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  • On Jul 13, 2020
    Jack from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    I have a longer beard. I have no problem with wearing a mask. With the masks requirements, will a normal one with most of my beard hanging out the bottom work. I normally wear a mask with an open bottom with ear loops. Much like a custom “Buff”.

    Hi Jack,

    Thank you for stopping by the Disney Parks Moms Panel with your question about vacationing with face masks.  Whether your facial adornment is as luxurious as King Triton's or as sleekly smoldering as Flynn Ryder's, a standard style face mask will fit your bearded face and only add to your charm!  Walt Disney World's current face coverings requirement specifies that the mask must:
    • Be made with at least 2 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 secure with ties and ear loops and allow the Guest to be hands free
    As it happens, my dear husband also sports a fine beard (if I do say so myself), and is required to wear a surgical style mask to work.  I think it's rather charming to see his beard peeking out at the bottom of his mask!  I can assure you, a standard style mask which secures under your chin will not impair the appeal of your bearded handsomeness nor cause harm to your coiffed chin.

    My husband and I both work in healthcare and have been wearing masks for months as part of our daily routine.  Sometimes it's important to understand the spirit behind health and wellness recommendations in order to incorporate this information meaningfully into our daily routine.  The reasoning behind the CDC recommendation for face coverings to be secured underneath the chin is not to unfairly capture facial hair, but to capture and minimize exhaled breath.  Therefore the best practice when going out in public is to wear masks which fit all four categories as outlined above.

    I truly appreciate your thoughtful consideration of the matter and inquiring about the details before your vacation.  To help you find some fun "beard pants", as my husband loves to call his favorite masks, you might enjoy checking out Shop Disney's Cloth Face Masks.  There are so many designs, it might be hard to choose!

    Brenda ºOº 
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Meet the Panelist: Brenda, Missouri

I fell in love with Walt Disney World on my very first visit, which took place during my honeymoon. Since then we have added 4 "mouseketeers" to our family and have come to appreciate what a great value a Walt Disney World vacation can be on a budget. As a Physical Therapist and a mom of a large family, I would love to help you plan your next magical trip! Learn More About Brenda

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