When Disney announced that they were going to open up Downtown Disney, and soon after, portions of Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure Park, they also announced some major changes to their safety protocols as well. These included social distancing, strict capacity limits, and the biggest new requirement, mandatory face masks.
These safety requirements will carry over into Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure when the Southern California parks finally open on April 30. Let’s take a look at what the current requirements are and what that will mean for Guests wishing to visit the Disneyland Resort.
At the present time, the Disney park requires all Guests to wear proper facial coverings when on property. The face mask may only be removed when the Guests are actively eating or drinking. However, Guests must be stationary while eating and are not allowed to eat and drink while walking around the theme park or the Downtown Disney district.
There are other specific guidelines that must be followed when wearing a face mask at the Disneyland park. According to the Disneyland website:
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) must:
- Must be made with at least two 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
Disneyland does not allow Guests to wear neck gaiters, triangle bandanas, face coverings that have valves, are made of mesh material, or have any holes in them. Costume masks are also not considered acceptable face coverings under the current guidelines. Some current acceptable types of masks are medical-grade surgical masks, including the KN95 mask, as well as Disney’s own reusable cloth face masks that are available for purchase at many of the theme park’s retail locations. The only Guests exempt from the new mask requirements are children under two years old.
Disney Cast Members are all working incredibly hard to make sure that Guests follow the mask policies to keep everyone safe. A couple of times during our attendance at the A Touch of Disney event being held at Disney California Adventure, Guests could be seen trying to eat and drink while walking around the park, but Cast Members were quick to politely remind them that they needed to find a stationary spot to finish their meal.
Disney PhotoPass Photographers are also on the ball when it comes to keeping Guests masked up. While it may be instinct to take your mask off and show your pearly whites for that adorable Disneyland photo, it is important to keep in mind that face masks must be kept on while taking photos. If a Guest tries to take off their mask, the PhotoPass Photographers will quickly remind them to keep it on.
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