Disney Continues Finding Fun Ways to Encourage Face Masks

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If you have been to Disney World, Disneyland Resort, or any Disney Park property during the pandemic, you know what it is like to wear a mask at Disney.

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Operating a theme park throughout the pandemic is an interesting task to accomplish because, for Disney, they must ensure all of their Guests and Cast Members are safe during these unprecedented times, while also making sure that the magic is still there in the same way it once was.

Well, we can see that even Disney is still trying to fill mask wear with magic!

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Disney World Face Masks

Although Disney World has now relaxed their mask wear rules, allowing Guests to remove masks for a few seconds for photos, we can see they are continuing to show Guests they must wear a proper face covering while at Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney Springs, or really, anywhere on Disney property that is not inside your Resort hotel room or in the water — And they are doing so in a fun way!

Bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) took to Twitter to post a photo of a masked-up Donald Duck sitting above one of the health and safety regulations outside a temperature check:

Donald with face covering outside a Walt Disney World pandemic temperature check.

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Although Bioreconstruct did not highlight where specifically the photo was taken, I, personally, have also seen Donald at the entrance to EPCOT in the past. I also remember seeing a variety of characters at the temperature check station at Disney Springs including Duffy, so it seems that Disney is continuing to remind Guests that they must not only wear a mask in the theme parks, but also while at Disney Springs.

Additionally, it is important to remember that Guests must wear a face covering at all times unless actively eating or drinking while stationary, or while taking a photo at a safe social distance from others. Also, Guests must wear their mask properly over their nose and mouth — just like Donald!

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The current face mask rules, according to the Disney World website, are as follows:

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 temporarily remove your face covering while actively eating, drinking or taking an outdoor photo*, but you must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing during this time. (*Beginning April 8)

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.

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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.

Disneyland Face Masks

Over at Disneyland Resort, Guests may also notice a similar trend of character plushes wearing face masks, including Mickey Mouse, who we recently spotted sitting at the temperature check entrance of Downtown Disney looking very cute and safe!

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Below is another adorable photo of Mickey at Downtown Disney from our Instagram page!

Even Mickey Mouse is doing his part and wearing a mask!

The current Disneyland face mask rules are as follows:

It is one thing to have several health and safety signs all around the park, but that is something that, nowadays, we see at every business or establishment we enter due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But including our favorite Disney characters in a positive display like this, it continues to use the magic of Disney in a progressive and encouraging light.

Remember, if Guests do not comply with the mask wear rules, they will be removed from Disney property.

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 think Disney is doing a good job enforcing mask wear in their parks?

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