule can be difficult for some Guests.
Most recently, Fox Business reported, “Rapper Joey Bada$$ loaded up 30 family members for a trip to Disney World Saturday, but he said the day was ruined when the theme park turned away his autistic cousin because he wasn’t wearing a mask.”
Joey said that his cousin finds face masks to be “suffocating” and is not able to wear one. But despite this, the child is over the age of 2 and is therefore still required to wear a face covering while at Walt Disney World Resort. Joey referred to his cousin as “a small child” but did not disclose the child’s age.
The celebrity posted a video on Instagram confronting the Disney Cast Members which denied entry to the Guest who was not wearing a mask. Joey posted the video alongside a captain that read:
Never coming back to Disney again.
Here’s Luis, Cameron, and Kaitlyn and they just turned away an autistic child at Disney World because he didn’t want to wear his mask. The child thinks the mask is suffocating, the child also has no idea why it is even a requirement. Not to mention that, kids under 2, doesn’t have to wear a mask. These guys have completely ruined my family’s trip. We came out here 30+ for my daughters bday and they turned my lil cousin away, can’t even enjoy this experience anymore
This is not the first time that we have recorded instances of disputes based on Disney’s mask policy. Most recently, we reported that a Disney Store did not allow an eight-year-old entry because she was wearing a Neck Gaiter due to a condition the child has. However, that form of a mask is not an approved face covering for Disney property. To read more on that story, click here.
It is quite clear that Disney is incredibly strict when it comes to following their rules during the pandemic, which have been put in place to keep both Guests and employees safe. If Guests are caught not complying with the mask wear rules, Disney Cast Members can remove them from the property. We have witnessed Disney employees constantly remind Guests on Disney property (including Disney World and Disneyland) that their masks must be worn at all times, and only approved face coverings are allowed. We have also reported that Disney World Cast Members will stop attractions if they see a Guest remove their mask.
If you plan on visiting the Walt Disney World Resort in the near future, be sure to read up on the latest rules, including the face covering guidelines outlined below. Disney has stressed that it is important to be fully aware of all requirements at the theme parks — from face mask rules to what is and is not allowed on property — before you visit. The company has also stressed that if Guests are not prepared to follow the pandemic-era rules, they should postpone their trip.
If you have a specific question regarding your upcoming trip and the face mask rules in place, you can reach out to Disney directly.
Below are the official face mask ruled in place at Disney World:
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.
Do you think that there should be leniency at the Disney parks for those who cannot wear masks? Would you be comfortable if you saw some Guests without masks on?