If you have read my Universal Post about POST-COVID 19 conditions then you can see the trend in what going to the theme parks means in the future…
While all theme parks are strictly adhering to similar rules: face coverings, social distancing, hand washing, temperature screenings, you should know that Disney will be much more strict when it comes to the face-covering terminology!
According to our source at WDW, face coverings will be MANDATORY for ALL GUESTS over the age of 2! And, yes, before you even ask, this applies to EVERYONE, including those with medical conditions and phobias for mask-wearing.
Disney is using the phrase “FACE COVERING” instead of “Face MASKS” to avoid confusion and the use of costume-style masks. 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 or in your hotel room.
“Face coverings” are defined by our contact at Disney as:
All face coverings should:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Costume masks are 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.
Note that face shields are NOT considering face coverings that are suitable at Disney!
UPDATE::: 7/7/2020 = from a friend on my travel agency page:
Neck Gaiters ? are a NO NO NO NO
So up to this point the Disney websites have all said that face coverings “should be secured with ties or ear loops” but neck gaiters haven’t been a problem at any resorts or Disney Springs. According to the manager at WL and several other CMs, that lack of enforcement is changing now. Today we were asked to put on a normal mask (we had backups) and then they offered us disposable masks from behind the desk. I’ll be cutting ear loops into my gaiter later today because I find it much more comfortable and easier to breathe in than the disposable ones, and supposedly that will be okay (I’ll still carry a backup just in case). Just thought everyone here might like to know.Pic for attention and because I’m just so gosh darn adorable. ?
Disney is selling facemasks at Disney Springs, or you can purchase yours at an ETSY shop (Please note that this link is a plug for my daughter who is making masks to earn $ for her volleyball club activities)
The temperature screening process was painless at Disney Springs. I expect it to not be as streamlined for entrance into the theme parks…
From a ‘math standpoint’, *if* Magic Kingdom holds a maximum capacity of 100,000 people, then, in theory, 20,000 people will be in the park at any given time. That is still a lot of people!!!! So, I would expect a long-line to gain access to the parks. Not to mention the bus line updates have been released and you will be waiting a while for a Disney bus that normally holds 60ish people, plus standing room, that is now reduced to 25 people and 1 handicap scooter!! *More on the bus and transportation updates in another post…
I digress, sorry…
You should expect to stand in socially-distanced lines (look for red and white safety tape (see above picture), to wait your turn for a touchless temperature check will be given and assuming you are under 100.4, you will gain access into the parks. I have yet to hear anything about security checks, so as soon as I find out anything on this, I will be sure to post an update!
You will see lots and lots and lots of signage – EVERYWHERE reminding you to ‘social-distance’, wash your hands, wear your masks, etc…
Probably one of THE BEST new normals is the REMOVAL of those awful swinging doors on the garbage cans!!! Can we all say HALLELUJAH to germ-free garbage disposal?!
Note that by entering ANY Disney properties, you are acknowledging the following. There is signage at all entrances and exits to remind you of the risks of visiting during this pandemic.
We have taken enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, and Cast Members. You must follow all posted instructions while visiting Walt Disney World Resort.
An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.
By visiting Walt Disney World Resort you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.
Help keep each other healthy.