We’ve been taking you around Disney Springs with us today to show you what the new procedures look like now that some of the stores and restaurants in Walt Disney World’s shopping and dining district have started to reopen.
While we’ve seen many new safety measures being implemented throughout Disney Springs today, one of the biggest changes has been seeing everyone — from guests to Cast Members — wearing face coverings.
We want to provide you with some additional information regarding face masks in Disney Springs as well as what our first-hand experience wearing them has been like!
When Do You Have To Wear a Face Mask at Disney Springs
Currently, Disney Springs requires all Cast Members and guests to wear face coverings.
Children under the age of two aren’t required to wear one, but everyone else is. When we asked, we were told there are no exceptions to this requirement. [Editor’s UPDATE: As of May 28th Disney has updated their mask policy, this post now reflects the current requirement that face coverings will be required for all Guests ages 2 and up.]
You will not be permitted to enter Disney Springs without wearing a face mask and you must wear it for the duration of your stay (with exceptions for dining, which we’ll discuss below).
It’s important to know that though there were a VERY limited number of disposable masks available at the temperature screening areas, these are given as a last resort, and there are NO guarantees that any will be available.
We learned that Cast Members have been provided with three washable, reusable masks. And they are also allowed to bring their own, provided they meet established criteria.
Is Disney Selling Face Masks?
We are in the midst of our day at Disney Springs, and — at press time — retail locations are only starting to open. However, at this point, we have not spotted any masks for sale. (We will be checking more locations and notifying you here if this changes throughout the day.)
That said, the only locations open during this initial phase are operated by third-party vendors. Select Disney-owned and operated locations will be opening one week from today on May 27th, including the World of Disney store. While we do not know if they will be selling face coverings, we will certainly be checking and reporting upon their reopening.
When Can You Take Your Face Mask Off?
You can take your face mask off when you are seated at a restaurant or when you need to eat or drink.
Now, this is fairly clear-cut when you are at a counter service or table service restaurant where you will occupy a table. But what if you are, say, grabbing a beverage at Starbucks or Joffrey’s and plan to walk around with it?
In speaking with several Cast Members, we were informed that — if you have food or drink in hand — you may keep your mask lowered while you eat or drink.
Some Tips for Wearing Face Masks at Disney Springs
Disney Springs isn’t the only venue where face masks are required. We have had previous experience wearing them upon the reopening of Universal Orlando’s CityWalk, and found that the actual wearing of the mask does take a bit of getting used to.
We recommend maybe taking a few walks outside with a mask prior to visiting. We’ve also found it helpful to have some form of lip balm handy if you find your lips get a bit dry. And while this may be a matter of preference and your experience may vary, we’ve found that — having tried both — the masks that tie behind the head stayed in place a bit better than the kind that go around the ears.
Remember, required face coverings are only one of the many new safety measures being implemented at Disney Springs — you can read more about all the measures here. We will continue to keep you posted on our Disney Springs visit today, and hope you stay tuned with us!
Do you have any questions about face masks at Disney Springs that we didn’t answer? Let us know in the comments below!