Disney World currently requires guests to wear masks when visiting the theme parks and resorts. After months of wearing face coverings regularly, I thought wearing a mask at Disney World would be easy. However, spending all day in a mask at Disney World was more difficult than I expected. Our Disney World mask tips, review of Disney World mask rules, and comparison of five masks we tested are here to help you prepare for your trip.
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I am in no way an expert on COVID-19. There is an inherent risk of getting sick when you no longer follow a stay-at-home order. This is information I have compiled in my attempt to make travel decisions for my family at this time. Please consult a healthcare professional with specific questions about your or your family’s potential risks and health.
Disney World Mask Rules
There are very strict mask rules at Disney World that guests agree to when making Disney World park reservations. Disney’s face covering rules are enforced by cast members, frequent overhead audio reminders, the inability to get ride photos if your mask is removed, and possible ejection from the park.
Disney World’s mask policy requires face coverings for everyone ages 2 years and up, even if a guest has received the COVID vaccine. Plan on bringing your own masks to Disney World.
Guests who are outdoor, stationary, and socially distanced can remove masks to eat, drink, or take photos. Guests can also remove masks while dining, swimming, or visiting a “relaxation station.” Relaxation stations are park areas where guests can remove masks and take a break without having to eat or drink.
Masks worn at Disney World must meet the following criteria:
- Have 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
- Secured with ties or ear loops and allow the Guest to remain hands-free
- Fabric face coverings that have a solid plastic panel tightly stitched to all sides of the fabric are now allowed if they meet the above criteria
- Guests can not use neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandannas and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind or face shields alone
Disney World Mask Tips
Have A Spare Mask In Your Park Bag
Your face covering will be on your face the majority of the day, but accidents happen. Our masks fell on the ground once when we stopped for a drink and another time when we were eating lunch. I was glad I had packed an extra mask for each of us, plus a bag for dirty masks. This kept a little mistake from becoming a big deal.
Remember To Stop and Drink During The Day
We normally snack and drink while walking at Disney World, but right now that is against the rules. I found that I had to make a conscious decision to stop periodically to ensure we drank enough in the heat.
Getting dehydrated at Disney World is surprisingly easy, especially during summer, but staying hydrated is even more important when wearing your mask.
Bring Lots Of Masks
I packed a small tube of laundry detergent so I could wash masks during our Disney World trip. However, it was annoying to frequently wash our face coverings and find places for them to dry while we were on vacation. Instead, I recommend bringing a mask for every day of your trip plus a couple extras.
Handheld Fans Make Hot Days With A Mask More Comfortable
Our usual tricks for keeping cool at Disney World needed an extra boost on our first trip after the parks reopened. Socially distanced lines meant more waiting time in the sun instead of covered or air conditioned ride queues.
This inexpensive and surprisingly powerful hand held fan (affiliate link: Buy on Amazon) kept us comfortable in the heat. The fan is rechargeable so you don’t need to pack extra batteries which is perfect when packing light for Disney World.
Wearing Masks At Disney World: Pros and Cons of Different Masks We Tried At The Parks
First a disclaimer: I have not done scientific testing on the masks we wore at Disney World. Our evaluation of the masks is based on overall comfort, not assessment of efficacy.
Old Navy Active Face Masks
These breathable 3 layer face masks with nose wire fit well, have adjustable ear loops, are comfortable, and affordable. The adult version fit my husband and me without alteration, but Elizabeth needed a little adjustment to make the child ones small enough to fit well.
- Pros: Inexpensive and easy to get, fit well, and more breathable than other face masks
- Cons: Only comes in adult or kid sizes which may not fit every face
Cotton Face Masks From Etsy
Our custom order cotton face masks for Disney are the second most comfortable face coverings used during our Disney World trips. These masks from Nicole Rose Crafts (not sponsored) have two layers of tight weave cotton, come in cute designs, fit well, and are easy to breathe in during our park days.
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- Pros: Cute designs, can match mask to ears
- Cons: Each seller has different sizing, patterns, and materials
Disney Parks Face Masks
Not surprisingly, Disney Parks have their own face covering options. You can buy these masks in the parks individually wrapped or online in larger packs.
Verify your size with the sizing chart before buying. Small and medium are kids sizes while large and extra large are for adults. I purchased a large while Elizabeth wore a medium. I was pleasantly surprised with the good fit of the Disney Parks masks, but the breathability is lacking during hot days.
I’ve now worn my Disney Parks mask several times in cooler weather, 60 to 80 degrees F (15 to 25 C). The face covering is much more comfortable for long term wear in lower temperatures and humidity.
- Pros: Cute Disney designs, fit better than expected
- Cons: Not very breathable in hot weather, inside tag with size and care instructions was annoying, the new Disney masks are 2-layer polyester instead of 3-layer cotton, masks shrink after several washes
PacSafe Silver ion Masks
The PacSafe Silver ion masks are touted as a reusable, washable face mask with 99% filtration efficiency against airborne particles down to 2.5 microns. These face coverings come in three sizes, have a moldable nose clip, and adjustable ear loops which makes the fit the best of any mask we have tried.
I’m not sure if the excellent fit, supposed filtration capability, or combination of the two makes the PacSafe Silver ion mask (affiliate link: buy on Amazon) difficult to breathe in. At rest we find these masks very comfortable, but during hot weather or strenuous activity we struggle. However, we do prefer PacSafe masks on our flights.
- Pros: Great fit, comfortable on face, glasses fog less than other masks
- Cons: Difficult to breathe in especially on hot days or when active, most expensive option
Disposable Surgical Masks
Lots of people rave how comfortable disposable surgical masks are for visiting Disney World right now. However, we found them much less comfortable than the other ones we wore. Our face seemed to sweat more and in general the masks stuck to our face uncomfortably after a short time.
- Pros: Can throw away after using, inexpensive option, come in kids sizes, no washing required
- Cons: Stick to your face if sweating, shows make up stains
Final Thoughts On Wearing Face Masks At Disney World
Wearing face masks at Disney World is just one of the safety policies instituted after Disney World reopened, but seems to be here for the foreseeable future. I hope understanding Disney World’s mask rules, learning pros and cons of several masks we tried at Disney, and our face covering tips help make your next Disney with mask experience more comfortable.
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