I have to say, the first day stepping onto Main Street U.S.A. Sunday was incredible. Parking in the parking lot, riding the monorail in, seeing the train station, made my heart jump for joy. I was so excited and then, bam, was very politely informed that the neck gaiter that I was wearing (with ear loops mind you) was now not allowed as face covering attire. Thankfully, Disney has thought of everything and just a few feet away was a vending machine with disposable masks to purchase for only $2. I have to say I was a little disappointed as I had purchased the mask just for streaming (was a cooling one apparently too) and had even been updated a day prior that as long as they had ear loops all was well. But, as we have learned through this very unprecedented time, things can change at a moment’s notice and I set off on my merry way wearing my newly purchased, official mask.
I wanted to post this as there are many changes that are coming down almost daily from Walt Disney World. If you are planning a vacation or just coming to Disney for the day, be sure and go to your My Disney Experience and check over what has been updated. From resort openings, dining experiences, park hours and yes, face coverings~~we here through the rumor mill that face shields may soon be approved in place of wearing a mask if you have a real need to do that~~may be added to the updated notice as well. For now, here is what is on the Disney website.
Face coverings are required for all Guests (ages 2 and up) and Cast Members. Please bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.
All face coverings (whether disposable or reusable) 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
At this time, based on guidance from health authorities, neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas are not acceptable face coverings.
Costume masks are also not considered appropriate and are prohibited from being worn, in alignment with our existing rules.
The use of face coverings is not a substitute for physical distancing.
So grab your favorite princess, mickey mouse or yes, even Avengers mask and wear it proudly! Safety is the priority and it is important that we all do our part to make sure that the most Magical Place on Earth stays just as safe and magical.
Walt Disney World; Spokesmayne