So far, all of the reopened Disney properties have the requirement of face masks for Cast Members, employees, AND guests. This has raised concern for some on the subjects of comfort and logistics for their time in Disney. We’ve taken a look at everything you need to know about wearing your mask in Disney World, but what if you refuse to wear one? Here’s what might happen.
Will we be wearing masks in all of Disney World?
YES, face coverings ARE required in most spaces on Disney World property. Walt Disney World Resort’s website states face-coverings are mandatory for Cast Members as well as all guests ages two and up (which has recently been changed from ages three and up).
One of the only times that guests are permitted to remove face masks is while eating or drinking. Note! While dining outside of table-service restaurants, guests must be eating in a stationary position and physically distanced to remove their face masks.
Plus, in the Disney World theme parks, guests are permitted to remove face masks in designated Relaxation Stations. These are interspersed within the parks and feature socially-distanced seating and standing room so that guests can take a break from their face coverings.
Disney World’s water parks won’t reopen right away and some transportation services may be modified. Learn more details here.
Combine the statements from Disney leadership with the requirements already in place for other Disney and entertainment properties, and we get a pretty clear picture. Masks will likely be mandatory almost everywhere you go.
What if you refuse to wear one?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends and considers masks safe for anyone above the age of two and without underlying health conditions. This means that for most Disney guests and Cast Members, the mask recommendation applies. So, what if you refuse to wear a mask?
Beyond the recommendation, Disney has made a priority of keeping guests and Cast Members safe and making them feel safe. They consider masks a big piece of this puzzle and therefore will not be allowing those without face coverings to enter or remain in their parks and properties.
Get a first look at some of the new health and safety signage Disney World will be posting when the parks reopen here!
For Disney World specifically, Florida law maintains that Disney has the right to deny you service for any reason, including forgoing your mask. Enforcing such a condition may be difficult, but here is how Disney might handle those who refuse to wear a face covering.
If you don’t have a mask at the entry point or refuse to wear one, you won’t be allowed in. We’ve seen limited numbers of disposable masks available to guests who don’t have one at the entrances to Disney Springs, but this shouldn’t be relied on by guests. Plan to bring your own mask for the duration of your visit.
Of course, entrances are a lot easier to monitor than entire properties. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the real difficulty will come when monitoring and dealing with guests who remove their masks once they are in the parks or properties. Currently, the only folks who don’t have to wear a mask in Disney Springs are children under two years old or guests who are actively dining.
The new Social Distancing Squad and Guest Relations Cast are on the lookout for guests who have removed their masks while they are not dining. We’ve noticed Cast Members are quick to approach guests with their masks off and ask them to re-cover, but most guests seem willing to comply with the new rules.
This system has continued in the reopened parks with Cast Members on the lookout for guests who have removed their masks. If you refuse to wear one or are noticed multiple times without a mask, there may be further consequences. We spoke to a Cast Member who told us that the ultimate goal is to get noncompliant guests to put a mask on, but if they won’t, they may be asked to leave.
It’s possible that not wearing a mask could be treated like any other offense or broken rule on Disney property (think smoking, soliciting, or entering backstage areas). If you adamantly refuse to wear a mask, you may be met by Disney security so they can handle the situation appropriately.
Overall, if any guest defies the mask rule, they will likely have to deal with some consequences, and could ultimately be asked to leave if they refuse.
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