• On Jul 19, 2020
    Rose from NC Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    Experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there a particular style of mask we should be wearing when we go to WDW this summer? Is the kind with elastic around the ears or that ties around the head better?

    Hey howdy hey, Rose! You’ve got a friend in me at the Disney Parks Moms Panel, and I’d love to help you with your question!

    I checked the “Know Before You Go” page on the Walt Disney World Resort website, and found a handy section about face coverings. As for the style of face covering required, all face coverings, whether disposable or reusable, must be secured with ties or ear loops, and allow Guests to remain hands-free. Face coverings must also fit snugly, but comfortably, against the side of the face, and fully cover the nose and mouth while remaining secure under the chin. You’ll also want to make sure your face covering is made with at least two layers of breathable material. Keep in mind that currently, neck gaiters and open-chin triangle bandanas aren’t considered acceptable face coverings. Costume masks are also prohibited from being worn. 

    Face coverings should be worn at all times, except when Guests are dining or swimming. While you may remove your face covering while eating or drinking, you should only do so when you’re stationary, and also maintaining appropriate physical distancing. 

    My family recently purchased the cutest Disney Cloth Face Masks from shopDisney.com, and we wear them everywhere we go! I love the soft material, and the elastic that fits comfortably around my ears. I’ve found that these masks are the only ones I own that don’t fall down every time I talk, which is such a relief! Plus, from Star Wars to Pixar, there’s a perfect theme for everyone in the family! I recommend checking the helpful sizing guide on the website before ordering, to help ensure a good fit. For reference, I wear a large, and my three children (ages 4, 6, and 8) wear a medium. The medium is a tad big for my 4-year-old, but the ideal fit for my other two children. 

    Since you mentioned visiting the Walt Disney World Resort this summer, you may want to opt for a thinner face covering to help you stay cooler. I recently visited the newly-reopened Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort on a very warm day, and found that a disposable mask may have been slightly more comfortable in the heat. No matter what style you prefer, I recommend bringing several extra sets of masks, just in case your mask gets wet in a sudden rain shower, or from an attraction with a splash! To be safe, you may want to pack your extras in a Ziploc bag, or a wet/dry bag.

    I hope this information helps, Rose. Please stop by with any additional questions before your summer visit… we’re all EARs!

    Can’t wait to see ya’ real soon!
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Meet the Panelist: Kristin, California

Greetings from sunny California! I live less than an hour from the Disneyland Resort, and have been an Annual Passholder (and now a Magic Key Passholder) for more than 20 years! As a mom of three kids ages 5-10, I consider myself an expert at navigating the Disneyland Resort with little ones. My family of five can’t get enough of the magic and happiness we encounter every time we step foot on Main Street, U.S.A. I look forward to sprinkling pixie dust on your next visit to the Happiest Place on Earth! Learn More About Kristin

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