We are all very excited that Disney World has an official reopening day! As we prepare to get back to the magic, things are going to be different. At least for a little while. Following the guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other government agencies, Disney World will have new safety measures in place to help keep all guest & cast members safe. We have a few tips that may help you as you maneuver Face Coverings And Disney World.
Face Coverings And Disney World
One safety measure that will be required while visiting Disney World is a familiar new normal for most of us. Grocery stores and other locations around our communities may require (or at least suggest) wearing face coverings. Wearing a face covering to make a quick grocery run may not seem so bad. However, wearing a face covering outside for a few hours in the HOT Florida sun is a whole different experience. Face Coverings will be required while visiting Disney World. At least for a little while.
A Few Tips!
We had the opportunity to visit Disney Springs when they started the phased reopening on May 20th. The same safety procedures we have seen at Disney Springs will also be in place when visiting the theme parks. Florida gets HOT in regular times, so adding a mask in the heat is going to be a challenge. However, I have some tips from my experience on how to make wearing a face covering a little more bearable.
- WEAR YOUR HAIR UP – If you have any length to your hair, you will find having it up in a ponytail will make wearing the mask a little more comfortable.
- PUT ON SUNSCREEN – I learned this the hard way after visiting on opening day at Disney Springs. My forehead and nose & back of my neck were burnt. Living in Florida, I should have known better. I have also never worn a mask out in the hot sun before either. So, don’t be like me! WEAR SUNSCREEN!
- BRING EYE GLASS CLOTH OR WIPES – If you have to wear glasses or plan on wearing sunglasses, you will want to be sure to have some glass wipes/cloths on hand. Your glasses will fog up. It is quite annoying, but keeping them cleaned throughout the day helped a lot.
- DRINK PLENTY OF WATER– Florida is already hot enough but adding the mask only increases the heat. So make sure to stay hydrated. Bring your own water bottles to refill throughout the day or make sure to stop at any quick service location and ask for cups of ice water (THEY ARE FREE). Staying hydrated is important anytime you are in the parks. Wearing a mask that we are not used to only increases the heat and makes staying hydrated even more important.
- DON’T STAY ALL DAY– Plan to visit the park for a few hours at time. If possible, try to go early in the morning at park opening when it is a tad bit cooler. Try to avoid being out in the direct sunlight in the heat of the day which is between noon-3 pm. Use this time to browse the shops or sit down for a quick service meal.
- TAKE A BREAK– There are going to be times you are not required to wear your mask. Take advantage of these times when you can throughout the day, as this helps! You are not required to wear your mask while dining or swimming. So, grab a delicious meal or head on back to your resort/hotel and enjoy the pool.
- WHERE TO FIND A FACE COVERING– Disposable Protective Mask can be purchased at most retail stores or on Amazon. These are light weight and easy to breath through. It is a good idea to pack a few in a zip lock bag to be able to change them throughout the day as you get sweaty. Washable/Reusable Cloth mask can also be worn. You can make your own DIY Disney Style Mask or find a Disney created mask over on the Shop Disney site.
Extra Health Screenings
All guest as well as cast members will also undergo a temperature screening with no-touch thermometers. Anyone who displays a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be directed to a designated area for further screening & assistance. Those reading a temp of 100.4 or higher will also not be allowed entry to the parks anyone traveling with the guest who has a temperature will also not be allowed to enter the parks. All guests are encouraged to self-check temperatures at home before coming to the parks as well. Cast members are required to follow a self-check list as well before coming to work however screening upon arrival will also be conducted.
Wearing a face covering is definitely something new. We hope that these tips for Face Coverings And Disney World will help make your trip more enjoyable. We are not sure how long these new procedures will be in place but we plan to visit during this new normal to keep you up to date as well as make our own new magical memories!
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
All Guests ages 2 and up as well as Cast members are required to wear face coverings. Bring your own face coverings and wear them at all times, except when dining or swimming.
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 as face coverings.
Do you have special face masks that you are planning on wearing once the parks reopen? We would love to see them! Send us a picture over at Disney Express Lane, on Facebook!
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