Disney World Won't Sell You This If You Don't Wear a Face Mask
If you don't wear a mask at the Magic Kingdom right now, you won't be able to get one of these.
When Walt Disney World reopened in Orlando over the weekend, the theme park attracted a lot of attention, especially from those who questioned the decision when Florida was seeing a record number of new COVID cases. Park officials insisted that new policies like social distancing on rides and mandatory mask-wearing would keep the amusement park safe for visitors and workers alike. And now, Disney World is instituting a clever new policy designed to ensure that all visitors follow their mandatory mask requirement: Guests who are caught on camera without a mask cannot buy their mid-ride photos, CNN reports.
If any guests are caught without a mask on in those mid-ride photos, which are among the most popular keepsakes after a trip to an amusement park, then that photo will not be available for purchase.
"The public relations director at Walt Disney World confirmed with CNN that the company has an existing policy of suppressing photos if someone is doing something unsafe on the ride," the outlet reports. "Not wearing a mask would be consistent with that policy."
WDW News Today says that they've confirmed with employees at Disney World that "guests who remove their face masks while on an attraction will have their on-ride photo pulled and deleted from the PhotoPass system. Only guests who follow the rules and keep their face masks on at all times throughout the duration of the attraction will have their photo show up for download or purchase."
After nearly four months of going dark, Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom reopened on July 11, followed by Epcot and Disney's Hollywood Studios on July 15. Upon reopening, Disney World announced it has implemented enhanced cleaning protocols, in addition to requiring masks and enforcing social distancing on rides and throughout the parks. Also, park visitors must make reservations to enter, and are no longer allowed to visit different parks in a single day. Visitors and employees receive temperature checks upon entering, and fireworks shows and parades have been suspended to prevent drawing crowds.
Some theme parks, however, have gone to other, more extreme measures, to ensure everyone's safety. According to The Wall Street Journal, Japan's theme park association asks that roller coaster riders across the country avoid screaming, since doing so can release droplets into the air. One amusement park, Fuji-Q Highland, is asking guests to "please scream inside your heart" instead. And for more on Disney's reopening, check out Here's What Disney World's Reopening Looked Like Amid Coronavirus.