The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way Guests experience all of the Disney Parks and Resorts. Disneyland was left vacant for over a year due to the virus outbreak and Disney World has had to adopt new policies frequently in order to keep Guests and Cast Members safe. Even Disneyland Paris just tightened its mask policies within the Parks. But as time goes on we can’t help but wonder if Disney World could be profiting off of its own mask mandates?
While Florida does not currently have a mask mandate issued, Disney World does, requiring Guests ages two and older to be wearing a face mask or approved facial covering while inside all buildings, attractions, restaurants, and enclosed transportation. For those who have lost or misplaced their masks while in the Parks, Disney World sells those cheap disposable masks for $1.50 to Guests. While convenient, many wonder how ethical or fair this is, requiring Guests to wear masks while in the Parks and upcharge on the cheapest mask options available.
Guests may have noticed as well that Disney World sells a variety of themed masks with printed designs on them. These can feature anything from Mickey and Minnie Mouse on them to Haunted Mansion-inspired masks. While these are priced quite high, at least they feature some fun and unique designs, while also being made out of better and longer-lasting material. See more on ShopDisney.com.
It is also important to note that Disney World provides Guests with free water across the entire Resort in an attempt to fight that lovely Central Florida heat.
If we were to argue the value of cups vs. face masks, we may wonder why Disney World provide Guests with unlimited free water and cups, which are presumably comparable to the cost of cheap masks, yet sell the same cheap masks for roughly five times as much as you could get them in-store or online? Amazon sells a box of 100 of these same types of masks for $20, meaning you’d only be paying $0.20 per mask.
This seems a little unfair or even predatory when Disney forces you to wear a mask before entering a building or attraction, even though the state of Florida doesn’t actually require masks in the first place. While Disney World sells these masks in the Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom, Guests who are taking the monorail are given these masks for free before boarding.
It should be noted that whether or not you agree with Disney’s mask mandates, Disney is on private property, and they are therefore able to enact whatever mask mandate they would like, so long as it is compliant with the state. As there are no mask mandates in Florida, Disney is allowed to enact their own as they are not going against a direct order. This is also something that Guests should know ahead of time, so they can plan to bring a mask and avoid paying any fees. Selling masks at this price point has been around for a while now, but for those who are not at the Parks each week, the added fee might surprise you a little on your next vacation if you find you are needing another disposable mask!
Find more on Walt Disney World’s rules and regulations regarding COVID-19 safety on the official website and down below:
Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel to Florida. Visit https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/travelers/ for information. By entering Walt Disney World Resort, you are confirming that you and all persons in your party:
are not experiencing any of the following symptoms of COVID-19 identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at CDC.gov, including:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
have not been in contact with someone with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 symptoms without completing a 14-day quarantine
are not under any self-quarantine orders
Have you had to buy a disposable mask while at Disney World? Do you think these types of mask should be free to Guests? Let us know below!
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