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Forget the neck gaiters and bandannas. Disney is placing pretty strict requirements on what is considered a face mask, and they will be enforcing it. Wearing a face covering is going to be one of the BIGGEST adjustments guests will have to make when visiting the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Animal Kingdom when they reopen on July 11th and Epcot and Hollywood Studios when they reopen on July 15th.
You can’t just wear any type of mask into the park however, for Disney is only allowing guests to wear ear loop masks. Guests wearing gaiter masks (as shown below) will not be granted access into the parks unless they find an ear loop alternative. All guest over the age of two must wear face coverings.
The CDC has great information regarding face coverings! But since we’re here for Disney World, it’s important to note that the Disney World website currently states the following in regard to face coverings. They must:
- Fully cover an individual’s nose and mouth and allow the guest to remain hands-free
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Be made of breathable material, either disposable or reusable
Face masks worn on Disney property must be secured with ties or ear loops. That means no bandannas, neck gaiters, or cut up undergarments that you fashioned together in your hotel room because you left yours at home. They must have a tie or ear loop! If you don’t have a proper mask, Cast Members will ask you to purchase one.